Showing posts from March, 2021

Counting the people: Census anniversaries

T he Census which was due to take place this month (April 2021) has been postponed for one year due to Covid19 restrictions. It is expected to be held instead on Sunday 3 April 2022 . This week marks the 120 th and 110 th anniversaries respectively of two earlier censuses, 1901 and 1911. The 1901 census was taken on 31 March and the 1911 Census on 2 April. For those of us in Ireland these have assumed major importance because they are the only census for which the actual forms completed in those years survive for all of the island. Due to the disastrous fire in the Four Courts building during the Civil War in 1922, all but a tiny fragment of the precious returns from 1821-1851 were lost. The returns from 1861-1891 had already been destroyed. Some sources suggest this was in the mistaken belief that the data had been abstracted into enumerators’ notebooks, which was the standard practice in England, Scotland and Wales at the time. Unfortunately, this was never the case in Ireland.

Siren Films: New Child Development Video Resource

The Library now has access to Siren Films : Child Development Video Based Training , a video   clip   collection for students and professionals in Early Childhood Studies.    This resource allows students to learn about child development in all its facets and to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work with young children. It is particularly valuable in the current situation with restricted access to work placements. It provides access to hundreds of short video clips in areas such as: child development effective learning areas of play  environment and materials  theories and approaches Additional information, in the form of prompts and reflective questions, provide support and guidance for planning training.  The resource can be accessed via the Library Catalogue. Collection Development  30th March 2021

Open Voices: Interview with Toby Steiner

   As part of our Open Voices series we speak to Toby Steiner, Project Manager at the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs ( COPIM ), based at Coventry University, UK. Hardy talked to Toby about his personal Open journey, setbacks and optimism, and where we are on our journey towards Open Scholarship. You can follow Toby on Twitter . Hardy : The first thing I would like to ask about – can you tell us more about your background in Open Scholarship? Toby : First of all, thanks so much for having me, Hardy! And great question...   my background in Open Scholarship is quite a mixed bag of different influences, and more of a long story... In a way it even goes back to the formative years of my early teens. I guess underneath it all, it's just this overall curiosity about all things Open. The culture of Open had sparked my interest from quite early on... going back to the early 1990s, that’s when I started dabbling around with computers, building my first cus

OER Grant Scheme Open for Applications

Create and Remix   OER   using   NUI Galway Open Press ( ) The NUI Galway OER Grant scheme is open for applications, with a deadline of 12 April 2021. The aim of the grant scheme is to support and incentivise OER adoption, adaptation, and creation through small grants to participating authors, instructors, and creators. Funded OERs will be created or remixed using NUI Galway Open Press that is powered by PressBooks . Apply for a Grant Now ! There are three types of OER grant funding, these are: Adopt an existing open textbook (or other educational resource); €300 - €500 . Example, ‘adopt’ “ Culture and Psychology ”. Adapt existing OER to your instructional needs; €1,500 - €2,500 . Example of an ‘adapted’ text, “ Introduction to Psychology ”. Create an OER where none currently exist; €2,500 - €3,500 . Example of an OER created from scratch, “ Student Success ”. Got a grant scheme question? Book an OER drop-in session OER drop-in 18 March 2021 3-4p