Thursday, 16 December 2010

Short Stay Zone

In the run up to examinations in Semesters 1 and 2, the Library operates a Short Stay Zone on Floor 1. Seats cannot be reserved in this area and the 30 Minute Rule does not apply.

This is to ensure that students can get a study place in the library when they drop in between lectures or just for a short period of study at any time of the day.

Seasonal Opening Hours


  • Friday 17 Dec- Thursday 23 Dec -8.30-17.30
  • Saturday 18 Dec & Sunday 19 Dec- CLOSED
  • Friday 24 Dec- Tues 4 Jan- CLOSED
  • Wednesday 5 Jan- Friday 7 Jan- 8.30-17.30
  • Sat 8 Jan & Sun 9 Jan- CLOSED

BUT if you really must study then the Reading Room is open 8.00-23.00 over the Christmas period. It will be closed on 25 Dec, 26 Dec, and 1 Jan.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Library System Restored!

The Library system is up and running again following a period of unavailability to (Saturday December 4th). The following services now working again:
  • Self-issue
  • Self-return
  • Online renewal
  • Placing holds
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the downtime today.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New enhanced Reading List Support Service

Academic Staff - please help us to help you and to improve the service to our students!

The Library has introduced a new, streamlined Reading List Support Service in an effort to improve students' access to high demand material.

Academic staff are asked to please submit details of readings they will be recommending to students in Semester 2 as soon as possible, so that we can ensure we have sufficient copies in stock and at the right loan status.

You don't need to worry about placing orders for these books or deciding loan status - we'll do all that work for you. Just please send us your reading lists and we'll do the rest!

Please submit reading lists with Module Code and expected class size to readinglists@nuigalway.ie.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Additional Study Spaces- 27 Nov- 15 Dec

Additional study spaces have been made available in the following locations in the run up to the exams:


Sat Nov 27th- AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, AC213, AC214 & AC215

Sun Nov 28th– AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, AC213, AC214 & AC215

Mon Nov 29th– AC203, AC213, IT202

Tues Nov 30th– AC203, IT125, IT125G Theatre

Wed Dec 1st– AC213, AC214, AC215 & AC216

Thurs Dec 2nd– AC216, Larmor Theatre & IT250 Theatre

Fri Dec 3rd – AC213, AC215, Larmor Theatre & Dillion Theatre

Dec 4th – Dec 12th inclusive- AC203, AC204, AC213 & AC214

Dec 4th – Dec 14th inclusive - Kirwan Theatre

Dec 11th – Dec 15th inclusive - AC201 & AC202

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

1 day & 3 day loan- policy change


In order to ensure better circulation of books in demand, the period of time that 1 Day and 3 Day loan books are kept on the holds shelf has been reduced.

1 Day Loan Books- will now be kept on hold for 1 day
3 Day Loan books- will now be kept on hold for 2 days

You will be notified by email when a book has been returned and is on hold for you at the Customer Services De

Huston Archive Exhibition to celebrate recent presentation to NUI Galway


From Wednesday 24th November an exhibition will be held in the foyer of the James Hardiman Library to celebrate the presentation of the Huston Archive to NUI Galway.

The Archive, a rare collection of director, writer and actor John Huston’s papers and recordings,was launched at a special ceremony in the University on Monday 22 November, in the presence of John’s son, Tony (who was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of The Dead) and daughter, Allegra. The Archive contains extensive material relating to a number of his films and centres on the making of The Dead, as well as draft scripts, recordings, publicity materials, interviews and legal documentation.

The exhibition on display in the Library foyer relates to the recently accessioned Huston Collection, containing images, scripts, artifacts and associated material relating primarily to the life and work of John Huston. The display runs until Christmas and can be viewed during Library opening hours. A descriptive list of the entire collection is available.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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Friday, 19 November 2010

EDIT: SFX & Find E-Journal - Access restored

Friday 13:35 : access has been restored, thanks for your patience!



SFX and Find E-Journal are currently offline to perform some essential system maintenance.

We apologise for the inconvenience, and we hope to have everything up and running by mid-afternoon Friday.

Thanks for your patience.

Library Systems Downtime- 19/11/10

Friday 19 November 8:00-13.00

Due to essential maintenance:
  • Self-check machines will not be working
  • You can borrow & return at the Customer Services Desk
  • Renewals will not be possible
  • Holds will not be possible
  • Library catalogue will not display holdings

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Database Training Sessions (Proquest)

Training sessions on the new Proquest search platform will be held next Wednesday 24 November in the Library.

Several Proquest databases will be migrating to this new search platform shortly. This new platform will bring together all the Proquest databases into one consolidated research experience for the user.

These training sessions will focus on:
  • British Periodicals
  • Historical Newspapers Databases (e.g. Irish Times Archive)
  • Proquest Dissertations & Theses
  • CSA Social Sciences Databases (e.g. Sociological Abstracts)

Book a place

ARTstor intermittent access Thurs 18th Nov


Please be advised that ARTstor will be performing maintenance Thursday, November 18th between 11am and 12:30pm. During this time, service may be intermittently interrupted. If you experience any problems viewing pages in the ARTstor Digital Library, you should clear your browser’s cache; instructions are available in the ARTstor Help pages at:

http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/ARTstor_Troubleshooting#Clear_your_browser_cache.

If you encounter any severe delays, please notify ARTstor User Services at userservices@artstor.org.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

New Featured Reseacher on Aran

Dr. Peter Corcoran is Vice-Dean of Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering & Informatics is Featured on Aran's homepage. Dr. Corcoran has commented "I've found that having some of my less well-known research papers on ARAN has raised their citations and my personal academic profile and encouraged citations from areas where I would not have normally expected."
View Peter Corcoran's profile in Aran

If you are a reasearcher at NUI Galway who is interested in making scholarly communication available on Aran please contact:

Fergus Fahey
Institutional Repository and Digitization Librarian
James Hardiman Library
National University of Ireland
Galway
Tel - 091 495961

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Springer Live Training Sessions


Register to attend a live training session with Springer's product experts

Find the training session for any Springer eProduct

Click on the links below to find training sessions for each of the electronic products

All you need for each is an internet connection and access to a telephone. You can view live presentations from your desktop, hear the presentation and ask questions. We will provide you with a toll-free phone number to dial in. For more information, visit us online.




Monday, 8 November 2010

New databases now available

The following databases have been purchased outright by the Library. Full access is available to all NUIG staff and students via 'Database by title' on http://www.library.nuigalway.ie -

  • British Periodicals (Collections I & II)
  • Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
  • State Papers III
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive (TLS), 1902-2005

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Support for Academic Staff - Library Website

The new Library Website now contains a section called Support for Academic Staff, which can be found by clicking on Support on the homepage.

In this section you will find:
  • information on books and journals funds allocated to Schools and Colleges
  • a link to the Online Book Order form
  • an enquiry form for requesting information skills training for your students
  • information on the support available for your research

Monday, 1 November 2010

Getting Started on your PhD- *change in date*

Please note that the training session "Getting started on your PhD" (Maths and Physics) will now take place on Tuesday, 2 Nov from 10.00-12.00 in the Nursing and Midwifery Library PC Suite.

Book here

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours

The Library will be open as normal this October weekend, but will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.
  • Friday 08.30-22.00
  • Saturday 08.30-17.30
  • Sunday 10.00-17.30
Please note that the Customer Service desk will be staffed on Saturday from 9.30-13.00 on Saturday.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Wiley Online Library - Service Interruption - Oct 16th

This message is to alert you of an interruption in the online service for Wiley Online Library.

Due to essential site maintenance, access may be interrupted during Saturday October 16th between 11:00 - 13:00.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Library Research Week

Library Research Week

Targeted at the University’s research community, a range of talks and seminars have been arranged for the week beginning 18 October. The aim is to showcase the Library’s extensive support for research in the University.

The Research Week has been timed to coincide with International Open Access Week, and open access publishing will feature, with reference to ARAN – the Library’s online repository for NUI Galway research.

Papers will also cover:

• Research resources across all disciplines
• Research dissemination
• Maximising the impact of your research
• Using open access repositories
• Archives and Special Collections

The talks and seminars will take place throughout the week both in the Library and in research centres such as The Moore Institute, CISC and REMEDI. For the full programme, please go to

There will also be an exhibition of resources from the Archives and Special Collections in the Library foyer during the week.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Training session on using Google to find information


Google and More

This session will cover searching the Web using Google's advanced search options, using other free sources of information on the Web, and evaluating the information that you find. Attend this session if you want to pick up tips and techniques to make your searching more effective.

Date: Thursday 7th October
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite in the Nursing Library wing of the James Hardiman Library

Use this link to reserve your place

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Get the skills to research your essays more effectively!

The Library runs a whole suite of training sessions all aimed at helping you gain the skills to find, evaluate and use the information you need more quickly and effectively.

Save time and improve the quality of your essays and projects - Attend Library Training.

See our programme of training for Semester 1 on the new website.

New Library Website goes live!

The Library's new website is going live from Thursday, September 30th - we hope you like it!

Please tell us what you think! We intend to continue to develop both the site and the online services available from the Library, so please share your thoughts with us by posting a comment to this blog entry, or by using the Suggestion Box on the website (you'll find it in Contact Us).

Friday, 17 September 2010

ConTempo Quartet - Concert - Library Foyer - Friday 24th September at 13.00



CONTEMPO QUARTET

Galway Ensemble-in-Residence
Library Foyer
Friday 24th September
at 1 pm


Take a break from your studies and relax with some high quality music

Haydn No 1 op 76
Schumann No 2 op 64
Ravel - String Quartet

All Welcome

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

New Website Coming Soon!


The Library's new website is almost ready - come and have a sneak preview!

Forgive us any errors or missing information, we're not quite finished, but we thought you'd like to see what's coming!

Library Training Events

A full programme of Library Training events for this Semester is now available.

Includes Finding books and journals - essential training for all new students!

Library Orientation

Welcome to all new students!

The Library is holding an Orientation event on September 14th, 15th and 16th! Come to the Library to meet the subject teams, who are available to support your studies. Find out about how to make the most of Library services!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

EndNote training - 8th September from 2-4pm

Introduction to EndNote bibliographic management software.

Learn how to

Set up and manage your EndNote library
Add & Import Citations
Create and edit bibliographies using Cite While You Write

Intended audience:
Postgraduate students and staff working in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.

Workshop details:
2-4pm on Wednesday 8th September in the Nursing Library PC Suite

Click here to reserve your place

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

ScinceDirect & Scopus *RESTORED*




Access to ScienceDirect and Scopus is down at the moment for all global users due to maintenance of their system. They hope to have access restored later today.

UPDATE: ACCESS TO BOTH PRODUCTS HAS BEEN RESTORED [18:00 25/08]

Friday, 20 August 2010

Balfour Album On-Line

The Balfour Album of photographs was originally created in 1893-1895 by the Belfast photographer, Robert John Welch. It was a gift to the former Chief Secretary for Ireland, Arthur J. Balfour in recognition of his support for the building of the Galway-Clifden Railway.

The album was presented to Arthur Balfour in the summer of 1896, a year after the railway had opened. It remained in the property of the Balfour family until 1987 when the then Earl of Balfour offered to sell it to the National Library of Ireland. Staff at the National Library felt that it more properly belonged in Galway and it was accordingly offered to the Librarian of the James Hardiman Library who purchased it for the library's collection. The Album has been digitised by James hardiman Library Staff and is now available on-line at

The Balfour Album On-Line

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Celebrate National Heritage Week with us at the James Hardiman Library


National Heritage Week runs from the 21st to the 29th August, and to mark the week the James Hardiman Library is hosting an exhibition based on the Balfour Album, a collection of photographs done by the Belfast photographer Robert J Welch between 1893 and 1895, and presented to the former Chief Secretary of Ireland, Arthur J. Balfour in recognition of his support for the Galway to Clifden Railway. It features scenes along the Railway, and will be augmented with other book and archival material from the Library’s holdings.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

EAD Archival Finding Aids down time

EAD (archives.library.nuigalway.ie) will be down from 17.30 Thursday 5 August until 11.00 am Friday 6th August. This downtime is necessary to facilitate essential hardware maintenance.

Aran Downtime

Aran will be down from 17.30 Thursday 5 August until 11.00 am Friday 6th August. This downtime is necessary to facilitate essential hardware maintenance.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

WiFi - Downtime - Alert – Wednesday 4th of August

WiFi - Downtime - Alert – Wednesday 4th of August

In order to facilitate a firmware upgrade as part of the Library Wireless Upgrade Project please note that it is necessary to take down the wireless service at the James Hardiman Library for two hours as follows:

Wednesday 4th of August
from
17.00-19.00

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Thurs 5th August - Library IT Systems Impacted by ISS Scheduled Maintenance

Thursday 5th August 2010

Please note that the following services will be unavailable from 17.30 - 22.00 to accommodate necessary maintenance to campus IT infrastructure:

E-Knowledge and Related Services
(ARAN, Catalogue, Metalib, SFX)
Please check Library Blog for updates

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

WiFi - Downtime - Alert - Thursday 29th July

In order to facilitate the upgrade of controllers as part of the Library Wireless Upgrade Project please note that it is necessary to take down the wireless service at the James Hardiman Library for two hours as follows:

Thursday 29th July
from
08.30-10.30

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Informaworld - Downtime August 4th


Informaworld will be unavailable on Wednesday 4th August, 08.00-10.00 BST, while the resource completes some essential work.


Friday, 23 July 2010

SFX Service Interruption

** We are working to have the SFX service back up and running later this afternoon. Thanks again for your patience while we undertake this necessary maintenance ** [Tuesday 12:30]

** We are still working to restore the service as soon as we can. We're sorry for the incovenience and appreciate your patience ** [Monday, 14:00]


To facilitate internal network reorganisation, the IP address of the server sfx.library.nuigalway.ie is changing to 140.203.15.50. This change will take up to 24 hours as
DNS records do not propagate throughout the network immediately, but require all caches to expire and refresh. In the meantime If you experience any difficulty accessing sfx.library.nuigalway.ie simply use the IP address. For example replace:

http://sfx.library.nuigalway.ie/sfx_test/az/

with

http://140.203.15.50/sfx_test/az/


We apologise for any inconvenience.

Friday, 25 June 2010

IReL: a valued research resource

Your Research is Valued

Despite cutbacks, funding has been secured for the continuation of IReL (Irish Research eLibrary). This means that researchers will continue to have access to key research resources, thanks to vital support from HEA and IUA Council. Reduced costs have been achieved following major negotiations wit publishers.

To mark this achievement, there will be a celebration launch by the University President, Dr James J Browne. The event will take place on Monday 5 July at 16.30 in the Library foyer. As part of the launch, Subject and Research Librarians will be present to discuss the advantages offered by IReL. Library staff will be pleased to welcome academic staff and researchers to the launch. Please email rioghna.moggan@nuigalway.ie by 30 June if you would like to attend.

IReL is a nationally funded electronic research library supporting researchers across a range of disciplines. It delivers quality peer-reviewed online research journals, databases and e-books to the desktops of researchers.

It has the advantage of providing economies of scale, since it would not be possible for individual institutions to afford all of the electronic resources available through IReL. It also allows for the collaborative cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary nature of the various research initiatives. In addition to ensuring Ireland's competitive advantage for access to high quality research, the benefits of IReL are available to all students and staff in the universities.

You can find out more about IReL on the Library's website.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Royal Society- Digital Journal Archive freely available to view until 30 July 2010!

The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK - Digital Journal Archive freely available to view until 30 July 2010!

To access the archive, visit: http://royalsocietypublishing.org/journals

About: The archive dates back to 1665 and contains in excess of 68,000 articles, from the first ever article published in our oldest journal Philosophical Transactions to the most recent interdisciplinary article published in our youngest journal Interface Focus.

The Archive provides a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last 340 years including: Halley's description of 'his comet' in 1705; details of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954; and Edmond Stone's breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and later the development of aspirin. It also contains papers documenting the discovery of new planets, the first descriptions of organisms through a microscope, and the first account of photography. Early papers contain fascinating descriptions of how Captain James Cook preserved the health of his crew aboard the HMS Endeavour and the astonishment of 18th century Society at the performance of an eight year-old Mozart.

Some of the more obscure papers explore rudimentary prototypes of modern day technology: trials proposed by Robert Boyle in 1665 hypothesize on the possibilities of blood transfusions, pondering 'whether a fierce dog stocked with the blood of a cowardly dog may not become more tame?', whilst a forerunner for ventilators was discussed in a paper by Robert Hooke in 1667 entitled 'An account of an experiment made by Mr Hook (sic), of preserving animals alive by blowing through their lungs with bellows.'

SFX is currently unavailable

SFX is currently undergoing urgent unscheduled maintenance and will be available shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

New Film e-Resources

Access is now available to the following e-resources via e-Knowledge at http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/

American Film Institute Catalog (AFI)
Covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1974, with records for selected major films from 1975-2008.

International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (FIAF)
Contains over 500,000 article citations from more than 345 of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals. Includes fulltext access to 47 journals.

Film Indexes Online
Allows you to cross-search American Film Institute Catalog (AFI), International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (FIAF) and Film Index International.

RIAN - Irish Research Online

A new online service now facilitates open access to a range of Irish research publications. RIAN provides a single portal for national research output made available on an open access basis. It contains publications from the insitutional repositories of the seven Irish universities and Dublin Insitute of Technology.

RIAN will significantly increase the visibility and impact of Irish research, especially at a time when the ability to showcase research output and identify institutional research strengths is extremely important in attracting new funding and high quality staff. It is also timely in demonstrating the added value and economies of scale of a shared service approach nationally.

The development of RIAN was managed by the Irish Universities Association Librarians' Group, and is supported by the Association. It is the result of a three year project which was equally funded by the universities and the Irish Government's Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). Further information is available on the IUA website.

NUI Galway's ARAN is indexed by RIAN and currently provides open access to over 600 publications by NUI Galway authors. To deposit your papers and for more information, please contact Fergus Fahey, Insitutional Repository Librarian, at fergus.fahey@nuigalway.ie or telephone extension 5961.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Important - PC Suite - Notice


To facilitate hardware and software upgrading, the PC Suite on Floor 2 will be unavailable from Monday 14th June to Friday 16th July.
Alternative computer/printing facilities will be available during this period via the PC Suite on Floor 1 of the James Hardiman Library, along with the two PC Suites in the Nursing Library extension. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, 24 May 2010

New e-Resource: Medieval Travel Writing

Access is now available to a new e-resource - Medieval Travel Writing (Adam Matthew Digital).

This new collection from Adam Matthew Digital presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to Central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land.

Acess is available via e-Knowledge at http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Summer Opening Hours - Extended

Extended Summer Opening Hours 2010
24th May - 5th September
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 22.00
Friday: 08.30 - 17.30
Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday: Closed
Library closed June 5th, 7th, 12th and 19th
Library closing at 19.30 Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th July

NOTICE: Systems Down June 11th/12th

Due to a power upgrade in the ISS Data Centre, Library systems will be down from:
17:30 Friday June 11th to 17:30 Saturday June 12th

E-Knowledge, SFX and Aleph will all be offline to facilitate the upgrade.

You can find more information in this ISS Bulletin.

Apologies in advance for the inconvenience.

Help Us Design Our Website - tell us what you think!

The Library is currently in the process of designing a new website.

If you have any suggestions for improvements, or features you'd like to see included then we'd love to hear from you!


Please add a comment to this blog post or send a mail to library@nuigalway.ie, and we'll take care of the rest.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Getting Published workshop - 18th May

Reminder:

Getting published & making an impact
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 10-11am
Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite, James Hardiman Library

This one-hour session will explore the various academic publishing models available and ways to maximize the impact of your research publications

Workshop presenter
Gwen Ryan, AHSS Research Support Librarian

Information resources at your fingertips - a workshop for Administrative Staff

This hands-on workshop will take participants through some of the most popular and most useful e-Resources available via the Library website and beyond.





Discover the Library's collections through E-Knowledge


and


Explore some popular Web-based resources for work and pleasure








Target audience: Administrative Staff


Presenter: Gwen Ryan, AHSS Research Support Librarian


Reserve a place at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/545153569 or email gwen.ryan@nuigalway.ie / phone ext 5959

Friday, 14 May 2010

EndNote Web downtime: Sunday 16th May 2010

Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to the ISI Web of Knowledge, EndNote Web and Researcher ID this coming Sunday, 16th May, 2010 beginning 4:00 AM GMT. During this time, there will be disruption of service and access to these products. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Library Catalog Maintenance: downtime risk June 2nd

The Aleph database component of the Library Catalogue will undergo maintenance on Wednesday June 2nd from 08:30 to 18:00. We hope to avoid any downtime. There will be an elevated risk of downtime, however, in which case book circulation, inter-library loans and access to library holdings information will be curtailed.

ARAN - Back On-line

Aran is back online

EndNote workshop - 20th May

Introduction to EndNote bibliographic management software for Humanities and Social Sciences researchers.

Learn how to

  • Set up an EndNote library to manage the results of your literature review
  • Add & Import Citations from library e-Resources
  • Create and edit bibliographies in Word using Cite While You Write

Date: Thursday, 20th May

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Basement PC Suite, Nursing & Midwifery Library extension, James Hardiman Library

Presenter: Gwen Ryan, AHSS Research Support Librarian

Click here reserve your place on this workshop

Monday, 10 May 2010

Aran Back Online

Aran was off-line,the service has now been restored.

Monday, 26 April 2010

[*edit*] - Find E-Journal & SFX Up and Running

EDIT - Services have been resumed, apologies again for the inconvenience caused.

Our Find E-Journal and our SFX linking services are currently down while we undertake some essential maintenance.

We hope to have services up and running in the next few hours. Apologies for any inconvenience.




Saturday, 24 April 2010

Eyewitness: Ireland through the lens of Colman Doyle


The James Hardiman Library is hosting an exhibition of more than 80 photographs by Colman Doyle. The exhibition, on loan from the National Library of Ireland, displays a selection from almost 25,000 images by Colman held by the National Library.

Colman was probably Ireland's first documentary style photographer, with his portraits of political leaders and literary figures, as well as for his photographs of ordinary people throughout Ireland. As a sports photographer, he acquired a huge reputation for his action shots of GAA matches and horse races.

The exhibition, located on the ground floor of the Library, includes portraits of politicians such as Charles J Haughey and Eamon de Valera, and visiting dignitaries including John F Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. There are fascinating vignettes of Irish life from the 1950s to the 1990s. Colman recorded daily life in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s, a period during which he photographed behind-the-scenes images of political meetings and street violence.

Also featured in the exhibition will be a film, first shown on TG4 in 2006, that follows Colman as he returns to photograph West Kerry, reconnecting with his earliest work as a press photographer.

The exhibition will remain open until 25 June 2010.

Friday, 23 April 2010

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive - trial now available

A trial of The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 database is now available until 21 May.

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

Note that this trial is accessible on campus only.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Final Year Students - Clear your Library Account

A new University policy affecting final year students has come into operation this year. Before the end of your course or degree, you must return all Library books and other materials. Also, you must pay off all outstanding Library fines. If you fail to comply, sanctions will be imposed: your final year results will be withheld and you will not be allowed to graduate. It is the responsibility of each final year student to check your Library account before you depart the University.

Reading Room open until1.30am

The Library Basement Reading Room will be open until 1.30am from Monday 19 April (Monday to Sunday). As a safety measure, swipe card access has been put in place. To gain access to the Reading Room after 23:00, you must use your student ID card. To have your ID card activated, please take it to the Security Office in Distillery Road. There is a telephone outside the Reading Room, if you need to contact the Security Office for any reason.

Monday, 12 April 2010

e-Knowledge access Restored

e-Knowledge access Restored


We're currently experiencing some problems with our e-Knowledge service.

We're working hard to fix the problem, and we'll restore services as soon as possible.Apologies for the inconvenience, please bear with us!

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

ARAN - essential maintenance between 10.00 and 14.00 on Thursday 1 April

ARAN will be undergoing essential maintenance between 10.00 and 14.00 on Thursday 1 April. The system will remain ‘live’ during most of that time however it will be intermittently ‘down’.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

EndNote Refresher Workshop - 24th March

This workshop is aimed at Arts and Social Science researchers with some prior experience of using EndNote to manage citations.

The workshop will cover:
Working with your EndNote Library
Effective citing & referencing, including using footnotes
Editing import filters & output styles

Date: Wednesday, 24th March
Time: 2.30pm - 4pm
Venue: The Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite, Nursing & Midwifery Library wing

To reserve a place click here

Friday, 19 March 2010

Database Focus Workshops

Several Database Focus workshops have been arranged for the week beginning
22 March:

Trish Finnan will be covering Business Source Complete:

Monday 22 March 12-1
Tuesday 23 March 2-3
Wednesday 24 March 10-11

Kathleen Burke will be covering Academic Search Complete, SocINDEX, and Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

Tuesday 23 March 10-11
Thursday 25 March 10-11

The workshops take place in the Library Training Room on the ground floor of the Library, and booking is not required.

Database Focus

From 22-24 March, the Library will be focussing on important databases that will help students find good quality journal articles for their research and assignments. The Library has been able to upgrade to Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete.

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive multidisciplinary database, covering more than 7,400 full-text journals. Business Source Complete is a major business database, and includes financial data, industry and market reports, and company profiles.

Both databases will feature strongly in workshops with Subject Librarians in the Library Training Room. There will also be drop in sessions based in the Library foyer at 11.30am and 3pm each day.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Introducing - The Short Stay Zone


Floor 1 - Short Stay Zone

For your convenience and to ensure that you can get a study place in the library when you drop in between lectures, or just for a short period at any time of the day, we have introduced the Short Stay Zone on Floor 1.


Short Stay means Short Stay!
  • If you vacate a seat you give up the seat

  • You cannot reserve a seat, and the 30 Minute Rule does not apply to this area

  • Belongings will be removed from vacant seats

Library Survey - taught postgraduate students

On 22 March, the Library will be launching an online survey of taught postgraduate students. We are keen to have students' views of the Library, so that we can further develop services that meet students' needs. The link to the online survey will be sent to students' NUI Galway email addresses, and all respondents will be entered automatically into a prize draw. The survey will take only ten minutes to complete, and there is plenty of opportunity to add comments. Please note that all responses are treated with the utmost confidentialty.

Training on how to keep up to date with new publications - Friday at 3pm

This one-hour session will explore online services that can help you to keep up with recently published material. Participants will have opportunity to set up alerting services that best suit the way they work.

3-4pm Friday 19th March
Nusing & Midwifery PC Suite on the ground floor of the Nursing & Midwifery Library
This workshop is aimed at humanities & social science researchers and others who need to keep in touch with the current literature in their field

Follow this link to reserve your place

Friday, 12 March 2010

Dictionary of Irish Biography Exhibition

Find out about thousands of Irish lives by visiting the exhibition in the Library foyer. The nine volume set is available for consultation, and there is an exhibition of items from the Library's archives and special collections - photographs, letters and other documents. The exhibition has been compiled to mark Library Ireland Week and Seachtain na Gaeilge. The online version of the Dictionary will be available very soon.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The ARAN Institutional Repository is now available

The ARAN Institutional Repository service has been restored and is now available for searching.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

British Periodicals Online on trial until 22nd March

To access this database click here. Please note, you need to be on campus to gain access.

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images.

Monday, 1 March 2010

ARAN is offline and unavailable

The ARAN Institutional Repository is currently offline due to a system error. We hope to have this service restored as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Next EndNote workshop for Arts & Social Sciences Researchers - Tuesday 2nd March, 11am-1pm

Introduction to EndNote bibliographic management software.

Learn how to
Set up and manage your EndNote library
Add & Import Citations
Create and edit bibliographies using Cite While You Write

Following this workshop you will be ready to start using EndNote to manage the results of your literature review and you will be able to use EndNote's CWYW function when writing papers with bibliographies.

Venue:
Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
Basement
Nursing & Midwifery Library wing
James Hardiman Library

Date & time: 11am-1pm, Tuesday 2nd March

Please click here to reserve your place

Saturday, 27 February 2010

ARAN is currently unavailable.

The ARAN Institutional Repository is currently offline due to a system error. We hope to have this service restored as soon as possible.

Friday, 26 February 2010

ARAN Server downtime

The ARAN Institutional Repository is currently offline. We expect it to be available on Monday March 1st by 17:00 hrs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Market research - how to find the information you need

Topic: Market research - how to find the information you need
Time: 1400-1500
Date: 23rd February 2010
Venue: Library Training Room
Trainer: Trish Finnan, Subject Librarian (Business and Economics)
Email: trish.finnan@nuigalway.ie

This training session will guide you through library resources for market research. It is a 'drop-in' session ie., no booking required.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

19th Century E-Resources 18 February

As part of the LARK information schedule we will be presenting an information session on a variety of E-Resources for literary and historical research on the 19th Century. Venue is the Library Training Room at 12noon on Thursday 18 February.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Hate Assignments?

Meet your Subject Librarian and discover how they can help you find quality information quickly. Subject Librarians and other members of the subject support teams will be available in the Library Foyer from 22 to 24 February, between 11am and 3pm:

Monday 22 February: Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
Tuesday 23 February: Science, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Wednesday 24 February: Law and Business

They will be very pleased to help with any aspects of your work, especially if you want to find better ways to research your assignments.

New archival collection of anatomical drawings


The latest item to be made available to researchers through the archives service is a medical manuscript from the mid-nineteenth century. Entitled an Atlas of Anatomical Drawings to illustrate the work of Wilson, Carpenter and others … (Dublin, 1859), the work consists of 28 plates of drawings of anatomy, with hand-written notes on each plate. The item is listed under A41, and is available for consultation at the Special Collections Reading Room. The item was donated by Prof. Seán and Mrs. Frances Lavelle to the Library, and will be a welcome addition to a number of collections dealing with teaching in Irish universities in the later nineteenth century.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

SFX - * Access Restored *

*** Access has now been restored to SFX. Apologies once again for the inconvenience ***




We're currently experiencing some problems with our SFX service.

This means that Find E-Journal, and some other SFX linking services are being affected at the moment.
We're working hard to fix the problem, and we'll restore services as soon as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience, please bear with us!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Updated Literature Search Guide now available


An updated version of the Library publication "Your Literature Search: a step by step guide" is available to download.
This guide is aimed at anyone beginning a research task and will help you quickly get to grips with the process and research tools available.
This is an e-only publication in pdf format. To read and download please click on the following link: Your Literature Search

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Reminder: Demonstrations of the Library's scanning equipment

Come along to a demonstration of the James Hardiman Library's scanning equipment which will take place in the Library Digitization Centre on the top floor of the Library at 12:00 on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February.

The Library Digitization Service is available to staff and postgraduate students wishing to digitize material to support research, teaching or publication.

The Library Digitization Centre houses three high spec scanners:

1) A Kirtas 1200 book scanner which can scan a bound volume at a rate of over 600 pages per hour, using a an automatic page turning mechanism.

2) A Bookeye 3 A1 scanner which can scan large format material such as newspapers and maps. This scanner is also suitable for scanning loose material, for example archival collections.

3) A Nikon Coolscan 500 slide and film scanner which can be used to scan 35mm negatives and slides.

All three scanners can output high quality images in a range of formats including jpeg, tiff and PDF. The library digitization centre can also provide post processing services for scanned material including high quality OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

Demonstrator: Fergus Fahey, Institutional Repository & Digitization Librarian
email: fergus.fahey@nuigalway.ie
telephone: 091 495961 ; extension: 5961


If you are a member of staff or a postgraduate student and would like to attend one of these demonstrations please confirm your attendance here

Reminder: Cengage/Gale Humanities & Political Science e-Resources training - Tuesday 16th February

Cengage e-Resources training day


Trainer: Chris Houghton, Cengage Product Trainer


Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite accessed via the James Hardiman Library


Date: Tuesday 16th February


Reserve your place at http://jhl.eventbrite.com/

10:00 -11:00
The Making of the Modern World
Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945



11.30-12.30 Historical newspapers:
The Times Digital Archive 1785 - 1985
17th and 18th Century Burney Collection



13:30-14:30
Eighteenth Century Collections Online



14:30-15:30
Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration
State Papers Online, 1509-1714



Reserve your place on one or all of these sessions at http://jhl.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

ATTENTION: Import problem with EndNote X2 and earlier versions

Thomson Reuters have reported that in many cases, bibliographic records with a
publication date of 2010 or later will not import the year data into EndNote X2 and earlier versions. It is hoped that this issue will be rectified shortly. In the meantime this data will need to be entered manually into your EndNote Record.

Also, for all versions prior to X2, the year must be added manually - see the FAQ
here for more details.

Best Wishes
Rosarie

Rosarie Coughlan
Research Support Librarian - STM

e-Resources for Science - 19th February

Introduction to key e-resources for the College of Science, including how to access full-text journals on and off campus.

Presenter:

Brendan Duffy
(Information Assistant)
email: brendan.duffy@nuigalway.ie
telephone: +353 91 495917
(extension: 5917)

Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
(change of venue - please call to the Arts/Science Information Office)
Date and Time: Thursday, 11th February 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Book your place online for this training session here.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

e-Resources for Science - Thursday 11th February

Introduction to key e-resources for the College of Science, including how to access full-text journals on and off campus.

Presenter:

Brendan Duffy
(Information Assistant)
email: brendan.duffy@nuigalway.ie
telephone: +353 91 495917
(extension: 5917)

Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
Date and Time: Thursday, 11th February 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Book your place online for this training session here.

Monday, 8 February 2010

e-Resources for Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Wednesday 10 February

Introduction to key e-Resources for Classics, French, Gaeilge, German, Italian and Spanish

Date
:Wednesday,10th February

Time:1200-1300

Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite

To book a place go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/520736537

Trainer:
Niamh Walsh
Subject Librarian, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Thursday, 4 February 2010

e-Resources for Science - Tuesday 9th February

Introduction to key e-resources for the College of Science, including how to access full-text journals on and off campus.

Presenter:

Brendan Duffy
(Information Assistant)
email: brendan.duffy@nuigalway.ie
telephone: +353 91 495917
(extension: 5917)

Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
Date and Time: Thursday, 11th February 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Book your place online for this training session here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

e-Resources for Humanities: Thursday 04 February

e-Resources for Humanities

Introduction to key electronic resources for English, History, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Irish Studies, Journalism and Philosophy

Date: Thursday 4th February
Time: 12.00 - 1.00 p.m.
Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
Booking required. To book go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/520729516

Trainer: Niamh Walsh
Subject Librarian,
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Friday, 29 January 2010

e-Resources for Geography & Archaeology: Tuesday 02 February

Introduction to key e-resources for Geography & Archaeology

Date
: Tuesday 02 February

Time: 15.00-16.00

Venue: Library Training Room

Booking required
. To book go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/520722495

Trainer:
Niamh Walsh
Subject Librarian, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Forthcoming IReL Cancellations - Message from Librarian January 29th 2010

Dear Colleagues,

You will be aware that the current round of IReL (Irish Research eLibrary) funding came to an end in December 2009. The IUA Librarians' Group is engaged in positive discussions with the HEA and others to secure funding for IReL for 2010 onwards but it is likely that this will be at significantly reduced levels. Due to increasing publisher costs and other factors it is necessary for some IReL resources to be cancelled even if IReL funding were to be maintained at pre-2010 levels. Arising from this, and in the first of what will probably be a number of cancellation processes, the resources listed at: IReL News will shortly become unavailable through IReL. These resources have been identified for cancellation because they incur the highest cost per use.

The Library regrets the cancellation of any resource. We are working with our colleagues, the HEA, university senior officers and others to maintain access to as many resources through IReL as possible. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments or queries.

For comments or queries please contact Monica Crump at monica.crump@nuigalway.ie or Ext. 3765, your subject librarian or your research librarian.


Best wishes,

John Cox
University Librarian

e-Resources for Engineering and Informatics - 4th February

Introduction to key e-resources for engineering and informatics, including how to access full text journals and standards.

Venue: Library Training Room
Date and Time: Thursday 4th February 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presenter:
Brendan Duffy
Information Assistant (Science and Technology)
email: brendan.duffy@nuigalway.ie
telephone: +353 91 495917
(extension: 5917)

Book your place online here.

Advanced e-Knowledge training sessions - 2nd and 4th February

Introduction to the more advanced features of e-Knowledge including cross searching, saving results and creating lists of favourite resources.

Suitable for all students and staff.

Session 1 (Tuesday 2nd February):

Presenter:
Jane Mulligan - Health Sciences Librarian
email: jane.mulligan@nuigalway.ie
Telephone: 091 49 5228
(extension 5228)

Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Book your place for the Tuesday 2nd February session here.

Session 2 (Thursday 4th February):

Presenter:
Fiona Quinlan, Subject Librarian
email: fiona.quinlan@nuigalway.ie
Telephone: 091 49 3351
(extension: 3351)

Venue: Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Book your place for the Thursday 4th February session here.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Updated Guide to Literature Searching now available.


An updated version of the Library publication "Your Literature Search: a step by step guide" is available to download.
This guide is aimed at anyone beginning a research task and will help you quickly get to grips with the process and research tools available.
This is an e-only publication in pdf format. To read and download please click on the following link: Your Literature Search




Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Medical Library - 4th Feb. - 'Medicine and the Arts' Event - Service Impact

Access to the Medical Library, CSI, will be temporarily unavailable on
Thursday 4th February 2010
11am – 4pm
to facilitate the ‘Medicine and the Arts’ event.
Please note that the Medical Library Self Teaching Room and the Main Library located on the NUI, Galway campus will both be open during these times.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

ConTempo Quartet - Concert - Library Foyer - Feb. 1st

CONTEMPO QUARTET
Galway Ensemble-in-Residence
will be performing in the Library
Foyer on Monday 1st February
at 1pm
So take a break from your studies and relax with some high quality music

•Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41, no. 3
•Brahms: String Quartet, Op. 51, no. 1
All Welcome

Monday, 25 January 2010

e-Resources for Engineering and Informatics - Thursday 28th January

Introduction to key e-resources for engineering and informatics, including how to access full text journals and standards.

Presenter:

Fiona Quinlan, Subject Librarian
email: fiona.quinlan@nuigalway.ie
Telephone: 091 49 3351
(extension: 3351)

Venue:
Library Training Room

Time:
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Book your place online here.

e-Resources for Psychology: Wednesday 27th January

12.00 p.m. Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite, booking essential http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/librarians/Training/Lark_Sem2_2009_10

Introduction to e-Resources for Psychology

e-Resources in general
Types of e-Resources
Subject specific and multi-disciplinary
Some examples
Searching with an opportunity for hands-on experience

Kathleen Burke
Subject Librarian
Schools of Education, Psychology, Political Science & Sociology

Friday, 22 January 2010

e-Resources for Education: Tuesday 26th January

10.00 a.m. Nursing & Midwifery Library PC Suite, booking essential http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/librarians/Training/Lark_Sem2_2009_10

Introduction to e-Resources for Education
  • e-Resources in general
  • Types of e-Resources
  • Subject specific and multi-disciplinary
  • Some examples
  • Searching with an opportunity for hands-on experience


Kathleen Burke
Subject Librarian
Schools of Education, Psychology, Political Science & Sociology

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Introduction to key e-resources for engineering and informatics, including how to access full text journals and standards.

Presenter:
Brendan Duffy
Information Assistant (Science and Technology)
email: brendan.duffy@nuigalway.ie
telephone: +353 91 495917
(extension: 5917)

Venue: Library Training Room
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Book your place online here.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

ScienceDirect and Scopus unavailable

Due to scheduled maintenance, Science Direct and Scopus will be unavailable for about 12 hours from 13:00 Saturday, 23 January to 01:00 Sunday, 24 January.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Improve your Library and Research Know-how: training in the Library this week

Get a head start this Semester by attending some of the training sessions being offered in the Library this week and improve your Library and Research Know-How (LARK)!

  • Finding Books and Journals on E-Knowledge (Monday-Thursday 11.30 or 3.00, no need to book!)
  • Introduction to Scopus (Tuesday, 12.00)
  • Preparing your Literature Review (Thursday, 10.00)
  • Research Your Legal Essay (Thursday, 2.00)

Find out more or book a place on the library's LARK training page.Keep an eye out for further training in the coming weeks!

What are the black squares in the library catalogue?


Have you seen black squares like this within e-Knowledge (the library catalogue) and wondered what they were? Well, they are QRcodes.

QRcodes are handy barcodes you can scan with a smartphone. We've started to use them experimentally in the library catalogue. We hope they'll save your fingers inputting lengthy URLs when you want to bring up a book-location map or ARAN repository PDF in your smartphone. Bring the map with you as you locate the book! Read the PDF on the bus.





While they are used extensively in Japan for advertising purposes, we think this is their first application in a library catalogue. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Training in the Library this week - Get a head start!

Get a head start this Semester by attending some of the training sessions being offered in the Library this week and improve your Library and Research Know-How (LARK)!
  • Introduction to Endnote for Reference Management
  • e-Resources for Science
  • Introduction to Legal Resources
  • Finding Books on E-Knowledge
  • Finding Articles on E-Knowledge
Find out more or book a place on the library's LARK training page.

Keep an eye out for further training in the coming weeks!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Booking for Library Training Sessions Now Open!

The library provides a series of training sessions and workshops to help you gain the skills to find, evaluate and use the information you need for your studies or research. Full details are available of the training sessions coming up in Semester 2 in both our Library and Research Know-How programme and our Researcher Workshop Series.

Come and learn how to find and use better quality information more quickly!