Showing posts from March, 2016

Sat April 2nd - Interruptions to ProQuest Databases

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) http

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,

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

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.

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

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.  

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

The View from Nelson's Pillar - From the Archives

Today marks the 50 th  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 t

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:   http :// www . eventbrite . ie /e/ awc -workshop-how-to-plan-structure-and-write-an-essay-tickets-22527239580 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

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:     EndNote       Either  Firefox  or Chrome (as Safari is not capable of working with the Direct Export from     the online databases)       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:  http://endnote. com /training#calendar

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.

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):