Rare Books Group Annual Seminar 2017:‘Bringing new audiences to special collections’

The LAI RGB 2017 seminar with the theme of Bringing new audiences to special collections took place on Friday, 24 November 2017 in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Patricia Moloney presents an overview of the day’s proceedings.  Continue reading


Rare Books in the Sir Denis Mahon Library at the National Gallery of Ireland

Sir Denis Mahon (1910-2011) was one of the foremost art historians and collectors of his generation. Born in London of Anglo-Irish descent, he studied at Eton and Oxford before embarking on a life of collecting, writing and campaigning for the arts. In 2010 Sir Denis presented his entire personal library and archive to the National Gallery of Ireland, a collection which represents decades of research and scholarship.

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Reading Renaissance Marginalia in a Digital Environment: ‘The Archaeology of Reading’ Project

mariegcullenMarie Cullen, Assistant Librarian at Maynooth University Library, talks about a recent seminar organised by The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD programme, Marsh’s Library and the School of History at UCD which took place in the Royal Irish Academy on Wednesday, 7th September 2016. Dr Marc Caball (UCD School of History), Professor Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) and Dr Matthew Symonds (University College London) spoke at the event.

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Library Staff Exchange Scheme – Library Ireland Week 2016

This year Library Ireland Week, organised by the Library Association of Ireland, took place between 28 November – 4 December. Sophie Evans, Assistant Librarian at the Royal Irish Academy, visited Maynooth University Library as part of the Library Staff Exchange Scheme. Here is Sophie’s account of the experience…

One of the many initiatives of Library Ireland Week is the Library Staff Exchange Scheme. The scheme promotes job swap schemes between libraries and is a great opportunity to experience how other libraries operate and learn about the services they provide. When Helen Fallon of Maynooth University Library approached the Royal Irish Academy Library with a view to participating I jumped at the chance. And so, on 14 November Barbara McCormack of the Russell Library spent the day with us at Academy House and in turn I made a trip to Maynooth on 23 November.

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Report on the LAI RBG Workshop: ‘The changing nature of Special Collections’


Regina_0.jpgRegina W. Richardson, Subject Librarian for Music & Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Maynooth University Library, has written the following account of her experience at the RBG Workshop which took place at the Royal Irish Academy on Friday, 23rd September 2016.

This late September LAI Rare Books Group Workshop was a source of some lovely and striking images on screen as part of the presentations of the university libraries of Aberdeen, Manchester, and Maynooth.  Even before the workshop began, those filling up with tea and coffee were treated to a cheering view of the Mansion House fountain surrounded by colourful flowers as seen through the window of the RIA venue. There was a huge amount of very inspiring, useful and illuminating information packed into a short span of time and most people will have come away with some new ways of considering their libraries’ collections and new possibilities for them.

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RBG Workshop: The changing nature of Special Collections

Join us for a workshop on ‘The changing nature of Special Collections: Producer and user expectations’ on Friday, 23rd September at the Royal Irish Academy. The event, which is organised by the Rare Books Group in conjunction with the Career Development Group, runs from 11.00 am – 3.30 pm.

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The focus of the workshop is on how special collections are changing both in Ireland and internationally. It will look at emerging trends and the expectations of leaders in special collections in terms of acquisition and human resources. The workshop will also offer an insight into future career possibilities and the expectations of special collections users.
Speakers on the day include Rachel Beckett, Associate Director, John Rylands Library and John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, Siobhán Convery, Head of Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen (Archivist), and Hugh Murphy, Senior Librarian for Collection Management Services at Maynooth University Library.
A round table discussion will follow the presentations and will involve key experts including: Katherine McSharry, Head of Services, National Library of Ireland, Kalpana Shankar, Head of School, School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin, and Marta Bustillo, Chair, Career Development Group, Library Association of Ireland.

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