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Open Book Publishers. Free, scholarly ebooks. Membership trial: 29/1/15-28/2/15

A trial membership for this collection of open access, free, scholarly ebooks is currently available until the end of February, via the Library’s Databases and Ebooks page, Trial Databases tab.

Open Book Publishers is a non-profit organisation established, by academics in Cambridge, to publish rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access monographs. To date, 51 titles in the humanities and social sciences by some of the world’s best known scholars (including Amartya Sen and Noam Chomsky) have been published.

For an annual membership fee, member libraries can allow the full range of formatted digital editions (pdf, epub, mobi) to be freely downloaded by any registered library users. The Library could also allow any digital edition of titles to be uploaded to the library’s own digital repository or ebook collection, to keep permanently. A 15% discount is granted to any registered member of the university library (staff/student/alumnus) on the sales of any printed edition of Open Book Publisher titles, purchased from its website.

Clarke Stained Glass Studios Symposium

MS11182-219Trinity College Library Dublin and the Long Room Hub are very pleased to host the Clarke Studios Symposium on Friday 6th February 2015. The event, organised by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services (DRIS), has received funding from the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Research Incentive Scheme, with addition funding from The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC).

The event is sure to be an interesting insight into the research and historical context of the Clarke Studios and stained glass windows in Ireland; and also a fascinating look at digital libraries, their collections, and how they contribute to humanities research. You can find more details of the programme and speakers on the event’s blog.

The archive of the Clarke Stained Glass Studio held in the Manuscripts and Archive Research Library is being digitised by DRIS, as part of a Digital Repository of Ireland Demonstrator project. The Symposium will put the Clarke Studios collection in a context of wider digitization and digital libraries while also highlighting the fantastic archive held here in the Library.

Although registration for the Symposium is closed, you can keep up-to-date with the event on the blog and through Twitter: @DigitalColl #clarkestudios. Presentations given on the day will be uploaded afterwards.

What Do We Lose When We Lose a Library?

What do we lose when we lose a library. 9-11 September 2015 KU Leaven, BelgiumTo commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library in 1914, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the British Council Brussels and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) are organising a three-day international conference in Leuven on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library.

Trinity College Library Dublin is a partner on the international team of library experts supporting this important conference.

The fragility of libraries in their material and digital dimension remains, 100 years after the fire, one of the greatest challenges for the transmission of human knowledge. The two conference themes Library & Heritage and Library & Digital Challenge will shed light on the vision and approach of the past and on the future of libraries. Scholars in the field of history, library science, information science, digital humanities, cultural and conservation disciplines are invited to submit an abstract. The aim is to raise worldwide public consciousness of the important task of sharing collective and cultural memory, and to raise awareness of the challenges libraries face in performing this task.

Full details of the event.

Submission of abstracts until 2nd March.

Trinity College Library Dublin to Host Lecture – Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation

UPDATE: see podcast of the talk below.
Trinity College Library Dublin hosted a lecture entitled Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation, on Thursday, 5th of February at 1:00pm in the Neill Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

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The talk was delivered by Simon Tanner, Senior Tutor in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, and Founding Director of King’s Digital Consultancy Services. Simon has an academic background in Library and Information Science. He has a wide ranging interest in cross disciplinary thinking and collaborative approaches that reflect a fascination with interactions between memory organisation collections (libraries, museum, archives, media and publishing) and the humanities. His personal research interests encompass digital humanities, digitisation, imaging, measuring impact and assessing value in the digital domain.

In his talk Simon explored how accelerating access to unique and distinct library content activates new areas of scholarship and teaching. He also offered his insight, based on his extensive experience in the area, into the successful collaboration between Libraries, Academic Support areas and Digital Humanities scholars

Geofacets database – Trial: 26/1/15-12/03/15

Geofacets provides hundreds of thousands of scientific maps extracted from peer-reviewed publications. The resource offers unique location-based, keyword and advanced search utilities developed by geoscientists for geoscientists. It provides source article information and links along with each map. Geofacets allows users to directly integrate map images and georeferenced maps into GIS and presentation tools.

The Geofacets trial runs for 45 days from January 26th. Go to the Trial Databases tab on the Databases and E-Books page of the Library website.

Video of the Librarian at TEDx Dublin

In September last, our Librarian Helen Shenton spoke to over 2000 attendees at TEDx Dublin 2014, held at the Bord Gáis Theatre, and now you can see her presenting Collaboratories and bubbles of shush; how libraries are transforming. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual event bringing together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to spread ideas important to them. Past speakers at TED include Bill Clinton, Bono and Richard Branson.

TEDx Dublin provides an independently organised TED-like experience, and this year’s group of live speakers represented a broad range of interests and concerns, from a sociolinguist to an astrophysicist, a prison governor to a “gender discombobulator” and of course our very own Librarian and College Archivist. The website says “Helen is passionate about the power of collections and the role of information in people’s lives in this new digital landscape” and this formed the basis of her talk.

PsycTESTS Database Trial

This trial is now live for 30 days from 16/01/15. It is accessible from the Trial Databases tab on the Databases and E-books page.

The PsycTESTS database is produced by the American Psychological Association (APA). PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration. This is a bibliographic database, which also contains full text and multimedia. (76% of test records contain the actual test or test items.)

Friends of the Library Lecture – “Irish Scholars at Cambridge”

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome!

Charles Lysaght & Alyson Gavin
19:30, Thursday 19 February 2015
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
on “Irish Scholars at Cambridge. The Strange Story of the Gardiner Scholarship”

At Cambridge, Charles Lysaght, barrister and biographer, held the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship, which is open only to students and graduates of Irish universities with preference given to those from Trinity, gifted students of literature and descendants of Irish landed proprietors.

Alyson Gavin took her moderatorship in Russian and Spanish at Trinity and now works for the Labour Relations Commission.  She has a diploma in genealogy from UCD.