Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The bX Article Recommender Service

This post continues the theme of Library Ireland Week, 'Empowering Through Online Access'.

One of the services the Library provides to improve your online experience is the bX Article Recommender.
bX is a very effective way to help you discover other articles that you might find useful in your research.

How Does It work?
Think of it like using a shopping site such as Amazon - when you look for an item, you often find some information on the page saying 'People who viewed this item also viewed these similar items'. There you'll see a list of items similar to the one you're looking at.
bX works the same way; taking information from institutions across the globe, bX makes recommendations based on the article you're linking to.

So essentially bX is a list of articles that other users around the world viewed in addition to the one that you're linking to. It's a great way to discover more information on a topic that you mightn't have been aware of.

How Can I Use it?
It's very simple - just search for an article in our 'Including Articles' search in the catalogue and when you find an article of interest, you'll see the 'Recommendations' link with the article:

  • As always, sign into your Library Account first:

  • Enter what you're looking for and choose Including Articles:

  • Choose the article you want, and clink 'online access' to read it as normal. Now take a look at the tabs on screen for that article. If you see a 'Recommendations' tab, then that means bX has alternative articles for you to check out:

  • If you want to explore any of the articles in the list, then just press the SFX button to be brought through. Quite often the article you choose will have its own recommendations too, so it's a great way to explore good academic content for your topic:

Just a final note - bX works based on users from all around the world, so from time to time the recommendations will be for journals the Library doesn't currently subscribe to. If you don't see a 'Full Text' option in the menu, then that means the Library won't have access to it. bX is a powerful service though, and will often provide a huge amount of article recommendations for you to choose from.

Abbey Theatre Digital Archive Project - Podcast of Seminar at James Hardiman Library

The James Hardiman Library at National University of Ireland, Galway, hosted a seminar on Tuesday 4 October which told the story of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, created by one of the largest theatre archive digitisation projects undertaken worldwide. It reflected on challenges faced, lessons learned, new opportunities and impact on academic mission, library and archives.

All talks have been recorded with audio podcasts available at the following link:

 Slides from many of the presentations are available here:


1100    Welcome and Introduction (John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway)
1110    A brief history of the Abbey Theatre archive (Mairéad Delaney, Archivist, Abbey Theatre)
1140    Digitising the archive (Martin Bradley, Archives Consultant, and Aisling Keane, Digital Archivist, NUI Galway Library)
1210    The Abbey Theatre Early Minute Books Project (Cillian Joy, Digital Library Developer, NUI Galway Library, and Patricia O’Beirne, Abbey Digital Archive PhD Fellow, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway)

1340    The academic impact of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive (Professor Patrick Lonergan, Centre for  Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUIG)
1410    Data mining case study (Marc Mellotte, Applied Innovation Unit Lead, Insight, NUI Galway)
1430    Staging the Archive: mediating user engagement and experience (Barry Houlihan, Archivist, NUI Galway Library)
1450    The researcher experience (Christopher McCormack, Abbey Digital Archive PhD Fellow, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUIG)
1510    The transformative impact of the Abbey project on NUI Galway’s Library and Archives (John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway)
1530    Close

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Digital Publishing Brownbag Pitch – Enabling a Treasury of Economic Data

On Tuesday 17th Januarywe will continue our series of lunchtime brown-bag events to focus on Duanaire, A Treasury of Digital Data for Irish Economic History

Duanaire is the work of Dr Aidan Kane and his team. This innovate project has unearthed a wealth of Irish fiscal history data and made it accessible online in a range of formats. At its core are the detailed accounts of revenues and expenditures from the Journals of the House of Commons of the Kingdom of Ireland throughout the 1700s. These remarkably sophisticated and consistent accounts give unique insights into the evolution of the Irish economy and the press of political and military events during this fascinating period.

Dr Kane has assembled a unique infrastructure for the imaginative curation, exploration and sharing of significant tranches of Irish economic history data. Its construction grew from collaboration between Dr Kane and his team with Moore Institute, Digital Technologist David Kelly, and the Library's Digital Library Developer, Cillian Joy, all of whom will speak at this seminar.

Dr Kane will talk about the evolution of the project and its future.

David Kelly will talk about the re-design of the Duanaire website, and about his work producing engaging, interactive data-visualisations based on the project’s data.

Cillian Joy will tell us about the Library’s involvement in providing the technology that bootstrapped the Duanaire project. He will also outline the exciting developments concerning the Library’s latest infrastructure to manage archival and research data. Cillian will also give an overview of our advisory services in this area.

Following the presentations we will open-up the floor to general discussion about the project. This is your opportunity to engage. We are eager to hear your views whether you think Dunaire has applications to your own research,  if it serves as a template for research in a related area or if you would just like to know more about the services of our Digital Library.

Everyone is welcome to this Brown-bag Pitch and registration is free. To allow us adequately provide for catering, we request that you please register. Details on how to do so will follow. 

Venue: Room G011, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Date and Time: TBC

12:00     Lunch will be available from 12:00

12:05     Dr Aidan Kane, Head of Economics at NUI Galway - The Duanaire Project

12:30     David Kelly, Research Technologist for the Humanities and Social Sciences at NUI Galway - the           re-design of the Duanaire website and interactive data visualisation

12:45     Cillian Joy, Digital Library Developer at NUI Galway Library - the Library’s involvement with the Duanaire              project, our technology strategy and infrastructure and what it could do for you.

13:00     Discussion and exchange of ideas

14:00     Session Ends

Monday, 28 November 2016

PODCAST: Prof. Frank Shovlin and Mining the Literary Archive of John McGahern

Welcome to this podcast from the Archives of the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. This episode features a conversation with Professor Frank Shovlin, who shares his experiences and thoughts from extensive research carried out on the archive of writer, John McGahern.

Prof. Frank Shovlin
Frank was educated at University College Galway where he took BA and MA degrees before moving to complete doctoral studies at St John's College, Oxford. In 2008 frank became a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool and in 2014 took up the role as head of department at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.

Frank has earned numerous competitive fellowship awards, notably Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowships and Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships which enabled detailed study of the Archive of John McGahern.

Frank has published widely in leading journals and publications on Irish literature, print culture and related topics. Previous monographs include "The Irish Literary Periodical 1923-1958" ; "Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival" and Frank's most recent monograph is entitled "Touchstones: John McGahern's Classical style"

Items from the McGahern Archive at NUI Galway
In this conversation Frank discusses his engagement with the archive of the archive John McGahern and how that archive has influenced Frank's research.

Empowering Through Online Access - Library Ireland Week

The week of 28th November is Library Ireland Week, and this year’s theme is ‘Empowering Through Online Access’.

We in the Library are committed to providing our users with easy access to resources of the highest quality. There is a very clearly proven reason for this: access to the highest quality journals means you have the best research in your field accessible to you. This means that your own research in turn will be of high academic quality, and will subsequently be used as research from users in other highly-ranked global research institutions. Being part of this cyclical research process is one of the key strategic themes for NUI Galway.

The NUI Galway user community are very heavy users of online scholarly information to aid their research needs.

From Oct 1st 2015 to Sept 30th 2016 there were a hefty 1.68 million journal articles accessed, and an additional 700,000 ebook chapters read.
So for every day during that year, the NUI Galway user community accessed an average of 4,600 journal articles and 1,900 ebook chapters. That’s a lot of research!

ScienceDirect is the most popular resource in NUI Galway, with over 450,000 journal articles viewed in the last academic year. This is over 2.5 times as many articles viewed as its nearest rival, JSTOR. The other big multi-disciplinary resources, JSTOR, EBSCO, and Wiley  all had between 100,000 and 175,000 fulltext articles viewed over the year.

Such high figures clearly show how that while research and innovation are strong themes for the NUI Galway’s path into the future, the NUI Galway user community is already showing a strong commitment to research across all disciplines.

If you want to find out more about which resources are the best ones for your subject areas, then check out our brilliant LibGuides.
LibGuides are a perfect starting point to access the resources best for you. As well as having dedicated subject guides for each discipline, you’ll also find other key information on how to research effectively, systematic reviews, and valuable information on plagiarism and citations

Checking out the LibGuides will save you hours of work in the future, as well as making sure the work you do will be of the highest quality; so whether it’s an assignment or research for an article you want to publish, we’ve got you covered. 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Online National & Regional Newspapers - Irish Newspaper Archive - Library Ireland Week

As part of Library Ireland Week we are promoting a number of our online newspapers with a focus on Irish resources.
The Irish Newspaper Archive is a wonderful example of this providing access to a range of national and provincial newspapers, with extensive historical and contemporary coverage.

It is the primary online source for:
  • the Irish Independent 
  • the Sunday Independent
  • Irish provincial newspapers

The newspapers are in complete digital, searchable form. The Irish Newspaper Archive is now the main method of access to provincial newspapers in the Library. 

Some of the main newspapers covered include: 
  • Anglo-Celt 1846-
  • Connaught Sentinel 1927-
  • Connaught Tribune 1909-
  • Galway City Tribune-
  • Freeman’s Journal  1763-1924
  • Irish Examiner 1841-1999
  • Irish Independent 1905-
  • Irish Press 1931-1995
  • Leitrim Leader 1905-
  • Tuam Herald 1837-
A full list of titles with coverage is available
Check out our website for more information on other newspapers available in the Library. 

Collection Development

Accessing the Economist Online - Library Ireland Week

As part of Library Ireland Week we are promoting a number of our online resources with a focus on newspapers and publications that cover contemporary events.

The Economist remains one of the most read publications for contemporary social, political and economic events.

The Library has access to: 

  • current online content via the Economist website from 1997- present
  • the complete Economist historical archive 1843-2012
  • current print issues located on floor 1 at 330 in the journals section

Current Content via the Economist website
  • Search for the Economist on the Library Catalogue
  • Click on the title to display the username and password
  • Follow the link provided onto
  • Sign into the website using the username/password provided
  • You will now have full-text content to all articles

The Economist Historical Archive
The Economist Historical Archive provides a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2012. This is a total of over 8000 issues offering unique access to historical, sociological, economic and cultural events over the past 175 years.
Browse the Economist Historical Archive
by year and issue

  • Search for the Economist Historical Archive on the Library Catalogue
  • Follow the link to the database
  • Search by date and keyword or browse the issues

Collection Development

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Auto Archives - Motoring Through History - #ExploreArchives

Today's theme looks at cars and the history of motoring in various collections. Being able to look back and admire the design and engineering of early cars in the twentieth century also prompts us to look at how the needs of motorists have also changed over the years. Records from the Galway Town Commissioner's ledgers of minutes and correspondence (Collection LA4) show how in 1918, as the War was still ongoing in Europe, a concern for the local Town Commission was the level of damage being caused to local roads owing to the increased volume of army vehicle traffic. Read the entry from the volume in full below:

 Some other items and images of interest are from the photographic archive of Jean Ritchie and George Pickow. Ritchie was a celebrated American folk singer, who was part of the famous 'Singing Ritchies' family of Appalachia area of America. On Fullbright scholarship trip to Ireland in the early 1950s, Jean travelled around Ireland collecting folk songs from various individuals. Accompanied by her husband George Pickow, their trip records not only the image below of Jean with, perhaps, a Daimler car in 1953. (A positive I.D. on the make and model of the car is welcome!)

Also of interest within this collection are wonderful images of Dublin's O'Connell street in the early 1950s. We are used to seeing Dublin's streets choked with traffic today but we can but imagine the quite recent past of the 1950s where bicycles far outnumbered the number of cars on Dublin's main thoroughfare. These images show another side of Irish society, before the motor car became the primary mode of transport in today's society. It is also of the period between when Dublin's original tram system was removed and today's modern LUAS was reinstalled onto Dublin's streets.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Did a Hollywood star come to campus in 1928? Douglas Fairbanks & the QCG Visitor Book #Explorearchives

The visitor book of Queens College Galway/University College Galway is a record of all guests and notable visitors to campus for the years 1877 - 1928. A simple volume like this was in use when the campus comprised only the Quadrangle building we know today but carries huge significance within the hundreds of signatures within its pages. The book covers a span of years that was revolutionary, in many senses, in Ireland and for the University with its place within the network of 'Queen's Colleges' of Ireland and the U.K.

Through the years the book was in use, it witnessed the growth of the University, the rise and fall of Charles Stewart Parnell, the reign and later death of Queen Victoria, the 1916 Rising which had ripple effects across the west, the first world war which saw staff and students of the college enlist and also die on the battlefields of Europe, the 1918 Election, and other major events through the Revolutionary period in Ireland, through to the late 1920s.

The book has been on display in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room for much of this year as a centre-piece of the exhibition, "A University in War and Revolution: 1913 - 1919". A truly unique occurrence happens in August 1899 when both Pearse brothers, Padraig and William, sign the register as visitors to campus. It is a rare occasion in history where both brothers' signatures are signed side-by side.

Signatures of the Pearse brothers, QCG, 1899

However, another curiosity occurs at the very last entry in the book. Dated 1928 is the signature of 'Douglas Fairbanks', Hollywood, Cal[ifornia]." There is no available information as to why Fairbanks, one of the most celebrated actors of his generation at the time was at UCG. Fairbanks was married to actress Mary Pickford at the time, who had Irish roots. Was he here as a guest of the President of the University or an academic? Was he on holidays in the region at the time? Or was the signature a prank by a student of the day?! Any film buffs out there who might have any clues, do let us know.
Signature of Douglas Fairbanks, UCG, 1928

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Private Life of a President - Douglas Hyde at Frenchpark

The distinctive signature of 'An Craoibhin'

All Presidents need some down time. For Douglas Hyde, academic, Irish language activist and first President of Ireland, this place of privacy and contemplation was at his family home at Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. The family moved to the area of Ratra in the 1860s and always maintained a special place in the heart of Douglas Hyde. (Hyde would also go by the nom de plume “An Craoibhin Aoibhinn”) Even in his advanced years, after becoming President of Ireland in 1938 and taking residence in Áras an Uactaráin in Dublin, Hyde still made private visits to Frenchpark, returning to re-live some quieter moments among the nature he so quite clearly loved.

Cover of the Hyde Photograph Album (P38)
Within the Hardiman Library is a bound volume containing a photographic album of the Hyde family during the 1890s. All of the photographs are taken at Frenchpark, County Roscommon, and the subjects are mainly Douglas Hyde and his family, other family members including his father, family pets and Douglas Hyde with locals. Of the sixty-six images included in the album, over half show Hyde or others with a range of family pets, from dogs, cats and goats to horses and cattle. The young Hyde was a keen huntsman and his general love of nature and contentment within the surroundings of Frenchpark and its rural estate and community reveal a side of Ireland's first president that is rarely seen.

The album is a wonderful addition, among other Hyde papers at the Hardiman Library and which explore the deep connection to the West of Ireland to the social, cultural and political development of the State. Here are a selection of images from the album and the album in full can be viewed in the Archives Reading Room.

Monday, 21 November 2016

'Explore Archives' Week 2016 - Where We Started

This week is the national 'Explore Archives' week. Archives services and repositories all over the country will be delving into their collections and sharing some new stories and rare items from their collections.

All this week the Archives of the Hardiman Library will share some highlights and seldom seen items from our collections. Our archives range in date from the late 15th century to present day and cover a wide range of topics from the development of Galway city, the culture, landscape, language and music of Connemara and the West, great Irish writers, theatres and actors, as well as more modern records stemming from the years of conflict in Northern Ireland.

For this first post we go back to where we started. Queen's College Galway, as we then were known, was founded in 1845 and opened its doors to a first cohort of students soon after. Our first Librarian was James Hardiman, historian and book collector and our University Library still bears his name today. The University Quadrangle is a proud link to this early University heritage and you can look back at a recent programme of Building Ireland (available on the RTÉ Player) where the architectural history and original plans of the Quadrangle are featured.

Here are a selection of images exploring our University history and we will share more posts exploring our wider archives throughout this week. Stay tuned for more stories from the Archives!

James Hardiman

Original plans of QCG Quadrangle

Cover of first Roll Book, QCG

Original QCG Library, late 19th Century

Linking to Online Journals - Restored

Update 21st Nov 11:30
Access to the linking software has been restored, so normal service has now resumed. Apologies again for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
 - the E-Resources Team


There is currently a problem linking to our online journals, as the software that supports it is currently down.

We have contacted the software providers, and are hopeful everything will be back up and running soon.

In the meantime, you can still access journals by going straight to the relevant databases in the catalogue. Just type in the name of the database (JSTOR, ScienceDirect, etc.) to navigate through, and access the journals you need from there.
If you're not sure what databases are relevant for you, just visit the LibGuide for your subject area for more information.

Our apologies for any inconvenience, hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Academic Writing Centre Workshop

‘Procrastinators, unite!
A Last-Minute Workshop for Exam Preparation’

Left studying a little late? Fallen a bit behind? Don’t Panic!
Come and learn some helpful strategies to prepare for
exams in a new AWC workshop. 

‘Procrastinators, unite! A Last-Minute Workshop for Exam
Preparation’ will take place on November 14th (12.00-1.00)
in the Library Training Room. 

Register here

BrowZine - A New Way to Access E-Journals

*Click this link* to access the Library's e-journal collections.

You can quickly leave feedback through this link

Please note that we are trialling the BrowZine software at the moment, so your feedback is important for us when considering a subscription. Many thanks.
The trial will end on December 20th.

What is BrowZine?
BrowZine is a way to access, browse and read the Library's e-journal collection though an easy and quick interface. All of the Library's e-journals are available through BrowZine, so it's a quick way to access articles, all broken down into subject areas for better discoverability.

BrowZine is an excellent way to browse journals in a subject area from across many publishers. However, for in-depth and advanced searching, we would still recommend using the Library Catalogue, not to mention the search interfaces of our many databases.

With BrowZine you can:

  • Navigate through to find the top relevant journals in your subject area.
  • Save frequently visited journals to your Bookshelf.
  • Get notifications when new articles are published.
  • Download the app version of the software to your device. You can still sync to your account whether you're using the web version of the app version. Apple app can be found here, android app can be found here.

You can view the video below to see some of BrowZine's features. Please note though, that some of these will not be available to the trial version of the product that we currently have.