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Digitisation of Special Collections

Friday, 27 November 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

This year's LAI Rare Books Group Seminar on 'Digitisation of Special Collections' takes place in the Chester Beatty Library on 27 November 2015. The full line up and schedule is set out below.


10:00 – 10:30      REGISTRATION

10:30 – 11:00      ‘Digitising the Abbey Theatre Archive: a 110 year journey through Ireland’s National Theatre’
Aisling Keane (Archivist, NUI, Galway)

11:00 – 11:30      ‘Down Survey Project’
Dr. Micheál Ó Siochrú (Department of History, TCD)

11:30 – 11:40      Q&A

11:40 – 12:10      COFFEE (provided)

12:10 – 12:40      ‘UCD Digital Library: selection/niche collections’
Julia Barrett (Research Services Manager, UCD) and Eugene Roche (Assistant Librarian, Cultural Heritage and Special Collections, UCD)

12:40 – 12:50      Q&A

12:50 – 14:00      LUNCH (own arrangement)

14:00 – 14:30      ‘The NLI Web Archive’
Joanna Finegan (Assistant Keeper, Digital Library & Information Systems, NLI)

14:30 – 15:00      ‘Teresa Deevy Digital Archive’
Padraic Stack (Digital Humanities Support Office, Maynooth U) and
Barbara McCormack (Special Collections Librarian, Maynooth U)

15:00 – 15:20      Q&A and closing comments

15:20                     CLOSE OF SEMINAR


Attendance costs are €30 for LAI members, €35 for non-LAI members and €15 for students and retirees. There is a special rate of €25 per person for 3 or more bookings from the same institution.

Four free places are reserved for unemployed LAI members on a first come, first served basis.


Please note that tea/coffee will be provided during the morning break. Lunch will not be provided, and attendees are invited to make their own arrangements.


To reserve a place, please email me at

Chester Beatty Library