Anglo-Irish Literature Collection Now Online

Thousands of pages of Irish literature in the Boston College Libraries are now more accessible to scholars, thanks to BC librarians who catalogued a major Anglo-Irish literature microfilm collection and placed records on more than 1,400 Irish serials on the Internet.

O'Neill Library staff members made a significant contribution to international library records recently when they catalogued the Galway Resource for Anglo-Irish Literature, or GRAIL, a microform set containing hundreds of 19th-century Anglo-Irish literary works.

The set was purchased by O'Neill Library 10 years ago, but its contents were largely unknown to library users. With the listing of 547 new bibliographic records in the Quest system, many of the titles in the set are now accessible at Boston College for the first time.

The GRAIL cataloging was done by O'Neill Copy Cataloging Assistant Jeffery Jones and Cataloger Elizabeth Sweeney, recently appointed as librarian for the University's new Irish Music Center. The records have been included in the Online Computer Library Center's WorldCat, the world's largest and most comprehensive database of bibliographic information.

"This is an important accomplishment for the BC Libraries," said University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky. "Beth Sweeney and Jeffery Jones have made hundreds of 19th-century microfilmed Anglo-Irish literary works accessible to scholars worldwide."

A searchable database at /irishserials lists more than 1,400 newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals pertaining to Ireland. These holdings range from 1685 to the present and cover Irish history, literature, politics, art, archaeology, economics, genealogy, music and law.

- Mark Sullivan

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