Showing posts from August, 2014

Getting Started in the Library

Essential training for all students - in just 30 minutes you will learn how to find your way around the Library, what services are available and how to find the books you need in the Library.  You will be shown how to search the library's catalogue to find out if the library has the books or journals you need.  You'll also be given a short tour of the library, so that you can learn how to find the books on the shelves. No booking required - this is a drop in session.  This training will be held in the Library Training Room on the ground floor of the Library at the following times: September 8th to 12th:  11am and 2pm every day September 15th to 19th: 11am, 2pm and 7pm every day September 20th: 11.30 am No need to book - Just Drop In!

Welcome to the Library

 We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all NUI Galway students, both new and returning, to the Library. We're delighted that you have chosen to come and study in NUIG and we will do everything we can to help you be successful in your studies. The Library provides training on a variety of topics - all designed to help you gain the skills of finding, evaluating and using information more efficiently. Please visit our Training page, to find details of what we have to offer, to help you with your studies. Training Events              Training Calendar             Useful Guides

First Years - Introduction to the Library Sessions TODAY!

Fáilte - Welcome to all our new First Year Students Welcome to all our new first year students.  We're delighted that you have chosen to come and study in NUI Galway and we will do everything we can to help you be successful in your studies. To help you find your way around in your first weeks in NUI Galway, we are providing an information session on Library services for all first year students - "Introduction to the Library". This introduction includes an introduction to Library services and a tour around the Library. Please sign up for a session aimed at your subject area.  Attending these sessions will save you lots of time in finding your way around the library's collections and will help you make the best possible start to your studies. SIGN UP NOW AND MAKE THE BEST START  If you've any questions now or later in your studies please come to the Library's Customer Services Desk - we will be very happy to help.

Sorry for the disruption!

Apologies to those of you using the Library over the new few days, you may experience some disturbance from an increase in noise-levels. We will be welcoming new students to NUI Galway and showing them around the Library over the next few days. Tours for new first years will be taking place on Wednesday (11-1 and 2-6), Thursday (9-1 and 2-4) and Friday morning (9-1).  To minimise the effect of this on your work, we would recommend using the Silent Zones on Floors 1 and 2 or the top floor of the Nursing and Midwifery Library during those times. Apologies for any inconvenience caused!

Land - Ownership, Occupancy & Use: the O'Connor Donelan Archive

Letter from John O'Connor Donelan to his mother 21 July 1893 Land–its ownership, occupancy and use– has been a central motif in Irish history and in the Irish imagination for centuries. Land has been a source of wealth and income, as well as a key marker of social rank and political power. A history marked by confiscation and plantation resulted in the land being a site for conflicting claims and identities in Ireland. Accordingly, primary documentary records relating to Irish landed families and estates provide a rich resource for the investigation of many aspects of Irish history.  The Archives of the Hardiman Library hold a number of landed estate collections relating to major estates and families in the West of Ireland. The O’Connor Donelan collection provides a good example of the value of such records. The p apers relate to the O'Connor Donelan family of Sylane, Tuam, County Galway. The papers cover the legal dealings of the family, the management of their

Scheduled Downtime for the Library Catalogue Service (Aleph)

The Library Catalogue service (Aleph) will be unavailable between 16:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday August 26th to facilitate a database upgrade. If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk (Tel. x5777 eMail ). 

Science AAAS journals and Ebola research

Given the current widespread and lethal outbreak of the Ebola virus,  AAAS' journals  Science  and  Science Translational Medicine  offer a freely available collection of research and news articles on the viral disease to researchers and the general public.  Click here to view

Provincial binders

Whilst the league of Dublin-based bookbinders may present some names familiar to us, e.g.: Mullen, Cavenagh and Bellew to name but a few, once in a while we stumble across a name that is not so familiar. Binding a fine copy of our second edition of Annals of the kingdom of Ireland (Dublin : Hodges, Smith, 1856) is the work of a Kilkenny binder known only by his last name: Landy. The binding is a half leather affair with marbled boards, and a delicate foliated scroll across its spine bands. If you would like to view/ consult this item, or indeed any item from the Mac Fhinn Collection , please submit an online request or contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Building at .