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Home by Starlight: A Poetry Reading for the Friends of the Library 18/02/16

Paula MeehanThe Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next event from the spring programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

‘Home by Starlight’. A Poetry Reading

Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry

19:30, Thursday 18 February 2016
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Paula Meehan is currently Ireland Professor of Poetry (TCD, UCD and Queen’s).

“She is a poet of solidarity – solidarity with the dispossessed, with mother earth and with her sisters and brothers in the craft. Like Heaney she is a poet of place, Dublin being the locus of many of her poems […] ‘Death of a Field’ [is] a lament for how we are stripping the land of its gifts to us” (Irish Times, 26/10/2013).

She has collaborated with dancers, singers (Christy Moore), visual artists and film makers. Her collections of poems include Dharmakaya (Carcanet, 2001) and Painting Rain (Carcanet, 2009).

Library Coffee Morning for Postgraduates – takes place today!

The Library invites postgraduates to join them for a cup of coffee or tea from 11:30-12:30 today, February 9th, in the Berkeley Library, North Training Room. There will be staff available from all areas of the Library to meet and get to know. Stalls will be set up to illustrate some of the Library’s departments, services and resources. If you can’t make it and would like more information about the Library, please contact Isolde Harpur – imharpur@tcd.ie

New database trial: Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980

Adam Mathew Digital is providing TCD Library with an eight-week trial period (until 23/03/2016) for the database: Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980.*

The six parts of this collection make available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980:

  • 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
  • 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
  • 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory
  • 1949-1956: The Communist revolution
  • 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward
  • 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution

TCD Library has 4 collections from Adam Matthew: Eighteenth Century Journals: Sections I and II; India, Raj and Empire and Virginia Company Archives.

If you are affiliated to TCD, you can access this database trial from this post or via the Library’s home page Databases and E-Books link, under the Trial Databases tab.

*Please note that PDF download options are not available during this trial. The trial will end 23/03/2016.

Any queries to Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin, Electronic Resources Librarian

27th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

Booksale-2016-Poster-Col-AThe 27th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 23rd February in the Exam Hall (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 6.00pm. The auction catalogue will be on www.tcd.ie/booksale/.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’, 10.00am-6.30pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday 10.00am-2.00pm.

Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm when everything must go. Inquiries to booksale@tcd.ie or to 896-2276. Books are collected year-round at the Booksale Office, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse Street.

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture: database trial

On trial … Gale is providing TCD Library with a six-week trial period for the database: Crime, punishment and popular culture, 1790-1920 on Gale Cengage’s Artemis platform.

If your interest is in 19th century crime fact or fiction, this database will be of interest to you.

Contents include: documents relating to the development of forensic techniques; detective agency records; prisoner photographs; newspaper reports; ‘true crime’ literature; police force records; prison postcards; penny dreadfuls, dime novels, detective fiction and mysteries; ephemera, murder ballads, crimes dramatized; manuscript collections from well-known figures; crime-related broadsides and prints.

TCD Library has 9 other resources on the Artemis platform. All resources on the platform may be searched individually or as a group. See the TCD Library Stella Record: Artemis Primary Sources

Crime, punishment and popular culture: Trial period: January 2016 –  mid February 2016

If you are affiliated to TCD, you can access this database trial from this post or via the Library’s home page Databases and E-Books link, under the Trial Databases tab.

 

Christmas Vacation Hours 2015: 24 December 2015 – 4 January 2016

The Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Libraries will close at 5.00pm Wednesday 23 December 2015 and will reopen at 9.00am Monday 4 January 2016.
The 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room will close at 4.30pm Wednesday 23 December and will reopen at 8.00am Monday 4 January 2016.
The Kinsella Hall, 24-Hour Study Hall, Ussher Library will close at 4.00pm Wednesday 23 December and will reopen from 8.00pm Monday 4 January 2016.
For further information please consult the library opening hours webpage.
The Library team wishes all our readers a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Open Day Library Tours, Saturday 5th December 2015

Pomodoro SphereAs part of Open Day 2015, Saturday 5th December, the Library invites prospective students, guidance counsellors, teachers and parents to join us for a tour of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries.

Tours of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries will commence in the foyer of the Berkeley Library every 15 minutes from 10:15 to 13:00. Tours will last about 10 minutes and provide attendees with an overview of library services and spaces.

There will be some disruption as the tours go through, especially in those areas close to the Orientation Space, but everything will be done to keep it to a minimum.

The whole day is an opportunity for potential students to get some insight into Trinity.

Public Event: John Banville in conversation with Professor Chris Morash 02/12/15

“Glancing encounters are no good”: Humanities research and the creative process.

The fourth event presented as part of the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s “The Library of the Future; the Future of the Library” programme of activities for 2015-2016 takes place on Wednesday 2 December 2015.

Trinity’s excellence in humanities research draws on the literary treasures among the Library’s unique and distinct collections. Notable among these literary archives are the papers of Booker prize-winner John Banville. On the occasion of the publication of his most recent novel The Blue Guitar, John Banville will talk to Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity. Continue reading

A Danger to the Men? Next Friends of the Library Lecture 26/11/15

Danger to the Men coverThe Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture from the autumn/winter programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

‘A Danger to the Men’? The Steamboat Ladies by Dr Susan Parkes (TCD)
19:30, Thursday 26 November 2015
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

(Steamboat Ladies?)

Dr Parkes is former Senior Lecturer in Education and now Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is an historian of education and author of books on Kildare Place, the Church of Ireland Training College and co-author of a history of Alexandra College. Dr Parkes edited and contributed to A Danger to the Men? A History of Women in Trinity College Dublin 1904–2004.