Projects and Trinity Long Room Hub
Trinity Long Room Hub
The Library is a partner in the Long Room Hub, a research institute for the arts and humanities. This is a strategic College initiative building on the excellence of research activity in these fields and specifically to bring the Library’s research resources to the greater attention of scholars in Trinity and internationally.
In October 2007 the Long Room Hub was awarded almost €11 million under the Irish government’s Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI), and the Hub’s research and outreach activities are also attracting significant contributions from philanthropic and other sources.
Library activities under the Long Room Hub include the cataloguing of manuscript collections in the Irish Language and in children’s literature, work on the scientific analysis of the Book of Kells and other medieval manuscripts and a major project digitising and indexing the 1641 Depositions.
The Long Room Hub will focus on the development of digital humanities, using innovative technologies to provide new approaches to the exploration of recorded knowledge.
Trinity Inclusive Library
Trinity Inclusive Library (TIL) seeks to enhance the inclusive nature of Library services. TIL is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free Library environment where the diverse population of College can access all resources, whether printed or electronic, in an independent, safe and comfortable manner.
Tasks to enhance the inclusivity of the Library include:
- Developing a strategic and service action plan to enhance inclusion
- Developing accessible informational resources which will enhance the service the library provides readers
- Ensuring that the Library catalogues and website are universally accessible, and comply with the Accessible Information Policy
- Raising awareness, and devising a training programme for staff induction/orientation and on-going training
- Collaborating with other academic libraries to work on a model for provision of information in alternative format.
Greek Manuscripts Catalogue Project
The Manuscripts & Archives Research Library has received Long Room Hub funding for one year to produce a detailed description of the Greek manuscripts in the Library predating 1500AD. The catalogue will be compiled by Dr Barbara Crostini, a scholar of international standing, and this project will be managed by Felicity O’Mahony.
The project's main goal is to digitise a substantial number of resources from 19 major LIBER and CENL university libraries and national libraries of Europe and to make them available via Europeana. The material being digitised is related to the theme of travel and tourism. Trinity College Dublin’s part of the project is being led by Estelle Gittins and the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library, with the Digital Imaging Resource Service, is working to make available a collection of travel diaries and the papers of explorer Major Richard William George Hingston. The project is funded by the European Commission.
Adelaide Hospital Cataloguing Project
In 2007 The Adelaide Hospital Society donated the historical archives of the Adelaide Hospital dating from 1834 to the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library. The Society is generously funding a two-year project to catalogue this extensive archive. This project is being managed by Estelle Gittins.
Manuscript Online Catalogue Project
This aims to introduce the use of archival software for the forward cataloguing of manuscripts and archives collections and to make new and legacy catalogues available online. Jane Maxwell is managing this project.