Friday, 4 August 2017

Library August Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours


 


If you are planning on studying over the August Bank Holiday weekend the James Hardiman Library will be open as follows:

Saturday 5th August:   10.00-17.00

Monday 7th August:     10.00-17.00


The Library will be closed on Sunday 6th August, however the Library Reading Room at basement level will be open daily as normal from 07.00-02.30 over the entire weekend.

ScienceDirect Off-Campus Access - Restored


*Update Tuesday 8th: Access has now been fully restored after intermittent access over the weekend*

There is currently a problem accessing fulltext content on ScienceDirect while off-campus. this seems to be a global issue affecting all institutions.

ScienceDirect Tech support are aware of the issue and are working on a fix.

This blog post will be updated when access has been restored; our apologies for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The work of an archivist

In the first blog post I wrote I spoke about the various stages of the work that an archivist does in preparing a collection to make it accessible in the reading room. I am now down to the last of the boxes and files in the arrangement phase. The time it can take to arrange an archive can vary depending on the size of the archive and the order in which the material is in the archive.

During the arrangement phase archivists look to keep and respect the order that the creators arranged their own records. In archival terminology this means that I look at the Muintir na Tíre collection as a fonds. This comes from the term respect des fonds, an archival principle which tells us to acknowledge the source, or provenance, of records when we are arranging them. By maintaining the original order we can learn a lot more about the organisation and the records and how Muintir na Tíre worked.

However, this is not always easy to do especially when you receive a collection has been stored like this and no original order has been kept. 


Another aspect that makes it hard to appraise and arrange the collection and follow the archival principles described above is when you get a bundle of loose papers. It requires a lot of patience and skill to arrange the material and put some order on it and make sense of the material in the bundles.


My work as an archivist is to help put order on the archive especially the messier aspects of it and provide sense of the records but also help researchers make sense of it. 


The Muintir na Tíre archive as stated in my first blog was partially organised. This work was done by Tom Fitzgerald. Tom Fitzgerald worked in Muintir na Tíre for over 60 years and was the main administrator and was the creator and keeper of the majority of the files within the archive. Building on this work I will provide further sense of the archive.

That means that each item will have been arranged in a hierarchy that will look something like below:


But what does this actually mean? This means that as I am arranging the Muintir na Tíre archive (fonds) that it will be divided into series and subseries which are groupings of the records based on function or theme or subject. The series or subseries would then have files which includes items within them. 

A description will be provided for at the top level and or the file level of the collection. Each file will also be provided with a reference number. The archive uses archival management software to create our catalogues/finding aids and publish the catalogue on line. To view the catalogue go here.

I hope that this blog has given you a further insight into the work of an archivist as we are progressing through the Muintir na Tíre archive and end one phase and begin another. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New workshop! Videos made easy: from idea to upload

One more workshop now open for registration, a brand new one on making digital video. Here are the details:

Videos made easy: From idea to upload
Wednesday August 16, 14:00

In this workshop we will be delving into the world of Digital Video. Video is fast becoming a way in which people learn and interact, with 6 out of 10 people preferring online video platforms to live TV. YouTube is one of the most popular and most used video sharing platforms, in an average month, 8 out of 10 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube. Video is fast becoming both a creative outlet and an essential tool for teaching as well as disseminating research.

In this workshop we will be looking at idea generation and planning for creating digital videos. During this workshop we will also cover some tips and tricks for filming and editing. Learning these skills will help in the creation of your digital video whether you are creating an artistic or academic video.

Eileen Walsh, the facilitator, 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.

Sign up here!: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/videos-made-easy-from-idea-to-upload-tickets-36651628006


Monday, 31 July 2017

Revue Bénédictine: fulltext from 1884- now available

http://www.brepolsonline.net/loi/rb
Fulltext access to every issue of Revue Bénédictine from Volume 1 1884 to the current issue is now available.

Originally published as Messager des Fideles until 1889, Revue Bénédictine is published twice a year by Brepols and covers occidental ecclesiastical history, with an emphasis on biblical, patristic and monastic texts.

This journal publishes unpublished texts, original studies in French, English, German and Italian, reviews of recently published works, as well as two bibliographical bulletins.




Collection Development

August workshops: Design for presentations, Paraphrasing without plagiarising

It's very quiet on campus, but we're still workshopping! Come by the Library for a boost to your skills!

Design in Presentations
8 August, 2017  13:00

Photoshop whiz Eileen Walsh walks you through the design thinking process in the context of presentations. 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.

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.

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/design-for-presentations-tickets-36486707725


Paraphrasing without plagiarising
14 August, 2017   15:00

Do you have difficulty putting material you have read for your assignments into your own words? Are you concerned that you are plagiarising, even if it is unintentional? In this hands-on session, we'll talk about and practice techniques that will help you to improve you paraphrasing skills.

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/paraphrasing-without-plagiarising-tickets-36550026112

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Celebrating the Galway International Arts Festival - From the Archives


The Galway International Arts Festival is celebrating 40 years this year. Over those many years the Festival has grownt o become not just the highlight of Galway's cultural and artistic calendar every but also that of Ireland, now recognised as one of the major annual arts festivals in Europe.

The archive of the Galway International Arts Festival resides within the archive collections of the Hardiman Library of NUI Galway. It is an amazing record of how the festival was established and grew to attract not just the best of Irish artists and performers of all kinds, but also the cream of international talent. The collection consists of over thirty-five boxes of manuscripts and documents, comprising some of the first minute books of the Festival committee, correspondence with leading artists, programmes and posters for various events, an expansive photographic collection, press cuttings and of course the famous Galway Arts Festival posters themselves.

The archive of Galway Arts Festival includes a detailed record of administration, productions and events held during the Galway Arts Festival since its inception in 1978. The collection includes records which document the establishment and early years of the Galway Arts Festival and follows its growth and expansion into one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary arts festivals. In the administrative records there are editions of minutes from Galway Arts Festival committee and management meetings 1980-1982. Financial records from this time also document the income and expenditure of the Galway Arts Festival and the Galway Arts Group as well as detailing levels and requirements of sponsorship for the Galway Arts Festival. The production files include a high volume of excellent quality photographs from full productions and events across all disciplines in the Galway Arts Festival. The photographs are black and white and also colour and cover theatre, comedy, dance, music, literature, visual art, street events and children's events. 




A series of slides also present a visual element to this collection. The Galway Arts Festival archive boasts a large volume of posters and other promotional ephemeral material. This outsize material relates to full productions in the Galway Arts Festival and also publicity material issued by the Galway Arts Festival. The series of press files contain records of local (Galway and West of Ireland) press cuttings of interviews with and features on members of Galway Arts Festival directors and management, reviews of productions and events at the Festival and news on Arts, theatre and culture in general nationwide around Ireland. This series of records is complemented by a series of press releases that document the information given to media at the outset of the Galway Arts Festival. A detailed and comprehensive list of events in various codes including theatre, music, visual art, children's events, literature provide an account of all acts which performed each year at the Galway Arts Festival.



The records reveal just how much the people of Galway, the West and from much further afield have been an active part of the spectacle of the festival. Images of crowded streets and venues across the city show how audiences have been enthralled by all the Festival has to offer for all tastes and interests. The archive also compliments other related local artistic and cultural archives, such as those of Druid Theatre, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Macnas and many more, building a comprehensive memory of the Arts in Galway for over the past four decades.

A full listing of the Galway Arts Festival archive is available on the Library online catalogue

For any visitors to the Galway International Arts Festival and are curious about this amazing archive collection, please do contact the Archives service for information on access.


Monday, 17 July 2017

Academic Video Online - trial ends Friday 28 July

A trial of Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) is now available until Friday 28 July 2017.

Academic Video Online delivers 55,000+ streaming video titles spanning a wide range of subject areas including film, drama, literary studies, business, counselling, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the large depth of content and breadth of content types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) makes it a useful resource for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.

Access to Academic Video Online is available at: http://library.nuigalway.ie/collections/databases/databasetrials/

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



Collection Development

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Archives Unbound - access extended


Access to Archives Unbound has now been extended until 30 November 2017. At that stage the usage will be reviewed and perpetual access to the most accessed collections will be selectively purchased. 

Archives Unbound consists of a collection of 237 unique digitised primary sources covering a broad range of historical areas including:

  • Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • European History
  • French Language Titles
  • Gender Studies
  • Irish History
  • Middle East Studies
  • World War II
 
Archival source documents include personal correspondence, government files and reports, pamphlets, speeches and memoranda from a range of historical periods.
 
Browse the title list of collections on Archives Unbound.
 
 
Collection Development

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Routledge History of Feminism - new resource

 
Routledge History of Feminism is a new online resource that covers the fascinating subject of feminism over the long nineteenth century (1776–1928). 
 
It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including full books, selected chapters, and journal articles, as well as new thematic essays, and subject introductions on its structural themes:


Millicent Fawcett's Hyde Park address
  • Politics and Law
  • Religion and Belief
  • Education
  • Literature and Writings
  • Women at Home
  • Society and Culture
  • Empire
  • Movements and Ideologies
 
 
 
 
 


Key Features:
  • More than 170 volumes of primary source collections, available in electronic format for the first time
  • More than 1,000 chapters of secondary book content
  • Over 100 journal articles from a range of Taylor and Francis journals
  • An introductory video to the subject and resource from the Academic Editor
  • 16 newly commissioned thematic essays by experts in the field
  • Short introductions that outline the 8 key subject categories
  • An image gallery to aid research and study
  • Browsing available by Subject, Region, Period and Notable Figures
 
Access to Routledge History of Feminism is available here.
 
Take a virtual tour here
 
 
 
Collection Development