Joint Meeting of WESS Special Topics and Social Sciences & History Discussion Groups at ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2011, 4-5:30pm in Mariott Hotel & Marina, Del-Mar Room
Convener: Aedín Clements
Panelists: Aedín Clements, University of Notre Dame; Marina Smyth, University of Notre Dame; Kathleen Williams, Boston University
Attending: Mary E. Bogan, Aedín Clements, Dave Dowell, Laura Fuderer, Julianne Haahr, Gail Hueting, Bill Kulp, David Lincove, Ken Liss, Colin McCaffrey, Heidi Madden, Rebecca R. Malek-Wiley, Louis Reith, Marcus Richter, Marina Smyth, Sheila Smyth, John Tofanelli, Brian Vetruba (WESS Chair/minutes), Agnes Widdner, Kathy Williams
INTRODUCTION/WELCOME (Brian Vetruba)
ANNOUNCEMENTS (Brian Vetruba)
- Chella Vaidyanathan, convener for the WESS Social Sciences and History Discussion Group, was unable to attend Midwinter.
- Gordon Anderson, Special Topics Discussion Group convener for Annual 2011, will be organizing a session on Central Europe.
“Keeping Up with the Field: Sources of Information on Irish Interest Publications,” Aedín Clements (firstname.lastname@example.org ), University of Note Dame
The following booksellers are useful for learning about current publications:
- Kennys Bookshop (Galway; Notre Dame, Harvard, LC have approval plans with Kennys)
- Eason (chain of booksellers, particularly good way to keep up on current topics)
- Read Ireland (small, independent bookseller; will email you current public publication lists) Irish Books in Print (subscription database, includes directory of publishers)
- Publishing Ireland provides list of members on its website: Clements provided a handout listing main publishers.
- Books Ireland magazine (First Flush briefly covers every book sent in for review)
- DRB: The Dublin Review of Books
- Princess Grace Irish Library EIRData]—Biography, primary and secondary literature.
- Int’l Association Society of Irish Literature (IASIL)
- Digital Humanities Observatory: Ireland’s Window on Humanities E-scholarship (NOTE: DHO activities ceased on August 30, 2013)
“Online Resources for Irish Studies, Medieval and Later,” Marina Smyth (email@example.com), University of Notre Dame
Smyth provided a list of major reference sources, major journals, and free Internet resources. Some of the major reference sources are also available online.
List of some major reference sources presented:
- A New History of Ireland / edited by T.W. Moody, F.X. Martin, F.J. Byrne Oxford Univ. Press, 9 vols. 1976-2005.
- Medieval Ireland : An Encyclopedia / Sean Duffy, ed. New York: Routledge, 2005.
- Dictionary of Irish Biography: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002 Cambridge Univ. Press (with Irish Royal Academy), 2009, 9 vols. Available by subscription at 
List of some major journals presented:
- Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie (ZCP)
- Cambrian Mediaeval Celtic Studies (CMCS)
- Revue Celtique
- Etudes Celtiques
List of some free Internet resources presented:
- Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT)-languages, list of texts, background, early editions, and bibliography. Translations available.
- Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae (TLH)
- Irish Script on Screen (ISOS)
- Irish History Online will be available on Royal Irish Academy server. Bibliography of British and Irish History published by Brepols only covers up to 2009.
- Dictionary of the Irish Language (eDIL)--based mainly on old and middle Irish materials.
- Northern Ireland Enviornmental Agency
“Irish Resources Online: News and Literature,” Kathleen Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org), Boston College
Williams provided an example of a specific research query--looking for information on Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932), literary figure of Irish Renaissance.
Boston College research guides
- Irish Newspaper Archive---getting local provincial papers you might not get elsewhere, also political newspaper. +6 million pages (subscription service)
- Boston College Irish Serials Catalog
- Irish Literary Collections Portal provides access to the finding aids of over 100 of North America's Irish literary manuscript collections.
Other resources mentioned: Cambridge companions, Oxford ebooks, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Early English Books Online (EEB0), and JSTOR Ireland.
A suggestion was made to create a guide on WESSWeb for Irish Studies to further disseminate all the resources and information presented.