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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Ever got lost in the NLI catalogue?

I don't generally get on with online catalogues, and I know I'm not alone. So I'm extremely pleased to pass on that the National Library of Ireland (NLI) now has a series of YouTube videos to help those of us who typically leave online catalogues with steam coming out of our ears and precious little else.

While the How to Search the NLI Catalogue video is the one that caught my eye, the four others may also prove useful to Irish genealogy researchers. They are:

  • How to search the NLI Photo Collection
  • How to register for an NLI Reader's Ticket
  • How to place an online order for NLI materials
  • How to find a newspaper at NLI.

You'll find the full menu of videos here.

The NLI describes the videos as giving 'clear, concise, easy to follow instructions and visual demonstrations accompanies by step-by-step narration and notes.' Having watched the short 'Catalogue' video, I can vouch for this. I feel rather better equipped to sometimes find what I want among the near half a million items within. You can watch it below.