Friday, 20 April 2018

Have a MyiLibrary ebook account? Then read this...

On Wednesday April 25th, the contents of the MyiLibrary ebook platform with migrate over to the Ebook Central ebook platform.

All our MyiLibrary ebooks will be accessible via Ebook Central from then on. If you have any links saved that point to a book on MyiLibrary, they'll still work for while, but we recommend you use the Library Catalogue so you can access the title on the new platform with no problems.

Most importantly, MyiLibrary bookshelves will not be migrated. So if you have a bookshelf created on MyiLibrary, it would be worth printing it out. You can then create a new bookshelf on Ebook Central and populate it with the listing.

Also, if you used the bookmarking and highlighting features on MyiLibrary you will lose those indications in their ebooks after the title migration. However, notes can be preserved using these instructions.

Friday, 13 April 2018

The Bancroft Library’s Irish American holdings, public lecture by Theresa Salazar

John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway, is delighted to invite you to a public lecture by:
Theresa Salazar, Curator of the Western Americana Collection at The Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley
Title: The Bancroft Library’s Irish American holdings
Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018
Time: 16:00 - 16:45, followed by an informal reception
Venue:  Room G010 Hardiman Research Building, NUIG
Theresa Salazar lecture will be about the Michael O’Shaughnessy archive and other collections of Irish interest at the Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. The Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy Papers represent one of the most heavily used collections at The Bancroft Library. The Library also has small, but rich, clutches of material related to Ireland's great writers, along with documentation of the contributions of many Irish Americans to the history of California. Ms. Salazar will touch on these holdings along with a more focused presentation on O'Shaughnessy, San Francisco's renowned City Engineer.
Biography: Theresa Salazar is Curator of the Western Americana Collection at The Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley, a position she has held for the last 19 years. She oversees one of the largest collections documenting the American West from the colonial period to the present. The documentation of the history of California is the most extensive, including many important archival collections on San Francisco and the Bay Area and the Environmental Movement

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Learning Analytics: understand learning and support the learner

Learning Analytics: understand learning and support the learner
Mathieu d'Aquin lecture, Wednesday 2nd May 1300-1400
G011 Hardiman Research Building
In this presentation, organised by the University’s Research Data Working Group,  Mathieu d'Aquin will explore the growing area of learning analytics: the application of data analytics approaches to data from learning activities.
The presentation will look at typical applications, for example, to identify students at risk and find ways to support them better.
Mathieu will also describe more complex examples from the AFEL (Analytics for Everyday Learning) EU project, which looks at personal learning analytics for online, self-directed learning. 
Biography: Mathieu d'Aquin is Professor of Informatics and Data Analytics and Vice-Director at the NUI Galway Data Science Institute, and PI at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.
He has worked on many approaches to the intelligent management of data and knowledge in distributed, complex and heterogeneous contexts, including applications in smart cities, research data management, personal data management and technology-enhanced learning.
He is currently coordinating the AFEL (Analytics for Everyday Learning) Horizon 2020 project ( 
Sandwich lunch provided - please book here

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

[Update - Access Restored] Access to E-Resources Currently Down

Update 12:15pm
Access to resources has been restored. Thanks for your patience.

April 11th 11:00am

Due to a problem with the Edugate service, access to databases, e-journals and e-books is currently being severely affected. Connections over campus wifi or from off-campus will not work for resources.

ISS have been notified about the issue and are currently investigating.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Academic Writing and Innovation. Seminar on 17 April. James Hardiman Research Building G010

Innovation is seen as a key ingredient for success in academia, but we often take good academic writing for granted as a crucial skill in this process. We know from the work of Peter Elbow that writing is a creative and imaginative process, irrespective of the subject. Janet Giltrow has argued that ‘style is meaningful’ and impacts the development of ideas. More recently, Helen Sword has drawn attention to ‘stylish academic writing’, arguing that ‘intellectual creativity thrives best in an atmosphere of experimentation rather than conformity’. Yet the precise relationship between academic writing and innovation remains to be explored; to do so means to highlight the crucial importance of writing centres, writing instructors, and pedagogical initiatives to academia at large.

This seminar will examine the connection between academic writing and innovation from a variety of perspectives, including the use of the Project Based Learning (PBL) and other innovative methodologies, the switch from assessing to improving student writing, the role of writing centres in academia, the ideology of writing spaces, and new ways to support librarians on the path towards publication.

Opening remarks     
Cathal O’Donoghue  (Dean of Arts, NUI Galway)

John Cox ( University Librarian, NUI Galway)

11.15 – 12.45 
Panel 1            Writing as a Tool for Discovery
Gerry Mac Ruairc (NUIG)
Tom Deans (University of Connecticut.):   Paradoxes of Writing Instruction and 
How They Play Out in a University Writing Center
Alexander Champoux (University of Minnesota): Ideology and Invention
in the Pedagogical Writing Space

Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway :
Writing Across the Curriculum, Across the Atlantic ?

12.45 – 13.45        Lunch
13:45 – 15.00 
Panel 2                       New Methodologies
Monica Crump (NUIG)
Megan S. Jewell (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio): ‘
Innovative Outreach: Writing About Writing (WAW) Approaches in Writing Centre
Workshops for Writers in the Sciences
Steven Engel (University of Michigan) Meaningful Choices
: Using Project-based Learning to Teach Professional Writing
15.00                     Coffee
15:15 Panel 3            Writing and Originality
Kris Meen (NUIG)
Helen Fallon (Maynooth University) 
Academic Writing Librarian: An innovative way to Support Librarians
on the Path to Publication
Ann Nowak (Touro Law Center): 
Loglines, Ledes, Whirligigs, and Time-Steps: Tools to De-Muddle Academic Writing
Discussion Forum 
Sharon Flynn (CELT)
A question and answer forum featuring short presentations by members of NUIG staff
Trevor Clohessy (Whitaker Institute)
Pat Byrne (IT)
Jane Ennis (Disability Services)
Rachel Hilliard (Whitaker Institute)
Laura  McLoughlin ( School of Languages),
Niall McSweeney (James Hardiman Library)
Muireann O Cinneide (English),
Simon Warren (CELT)
 Concluding remarks 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Roderic O'Flaherty : A Galway Scholar

Roderic O'Flaherty : A Galway Scholar

This year is the 300th anniversary of the death of the Moycullen historian, Roderic O’Flaherty or Ruaidhrí Uí Fhlaitheartaigh, the 17th century Moycullen-born historian and scholar of international renown.
The Historical Society in Moycullen, which is named after him, is hosting 'The Year of O'Flaherty',  a year-long programme of events and activities, details of which can be found here
The James Hardiman Library is hosting an afternoon seminar on Monday 9th April 1400-1700 at which two scholars will present papers on the work of O’Flaherty.

1400 Welcome & short introduction to O’Flaherty’s life
1415 Cumann Staire Ruaidhrí Uí Fhlaitheartaigh, Moycullen: ‘The Year of O’Flaherty, an overview’
1430 Dr. Bernadette Cunningham (Deputy Librarian, Royal Irish Academy) ‘What did Roderic O’Flaherty read? The books and manuscripts used by a Moycullen scholar’
1515 Coffee break
1545 An tOllamh Nollaig Ó Muraíle (NUIG, retired): ‘O’Flaherty among the scholars': 17th century networking’
Q/A & Close of seminar

If you wish to attend this event please book here.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Easter Opening Hours

Easter greetings to all from the Library Staff

If you are planning on studying over the Easter period:

The Library Reading Room at basement level will be open as normal from 07.00-02.30 daily between Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April.

The James Hardiman Library will remain closed during this period.

The Medical Library, at the Clinical Sciences Institute, will be open from 06.00-23.00 daily.  Please note that access is controlled by smart card and is available only to students registered on College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences courses.  There will be no staffed service.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Seminar: Archives and Public History:Witnessing the Past - 11 April

Date – 11 April
Venue - Room G011, Hardiman Research Building
Time: 1.30pm – 5 pm
Contact Information:

Overview:Archives and Public History: Witnessing the Past

Public history and the awareness of shared pasts is becoming ever more prevalent. Recent and ongoing commemorations have brought history and its reassessment into public daily discourse. Current politics and society are being shaped by integration of increasingly open and diverse pasts – from archives of manuscripts and print sources to statues, monuments and oral histories. This seminar looks at how we encounter the past of everyday life through current contemporary experience, and reflect on how we interpret the marginalised histories we meet anew through our archives, libraries, museums and public spaces.
All are welcome to this public seminar.

1.30pm: Arrival - Tea/Coffee

2pm: Welcome and Introductions

2.15pm Niamh NicGhabhann – “Curating as a research practice – engaging with the histories of St Davent’s Hospital, Monaghan through exhibition-making.”

2.35pm Deidre McParland: “Shedding Light on ESB’s Archives”

2.55pm Emily Mark-FitzGerald: “Methodologies of Irish Memory: Making Sense of Public Monuments”

3.15pm: Q & A Roundtable Discussion moderated by Conor McNamara

3.45pm Break – 15 minutes

4pm Keynote Address: John McDonough, Director, National Archives of Ireland

‘The public record as a public good. The role of archives in creating a future.’

5pm Finish

You  can register to attend this free seminar at the following link:

Biographical information and Abstracts

Niamh NicGhabhann – “Curating as a research practice – engaging with the histories of St Davent’s Hospital, Monaghan through exhibition-making.”

Abstract: The range of research practices that enable our engagement with, and understanding of, the past include archival research, oral history gathering, the critical analysis of published texts and the observation and forensic examination of buildings, monuments and archaeological sites. They also include the development of new work through creative practice that represent and engage with the past within a research context. This paper considers the extent to which curating can become a research practice which actually generates new research findings, as well as presenting ideas and objects surfaced from a prior body of work. This will be examined in the context of the development of the ‘World Within Walls’ exhibition, developed at Monaghan County Museum in 2015, which explored the histories and memories of St. Davnet’s Hospital in Monaghan town, originally built as the Cavan and Monaghan District Lunatic Asylum in 1868.

Biographical Note: 
Niamh NicGhabhann is Assistant Dean, Research for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Course Director of the MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her current research project explores the Territories of the Devotional Revolution between 1850-1930, and she is also interested in the cultural construction and expression of respectability in Irish culture. She is also engaged in research projects on the subject of interdisciplinarity and on the creative and cultural industries. Her monograph, Medieval Ecclesiastical Buildings in Ireland, 1789-1915: Building on the Past was published by Four Courts Press in 2015.

Deidre McParland: “Shedding Light on ESB’s Archives”
Abstract: The history of ESB is entwined with our national narrative. It’s foundation in 1927 was based on a vision to continuously improve the lives of Irish people. From the might y Shannon Scheme of the late 1920s to the transformative rural electrification scheme of the 1940s – 1960s, Ireland was revolutionised through the first semi-state body in Ireland. Through the exploration of the content of ESB’s archives this paper will demonstrate the evidential and inspirational value of preserving and making accessible the story of the electrification of Ireland.

Biographical Note: Deirdre McParland was appointed Senior Archivist ESB’s Archives in 2015. Previously Deirdre was archivist and archive manager in the Guinness Archive, Consultant Archivist and Records Manager with Eneclann and archives administrator with GAA Museum. Deirdre has published papers in the Archives and Records Association, Irish Archives Journal, Engineers Journal, Sunday Business Post, Irish Roots and Irish Central and is a regular guest speaker, panellist at national and international conferences  and seminars. Deirdre has collaborated and curated on several exhibitions including Guinness Storehouse, Little Museum of Dublin, St. Patrick’s Festival and most recently with University of Hertfordshire.

Emily Mark-FitzGerald: “Methodologies of Irish Memory: Making Sense of Public Monuments”
The current Decade of Centenaries has been accompanied both by the construction of new public monuments and memorials, and an upsurge of research into previous forms of historical commemoration. Internationally, interest in the meaning and significance of public monuments has been re-ignited by controversies over Confederate statues in Charlottesville VA and elsewhere. This presentation will explore current debates in memory studies and methodological developments in researching public commemoration, drawing upon my own experience in the field of Irish Famine studies over the past fifteen years. Making reference to the ‘seven sins’ of memory studies recently critiqued by Guy Beiner in the Dublin Review of Books (Nov 2017) — laxity, dualism, crudity, moralism, insularity, myopia, and overlooking forgetting — this paper will explore critical intellectual and practical challenges in the study of public monuments.

Biographical Note
Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. Her monograph Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool UP, 2013) has been widely hailed as a landmark study in the field of Irish Studies, and accompanies other scholarship exploring the intersection of memory, public art, visual art and culture with poverty, famine, and emigration, including the forthcoming co-edited The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Cultures (Liverpool UP, 2018). She is a Director of the Irish Museums Association since 2009, and represents Art History on the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Her current research project is a visual cultural history of Irish poverty in the late 19th century, focused on the impact of visual technological developments including photography, stereoscopy, the magic lantern, and illustrated journalism, creating new forms of spectatorship and visual economies.

John McDonough
Biographical Note:

John McDonough was appointed Director of the National Archives in December 2014.  

Prior to his appointment, he worked as Head of Collections in the Library & Research Service of the Houses of the Oireachtas supporting and delivering online research outputs and information services to TDs and Senators.  He holds post graduate qualifications in Archival Studies and an MSc in ICT Systems.  John has previously worked as project manager of UCD’s Irish Virtual Research Library & Archive (now the UCD Digital Library) which developed a pilot repository infrastructure for digital humanities content, and in RTE. John has responsibility for the strategic direction and operational management of the National Archives, in addition to statutory duties under the terms of the National Archives Act, 1986 with regard to the preservation of, and access to, archives and the transfer and destruction of records. John is a member of the board of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the Council of National Cultural Institutions, and represents Ireland at European and International events.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Dr Georganne Nordsrtom (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s) to join the AWC team in 2018-9

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Georganne Nordstrom has been awarded the Fullbright 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 Teaching and the 2012 Richard Braddock Award for the article “Ma ka Hana ka ‘Ike (In the Work is the Knowledge): Kaona as Rhetorical Action.”

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Tragic Vandalism of a book on Tragic French Drama

The ripping out of pages from Library books is deeply frustrating for students and Library staff alike. It is a selfish act and damages the Library's collections for current and future students.

Below are the colourful responses from fellow students to the removal of three important pages on the play Phèdre from the book 'French Tragic Drama in the Sixteenth and Seventeeth Centuries' by Geoffrey Brereton. In this instance we were fortunate in that we were able to secure a second hand copy of this out-of-print book but that is not always possible.

If you do come across damaged books please bring them to the attention of Library staff. Remember that students can photocopy or scan a chapter of a text for personal use so there is never an excuse for spoiling a book.

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