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This blog and RSS feed is used to send out alerts to members of Trinity College Dublin and those wishing to visit the Library.

Details on admission requirements, opening hours, borrowing rights, and access to the Library’s catalogues and databases can be found at the Library website.

Visitors wishing to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room may visit the Book of Kells website.

“Keeping the Books” – Daily Talks in the Long Room

What does ingrained dirt on books and ice hockey have in common? What is red rot and foxing? How long did it take Trinity College Dublin to acquire its first 100,000 books and how many books are added annually? Do people still read the books in the Old Library? How are the books in the library organized on the shelves? Where can you see every page of the Book of Kells? What subject matter is covered in the Library and how was the collection built over time? What are the greatest threats to a historical library and how do we protect the books?

To learn the answers to all of these questions and more, come to the Long Room in the Old Library to hear the Preservation Assistants talk about keeping the collection of early printed books. The Preservation Assistants are part of an ongoing project, started in 2004, to systematically clean the 220,000+ books of the Old Library. They’ll walk you through the challenges of preserving an historic collection in a historic setting and explain how the books are cleaned and preserved for the future. Examples of books from the collection, dating from the invention of the printing press in the 15th century to the Victorian Era in the 19th century will be shown.

Talks run Monday to Friday at 3pm until 18th August and last 20 minutes.

Alumni and current students can see the Book of Kells, access the Long Room, and attend these talks for free, with up to three guests.

Other visitors who have paid for entry to the Old Library are welcome to attend the Keeping the Books talks for no additional charge.

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PhilPapers – online from the Library

A new addition to the Library’s online resources for Philosophy is PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online.

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. PhilPapers offers features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for PhilPapers to access the resource off campus.

 

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Drama: Routledge Performance Archive – trial online access

Routledge Performance Archive (video and audio).

The Library is currently hosting a trial of the online resource: Routledge Performance Archive.

The streamed audio-visual resource is available to all TCD-affiliated readers via the Library website until 19 May 2017. Please note that you must be ON CAMPUS to gain access.

The Routledge Performance Archive provides streamed audio-visual material, spanning more than fifty years of documented work by practitioners of performance.

The material spans many different subjects, including: European Theatre and Performance; South African Theatre and Performance; African American and African Diaspora; Theatre/Design; Shakespeare, Race, and Performance; Political Performance; Devised Performance; Theatre Masks; and Musical Theatre.

There are interviews on theatre history and contemporary practice, master classes with actor trainers, and both full-length, and excerpts from, contemporary productions and documentaries.

This is a developing resource and the content is updated and expanded every three months.

You can find this resource on the Library’s Trial Databases page or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website.

Please contact the Subject Librarian for Drama and Film with any comments or observations on this resource.

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Orbis Europe – online from the Library

Orbis Europe

Orbis Europe is a Bureau Van Dijk (BvD) product added to the collection of the Library’s online resources earlier this year.

Orbis Europe is a subset of BvD’s global ‘Orbis’ tool. It holds information on public and private banks, insurance and industrial companies across 48 European countries. It contains over 85 million companies on the system and is updated weekly. It is replacing Amadeus, an abbreviated European database, in TCD Library’s collection of subscription databases.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for Orbis Europe to access the resource off campus.

StareDecisis – online from the Library

StareDecisis: law reports at your fingertips

TCD Library has taken out a subscription to StareDecisis.

STARE DECISIS: The legal principle by which courts are obliged to respect the precedents established by prior decisions. [StareDecisis site]

StareDecisis, also known as, Stare Decisis Hibernia, provides up-to-date law reports for all the superior courts in the Republic of Ireland, since 2011.

It includes updates on all recently published judgments of the Irish superior courts (Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and previously the Court of Criminal Appeal).

In StareDecisis, you can search cases by Keyword, Subject Matter, Court, or Judge, separately or in any combination

All judgment summaries are written by practising barristers specialising in specific areas.

All judgments are reported within 7 days. Updates normally appear within 5 days of being posted on the Courts Services web site.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for StareDecisis to access the resource off campus.

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Chicago Defender (1910-1975) – online from the Library

The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).

Chicago Defender, Front page, Weds., Dec 24th 1969.

Front page, Weds., Dec 24th 1969.

Thanks to the generosity of the School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College, the Library is now providing access to the newspaper archive of the African-American newspaper, The Chicago Defender, available on the ProQuest platform: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender (1909-1975).

THE CHICAGO DEFENDER has been a leading voice of the black community well beyond the Windy City, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. The newspaper was a proponent of The Great Migration, the move of over 1.5 million African-Americans from the segregated South to the industrial North from 1915 to 1925. It reported on the Red Summer race riots of 1919, and editorialized for anti-lynching legislation and the integration of blacks into the U.S. military. This newspaper also supported the aviation career of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, and promoted the writing of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, poet laureate of Illinois. (ProQuest website)

Find the Chicago Defender on the A – Z (Databases by Title) on our Library Databases and E-Books page, (or search Stella directly, using the newspaper’s title) and access the database via the link on the catalogue record.

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The New York Times with Index (1851-1993) – online from the Library

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index (1851-1993)

Thanks to the generosity of the School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College, the Library is providing access to the newspaper archive of the New York Times with Index, available on the ProQuest platform.

The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides historical local, regional, national and international coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The resource provides search capability using subject terms in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times. Coverage: 1851 – 2013.

Find the New York Times with Index on the A – Z (Databases by Title) on our Library Databases and E-Books page, (or search for the database title in Stella) and access the database via the link on the catalogue record.   ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index (1851-1993)

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Friends of the Library Lecture: The Berkeley @ 50

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. As well as being a Friends of the Library event, it also features in the wider Berkeley50 year of celebrations, and admission is free to mark this. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Not just a building – not just a library: The Berkeley @ 50

Trevor Peare

19:30, Thursday 6 April 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Trevor Peare, a Trinity graduate (Natural Science 1972), retired as Keeper (Readers’ Services) in 2015 having been on the Library staff for 43 years. Known for his affection of the Berkeley Library, he has given countless tours of the building to Trinity’s students, to architects and to the just curious over the years. As Keeper (Systems) in the 1990s, he oversaw the introduction of mainstream automation in the Library in parallel with the development of the Internet, the World Wide Web and into buildings designed before any of that was anticipated. Trevor is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and of the Library Association of Ireland.