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The changing nature of Special Collections: Producer and user expectations

Friday, 23 September 2016 - 11:00am

Rare Books Group Workshop in conjunction with the Careers Development Group

Friday, 23 September 2016 (11:00 – 15:30)

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Focus of workshop:

  • How special collections are changing in Ireland and internationally; emerging trends
  • Expectations of special collections leaders, both for acquisitions and human resources
  • Expectations of users of special collections
  • Future career possibilities


Outline programme:


  • 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)
  • Christopher Pressler, Director of Library Services and Humanities Archive Research Centre, Dublin City University

Round table discussion. The above presenters plus the following expert panel members:

  • Katherine McSharry, Head of Services, NLI
  •  Kalpana Shankar, Head of School, School of Information and Communication Studies, UCD
  • Marta Bustillo, Chair, Career Development Group, LAI


Workshop fee: LAI members €40; non-LAI members €50; Limited number of free places for students and unwaged on first-come, first-served basis.

Registration: Please email the RBG Secretary at (please indicate your fee status).