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Past RBG workshops


2018: Cataloguing and Organisation of Special Collections
(Organised in conjunction with the LAI's Cataloguing and Metadata Group)

Royal Irish Academy, Friday, 23 March 2018, 10:00-14:45


  • Opening remarks – Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, Chair Cataloguing & Metadata Group
  • Chair: Evelyn Flanagan, Special Collections Librarian, UCD
  • Josie Caplehorne, Kent University partnership project with Rochester Cathedral
  • John McManus, TCD Terry Pratchett collection
  • David Meehan, DCU pamphlet collection


  • Chair: Amber Cushing, Assistant Prof., School of Information Communication Studies, UCD
  • Panellists: Josie Caplehorne (Kent U), Evelyn Flanagan (UCD), Marian Keyes (DLR Lexicon),
    John McManus (TCD), David Meehan (DCU), Hugh Murphy (MU)


2016: Workshop on 'The changing nature of special collections'
(Organised in conjunction with the LAI's Career Development Group)

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:00-15:30
Royal Irish Academy
  • From Department to Centre: Shifting perceptions & ambitions
    Siobhán Convery, Head of Special Collections, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen
  • Great expectations: Special Collections at the UML
    Rachel Beckett, Associate Director, John Rylands Library and John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
  • UDC to USP: How special collections got it's groove back
    Hugh Murphy, Senior Librarian, Collection Management Services, Maynooth University
  • Round table discussion
    The main presenters above were joined on an expert panel by:
    - Gerry Long (Assistant Keeper, Manuscripts & Rare Books, NLI);
    - Kalpana Shankar (Head of School, School of Information and Communication Studies, UCD); and
    - Marta Bustillo (Chair, Career Development Group, LAI)


2015: Workshop on social media

Monday, 11 May 2015, 11:00-14:00
Royal Irish Academy

  • Using social media to generate public profile
    Dr. Jason McElligott, Marsh's Library
  • Getting the most out of Twitter: How to increase reach and impact
    Dr. Natalie Harrower, RIA


2014: Workshop on rare books cataloguing

Friday, 23 May 2014
New Library Building, Maynooth University

  • Tour of new library building and Russell Library
  • Workshop delivered by Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University


2013: Workshop on rare books cataloguing

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Henry Jones Room, Long Room, TCD

  • Dr. Lydia Ferguson, Early Printed Books, TCD


2012: Workshop on copyright and special collections

Friday, 5 October 2012, 10:00
Seminar Room, Chester Beatty Library

  • Joe Donnelly, Judge’s Library