Increase in 24-hour Library study spaces during Supplemental Exams

To facilitate students preparing for supplemental examinations, the Library will open all three floors of the 24-hour space in the Ussher Library (i.e., Kinsella Hall) from Monday 19th – Friday 30th August inclusive. This will increase the number of spaces available on a 24-hour basis by approximately 350.

Please see the Library’s opening hours page for details of the relevant changeover procedure.

Reduced Library Services

Due to stocktaking activities, all libraries will be closed on Saturday 27 July, Saturday 3 August and on Monday 5 August. The 24-hour spaces (Kinsella Hall and the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room) will remain open. Requests from storage will be partially reduced – please contact Library staff for further details.

Normal Library services will resume on Tuesday 6 August 2019.

Student Shelvers (Term Time) Vacancies, 2019/2020

Applications for student shelvers are now being accepted for the coming academic year 2019/20.
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/evening before the Library opens/closes.

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

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 2nd August 2019.

Please Note: Interviews for these positions will take place on Tuesday 27th August 2019. 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 Maria Kelly, Reading Room Maintenance Executive, by e-mail: KELLYM10@tcd.ie

Library to host LIBER 2019 Conference: 26-28 June 2019

The Library of Trinity College Dublin is hosting the LIBER 2019 Conference from 26-28 June 2019. Librarians and archivists from all over Europe are attending the conference, which brings librarians from 450 European research libraries together for three days of networking. This is the first time the conference has been held in Ireland. It has been organised by the Library in partnership with CONUL, the consortium of Ireland’s main research libraries. The theme of the conference is ‘Research Libraries for Society’ and topics for discussion during the conference include the implementation of Open Scholarship practice, linked data, the future of collections and connecting with partners in society.

We look forward to welcoming over 450 delegates from over 35 countries to LIBER 2019, which promises to be an energetic, exciting and thoroughly engaging conference.

About LIBER

LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) is the voice of Europe’s research library community.
For nearly 50 years, LIBER has worked to meet its mission of enabling world class research. It does this by representing the interests of member institutions, their universities and their researchers in several key areas.

Some 450 national, university and other libraries are part of LIBER and its wider network includes goal-oriented partnerships with other organisations in Europe and beyond.

eResources Trial: Pravda

The Library is currently hosting a trial of the online resource: Pravda

This eResource is also available Off-Campus until 9th August 2019.

Pravda (“Truth”) was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991. Founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, Pravda originated as an underground daily workers’ newspaper, and it soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement. Throughout the Soviet era, party members were obligated to read Pravda. Today, Pravda still remains the official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, an important political faction in contemporary Russian politics.

The publication of Pravda was completely suspended in 1915 and 1916, therefore no archival material can be found for those years.

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.

During this trial period, any feedback is very welcome and can be sent to Monica Sanchidrian: sanchidm@tcd.ie.

eResources Trial: Manchester Gothic

The Library is currently hosting a trial of the online resource: Manchester Gothic

This eResource is also available Off-Campus until  the end of August 2019.

Manchester Gothic is an unrivalled collection of gothic literature including 49 books and the Gothic Studies (1999-2018) journal, written by leading names in the field and covering literature, film, television, theatre and visual arts, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Manchester Gothic explores the reasons why Gothic Studies is so prevalent in the fields of art, film, literature and culture by providing easy access to digital texts, essays and studies in all things gothic. From the study of gothic and death to monsters, vampires, werewolves and ghosts, as well as studies on visionaries such as Terry Gilliam, Alan Moore and Terence Fisher. Manchester Gothic brings them all together in one easy-to-use resource.

You can find this resource on the Library’s Databases and E-Books section of the Library website.

During this trial period, any feedback is very welcome and can be sent to Monica Sanchidrian: sanchidm@tcd.ie.

Peter Fox, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin

We’re delighted that Peter Fox, former Librarian & Archivist of Trinity College Dublin (and then Librarian of the University of Cambridge) has been been awarded Honorary Fellowship. Peter is the author of the fantastic “Trinity College Library Dublin: A History”, an amazingly useful and comprehensive book we use constantly (not least, to settle arguments amongst Library staff members about the history of the Library).

Blowing our own Trumpet (Redux)

Those of you with an interest in music may remember that we were the recipients of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (UK and Ireland Branch) Excellence Award, back in 2016. This is awarded every three years… and we won it again this year.  The Library of Trinity College Dublin was the only Irish winner of the 11 prizes awarded.

The award focuses on outstanding music services to the library’s user community, using the following criteria:

  • Sustained good work and good practice which has the potential to be adopted and adapted by others.

and if relevant:

  • Serious development of a service.
  • Innovation of obviously lasting value.

They had the following nice things to say about us:

“An impressive legal deposit library led by a distinguished music librarian [that’d be Roy Stanley – Ed.] who works closely with staff, students and other music librarians and whose engagement with performers has stimulated research and resulted in radio programmes, concerts, CDs, and publications.”

and:

“The leading role of TCD Music library in the sector in Ireland cannot be overstated. The collaboration and co-operation is a good example to others.”

and finishing up with:

“As a Legal Deposit Library, holdings of printed books and printed music are bound to be comprehensive, and thus we are looking at the way these are accessed, and other, special, aspects of the Library’s holdings. In my view, the access arrangements for the printed collections are generous and all-embracing; and the special collections are of national importance for Ireland. Development through purchase of non-legally deposited items is also impressive. I was interested to read of the Music Library’s participation in the Research Collections Division, and the integrated approach that has resulted from this.”

Well done – again – to our dedicated Music Librarian, Roy Stanley. Anyone want to place bets for 2022?

New online Resource – TAIR

 

The Library has recently acquired a subscription to TAIR, which can be accessed
via the A-Z Listing on LibGuides.

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions.

TAIR also provides extensive linkouts from our data pages to other Arabidopsis resources.