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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.

Reader’s Choice: Improving Access to Academic Books with Patron-Driven Acquisition

Our eagle-eyed readers will have spotted some of the 140,000 (and growing) UK Legal Deposit e-books that we have access to via our Library PCs. Some of the major UK academic publishers have now moved to e-deposit only, such as Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Sage. The Library understands that the access restrictions can be a barrier to research, and so we are inviting TCD staff and students to select, when needed, an additional copy for our collection. Integrated with our catalogue are thousands of records for available titles which can be selected; half are print books (now live) and half are e-books (live from August). Print books can be ordered with a lead time of approximately three weeks, and on arrival the book will be reserved for you. Once live, e-books will be available immediately and wherever you are working by using your Trinity login.

Library Services 24 July – 7 August 2017

Some Library services will be reduced or curtailed from Monday 24 July to Monday 7 August 2017:

  1. The Early Printed Books and Manuscripts & Archives Research Library reading rooms will be closed to readers for the two weeks. Both reading rooms reopen on Tuesday 8 August 2017.
  2. All libraries will be closed on Saturdays 29 July and 5 August, and on Monday 7 August. Kinsella Hall in the Ussher Library and the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room will remain open for current students with valid College ID cards. Saturday opening resumes on the 12 August 2017.
  3. Online requests via ASR for material held in Santry will continue as normal with delivery on a daily basis. However, call slip requests for material from Santry will not be available to most readers, only for customers of the Information Service and external Inter-Library Loans.
  4. Requests for materials from the closed stacks on campus (both by ASR and call slip) will continue to be delivered twice daily to the BLU, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical Library reading rooms.
  5. Requests for material in external storage will continue to be delivered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  6. Requests for materials to be consulted in the Early Printed Books reading room will not be fulfilled during this period, as the reading room is closed. Requests will need to be re-submitted on or after 8 August.

Normal Library services resume on Tuesday 8 August.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our readers due to the above arrangements. Much background activity is achieved in this important period.

Electronic Thesis Submission Now Live

Great news! Trinity’s much-anticipated electronic thesis (ethesis) submission system is now fully functioning and accepting thesis uploads from research students directly following their thesis examination process.

All newly-awarded TCD research theses will be available electronically via TARA and the Library catalogue – and, with very few exceptions, their full text will be freely and openly accessible to anyone searching the Web.

The processes around the deposit of research theses in Trinity have been automated and improved. Now that the ethesis is the agreed master copy of the thesis, once notification of its deposit is received by Academic Registry, the student’s name is immediately sent to Board and Council for approval for conferring. No more hanging around waiting, thus benefitting international students in particular.

Of course, the thesis still has to be printed as, for the time being at least, College and the Library requires the student to supply two hardbound copies. This process has also been automated. Now, at the press of a button, a student sends the ethesis to the Thesis Centre or the printer of their choice for printing. And the student no longer has to trek up to Academic Registry to hand in their hardbound copies! The Thesis Centre is delivering them directly to Academic Registry as a free, optional service.

A steady flow of ethesis deposits are expected throughout the summer, with a massive intake expected in September. For information on submitting a thesis electronically, including a demo video and step-by-step instructions, visit our Submitting Theses page.

Student Shelvers (Term Time), 2017/2018

Applications for student shelvers are now being accepted for the coming academic year 2017/2018.

Each year the Library employs a number of student shelvers who work 10-12 hours per week at the Libraries on Campus and in the Trinity Centre at St James’s Hospital. The primary role of student shelvers is to sort books and return them to the shelves each morning before the Library opens.

A full job description and short-listing criteria are available on the application website. Please ensure you read these in detail before completing the form on the website.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 4th August 2017.

Please Note: Interviews for these positions will take place on the 29th September 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by e-mail of their interview time at least one week in advance of the interview date.

If you have any questions please contact Peter Dudley, Sub-Librarian, Reading Room Services, by e-mail: dudleype@tcd.ie.

“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.

Want to know more? Sarah Timmins, one of our current Preservation Assistants, has written a great piece on how our precious books in the Long Room are repaired.

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.

Original text by Heather Courtney.

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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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