Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sat April 2nd - Interruptions to ProQuest Databases

ProQuest Service Alert

On Saturday April 2, 2016, ProQuest will be performing maintenance that will affect user authentication. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM BST and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time, access to the ProQuest products on the domains listed below will not be available:
American Film Institute (AFI)
Annual Register (AR)
Brechts Werke
C19 Index
C19 Microform (free site)
Collections (ILCs)
The Cecil Papers (Cecil)
Colonial State Papers (CSP)
Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker (DKV)
Documents on British Policies Overseas (DBPO)
Early European Books (EEB)
Film Index International (FII)
Film Indexes Online (FIO)
GLP (Die Deutsche Lyrik)
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)
History Online
History Study Centre
The John Johnson Collection
Kafkas Werke
Luthers Werke
Paley Center Seminars
Patrologia Latina (PLD)
Queen Victoria's Journals
Teatro Español del Siglo de Oro (TESO)
Users attempting to access these products during the downtime will be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Remembering the Rising - Commemorations from 1966

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, led the commemoration and national remembering of the events of Easter 1916 this past weekend, the centenary of the Easter rising of 1916. As part of a national programme of events, commemorations included a military parade past the G.P.O. on Dublin's O'Connell Street on Easter Sunday to a nation-wide synchronised sequence of events that took place in Galway, Cork, Meath and Wexford on Easter Monday,

Across the weekend a diverse programme of cultural commemoration in the form of lectures, talks, concerts, exhibitions and re-enactments entertained and engaged the public. At the beginning of all these events was a laying of a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square by President Higgins.

The Garden of Remembrance was officially opened by then President of Ireland, Éamon De Valera, as part of the fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the 1916 Rising in 1966. As the events of 1916 are of such interest to study and understand, so too are the acts of commemoration and understanding how we remember these moments in Irish history at various times in the State's history. Within the archive of actor and revolutionary Arthur Shields at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, are original plans for the Garden of Remembrance. Arthur was an actor and stage manager at the Abbey Theatre and who was an active combatant in the Rising as it broke out just streets away from the Abbey Theatre. He was later arrested and interned at Frongoch Prison Camp in Wales.

In a further link between history and remembering, Shields has the unique distinction of being a rebel active in 1916, of playing the lead role of Jack Clitheroe in the 1926 original production of Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars" critiquing the Rising at the Abbey Theatre and also playing the role of Padraic Pearse in the 1936 film version of "The Plough and the Stars" directed by John Ford with a screenplay by Dudley Nicholas. The below images are all from the archive of Arthur Shields and offer a glimpse into commemorations of 1916 fifty years ago.

 Original plans for the Garden of Remembrance

 A book of commemorative stamps issued by An Post

 A book of commemorative stamps issued by An Post
A photograph of Arthur Shields (centre) as a fallen rebel from the 1926 production of "The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre 

Photograph of an Taoiseach of the time, Sean Lemass (also a rebel involved in 1916 as a 16-year old) with Christine Shields and Helena Moloney (bottom left) on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate members of the cast and staff of the theatre who participated in the 1916 Rising, 1966. Helena Molony was a central figure in events in 1916 and also afterwards as a leading feminist, trade unionist and socialist.

Donation of rare Ossian volumes to James Hardiman Library

The Ossian Online project recently donated three Macpherson editions to the Special Collections section of the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway. The donation includes copies of the first and second editions of Fingal (both dated 1762) and a copy of Temora (1763), and represents the beginning of an initiative to acquire copies of the seven editions that were published under James Macpherson’s authority in the period 1760-73. This will provide a printed analogue of the editions that comprise the focus of Ossian Online and create a new collection unique in the libraries of Ireland.

           The edition of Temora donated to the James Hardiman library.
While part of the motivation for Ossian Online is to make facsimiles and accurate transcriptions of the full Ossian corpus available on the web, the project recognises that this is a representation of—not a substitute for—the original print editions. Just as the digital medium enables new orientations towards literary texts—such as the platforms for visualising genetic textual development and collaborative annotation being developed by Ossian Online—the printed book offers opportunities for scholarship that are unique to that medium. Individual copies bear marks of ownership and use—bookplates, signatures, marginalia—that allow scholars to investigate the social history and provenance of the work.
During the era of handpress printing, variations between individual copies within a single edition were common, and surveying multiple printed editions can unearth this evidence—and reveal the circumstances behind such phenomena—in a way that a representative digital facsimile cannot. Forthcoming posts on this blog will examine some bibliographical problems that arise from examining multiple printed copies of Ossian.

Ossian Online team (Justin Tonra, Rebecca Barr, David Kelly) peruse Temora.
Thus, we are delighted to see NUI Galway take the first steps towards acquiring a printed collection to complement the work of Ossian Online. These editions were acquired with the assistance of funding from the School of Humanities at NUI Galway and the Irish Research Council, and the project would like to acknowledge their generosity in helping to establish this important initiative. Thanks also to John Cox, Librarian, and Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian at the James Hardiman Library for their support in this endeavour.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Easter Opening Hours

Easter greetings to all from the Library Staff

If you are planning on studying over the Easter period:

The Library Reading Room at basement level will be open as normal from 07.00 - 02.30 daily between Friday 25th - Monday 28th March.

The James Hardiman Library will remain closed during this period.

The Medical Library, at the Clinical Sciences Institute, will be open from 06.00-23.00 daily.  Access is controlled by smart card and is available to all students registered on College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences courses. There will be no staffed service.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Emerald Insight Disruption - Tues March 22nd

There will be scheduled maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22 March 2016, beginning at 08:00 - lasting for up to 12 hours.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration
  • Search
Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on

Friday, 11 March 2016

ProQuest Service Alert

On Sunday March 13, 2016, ProQuest will be installing critical firmware updates to its systems infrastructure. The window is scheduled to begin at 03:00 GMT and will last for eight (8) hours.

ProQuest apologize for the short notice of this maintenance window and for any inconvenience this will cause NUIG users.  

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Past Lives: New Women’s Histories

Library Exhibition

Mary Clancy, Global Women’s Studies & School of Political Science & Sociology
This exhibition aims to highlight the possibilities of women’s history and to recognise the effort of past students of the university through an exhibition of their publications held in the library. This group of women was among the first to enter university in the decades after 1879, the year that university education was legally open to women. The first woman student to sit for a degree in Galway, Bessie Anderson, graduated in 1888.  The majority of the women students of this era won academic scholarships and prizes, undertook postgraduate studies in Ireland and Europe, were active in various social, political and feminist organisations and achieved prominence within their fields, nationally and internationally.
The exhibition is a project of The Centre for Global Women’s Studies, School of Political Science and Sociology; Art and Archives in the West of Ireland and Explore, in association with Special Collections, NUI, Galway. The Exhibition is part of a larger forthcoming research project.

Exhibition research: Mary Clancy. Library Research: Marie Boran. Library Exhibition Assistance: Kathleen Burke. Student Exhibition Assistance: Nuala Gaffney.

Acknowledgements: Gillian Browne, Anne Byrne, Kat Castillo, Caitríona Clear, Ray Conlon, Frank D’Arcy, Margo Donohue, Erin Grant, Kieran Hoare, Margaret Hughes, Mary McGill, Niamh Reilly, Amber Walsh-Olesen.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The View from Nelson's Pillar - From the Archives

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Nelson's Pillar on Dublin's O'Connell Street in 1966. Despite the historic and often controversial opinion in which the statue was held, the end and fate of Nelson and his pillar could, perhaps, not have been predicted or foreseen. On this anniversary, it is timely to look back into the archives of this period and see just how this statue dominated the streetscape and skyline of Dublin's O'Connell Street. By virtue of its location the pillar was a witness   to some of the most significant events in Irish history, as well as to the development of the main thoroughfare of Ireland's capital city.

These images are from the Ritchie-Pickow archive within the Hardiman Library of NUI Galway. Taken by American photographer George Pickow when he and his wife, the famous American folk-singer, Jean Ritchie, came to Ireland in 1952-53. Jean received a full-bright scholarship to come to Ireland and immerse herself in the folk song tradition and culture of Ireland and collected songs from many leading Irish singers and musicians, especially in the west of Ireland. The couple also travelled through Dublin and took many incredible images of a Dublin that is long removed from our own recognition. George was able to take photographs from atop of Nelson's Pillar and this offers a viewpoint through Pickow's own lens but also of a vantage point of Dublin city that disappeared as quickly as the pillar itself.

Other images are also available images from the Ritchie-Pickow archive at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway.

AWC Workshops

AWC tutors will hold two workshops over the next few days. 
The first workshop will take place on Friday, 11 March 2016,  at 5 and is entitled 'How to Plan, Structure and Write an Essay'. 
More information and registration can be found here:
The second workshop will take place on Monday, 14 March 2016, at 4pm and is entitled 'The Complete Essay Writing Process'.
More information and registration can be found here:
Anyone who has an essay to write should find these workshops useful. 
Very best wishes

AWC  Team

Monday, 7 March 2016

Meet your MakerSpace 10/3/16

Drop by to see what's on offer at the NUI Galway MakerSpace. 

We will guide you through the software and hardware we have available in the space and answer any questions you might have. 

We will look at 

• 3D Printing – how it’s being used by staff and students
• The PC’s and what special software is available on them
• What’s a Raspberry Pi and what can people do with it?
• Some uses for an Arduino micro controller
• Meet our first little robot (if I can get it working by then)

We are also looking for your input into what serivces we should provide in the MakerSpace. It's your MakerSpace. This event is held in the NUI Galway MakerSpace located in the library.

Facebook Event Link ->

This event will be repeated.

EndNote for Mac training next Wednesday 9 March 2-4 pm - trainer led workshop

Bob Green from Thomson Reuters (  will provide a training session on EndNote for Mac users next Wednesday 9 March from 2 to 4 pm.
See for details and booking link. Space is limited and booking is essential.

Bob requests that you install the required software on your Mac in advance as follows:

  1.    EndNote 
  2.    Either Firefox or Chrome (as Safari is not capable of working with the Direct Export from     the online databases)
  3.      Word with a working CWYW EndNote toolbar

 Workshop presenter:
 Bob Green
Support Specialist Europe

Thomson Reuters ( provides regular online training events for Windows and Mac users. Details and registration links are now available for events in March 2016 at: 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Informa Healthcare Access *Restored*

*Update March 3rd 17:10 - Access to Informa Healthcare is restored*

Access to Informa Healthcare content is down at the moment. We are working with the publisher to restore this access as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.

Take the library survey and be in with a chance to win an iPad-Mini-4

We are conducting our annual LibQUAL+ Library survey - Check your email for the survey link.

Your responses will be of great value in allowing us to benchmark ourselves against similar libraries and to help us prioritise service improvement initiatives.

When you complete the web survey you may choose to submit your name to a draw for an Apple Ipad Mini 4 with 4G.

Thanks for your feedback.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Endnote Web training

The Library will be offering two 45-minute sessions on the basics of Endnote Web in March, as follows:

Monday, March 7, 2:00 pm, in the main floor Library Training Room.

Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 am, in the Nursing and Midwifery Training Room / PC Suite

In each session, we'll be covering the following:

We'll cover:
1. How to create an Endnote library
2. How to use your library to Cite While You Write in Microsoft Word
3. How to use Endnote Web's collaborative tools.
Sign up for either session on the James Hardiman Library Eventbrite page:

See you there!

To find out more about what Endnote can do for you, see our Endnote guide (scroll down for Endnote Web):