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Films to Borrow in the Library

In support of film studies, the Library has continued to add to our dvd collection located on floor one. Below is a selection of well-known titles from all genres that we have purchased over the last year or so. All of our dvds are available to be borrowed. Finally we would like to remind you of our film streaming resource Kanopy which provides access to many classic films and documentaries.   DVD Titles (click on title to see holdings) Florida Project                        Call me by Your Name            The Breadwinner       Borg vs McEnroe                   The Big Sick                             Get Out                       Blade Runner 2049                 La La Land                     Manchester By The Sea          On Chesil Beach         Collection Development

Supporting Diversity in Academic Writing: An AWC/ CELT Workshop with Staff of the Writing Centre in the University of Hawaii

We are very pleased to announce that our project, 'Supporting Diversity in Academic Writing', has received funding from the NUIG Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Fund.  Thanks to this grant, we will be able to hold a unique interactive workshop given by writing tutors from the University of Hawaii on 29 January 2019 at 5pm.   How can one support diversity through the teaching of academic writing? Do some practices reflect tutors’ unconscious biases and thus unintentionally lead to the silencing of diverse voices? Can cultural awareness be fostered through particular tutoring strategies?  The workshop, conducted via a video-link, will address these questions through presentations and specially designed activities.  Located in a culturally diverse area with a long history of colonialism, the Writing Centre of the University of Hawaii is committed to facilitating inclusivity through querying current teaching practices and its state-of-the-art approach to writin

1918 Election Centenary: women voting in the West

14 December 2018 is the 100th anniversary of what was probably one of the most significant elections in Irish history. On Saturday 14 December 1918 the electorate on the island of Ireland, expanded from c.700,000 to over 2 million due to the Representation of the People Act (1918), went to the polls in what was the only 32-county general election. It was significant also because it was the first time women (over 30) were granted the right to vote to elect members of parliament and to be candidates in such elections. To mark the occasion Mary Clancy from Global Women's Studies in the School of Political Science and Sociology and Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian, have collaborated on a visual display which tells the story of some of the women who campaigned in Galway and the West of Ireland for women's right to vote. The display will run on the Hardiman Building foyer video wall from 14-21 December. Please do drop by to view it.

CFP: Writing and Well-being. 5 April 2019. The Academic Writing Centre, James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway.

CFP:  Writing and Well-being National University of Ireland, Galway 5 April 2019 Procrastination, writer’s block, failing a course due to being unable to finish writing assignments, and even debilitating anxiety—many of us who work with writers, whether in the classroom,   the writing centre, or in another support capacity, encounter students who regularly experience these kinds of challenges. There are also those writers who explain writing as essential to their being, a form of therapy, and a release. Both sides of this spectrum point to the ways writing intersects with students’ well-being. Given that academic writing constitutes the core activity across multiple disciplines, professionals responsible for students’ workload and supporting writing should understand how mandatory writing assignments affect students’ physical and mental health and their emotional state; however, the subject remains under-researched, and the answers in hand are ambivalent. For example, while

Dr Nordstrom (University of Hawaii) to Begin Work at the AWC next term

We are looking forward to the arrival of Dr. Georganne Nordstrom, who has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship to work with the AWC in the James Hardiman Library and in the Discipline of English in Spring 2019. Dr. Georganne Nordstrom is an Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s (UHM) Writing Center. Her research and teaching focuses on writing center studies, critical and place-based pedagogy, and examinations of Indigenous and minority rhetorics, with a specific focus on Hawaiʻi’s Creole, Pidgin. She is the co-editor (with Jeff Carroll and Brandy Nālani McDougall) of Huihui: Aesthetics and Rhetorics of the Pacific (UH Press, 2015), a multi-genre anthology whose authors represent different nations of the Pacific. Her work has also been published in College English, College Composition and Communication, and The Writing Center Journal. Dr. Nordstrom is the recipient of UHM’s 2016 Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious

New Irish Fiction in the Library

It has been an amazing year for Irish fiction - a Booker prize winner and a bestseller from Castlebar . As well as Anna Burns and Sally Rooney there has been a wealth of new and established writers publishing new material in all genres. Here are some of the recent Irish novels we have added to our collection. All of these books are available from our Popular Reading Collection, currently on floor 1. We always welcome suggestions for new books to added to the Library's collection. Milkman by Anna Burns Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne Normal People by Sally Rooney The Orchid and the Wasp by Caolinn Hughes A Keeper by Graham Norton Skin Deep by Liz Nugent The Importance of Being Aisling! by Emer Lysaght & Sarah Breen  Collection Development

Student Reading List Survey - tell us what you think

The Library is currently running a short student survey about access to your reading list materials. We would like to know: do you have difficulty accessing your required readings - books, ebooks or articles?  would you like your course modules to use our  Reading List System  as described below?  Please take a minute to fill out the  Student Reading List Experience survey . (survey ends Friday 14th December) The Library's Reading List System In the last two years we have, where possible, provided your lists online with our dedicated  Reading List System . The list is created by the lecturer and links to ebooks, scanned chapters, full-text articles and our Library holdings. The list is accessed via the relevant Blackboard module. Using this system allows us to quickly check and keep track of your reading list requirements. It is easier for students to find their readings and we do everything we can to provide access to high demand material whether ebooks, scanne

Oxford Bibliographies in Music - trial ends Friday 07th December

Oxford Bibliographies in Music combines the best features of a high-level encyclopedia and a traditional bibliography in a style tailored to meet the needs of today’s online researchers. Each article, written and reviewed by top scholars in the field, is rich with citations and annotations, expert recommendations, and narrative pathways to the most important works for virtually all areas of music. Click here to access the trial of  Oxford Bibliographies in Music . Please submit the feedback form available  here   to assist in evaluating this resource. The trial ends on Friday 07 December 2018 .

Some Recent Novels by NUI Galway Graduates

With the recent nomination of Ithaca by NUI Galway graduate, Alan McMonagle (BComm, MA) for the Dublin Literary award we thought it would be timely to bring together the recent novels published by NUI Galway alumni from the past year or so. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (BCorp) A police procedural by a former Law student, now based in Australia. Connect by Julian Gough (BA) Modern themes of AI and cyber reality merge in this technological/philosophical thriller. Red Dirt by EM Reapy (BA) Young Irish emigrants and their misadventures in the Australian outback. 2017 Rooney prize winner. The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton (MA) Set in a rain soaked Ireland of the future, this imaginative novel follows the journey of a young teenage father. The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle (BA, MA) Catherine Doyle received a major deal by Bloomsbury Publishing for this charming book set on an island off the west coast of Ireland, the first in an upcoming tri

Research Data Management Policy and Library Guide

A new Research Data Management Policy at NUI Galway has been approved recently. It was developed by members of the Research Data Working Group and provides advice to staff engaged in research at NUI Galway about their responsibilities relating to data generated, collected and processed by NUI Galway staff as part of a project, which is led or contributed to by NUI Galway staff/students. For further information, guidance and support please consult the Library Guide on Research Data Management . It includes information about typical data-related activities undertaken in the research data lifecycle, how to write a data management plan and how to find and cite data. See also  Research Data Working Group .

Preparing for Semester II - the Library's Reading List Service

The Library's  reading   list service is a one-stop teaching support service for academic staff..  When you use our system we will:  prioritise your  reading   lists    order required books/e-books request chapter and article digitisation  provide direct linking to the list from Blackboard for your students. The reading lists dashboard feature shows  how often lists have been accessed and materials used by students. Furthermore: -There is no requirement for separate book ordering or scanning requests.  The Library will ensure sufficient access to your resources.  -Once the reading list is created, it will roll forward for the next academic year. The Library will be automatically informed of any updates. -Unlike direct links added to Blackboard, the resources will all be available off-campus.  -Unlike uploaded articles on Blackboard, statistically important access/citation figures will increase and be accurate. -Each list has a durable url and could be

Ireland’s Memorial Records

Ireland’s Memorial Records Archives & Special Collections has arranged a display to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The printed volume in the display case in the foyer of the Hardiman Building comes from our set of the eight volumes of the Irish Memorial Records , originally published in 1923 by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial. Prolonged debate had taken place in many countries both during and after the War concerning an appropriate means by which the dead should be commemorated. Initially many families had demanded the return of their loved one’s remains but the scale of the casualties had quickly precluded this from happening. In Ireland matters were further complicated by the huge shifts in public opinion and political life wrought by the events of the revolutionary period. The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial was established in 1919 with Field-Marshal Viscount French of Ypres as its first President. The Committee’s pr

*Update: Access Restored* Problems Accessing All E-resources

Update: A fix was implemented by ISS overnight, and access to our e-resources has been restored. There is a small chance that your computer will appear to be denied access still. If this is the case, refresh your browser (Ctrl+F5) or clear out your browser cache and cookies, and this will restore access back to normal. Apologies once again for any inconvenience this might have caused you. _________________________________________ Due to IP address problems on the NUIG campus network, there are currently problems accessing all e-resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc). ISS have been informed of the problem. There are some possible workarounds that may work for you, but we can't guarantee success with any of them unfortunately: If you can use the campus WiFi (NUIGWiFi or Eduroam) network rather than a LAN cable, you may be able to access some resources. Another option is to sign in to your Campus Account at and then use the Libr

Waterloo Directory of Irish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900: new online resource

Access to The Waterloo Directory of Irish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 is now available. This online bibliography lists 5,800 Irish newspapers and periodicals published during the nineteenth century. It contains a diverse range of Irish historical documents, including records for nationalist magazines and broadsheets, migrant newspapers, local almanacs, provincial newspapers, society proceedings, and Church reports. It also contains over 2,000 images. The Waterloo Directory of Irish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 includes hyperlinks to available full text e-access titles, as well as library locations, and a virtually complete list of all secondary research on each, as well as up to 32 fields of data per title, including a historical summary of each title. It has 6 searchable indexes: title, issuing body, people, town, county/country, and subject. A Global Search allows for broader searches. This resource is updated regularly. Access is available via t

Back Issues of 1000+ Springer Journals now available

Through the IReL consortium, the Library has now access to the back issues of over 1000 Springer Journals. These journals cover a range of disciplines and go back in many instances to the very first volume of the title. Subjects covered are from the following areas: Examples of journal titles with expanded coverage include: Archives of Virology Vol 1 1939- Astrophysics Vol 1 1965- The Botanical Review Vol 1 1935- Environmental Geology Vol 1 1975- European Biophysics Journal Vol 1 1974- Int. Journal of Early Childhood Vol 1 1969- Journal of Genetics Vol 1 1910- Journal of Materials Science Vol 1 1966- Law & Philosophy Vol 1 1982- Marine Biology Vol 1 1967- Sexuality & Disability Vol 1 1978-  Water, Air & Soil Pollution Vol 1 1971-  A full list of the Springer titles is available for consultation (Note that the years given are the backfile years and do not include the current subscription years to the journals). Access to all these journal title

JSTOR Arts and Sciences XII Collection now available

Through the IReL consortium access to  JSTOR Arts and Sciences XII Collection is now available. This new collection significantly expands JSTOR's coverage of the Social Sciences. JSTOR Arts and Sciences XII Collection  contains  128  journals (540,006 articles) in the following subject areas: Education Law Political Science Psychology Social Work Sociology Asian Studies Criminology A title list can be viewed  here . Journal publishers in this new collection include: the American Bar Association, Brill, Lynn Reiner, Springer and many more. All the journals available in the   JSTOR Arts and Sciences XII Collection can be accessed via JSTOR or via the  library catalogue .  Collection Development

Kanopy - Video Streaming Collection

Kanopy   is a video streaming collection providing access to over  20,000  films from more than  850  filmmakers.  Kanopy's film collection covers all subject disciplines and includes documentaries, feature films, foreign language film, independent film, instructional film and more. Over  200+  new films are added every month. The Library's access to Kanopy is via a Patron Driven Acquisition Programme. A set amount of money has been paid to the supplier of Kanopy for this financial year. If a film is viewed  4+  times this film is licensed/triggered and the budget is deducted accordingly. Note:  Lecturers should ensure any films/documentaries required for course material are viewed  4+  times to ensure the film is triggered. The usage of Kanopy will be monitored regularly. Kanopy's   Help Center  is a very useful resource area. Viewers can add films to watchlists, create  film clips and playlists  highlighting particular sections or lists of films. Note:  All fi

Library Print Journals on Floor 1

Library Print Journals   on Floor 1 Over the last two years the entire library’s print journal collection has been merged and are all housed in the journals area towards the rear of Floor 1.   On the library catalogue they are listed as FL1J.   There are no longer journals kept on Floor 2, Nursing Library or in the Law area.   The space created by these moves has been put to good use making room   for more study spaces for students!