Tuesday, 11 April 2017

James Hardiman Library - Easter Opening Hours





To help in planning your study over the Easter weekend please see below details of the James Hardiman Library Easter opening hours:


  • Friday 14 April       10.00-18.00
  • Saturday 15 April   Closed
  • Sunday 16 April     Closed
  • Monday 17 April    10.00-18.00


The Library Reading Room at basement level will be open daily from 07.00-02.30




Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Access *restored* for Web of Science, Jrnl Citation Reports, Essential Sci Indicators

Update April 5th - Access has been restored to all affected resources.
You can access the resources as normal via the relevant links in the library catalogue.


We're currently experiencing access problems with Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, and Essential Science Indicators.

For Web of Science, the interface can still be searched, but there's no guarantee that content in search results will be as comprehensive as it should be.
Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators are both presenting login screens and aren't authorising us at the moment.

Technical support for the resources has been contacted, and they are currently working on fixing the issue.

We'll update this blog post as events warrant. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Library E-Resources Team

Monday, 3 April 2017

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences - new edition now available


 
Access to the online 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, 2015) is now available. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001, comprises over 3,900 articles and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

Key Features:

•Provides authoritative, foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge across the wide range of behavioral and social sciences fields
•Discusses history, current trends and future directions
•Topics are cross-referenced with related topics and each article highlights further reading

Access is available here.
 

Collection Development













 

Muintir na Tíre Limited

Before Muintir na Tíre was founded in 1937 by Canon John Hayes, he established a co-operative society, Muintir na Tíre Limited, in 1931. Muintir na Tíre was an agricultural producers co-operative society for farmers and their labourers.

I have discovered some records relating to Muintir na Tíre Limited during the appraisal and arranging of the Muintir na Tíre archive. This includes the minute books from 1931 – 1937 and some published material.

The minute books of Muintir na Tíre Limited note how Muintir na Tíre Limited was set up, the rules that should be followed, the prices of shares and the title of the organisation. They note the various meetings of the organisation during the years it was active and those who were involved in the organisation. 



The first entry in the first minute book is a circular announcing a meeting on March 4th 1931 “to further consider the matter of setting up an organisation which will embrace every section of Irish Agriculture and avoid political affiliation” announced the intention of setting up an organisation which would act as a parent organisation for all those involved in agriculture. It was decided at this meeting to set up such an organisation, and this became known as Muintir na Tíre Limited.

It was agreed that the association would be registered as a limited liability organisation under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act. Muintir na Tíre Limited was registered with the Register of Friendly Societies on 24th November 1931. To be registered with the Register of Friendly Societies Muintir na Tíre Limited had to produce rules. 


Muintir na Tíre Limited believed in rural self-help. The ideological basis for Muintir na Tíre Limited was the encyclical Rerum Novarum. In this the Pope was calling for greater harmony between the social classes. In Ireland this was seen as the relationship between farmer and labourer. This vision was set out by Reverend Hayes in an address to a meeting of delegates at Commercial Buildings Dublin, 7th May 1931 and published in the below booklet.



Muintir na Tíre Limited agreed the formation of branches in 1934. Rules and regulations governing the formation of branches were established.



The most successful activity of Muintir na Tíre Limited was the development of Rural Weekends. These weekends were a shortened version of Semaine Sociales held in rural France. Rural weekends developed into the Rural Weeks run by Muintir na Tíre.

Muintir na Tíre Limited was a precursor to Muintir na Tíre and many of the ideas of Canon Hayes were developed and tried out in the co-operative society. However, the co-operative was found to be too limiting and by 1937 it ceased being registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies. Muintir na Tíre was ready to be established to promote rural communities.

While you have to wait until these records are available for research purposes you can have a read of Class, Community and Conflict: the case of Muintir na Tíre Limited by Eoin Devereux published in Tipperary Historical Journal 1995 and Father John Hayes: Founder of Muintir naTíre, People of the Land by Stephen Rynne to find out more about Muintir na Tíre Limited. Hopefully, there will be more records relating to Muintir na Tíre Limited to be discovered. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

ARAN repository exceeds five million hits to date





ARAN has attracted over five million hits (downloads and page views) to date, leaving no doubt that adding your publications to it boosts your citations and increases the visibility of your research. It is the definitive open access showcase for research from NUI Galway. Don’t miss out on the benefits by claiming your publications on IRIS and uploading them to ARAN.






Just click on the red button (see above) beside your publications in IRIS to upload to ARAN or email your publication to aran@nuigalway.ie and we’ll upload it for you.






Upload the final draft post-refereeing without the publisher’s type-setting, formatting, logos and pagination (also known as the post-print). We check and adhere to publisher’s policies and explicitly promote and link to your published article. Very little admin is required on your part.


For advice and support email aran@nuigalway.ie


Friday, 24 March 2017

"Outside the Walls": Research in the Community
Seminar hosted by Special Collections, Hardiman Library,
 NUI, Galway


Thursday, 6 April, 14.45-17.00
 Hardiman Research Building, G011

Speakers: Marie Mannion, (County Galway Heritage Officer), Prof. Noel Wilkins, (Galway Archaeological & Historical Society), Professor Gerry Jennings (Western Family History Association), Dr. Christy Cunniffe, Archaeologist. Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

3 Database Trials End Soon

The following database trials will expire on Friday, 31 March:
 
  • Electronic Enlightenment
  • Kanopy (online films and documentaries)
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
 
These resources can be accessed via the database trials page.

Please complete the database trial feedback form provided for each resource of interest.


Collection Development

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Martin McGuinness - In Conflict and Peace: From the Archives

The recent stepping away from active political life by Martin McGuinness and from his role as Deputy First Minister, signalled a polemic shift in the political landscape in Northern Ireland, His passing today, aged 66, has further intensified the consideration of his life and role in Northern Ireland, and his journey from conflict to peace, over many decades.

The perhaps unknown role that Martin McGuinness played, over many years, in negotiating a peaceful and sustained end to conflict in Northern Ireland can be seen within the archive of mediator Brendan Duddy. Brendan Duddy was born in Derry on 10 June 1936. He became a businessman in his native city, and by the early 1970s he owned and managed two fish-and-chip shops, one in Beechwood Avenue (Creggan) and another in William Street. Duddy knew Martin McGuinness in the 1960s when McGuinness worked for a supplier company delivering burgers to Duddy's shops - at a time when McGuinness's interest in politics was not yet kindled.
Screenshot of "Walter" material, Duddy Digital Archive, NUI Galway

At the time it would have been impossible for anyone to predict the central roles both men would play over the course of the following decades.

One section of the Duddy papers pertain to a figure known as ‘Walter'. These items, now digitised and available from the Hardiman Library, reveal the extent of efforts by "Walter"  - the active code-name for Martin McGuinness - and particularly his and Duddy's period of close co-operation in 1993. The files include detailed draft and final correspondence and memoranda sent by Brendan Duddy to McGuinness, which show the level of tense and prolonged discussions regarding the Peace Process of the early 1990s and the later Good Friday Agreement of 1998. The files also include other items such as relevant newspaper cuttings focusing on McGuinness.

Telex from Duddy to McGuinness, 1999

Examples include a dossier of three letters from Brendan Duddy to Martin McGuinness, previously sent 21 March - 19 June 1999, copied by telefax to an unidentified recipient in September 1999, detailing the central role and importance played by McGuinness in peace talks. As key mediator in this long process, Duddy, here codenamed as “June”, writes to McGuinness, stating “The War is indeed over and I sincerely hope you can deliver the peace.”. Further letters from Duddy to McGuiness discuss the problematic process of decommissioning of weapons and as recent as June 2006, a letter from Brendan urges McGuinness to “keep driving the Peace Process forward as you have been doing over the last twenty years.” (pol35_585)

Typescript of letter from Duddy to McGuiness, 1999

The Duddy archive offers an indispensable account of understanding and of previously unknown information about the arduous and lengthy and also at times unsuccessful attempts at stabilising peace in Norther Ireland over nearly forty years. The role of Martin McGuinness in this process can be understood in a broader capacity as this archive is digitally available:

https://digital.library.nuigalway.ie/islandora/object/nuigalway%3Aduddy

Student Reading List Experience - Survey Results




Last semester the Collection Development team ran a survey aimed at undergraduate students. We asked a number of questions on reading list use and how students were finding using the new Reading List System. 

There were 39 respondents across a range of disciplines with the majority coming from the School of Business and Economics. 

Some of the key results were:

  • 95% agreed they are more likely to read items from their reading list when they are easily accessible.
  • 71% agreed or strongly agreed that the Reading List System makes preparing for exams, essays and projects more straightforward.
  • 61% agreed that the Reading List System improved overall engagement with the course module. Some 37% neither agreed or disagreed with the statement.

Survey Comments
As often is the case with surveys, the comments were interesting:
"I think it is a brilliant idea as it allows lecturers to provide students with the books they recommend or have used for a particular topic that is available in the library."
"I have only used the reading list system for one of my modules, but it has cut out the usual fiasco of trawling library search pages which is very helpful. "
          "It's easy to use and reliable."
Some students complained that their reading lists were not updated during the semester or some links to material were unclear. The overall response though is very positive and clearly demonstrates the benefits of the Reading List System for students. It does reinforce the need for the Library and lecturers to work closely together to provide straightforward access to course materials in a thorough and consistent manner.

For more information including guides and online tutorials see the Reading List page.

Collection Development


Monday, 20 March 2017

Researching Your Essay: where to start, and where to go once you have started?

What do the lecturers mean when  they ask you to research your essays? Can you find good material on google? Are some sources more reliable than others? Are you expected to read every source you find? How do you know which sources to use?

In a specially organised workshop on Tuesday 21 March at 2.30, we will answer these questions and to show how to use the library databases to brainstorm your topic, come up with original ideas, and identify the best sources for your essays. 


The workshop is suitable for both Arts and Science students. 
It is free, but please register in advance 

The presenters are Kris Meen and Ira Ruppo (AWC).