Showing posts from August, 2017

Who is Katie Roche? - From the Archives

Programme from opening night, 'Katie Roche', 1936, Abbey Theatre Digital Archive The story of the eponymous young woman of the play,  Katie Roche , is often unbeknown to Irish theatre audiences. Lesser known still is the story of the play’s author, Teresa Deevy. One could be forgiven for confusing the stories of both women, Roche and Deevy – their stories interchangeable where either’s considerable talent and ability were left unfulfilled by demonstrable forces beyond their control. Authority has a habit of getting in the way. Such was the case for both Deevy and her play  Katie Roche . First performed at the Abbey Theatre in March 1936, the play’s opening night review in the  Evening Herald  included the following remarks: “The point of the play, if point there is, is most evasive. It seems to be little more than a clever psychological study of a girl who gives her name to the piece.” This critic who describes Katie as a “complex creature as near to insanity as makes

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online - new resource

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online  is now available. This online resource includes: c.80 old-spelling texts 550 contextual documents 88 essays several hundred high-quality images 100 music scores details of more than 1,300 stage performances cross-linked bibliography of over 7,000 items   The print edition was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online  contains a wealth of additional content, including the recently discovered diary of Jonson's 'Foot Voyage' to Scotland, extra letters written to Jonson, early attempts at a biography, further material relating to the masques and poems and numerous contemporary references to Jonson's works and reputation. This resource can be accessed via the library catalogue or directly via the link here. Collection Development

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom - online archive now available

Fulltext access to every issue of Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom from Volume 1, Issue 1, 1887 onwards is now available. Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK ( JMBA ) is an international journal, publishing original research and reviews on all aspects of marine biology, to support the aims of the MBA . The areas covered by JMBA  include: Marine ecology, behaviour and fisheries Biodiversity and population studies of marine ecosystems, especially potential impacts of global warming, ocean acidification and climate change on ecosystem resilience Physiology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology of marine organisms, including microbiology, particularly related to the integrative ecophysiology of marine organisms Taxonomic syntheses, including molecular phylogenies Morphology, life history and developmental biology of marine organisms, especially model systems Chemical and physical oceanography, as directly relevant to marine

Oxford Bibliographies in International Law - now available

The Library has acquired permanent access to Oxford Bibliographies International Law , one in the series of the highly regarded Oxford Bibliography research tools. " Oxford Bibliographies in International Law is designed to provide authoritative guidance and help researchers filter through the proliferation of information sources to material that is reliable and directly relevant to their inquiries. It will provide a trustworthy pathway through the thicket of information overload." Each entry within the bibliography contains the following: Headings concisely identify the types of resources and key areas of scholarship Expert Commentary provides context and recommendations to guide users through the citations Citations provide a selective list of the best and most useful resources available Annotations indicate what is included in the work and how the resource will aid research Links to resources in and outside of your library's catalog

Library August Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours

  If you are planning on studying over the August Bank Holiday weekend the James Hardiman Library will be open as follows: Saturday 5th August:   10.00-17.00 Monday 7th August:     10.00-17.00 The Library will be closed on Sunday 6th August, however the Library Reading Room at basement level will be open daily as normal from 07.00-02.30 over the entire weekend.

ScienceDirect Off-Campus Access - Restored

*Update Tuesday 8th: Access has now been fully restored after intermittent access over the weekend* There is currently a problem accessing fulltext content on ScienceDirect while off-campus. this seems to be a global issue affecting all institutions. ScienceDirect Tech support are aware of the issue and are working on a fix. This blog post will be updated when access has been restored; our apologies for the inconvenience.

The work of an archivist

In the first blog post I wrote I spoke about the various stages of the work that an archivist does in preparing a collection to make it accessible in the reading room. I am now down to the last of the boxes and files in the arrangement phase. The time it can take to arrange an archive can vary depending on the size of the archive and the order in which the material is in the archive. During the arrangement phase archivists look to keep and respect the order that the creators arranged their own records. In archival terminology this means that I look at the Muintir na Tíre collection as a fonds. This comes from the term respect des fonds, an archival principle which tells us to acknowledge the source, or provenance, of records when we are arranging them. By maintaining the original order we can learn a lot more about the organisation and the records and how Muintir na Tíre worked. However, this is not always easy to do especially when you receive a collection has been stored li

New workshop! Videos made easy: from idea to upload

One more workshop now open for registration, a brand new one on making digital video. Here are the details: Videos made easy: From idea to upload Wednesday August 16, 14:00 In this workshop we will be delving into the world of Digital Video. Video is fast becoming a way in which people learn and interact, with 6 out of 10 people preferring online video platforms to live TV. YouTube is one of the most popular and most used video sharing platforms, in an average month, 8 out of 10 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube. Video is fast becoming both a creative outlet and an essential tool for teaching as well as disseminating research. In this workshop we will be looking at idea generation and planning for creating digital videos. During this workshop we will also cover some tips and tricks for filming and editing. Learning these skills will help in the creation of your digital video whether you are creating an artistic or academic video. Eileen Walsh, the facilitator, has a degree in Gr