Thursday, 29 November 2018

Some Recent Novels by NUI Galway Graduates

With the recent nomination of Ithaca by NUI Galway graduate, Alan McMonagle (BComm, MA) for the Dublin Literary award we thought it would be timely to bring together the recent novels published by NUI Galway alumni from the past year or so.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (BCorp)
A police procedural by a former Law student, now based in Australia.

Connect by Julian Gough (BA)
Modern themes of AI and cyber reality merge in this technological/philosophical thriller.

Red Dirt by EM Reapy (BA)
Young Irish emigrants and their misadventures in the Australian outback. 2017 Rooney prize winner.

The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton (MA)
Set in a rain soaked Ireland of the future, this imaginative novel follows the journey of a young teenage father.

The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle (BA, MA)
Catherine Doyle received a major deal by Bloomsbury Publishing for this charming book set on an island off the west coast of Ireland, the first in an upcoming trilogy.

All of the above books are available in the Popular Reading section of the Library and if we have missed any books please let us know.

Collection Development

Friday, 23 November 2018

Research Data Management Policy and Library Guide

A new Research Data Management Policy at NUI Galway has been approved recently. It was developed by members of the Research Data Working Group and provides advice to staff engaged in research at NUI Galway about their responsibilities relating to data generated, collected and processed by NUI Galway staff as part of a project, which is led or contributed to by NUI Galway staff/students. For further information, guidance and support please consult the Library Guide on Research Data Management. It includes information about typical data-related activities undertaken in the research data lifecycle, how to write a data management plan and how to find and cite data. See also Research Data Working Group.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Preparing for Semester II - the Library's Reading List Service

The Library's reading list service is a one-stop teaching support service for academic staff.. 

When you use our system we will: 

  • prioritise your reading lists  
  • order required books/e-books
  • request chapter and article digitisation 
  • provide direct linking to the list from Blackboard for your students.

The reading lists dashboard feature shows 
how often lists have been accessed
and materials used by students.
-There is no requirement for separate book ordering or scanning requests. The Library will ensure sufficient access to your resources. 

-Once the reading list is created, it will roll forward for the next academic year. The Library will be automatically informed of any updates.

-Unlike direct links added to Blackboard, the resources will all be available off-campus. 

-Unlike uploaded articles on Blackboard, statistically important access/citation figures will increase and be accurate.

-Each list has a durable url and could be, for example, added to Akari as a permanently updated list. There is no loss of important module information if there a change in teaching personnel.

-Reading Lists can be shared if there are a number of staff teaching a module.

See an example of a reading list that links to our Library catalogue, full text resources and YouTube/web resources.

Click here to book an introductory training session.

Using the Service
Please email if you are interested in using the Reading List Service for your modules.

Further Information
More information about using our Reading List Service including user guides, videos and training is available from the Reading List web page

Collection Development

Friday, 16 November 2018

Ireland’s Memorial Records

Ireland’s Memorial Records

Archives & Special Collections has arranged a display to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The printed volume in the display case in the foyer of the Hardiman Building comes from our set of the eight volumes of the Irish Memorial Records, originally published in 1923 by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial. Prolonged debate had taken place in many countries both during and after the War concerning an appropriate means by which the dead should be commemorated. Initially many families had demanded the return of their loved one’s remains but the scale of the casualties had quickly precluded this from happening. In Ireland matters were further complicated by the huge shifts in public opinion and political life wrought by the events of the revolutionary period. The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial was established in 1919 with Field-Marshal Viscount French of Ypres as its first President. The Committee’s principal legacies are the Irish War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, Dublin and the publication of these volumes, funded by public subscription.  The latter contain over 49,000 names of men who died during the First World War.
The volumes were produced by the well-known contemporary Dublin publishers, Maunsel & Co. and include fine handmade paper. The page borders were created by Harry Clarke, then enjoying a significant reputation as an artist both in stained glass and other media. One hundred copies of each book were printed and they were intended to be available in most reference libraries. A list has been compiled in recent years of the whereabouts of 35 surviving sets of the Memorial Records. The set held by this library is apparently the only set in the West of Ireland. Our volumes are available for consultation by researchers in the Archives & Special Collections Room in the Hardiman Building.
From the outset problems were experienced by those assembling the names as to the definition of “Irish” and criteria for inclusion in the volumes. There was, as we see in our display, also some confusion concerning duplicate entries. The volume on display exhibits the entry for Robert Gregory, of Coole Park, Gort, county Galway, who died in January 1918. The two entries appear to both refer to the same Robert Gregory. Over the years researchers have indicated that the Memorial Records are not a definitive list and that there are other Irish men who died in the War who are not listed in the volumes for various reasons, principally to do with the location at which they joined the forces or were killed.

The Irish War Memorial Gardens were designed by the renowned architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, and eventually built between 1933-1939. They are now in the care of the Office of Public Works. For more information see  &

 A hand-list of sources  in the library for further research on the First World War is available from the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

*Update: Access Restored* Problems Accessing All E-resources

Update: A fix was implemented by ISS overnight, and access to our e-resources has been restored.

There is a small chance that your computer will appear to be denied access still. If this is the case, refresh your browser (Ctrl+F5) or clear out your browser cache and cookies, and this will restore access back to normal.
Apologies once again for any inconvenience this might have caused you.


Due to IP address problems on the NUIG campus network, there are currently problems accessing all e-resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc).

ISS have been informed of the problem.

There are some possible workarounds that may work for you, but we can't guarantee success with any of them unfortunately:

  • If you can use the campus WiFi (NUIGWiFi or Eduroam) network rather than a LAN cable, you may be able to access some resources.
  • Another option is to sign in to your Campus Account at and then use the Library Catalogue to navigate through to the e-resources you want to use.

We apologise for the interruptions in access to our e-resources, and we hope ISS will have the issue rectified soon.