About Arlene Healy

Sub-Librarian, Digital Systems and Services, Readers' Services, Trinity College Library Dublin

Cambridge Journals Online – Unexpected Downtime (4th Feb 2014)

Cambridge Journals Online are experiencing unexpected downtime at present which is affecting all customers. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this causes our own community here in Trinity and we will continue to press for a speedy resolution of the downtime issue. Below is the information provided by Cambridge University Press today, Tuesday, February 4th.
“We apologise for the stability issues with our online systems since Thursday Jan 30th. We have experienced some serious database corruption and several specific issues have been identified and fixed. We are doing a full scan to look further into this to restore full performance and stability. This is being treated as top priority at the Press and we will issue an update on this tomorrow am gmt, if not earlier.”

Please note that the stability issue also appears to be resulting in periods of loss of access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography Online.

Library Management System – Upgrade Successfully Completed

We are pleased to announce that the Library Management System (LMS) upgrade has completed successfully and all services resumed as normal this morning (Wednesday, October 4th).
The list of Services include:

  • All circulation services; access to library accounts; stack requests (online and call slips); Fastlane services (self-service machines)
  • The library catalogue via Stella Search and the Classic Catalogue

We would like to thank all staff and students for their understanding and patience during the downtime period. This downtime was required to allow essential upgrade work to be completed and will allow us to maintain and improve services during the academic year.

We would like to express our sincere thanks also to our colleagues in IS Services for their support during the upgrade project and to the LMS supplier, Innovative Interfaces Inc.

Library Management System Upgrade – Tuesday 3rd December Interruption to Services

As part of the continuing process of upgrading the Library Management System (LMS)there will be a period of system downtime between 12 midday on Tuesday 3rd of December and 9.30am on Wednesday 4th of December 2013.
We apologise for the inconvenience of the disruption but we expect full services to resume on Wednesday morning, 4th of December.

We strongly encourage staff and students to ensure they borrow materials and access stack materials in advance of the downtime period.

Services Suspended During Downtime:
While we are doing everything we can to minimise service interruptions for readers, some services have to be suspended during the downtime period including:

  • All circulation services; access to library accounts; stack requests (online and call slips); Fastlane services (self-service machines)
  • The library catalogue will be unavailable via Stella Search and the Classic Catalogue

Please note: Stack Requests received by 9.00am on Monday 2nd of December, will be available for collection until 11.00am on Tuesday, 3rd of December.

Services Available During Downtime:
To mitigate the impact on readers, a number of services will be available during the downtime period, including:

  • Counter Reserve material may be borrowed for library use only
  • Books can be returned to the Book Return boxes provided, or at library counters
  • Access to online resources will continue to be available, for e.g. e-journals, e-books and databases
  •  COPAC Catalogue can be used to search for library books and journals
  • Lending periods will be extended

Library Catalogue Downtime – Today (Tuesday November 19th) 1.30-2.00pm

The Library Catalogue will be down for essential server maintenance between 1.30 and 2.00pm today, Tuesday November 19th. During this period it will not be possible to carry out a catalogue search or to access My Account. Circulation services, (borrowing and returning material) will not be impacted. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Postgraduate Student Wi-Fi and loss of access to Library e-resources

Access to Library electronic resources (e-journals, e-books and databases) was not available today via the postgraduate Wi-Fi Service, as a result of an unexpected change made to the postgraduate Wi-Fi. IS Services will implement a solution to fix this issue by close of business Friday. As an interim measure postgraduate students can now access Library e-resources via the College Wi-Fi service but will be prompted for their College username and network login password (replicating the system for off-campus access). This is a temporary measure to ensure postgraduate students can continue to access e-resources via the Wi-Fi service over the next 48 hours or so. By close of business Friday, the login prompt will be removed and postgraduate students will be able to access e-resources via the College Wi-Fi service in the normal way without the need to login. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Access to e-resources via the ‘wired’ network is not affected.

Launch of Digital Collections

Digital Collections, Trinity College Library DublinTrinity College Library Dublin and the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department are excited to announce the launch of a new library designed specifically for the digital age. The Digital Collections is an online resource providing free Internet access to our growing collections of digitised library and special collections materials. For the first time access to the unique and historic collections of the library does not require a trip to the Long Room, only an Internet connection and a click of the mouse.

Over the past few years the Library’s Digital Resources team has been hard at work digitising materials from the Manuscripts & Archives and Early Printed Books collections, as well as designing and programming this unique new online library. With the launch of the first version of Digital Collections it is providing access to the remarkable treasures of its library to students, researchers, and armchair scholars anywhere in the world at any time, from the comfort of their home, the classroom, or even the local coffee shop.

In the past, access to many of our remarkable and unique historical objects was limited solely to scholars and researchers. The fragile nature and historic value of these rare and unique items required special handling and care to ensure that wear and tear was minimised over time. As a result, access to the most fragile and historically important items was often restricted. Collections such as the Medieval Greek manuscripts, the 17th Century Hardiman Map collection, Hingston Travel Photographs, and the manuscript and photographic collections of the playwright J.M Synge were once available to only a select few.

An internet connection and a few clicks of the mouse or taps of a touchscreen are all that is needed to provide easy intuitive access to the wealth of teaching, learning, and research materials that sit at the centre of our historic Library. From links within the Europeana Digital Library or directly from the Trinity College Library Digital Collections anyone with access to an Internet connection is now able learn about the Book of Kells, Irish history, and an infinite number of other topics directly from the original documents themselves.

We now invite you to join with us and navigate your web browser to the next chapter of the Library at Trinity College Dublin.

EXPIRED: Last chance to provide survey input and enter competition to win an iPad or Kindle

We wish to express our gratitude to all who have responded to the Library Quality Review Survey to date, and to remind those of you who have not had an opportunity to do so that the survey remains open till midnight on Friday, Oct 12th. We are very keen to get your input which will inform the Review and help us improve our services and provide resources to better suit your needs. Remember also that all respondents can choose to enter into a draw for one of three prizes – an iPad, a Kindle and a Trinity Library Shop voucher to the value of €50. All responses will be treated confidentially.
If you experience technical difficulties accessing or submitting the
survey, please contact Arlene Healy, arhealy@tcd.ie
Please take a little time to complete the survey, which will take no more than 10 minutes.
Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MR3B6XH.

Library Survey – provide us with your feedback and you could win an iPad or Kindle!

As part of our preparations for the College’s Quality Review Process in December 2012, we are conducting a survey of all College members to ascertain your opinion on the quality of services and resources provided by the Library. We’d greatly value your input to help us improve our services and provide resources to better suit your needs.

All responses will be treated confidentially. When you enter your e-mail address and click Submit Survey at the end, you will enter a draw for one of three prizes – the latest iPad, a Kindle, or a Trinity Library Shop voucher to the value of €50.

If you experience technical difficulties accessing or submitting the survey, please contact Arlene Healy, arhealy@tcd.ie.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will remain open till midnight on Friday, October 12th 2012. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MR3B6XH.

Berkeley Library Front Door – reopened December 16th 2011

The Berkeley Library Front Door has reopened today, December 16th, to give access from the Fellows’ Square and ramp. Access from the main steps will shortly be available, but it will be some time before the ramp leading from College Park is open, as it has to be adapted to meet modern access standards.
Admissions services are available at the Admissions Desk, Berkeley Library.

Berkeley Library Entrance – Temporary Closure

Berkeley podium – work on the Berkeley Library podium to protect the book stores below, started during August, is unfortunately taking longer than expected, and access to the BLU (Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher complex) across the podium will be restricted until close to Christmas. The podium will be completely closed off this week for about three weeks and access to the BLU will be via the Lecky entrance only. However, when the work is completed, we will have ensured the protection of Library materials stored below.

Searching the Library’s Collections – 1. Stella Search

Formally known as the “Stella Catalogue.”

Stella Search is an innovative way to find materials in the Library’s collections. It functions like a search engine, so you do not need to search by title, author or subject. On the Library homepage, simply type what you are looking for in the search box on the left-hand side in the page header under Stella Search and click Search. Stella will return a list of items and using “Refine by” you can narrow down your results by format, collection, date published etc.

You can visit Stella directly at http://stella.catalogue.tcd.ie.

New Collaborative Storage Facility in Bid to Conserve Ireland’s Library Collections

The university libraries of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland today (19 August 2011) announced plans to jointly develop a shared facility to accommodate the urgent storage needs of their collections, as well as the longer-term needs of Irish research libraries in general.

The new facility would accommodate vast collections of books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings, early printed books and other valuable materials of historical and cultural value which are currently at risk due to inadequate or inappropriate storage space.

“Storage space for our collections has reached crisis point in the country’s major research libraries, TCD and UCD, and in the National Library of Ireland,” explained UCD Librarian John Howard, speaking at today’s announcement. Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library, added: “The National Library of Ireland’s National Collection is at imminent risk of damage and destruction due to unsuitable conditions in storage areas in the Library’s Kildare Street and Temple Bar sites.”

“Trinity College Library’s current Book Repository contains over two million books and has been at full capacity for some time. Its environmental controls fall well below those required to preserve such collections of material, which are deteriorating rapidly,” noted Robin Adams, Trinity College Dublin Librarian and College Archivist.

The libraries are also pleased to announce financial support for their planning effort from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a private philanthropy based in New York. The award (US $50,000) has been made to UCD to support the efforts of the three libraries. “We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s recognition of our commitment to preserve the nation’s knowledge resources and documentary cultural heritage materials,” stated John Howard. Fiona Ross said: “This support for planning to sustain our resources is a signal that our plans, while they serve national concerns, have both international interest and impact.”

Taken from the TCD Communications Office.

1641 Depositions – The Online Depositions Website

The website provides a fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 Depositions at Trinity College Dublin Library, comprising transcripts and images of all 8,000 depositions, examinations and associated materials in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October, 1641.
About the Depositions
The 1641 Depositions (Trinity College Dublin, MSS 809-841) are witness testimonies mainly by Protestants, but also by some Catholics, from all social backgrounds, concerning their experiences of the 1641 Irish rebellion. The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, stripping, imprisonment and murder. This body of material is unparalleled anywhere in early modern Europe, and provides a unique source of information for the causes and events surrounding the 1641 rebellion and for the social, economic, cultural, religious, and political history of seventeenth-century Ireland, England and Scotland. Learn more about the Depositions and the project at http://1641.tcd.ie