The Rare Books Group caters for staff working with early printed books, and historic/special collections. Its membership is drawn from all types of libraries and information centres throughout Ireland.
The group is mainly concerned with the care, preservation and management of early printed books and historic/special collections. It cultivates an awareness of the importance of our valuable cultural and heritage collections. The group organises a full-day annual seminar every November, with a programme of papers on a particular theme. In recent years these themes have encompassed the history of the Irish book trade, conservation, binding, and the digitisation of special collections.
The group also holds annual workshops, and organises visits to libraries and other places of interest, including a full-day outing in early summer. We frequently hold our events in collaboration with other LAI groups/sections, and with colleagues in related professions both from Ireland and further afield.
Elizabethanne Boran (Worth Library),
Marie Boran (NUIG),
Stephanie Breen (TCD),
Máire Ní Chonalláin (NLI)
Elaine Harrington (UCC)
Celine Ward (Chester Beatty)
Sue Hemmens (Marsh’s Library)
Margaret Irons (DIAS)
Sarah Timmins (RCSI)
Anita Cooper (Royal Irish Academy)