Catherine Morris is the Cultural Coordinator for Trinity College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland. She holds a degree in literature from the University of Cambridge, a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and has been the recipient of several university fellowship awards. As a writer, editor and curator she has published extensively and taught literature in several universities. In 2010 she curated an exhibition on Alice Milligan in the National Library of Ireland, which was opened to acclaim by actress Fiona Shaw. Her book "Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival" was published by Four Courts Press in January 2012.
My role is to draw up a two year blue print for strategic partnership projects that link third level education with culture and arts at a local and international level. I am now well into the second year of the pilot project which, focused on the National Library, will act as a test bed for developing the multiple ways in which Trinity could activate educational and historic synergies that exist between it and other neighbouring cultural institutions. This joint appointment was the first of its kind in Ireland and the post offers an exemplary set of practices for the successful development of institutional academic and cultural alliances. My work as Cultural Coordinator focuses on exploring areas for long-term partnership that could bring benefit to both institutions and the community as a whole and in researching the international contexts that support this work (such as in Paris, New York and cities across the UK).
My brief includes facilitating discussions around the already extensive collaborative-enabling infrastructures involving the National Library and the Trinity College that underpin these activities, especially issues of joint educational programmes, internships, summer schools, shared cataloguing, digitization, training, shared storage and legal deposit. Such collaborations have huge potential in terms of enhanced efficiencies and service delivery for both institutions. The final part of my brief is to develop a business plan for an arts initiative that will give Trinity students a more integral experience of arts and culture.
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