What in the name of all that is good and holy is a Calm View?! Well... it's a product name! It combines an acronym for Cataloguing in Archives, Libraries and Museums, with the word 'view' to describe what you, the researcher, will see on your computer screen when you visit http://archivesearch.library.nuigalway.ie/. CalmView describes a web interface through which you can search through all of our finding aids. In other words it is your entry point to the 350 + Archive Collections held in the James Hardiman Library.
Why would this be useful to me? The enhanced search functionality afforded by this new service means you can carry out keyword searches across the entire catalogue. This means you can browse through over 20,000 records from more than 350 collections simultaneously, bringing insights from other sources to light that you may not have considered previously. Archival research is fuel for innovative research in any discipline, and CalmView could hold the key to unlocking your next research project.
When? The launch takes place on Wednesday 3rd February at 5:15. It will be held in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, on the Ground Floor of the James Hardiman Library. Our speakers include Professors Pól Ó'Dochartaigh and Daniel Carey, and our University Librarian John Cox will act as MC. There will also be a demonstration of CalmView in action. If you would like to attend, for catering purposes please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
CalmView is already up and running, so please go ahead and check it out for yourself. You can find it at http://archivesearch.library.nuigalway.ie/ Happy Browsing!!