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Rare Books Group Annual Seminar 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017 (All day)


Bringing new audiences to special collections

The theme of the seminar this year is outreach, particularly reaching out to diverse users and communities to increase use of special collections. Speakers include Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at of the University of Bradford and author of The Special Collections Handbook; and Dr Jason McElligott, The Keeper, Marsh's Library, Dublin.

This seminar is CPD accredited by the Library Association of Ireland.


Registration now open: To book your place please email Nicola O'Shea, RBG Secretary, at

For more detailed information download the programme.

Programme Outline

  • Alison Cullingford (Special Collections Librarian, University of Bradford), Reaching In, Out and All Around: why and how to develop new audiences for unique and distinctive collections
  • Dr. Mary Clark (Dublin City Archivist, Dublin City Libraries and Archive), Archives for all: surely not!
  • Barbara McCormack (Special Collections Librarian, Maynooth University), Learning to share: how academic libraries can reach new users through special collections
  • Samantha McCombe (Librarian, Linen Hall Library), Diversifying audiences: an overview of collection based outreach projects at the Linen Hall Library
  • Niamh Ní Riain (Education Assistant, National Library of Ireland), Special Collections, Special Connections: Summertime fun at the National Library
  • Dr. Jason McElligott (Keeper, Marsh’s Library), Screaming children, demanding parents & dumbing down: your worst nightmares about outreach

€40, LAI members; €50, Non-LAI members; €15, students, retirees
€30 per person for 3 or more bookings from one institution
4 free places for unemployed LAI members (first come, first served)


Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Save the Date and Call for Papers - Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI Conference 2018

Friday, 9 March 2018 (All day)
Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI Conference 2018
9th MARCH 2018
We are delighted to announce the date for ASL2018 and an exciting new venue!
Academic & Special Libraries Section Annual Conference & Exhibition 2018
Fail Better: Lessons Lived, Lessons Learnt
Friday 9th, March 2018
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."  Samuel Beckett
THEME: Fail Better: Lessons Lived, Lessons Learnt
Last year we heard about communities and the social role that librarians play in them. This year we attempt to break the stigma of failure within those communities and take a look at how failure needn’t be a dirty word. We hope to explore the instructive and generative capacity of failure with our delegates, and tease out how its acceptance within an organisation can prove beneficial.
The A&SL Committee invites submissions on the following topics or any others that may be relevant to the theme:
Learning from failure
Contingency planning
Iterating on attempts
Accepting imperfection
Recovering from missteps
Crisis management
Creativity as a by-product of failure
Supporting failure
Demystifying failure
Developing cultures of experimentation in libraries
Beta testing new services
Promoting adaptive and resilient approaches to library services
Please email for a submission form.  The form includes further details and useful information with regard to making a submission. Note that, unlike in previous years, submissions will be taken as either case studies or poster presentations – no breakout or parallel sessions will be timetabled. Case studies will instead vary in their length according to what the speakers feel is appropriate – anywhere from 10-30 minutes.
Closing Date: November 16th, 2017
National Gallery of Ireland

CMG/RBG joint workshop: Cataloguing of Special Collections

Friday, 23 March 2018 (All day)
Friday, 23 March 2018 (All day)

 "Cataloguing of special collections" Joint workshop hosted by Cataloguing and Metadata Group and Rare Books Group,  Friday 23rd March 2018 at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. (Please note the change of date from 9th March to 23rd March, 2018)



Royal Irish Academy, Dublin