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WESSWeb > WESS Committees > Special Topics > Minutes Midwinter 2011

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



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 ( ), 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.

Book Reviews:

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 (, 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 [1]

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 (, 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

Research Guide for Irish Literature and Language
Research Guide for Irish News & Newspapers
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.

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