Thursday, May 26, 2011

Extra! Extra! (Opening Hours)

Our extended opening hours continue this weekend to accommodate students during exam time - we are open 9am-10pm on Friday, May 27 and 10am-5pm on Saturday, May 28.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bob

Dylan, that is. Mr. Zimmerman is 70 today as you may have seen.

Why not take out No Direction Home from our DVD Collection to celebrate? Directed by Martin Scorcese, the award winning documentary film chronicles Dylan's much-discussed cross over from folk singer to rock star in the sixties. It also includes discussion by Dylan and others of his musical tastes and influences from the Clancy Brothers to Billie Holliday.

Or if you're feeling green, how about a look at Hard Rain: Our Headlong Collision with Nature by Mark Edwards, which contains a collection of stunning photographs taken by Edwards over 40 years, detailing environmental and humanitarian concerns, and marries them with the lyrics of Hard Rain, written by Dylan during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The book also contains essays by Robert May, John Elkington, Geoff Lye, Jonathon Porrit and David Bohm.

Digitisation Talk Today

At 12 noon today in the e-block boardroom, the Library hosts a short lecture and demonstration by Brian Donovan of Eneclann Digital Imaging Services on the importance of digital imaging and archival storage for libraries and universities.

Eneclann are a Trinity College Campus Company who publish historical and genealogical sources on CD-Rom and online and have currently produced around 250 titles of Irish interest. We have recently acquired some Eneclann titles on CD-Rom which will be on display for the talk and available for loan in the Library soon afterwards.

Titles include:

  • Census Reports 1851-1911: County & City of Dublin
  • A Stroll through Dublin
  • Deserted Children (Dublin) 1854
  • Thom's Official Directory of Ireland, 1910
  • Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland
  • Treble Almanack & Dublin Directory 1783
  • The 1798 Rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders
Continuing on our White House theme this week, Eneclann were in the news for the part they have played in sourcing Barack Obama's Irish ancestry - our speaker Brian is quoted in an article in the Irish Times last Saturday.

All students and staff are welcome to come along to the talk. This event is organised by Síol, our Information and Research Support service.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Read with the Obamas!

As you may have known, the US President arrived in Ireland this morning along with the First Lady. On their arrival Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented them with a gift for their children, Malia and Sasha, of a collection of Hawaiian children's stories by Padraic Colum.

What you might not know is that we have a copy of this same collection in two volumes in our Padraic Colum Special Collection in the Library. Why not check out what they'll be reading at story-time in the White House?!

Our Special Collections are not held in down in the main Library but just ask at the Information Desk for Legends of Hawaii or Bright Islands from our Padraic Colum Collection and you can keep up with the Obamas...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

24Hr Loans for Study Week

From this evening (after 5.15pm) onwards items from our 24hr loan collection will be issued until Monday week (May 23rd). This is to accommodate students not staying on campus during study week.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Extra Opening Hours

Over the exam period the Library will be open later than normal on Fridays (until 10pm) and Saturdays (until 5pm). For our full May opening hours check our website.

We wish all students taking exams over the next few weeks the best of luck!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Irish Life and Lore Event

"Our own story and its telling is as vital to our sense of well-being as a good meal and a warm bed."
On Monday the Library hosts a talk by Maurice O'Keefe about his Irish Life and Lore series, a collection of over 1,800 audio recordings from various parts of Ireland which makes up a rich oral history of the island.

The presentation takes place in E233 at 12 noon on Monday, May 9 and all are welcome. To find out more about the project visit

This event is the latest offered by Síol, our Information and Research Support service.