Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mapping Your History

Historical maps are increasingly available in digital format these days but they are often difficult to find, tucked away in various locations on the web.

Old Maps Online is a new portal for web-based historical maps which aims to make that task a whole lot easier.

The interface allows you to browse and search old maps by panning and zooming across a world map.  A search bar and a date slider allow further narrowing of your search.  Alternatively the 'magnifying glass' icon allows you to highlight a particular area on the map (so you can just search for maps available of Ireland, for example).

Whatever search method you use, the results update accordingly in the right sidebar, which provides links to the maps in their hosting site or institution.

At present the maps contained are drawn from five different digital resources:
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Historical Map Library
  • British Library, Map Library
  • Cartography Associates, the David Rumsey Map Collection
  • Moravian Library, Czech Republic
  • National Library of Scotland, Maps of Scotland
It was created by the Great Britain Historical GIS Project in University of Portsmouth and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland with funding from JISC and will continue to add further digital map collections through 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Irish History Online

 History students and staff may be interested to check out Irish History Online, an online bibliographic guide to what has been written on Irish History through the centuries.

Hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library, this open access resource currently contains over 77,000 records relating to books, pamphlets, articles, proceedings and book chapters on all aspects of Irish History.

The resource forms part of a European network of historical bibliographies, currently contributed to by thirteen countries.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Teaching and Learning Resources

In our Main Lending Collection we have many titles relating to different aspects of Teaching and Learning.

They're not all in the same spot so to help you find them we've put a list on the Subject Resources section of our website under Teaching and Learning, giving a quick reference of what we currently stock in that area, along with the relevant shelf numbers. They're all on our Catalogue too so you can check there whether they're out on loan.

Any staff who wish to add titles in this area can request them in the usual way through our website.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man...

..won't you play a tune?

We are now offering Music Packs for loan to all SPD staff and students.  Each pack contains 17 instruments so whether you're a maracas man or leave them agog with your agogô (sorry) you'll find something in there for you!  

We hope students in Music and Education in particular will find the packs useful for use both their own use and while on teaching practice.

They are available on request at the issue desk but we have one on display in the Library foyer so you can check it out.  

Our thanks to the Quality Promotion Committee and the Music Department for their support of this initiative.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Tá an Coláiste ag ceiliúradh Sheachtain na Gaeilge go luath i mbliana (ón Luan, 6 Feabhra, go dtí an Aoine, 10 Feabhra)! Mar chuid den cheiliúradh sin tá ábhar Gaeilge ár mBailiúchán Speisialta á thaispeáint againn:

  • Bailiúchán Dolmen Press 
  •  Bailiúchán Three Candles Press 
  •  Bailiúchán Patricia Lynch 
  •  Bailiúchán DVDanna 
Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais ar ár mbailiúcháin speisialta téigh chuig: agus le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais ar imeachtaí oifigiúla Sheachtain na Gaeilge féach ar


To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge the Library has curated an exhibition of the Irish language material currently held in our various Special Collections:

  •  The Dolmen Press collection 
  •  Three Candles Press collection 
  •  The Patricia Lynch collection 
  •  DVD collection 
For more information on our special collections see our here: and for more information on the official events of SnaG see