Friday, 23 September 2016

Maker Space Workshop: Introduction to SketchUp Make

Learn how to create 3D printable objects using the SketchUp Make software.

Tuesday 27th September, 2016 from 4 to 5 pm in the library training room.

Click the image below for further details.

Introduction to SketchUp Make

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Druid and the Beauty Queen - From the Archive

Programme cover, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, 1996
The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh was a point of departure for many reasons. When it opened to a world premiere production by Galway's Druid Theatre Company, in a co-production with London's Royal Court Theatre, on the first of February 1996, it also marked the opening of a new theatre building – Galway's Town Hall Theatre. The play would also be a whirlwind success for Druid and open up one of the most important and celebrated relationship's in contemporary Irish drama – that of director Garry Hynes and the plays of Martin McDonagh. it also, of course, exposed audiences both in Ireland and around the world, to a very different 'Irish' play.

Within two years of the play's opening in Galway, Beauty Queen would make history and secure four Tony awards, including Best Director for Garry Hynes, the first female director to win the award.
The play would tour extensively in Ireland, the U.K. and wider internationally, from Broadway to Sydney, over successive years, tours, cast changes and revivals between 1996 and 2000. A constant being that the message of the play remained the same – that Ireland and indeed Irish drama (and their numerous definitions) were being redefined through Beauty Queen and through the subsequent Leenane Trilogy which would premiere again in Galway in 1997.

Beauty Queen on Broadway, 1998

The long suffering daughter, Maureen Folan, questions her controlling and ageing mother, Mag, in the opening scene, "What country do you live in?" Mag responds: "Galway". The short exchange would sum-up neatly the questioning of region and nation, tradition and modernity, home and place that the play examines in wickedly black humour and violence and which has captivated audiences around the world for two decades. As Fintan O'Toole wrote in an article for the programme of the world premiere of the play in 1996, entitled "Changing Places":

"That unbounded Ireland is the one which Martin McDonagh belongs to, and the one in which Druid has always been willing to play itself. It is a nation that cannot be taken as read but must continually be written up, and acted out"

This year, 2016, Beauty Queen turns twenty years of age. It is currently undergoing a major revival, opening, as it first did back in 1996, at Galway's Town Hall Theatre, before embarking on a major Irish and international tour. Marie Mullen, co-founder of Druid Theatre Company, returns to the play and takes up the role of Mag, first portrayed by the late Anna Manahan. The archive of Druid Theatre Company, held at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, offers a fascinating insight into the play and its production and reception. Among a wide range of records include programmes, press files, flyers and posters from all productions in Ireland, the U.K., America and Australia. there are also files of photographs of productions and rehearsals; the prompt-script from the 1996 production as well as a first-edition published edition of the script and also a later edition which is signed by all cast members. Technical details such as design plans, sound and lighting plans, reveal how the play was a complex and challenging work to stage, as it presented and constructed a rain-sodden and wild west of Ireland setting. (Mag: "Wet Maureen?" Maureen: "Of course wet".) The archive of this play and of Druid itself is a unique resource to understand anew this play as we revisit McDonagh's Leenane, twenty years after we first did so. 

Monday, 12 September 2016

Part-time Writing Tutors

Academic Writing Centre, James Hardiman Library

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) is hiring current MA/MSc students at NUI, Galway as tutors for the 2016-2017 academic year. The AWC is an important part of the Academic Skills Hub at the James Hardiman Library. Its primary purpose is to support students, mainly through one-to-one tutorial sessions. In addition, the AWC engages the university more widely by offering workshops and presentations, and runs a number of research and community projects. 

Tutors will staff a drop-in service for students in the early afternoons and evenings throughout each term. They will also contribute to the continued development of the AWC.

Successful applicants will work 3-4 hours a week; they will be paid at the standard tutorial rate (€22.55 per hour).

If you wish to apply, please send the following materials to Tim Keane ( by noon on Monday, 19 September 2016:
a) An academic writing sample of 2-5 pages (excerpts should include a brief explanatory note).

b) A CV that details the subjects of your BA and the final grades received.

c) A cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your proposed contribution to the     role in the light of your past work experience, career objectives, and knowledge of the work of the AWC.

Information about the AWC can be found at

Contact Tim Keane about any informal queries about the position at the email or at 091-495697.

Culture Night 2016 at NUI Galway Archives!

This Friday, 16th September, sees another packed Culture Night across the country and across Galway city and county. The Archives of the Hardiman Library and NUI Galway bring you two events to keep you topped up with culture on this busy evening. First is a lunchtime event of music, song, spoken word and archives. Celebrating the heritage and culture of the West of Ireland, this event promises to be a special lunchtime gathering of a range of artists .The Galway Music Residency and NUI Galway invite you to join the Galway ConTempo Quartet in the President’s Drawing Room, NUI Galway, where you can view the historic art collection on display; a rare work by Lady Gregory’s son Robert, a portrait of actress Siobhan McKenna and more, with talks, readings and rare archival film, photographs and props from McKenna’s acting legacy and from the archives of Galway's celebrated company, Druid Theatre.

Time: 1300 - 1430
Location: President's Drawing Room, NUI Galway

At 6pm, join us for a special evening of encountering the University archives, stories and history during the turbulent period of 1913-1919. Staff and students of the University had prominent roles on and off the battlefields both in Europe and in Ireland during these formative years. Explore guided tours of our exhibition and behind the scenes look at the original University archives from the collections of the Hardiman Library. (tours begin at 6pm and 7pm and are c. 50 mins)

Time: 6pm and 7pm
Location: Foyer, Hardiman Building, NUI Galway

Friday, 9 September 2016

Accessing E-Books - Temporary Access Method

We are currently updating essential software; the update process is affecting e-book access.
 Instead of accessing content on the DawsonEra e-books site directly, we are getting warning screens about access not being secure.

However you can still (securely!) access the e-book content you need.
When the warning screen pops up, click on the 'Advanced' link at the bottom of the page. this brings up the link in the screenshot below, and you can click it to navigate through to the content.

We're working on the upgrade as a priority, and don't worry, all access to e-book content is safe and secure.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Scheduled Downtime for the Library Online Book Ordering System and our Exam Papers Archive on Wednesday, 7th of September from 08:00 - 10:00

On Wednesday, 7th of September from 08:00 - 10:00 , the following Library services will be unavailable in order to facilitate necessary maintenance:

  • Online Book Ordering System
  • Exam Papers Archive

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Digitising the Abbey Theatre Archive: Journey and Destination

Tuesday 4 October 2016, Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway


This seminar tells the story of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, created by the largest theatre archive digitisation project undertaken worldwide. It reflects on challenges faced, lessons learned, new opportunities and impact on academic mission, library and archives.



1030 Registration and refreshments

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)

1240 Lunch, including opportunity to take a tour of the Archives and Special Collections with Niall McSweeney, Head of Research and Learning, and Kieran Hoare, Archivist, NUI Galway Library

1340 The academic impact of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive (Professor Patrick Lonergan, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway)

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, NUI Galway)

1510 The transformative impact of the Abbey project on NUI Galway’s Library and Archives (John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway)

1530 Close and Tea



How To Access Databases

How To Access Databases

Finding databases is a very simple process:
  • To choose a specific database you type the database name into the search box on the library homepage. 
  • To see what databases are available on a specific topic you need to go to the list on the Subject Support pages.
  • You will need to use the 'Including Articles' functionality for cross searching across different databases. Remember, you have to be signed in first for this to work.
  • If you want to find certain types of databases, e.g. reference, statistics, etc., then on the catalogue page choose 'Browse Search'. On the new page, choose 'By subject' in the drop-down list, and then type "databases [type]". So "databases reference" would bring a list of the reference resources the Library subscribes to:

Note that links to Online Tutorials can be found on the right hand side under 'Details'

Making Your Own Database Lists In The Catalogue

Your Subject Support pages already have comprehensive lists of relevant databases in your discipline.
However, you might want to create a list of resources from other disciplines. It's very easy to do this:

  • Sign into your Library Account in the catalogue as always
  • Search for the database you want to save
  • When the search results appear, you'll see a star beside every result. Just click on the star and the database will save to your e-shelf. Simple!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Gate Theatre Digital Archive now open for research at NUI Galway

The digital archive of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, is now accessible in the Archives Reading Room of the Hardiman Building. Comprising a wealth of material in a range of formats and media, the archive and documents of one of Ireland's leading theatres, from the late 1980s to present, is newly open to study and research.
Rosaleen lenihan as 'Mary Tyrone' in Eugene O'Neill's
'Long Day's Journey into Night', (1998)

The scale of the archive and its digitisation ensures it is a vast resource for the study and understanding of plays performed at the Gate but also of Irish theatrical, social and wider cultural history. Already available within the digital archive are over 10,000 photographs, 11,000 press files, 6,500 pages of programmes, over 2,000 pages of play scripts, 1,700 pages of annotated prompt-scripts, 600 lighting designs and wealth of other material such as posters and handbills. Audio-visual material, including video recordings of productions and audio files of sound scores and design, will also be made available over the course of the digitisation project over coming months.

Programme cover of Gate Theatre's Beckett Festival
The archive of the Gate Theatre comprises material mainly from the period 1980-present, during which the theatre has been managed by Michael Colgan. The Gate under Michael Colgan has distinguished itself internationally for its work with two Nobel Prize winners, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. There is extensive correspondence with both writers, as well as huge detail about productions of their work. This will be of interest not only to Irish theatre scholars, but to people from further afield. There is also extensive archival material relating to other major writers, including David Mamet, Conor McPherson and Brian Friel. Indeed, Friel premiered seven plays at the Gate during the last 20 years of his life.

The Gate also has a long tradition of working with some of the world’s great actors; the archive features material relating to Orson Welles, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Penelope Wilton, Stephen Rea, Ian Holm, Liam Neeson, Charles Dance, and many others.

By connecting the Gate material to existing archival material at Hardiman Library on the Abbey and Druid theatres, playwright Thomas Kilroy, actress Siobhan McKenna and numerous other collections, NUI Galway’s status as the leading international centre for the study of Irish theatre is further enhanced.

This video provides an overview of the archive and its content.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

'Shakespeare Lives' exhibition now on at the Hardiman Library

Shakespeare Lives through Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen

James Hardiman Library Foyer

16-26 August, 2016

Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

This exhibition celebrates the work of Kenneth Branagh in bringing Shakespeare to life on stage and screen and making the work of the Bard accessible to a global audience.
'Shakespeare Lives' exhibition at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

It features rarely seen artefacts from the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive in Special Collections, the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, which illustrate the actor-director’s remarkable Shakespearean career, from his debut as Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 23 to his Oscar-nominated screen adaptation ofHamlet, and beyond.

The exhibition is part of the programme, Shakespeare Lives across the Island: Conversations and Celebrations - 

It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.

Kindly hosted by James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway