Friday, 23 June 2017

Sociologists in Muintir na Tíre

Muintir na Tíre pioneered and were involved in promoting many new concepts and technologies in its 80 year history. They were involved in rural electrification, group water schemes, community alert and community development. They had prominent Irish sociologists involved in the organisation in the 1940s to the 1990s. Among these were Jeremiah Newman, Bishop of Limerick, Dr Thomas Morris, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Tomas Roseingrave.

Within the Muintir na Tíre collection we are lucky to have the papers relating to Muintir na Tíre of Dr Thomas Morris and of Tomas Roseingrave. We do have correspondence from Jeremiah Newman but these are contained in the correspondence of Muintir na Tíre not his own papers.

Dr Thomas Morris was the National Recording Secretary of Muintir na Tíre. He was Vice President of the diocesan seminary, St Patrick’s college in Thurles and became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in 1960. In the archive we have correspondence that was received by Dr Morris with regard to the work of Muintir na Tíre, his role as editor of Landmark and with regard to his views on sociology, rural Ireland and community development.

He was concerned with the internal organisation and structures of Muintir na Tíre and produced papers on how the secretary should work, the use of filing systems and the structures of guilds. 


In the 1940s and 1950s the Catholic Church were vocal against Communism across Europe. This view was supported by both Canon Hayes and Dr Morris who spoke out against communism in Ireland. Below we have an example from a paper written by Dr Morris on this.


He also looked at community development in rural Ireland. One of the papers in the archive is ‘Organisation of Rural Workers’ which looks at the history and structure of the agricultural industry, growth of workers’ associations and the parish organisation in Muintir na Tíre.


The other prominent sociologist involved in Muintir na Tíre was Tomas Roseingrave, who had a Master’s Degree in social science from UCD. He was Director of manpower studies in the Department of Labour. In 1968 he became the second National Director of Muintir na Tíre. He resigned from the post in 1975 but continued on as consultant National Director and was involved until his death in 1993. In 1973 he became a member of the EEC Economic and Social Committee where he was President in the 1981.

Roseingrave was a constant in Muintir na Tíre from 1968 to his death in 1993. His work as National Director included setting the direction of the organisation, developing policy and organising the administration and staff.  He communicated with various organisations and government departments on behalf of Muintir na Tíre and also represented them on various committees and bodies.


He also led a number of Muintir na Tíre projects. As the lead on the E.E.C. Pilot project the Community Development Officers reported to him on their work. The outcome of this was the report Pilot Scheme on Training Programme for Community Development Officers. 


He also wrote many paper on community development. Below is an example of an article he wrote for Community Focus in 1979 



and this paper published in 1974. 





In his role on the Economic and Social Committee he became well versed on European issues and was a support of Ireland joining the E.E.C. He was very concerned with community development and the improvement of rural life and decreasing the gap between rich and poor. This can be seen in his address at the Plenary Session of the Economic and Social Committee in December 1981.


Muintir na Tíre have been very lucky to have prominent sociologists involved to help develop the theme of community development down through the years. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Electronic Enlightenment - new database




Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century. The content includes:

•8,560 correspondents
•53 nationalities from Europe, Asia & the Americas
•777 occupations
•70,057 letters and documents
•Information on 64,741 manuscript and 106,933 early edition sources
•319,778 scholarly annotations
•11 languages, including English, French, German & Italian
•1,476 links to and from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
•External links to over 50 other online resources

Access to Electronic Enlightenment is available here.


Collection Development

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Muintir na Tíre's Community Development Officer - A Common Thread

As mentioned in an earlier post I spoke about getting to be the first to explore an archive. Another perk is getting to see common threads, trends in the work an organisation/person, the issues that come up over and over again and how the organisation/person worked.

In Muintir na Tíre one of the common threads throughout its 80 years in existence is the use of Community Development Officers/Community Alert Development Officers. The role has been used to spread the word and work of Muintir na Tíre in the community. The Development Officers formed guilds, community councils and community alert group with the local community. They provided advice and guidance to these and ensured they were informed of any decisions from headquarters.  

In the archive we can see the role of Organisers in the 1950s is to spread the work and word of Muintir na Tíre in communities and to from guilds. There were approximately six organisers employed by Muintir na Tíre during this time. Each week the Organiser had to submit a report to Headquarters with regard to the weeks work and note if a new guild was formed. Below is a repot from O. Reilly who covered Tipperary, Kilkenny, Kerry, Kildare and Meath. These reports give a great insight into the communities that Muintir na Tíre engaged with and the issues that were facing guilds. 


In the 1970s Community Development Officers were employed in the E.E.C. Pilot Project. Funding for the pilot project came from the European Social Fund. The project was focused on training community development workers in rural community work which led to employment opportunities through local enterprise. The project also focused on developing community councils, identifying community needs, organising local resources, linking of local resources to those available at higher levels and seeking to accommodate the local projects within the plans and programmes devised at statutory, regional and national levels of administration/organisation [Tierney p.158]. The Community Development officers advised on the creation of community councils and the identification of the needs and objectives of rural-urban societies. They operated in defined locations and worked closely with community council and provided them with training and a professional approach. A copy of Conditions of Employment for Community development officers can be seen below. They also provided weekly reports which are also in the archive.


In the 1980s there were two types of employee’s in Muintir na Tíre. One of these was the Community Development officer who continued to focus on community development, supporting community councils and creating new councils. Kevin Hickey was employed by both Headquarters and Cork County Federation and his role and achievements in Cork is described below.


The 1980s also saw the creation of Community Alert in rural Ireland in 1985. To help promote Community Alert, Muintir na Tíre employed and continues to employ Community Alert Development Officers who help establish community alert groups in local communities across Ireland. They work closely with An Garda Síochána. The Community Alert Development Officers also completed weekly work reports. Below is an example of a report from the 1990s from Pat Doyle. 



These reports provide a great insight into the development of community alert and the issues facing communities in rural Ireland.

The role of a community development officer to promote the work and word of Muintir na Tíre has been an effective tool for 80 years. This role is one of many common threads in the archive. 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

June workshops: Design in presentations, blogging, social media

We've got some very interesting workshops for you in June! Check these out!

June 13 2-3:30: Design in Presentations
Description: This workshop will walk you through the design thinking process in the context of presentations. The attendees will leave with knowledge of tools and processes that they can use when creating presentations or other visual communication tools to make sure they are looking their best.
Facilitator Eileen Walsh has a degree in Graphic Design and a masters in Digital Media. She has worked in the area of design and digital media for the last seven years and will be sharing some of the knowledge and tools she uses when going through the design process.

More info and to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/design-for-presentations-tickets-34888161430


June 8, 2 – 3:30: Blogging in retirement
Description: In or near retirement? Thinking about setting up a blog to let the world know about your ventures and adventures? This workshop will outline the basics of blogging. We'll provide an overview of blogging platforms, get you signed up to a blogging account and get a first blog post published. We'll also learn how to follow other peoples' blogs, and see what else we get up to (the world is your oyster, right?). The workshop will be led by Academic Skills Librarian and former Age Action Getting Started tutor Kris Meen. Open to all!

More info and to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/blogging-in-retirement-tickets-34949398592


June 14 10-11:30: Social media for researchers (sold out!)
Description: Curious about what social media can do for your research? Interested in how it can be used in developing your research strategy, managing information, and promoting your research? Led by Kris Meen and Eileen Walsh, this workshop will provide a taste of the tools available to assist at various stages of the research process and provide a space to think through strategies to make social media work for you as a professional researcher.

More info and to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/social-media-for-researchers-tickets-34905540411

The latter event is already sold out! If it's of interest, please put yourself on the waiting list and you may able to get a ticket pending cancellations (click on the link). If not, we will email those on the waiting list once a new workshop is in the system.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Digital Theatre+ is now available


https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/plays-and-productions
 
Digital Theatre+ contains many digital productions and several educational resources including:
 
 
 
 
Digital Theatre+ will continue to expand with more contemporary & classical productions, exclusive practitioner interviews and in-depth study materials.

Access to Digital Theatre+ is available here.


Collection Development

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Muintir na Tíre Interest Group

When the James Hardiman Library was discussing the acquisition of the Muintir na Tíre archive with Tom Fitzgerald, Dr Tony Varley from the School of Political Science and Sociology and the University Librarian, John Cox contacted academics from within and outside NUIG to see what the academic interest, if any, was in the archive.

Numerous letters of support were received regarding the value of the archive and how important the archive was for social, historical, geographical and sociological research purposes. This support came from historians, sociologists, geographers and economists. Such powerful advocacy was very influential in ensuring that the University acquired the archive.


To continue the engagement with the academic supporters who were very enthused about the archive an interest group was established within the university. While the academics wait patiently and with excitement for me to finish appraising, arranging and cataloguing the archive we have invited the academics who are on campus in NUIG and colleagues from Teagasc in Athenry to attend four meetings throughout the period of the project. 



We have had two very successful meetings with the academics to date. The first meeting provided the academics with an introduction to the archive and the archival process. We informed them of the various records that are in the collection such as the National Conference material, AGM minutes, financial records, publications, annual returns provided by guilds/community councils and publications.



The second meeting provided a further update on the progress of the arrangement and cataloguing of the collection. I’m still at the arrangement phase as there are approximately 8,217 items in the collection but I am over half way there. They were also informed of some of the other finds in the collection including minutes of meetings of the National Council and National Executive, correspondence with other bodies involved in rural Ireland including IFA, ICA, ICMSA and of course government departments.


One of the main purposes of the interest group and engaging with the academics is to get them thinking about the use of the archive for teaching and research purposes. By informing them of the content of the archive they can start planning the use of the archive for undergraduate and post graduate teaching and research purposes. They might not focus all their research on Muintir na Tíre but they may wish to use some of the archive. They can inform students of the wealth of material in the archive and the possibilities of how this can enhance their research.

By engaging with academics it provides solace to this archivist and indeed the library that the archive will be used and that there is excitement about the archive being made available so that they can start using it. Expectations on when the archive will be available for use does have to be tempered but knowing that your hard work is appreciated and causing excitement does provide me with enthusiasm and enjoyment while continuing the archival process. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Theatre Record: trial now available


A trial of Theatre Record is now available until Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Established in 1981, Theatre Record is the reference bible of UK theatre and the first stop for anyone – theatres, researchers, agents, critics – wanting indexed reviews from the major newspaper critics of all professional theatre productions, large and small, in and out of London, complete with cast credits and production photographs.

To access this trial click here.

Please complete the trial feedback form if this resource is of interest.




Collection Development

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