Showing posts from May, 2011

LibQUAL+ 2010 library survey

A summary of data from the LibQUAL+ library survey conducted in late 2010 is now available.

Cecil Papers @ NUIGalway- A World First

NUI, Galway is the first institution worldwide to purchase The Cecil Papers, a privately held archive, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son, Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). The database offers full-colour images digitised directly from the original Cecil Papers manuscripts at Hatfield House Archives. Also included is a digitised version of the Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Marquees of Salisbury, an essential bibliographic tool that provides descriptive records for each document, including many full transcriptions, extracts, and summary abstracts. Pictured (l-r) are some of the attendees at the training event: Dr. Riana O'Dwyer, Lecturer, English, Theodora Pascal, PhD student, School of Humanities, Prof. Steven Ellis, Head of History and Stephen Brooks, Senior Publisher, Higher Education, Proquest. For queries regarding The Cecil Papers (or a copy of the training presentation) contact Niamh Walsh - n

Tell us what you think!!

What do you love about the Library? What drives you mad? What could the Library do to make your life easier? What would you change if you were in charge? Come and join a focus group and share your thoughts and feelings about the Library's services with us. We want to offer the best service we can for you adn to do this we need to know and understand what you need. Email if you would like your voice to be heard!

Dr Garret Fitzgerald RIP

Following the very sad news of the passing away of Dr Garret Fitzgerald, you may be interested in: Books in the Library by or about Dr Garret Fitzgerald Articles by Dr Fitzgerald in the Irish Times (NUI Galway login required) A book of condolence has been opened in the University for the late Dr FitzGerald, former NUI Chancellor. Members of the University community will be welcome to visit the Library Foyer between now and Friday, 3 June, to sign the book.

Abandoned Mansions- an exhibition of photographs by Tarquin Blake

Tarquin Blake’s Abandoned Mansions of Ireland, a photographic project spanning three years of research and documentation, will be on display in the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway from 16 May to 24 June. The exhibition contains more than 40 images of the lost estate houses of Ireland. Blake documents the end of the landed aristocracy in Ireland and the demise of their country mansion houses. His beautiful, haunting images of crumbling ruins convey an indefinable beauty in the decay – in the abandonment. The images are accompanied by history and folklore, telling of troubled times and private hardship. The exhibition also features two audio visual presentations. Also on display will be items from the James Hardiman Library’s landed estates collections. In 2010, Collins Press published a book of Tarquin Blake’s photographs – Abandoned Mansions of Ireland. More photographs can be viewed on his website:

Final year students: Return your books & Pay your fines

It is University policy that final year students must return all Library materials and pay outstanding fines. Non-compliance will mean that results will be withheld, and you will not be allowed to graduate. Check your Library account at If you have any questions you can contact the Customer Services Desk by emailing, calling in person or ringing 091-493005 Once books have been returned and fines are paid, results will be made available online after 4 hours.

Extended Summer Opening Hours

From Monday May 23rd to Sunday September 4th 2011 the Library will be offering the following extended summer opening hours: Monday to Thursday 08.30-22.00 Friday 08.30-17.30 Saturday 10.00-17.00 Sunday Closed Exceptions: June Bank Holiday (Monday June 6th) Closed Saturday June 11th Closed Wednesday 27th July 08.30-17.30 Thursday 28th July 08.30-17.30 August Bank Holiday (Monday August 1st) Open 10.00-17.00 Saturday September 3rd Closed For further information please check out website

Introduction to EndNote for Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

Date : Wednesday 18 May, 2011 Time: 11.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. Venue : Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite Introduction to EndNote bibliographic management software Learn how to : Set up and manage your EndNote library Add and import citations Create and edit bibliographies using CWYW Workshop objective: Participants will be ready to start using EndNote to manage the results of their literature searches and will be able to use EndNote's CWYW (Cite while you write) fuction when referencing. Workshop presenters : Kathleen Burke and Niamh Walsh Registration :

The Cecil Papers - Proquest Seminar

The Cecil Papers are a privately held archive, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son, Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). NUI, Galway is the first institution worldwide to purchase The Cecil Papers. Access is available via 'Database by title' on Stephen Brooks, Senior Publisher - Higher Education, Proquest will provide a seminar on The Cecil Papers in the James Hardiman Library, see details below. Title : The Cecil Papers - Proquest Seminar Date : Thursday 19th May 2011 Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite Agenda : 1100-1130 History of The Cecil Papers and background to the ProQuest digitisation project 1130-1200 The Cecil Papers resource: scope, usage and applications 1200-1230 Hands-on workshop - exercises and activities Registration is required, to register go to Contact Niamh Walsh / 091