Both the Manuscripts & Archives, and Early Printed Books & Special Collections, Reading Rooms will be closed to readers on Thursday 16 May (from approximately 09:00-11:30). The reading rooms will reopen at 12:00.
We’re delighted that Peter Fox, former Librarian & Archivist of Trinity College Dublin (and then Librarian of the University of Cambridge) has been been awarded Honorary Fellowship. Peter is the author of the fantastic “Trinity College Library Dublin: A History”, an amazingly useful and comprehensive book we use constantly (not least, to settle arguments amongst Library staff members about the history of the Library).
Those of you with an interest in music may remember that we were the recipients of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (UK and Ireland Branch) Excellence Award, back in 2016. This is awarded every three years… and we won it again this year. The Library of Trinity College Dublin was the only Irish winner of the 11 prizes awarded.
The award focuses on outstanding music services to the library’s user community, using the following criteria:
Sustained good work and good practice which has the potential to be adopted and adapted by others.
and if relevant:
Serious development of a service.
Innovation of obviously lasting value.
They had the following nice things to say about us:
“An impressive legal deposit library led by a distinguished music librarian [that’d be Roy Stanley – Ed.] who works closely with staff, students and other music librarians and whose engagement with performers has stimulated research and resulted in radio programmes, concerts, CDs, and publications.”
“The leading role of TCD Music library in the sector in Ireland cannot be overstated. The collaboration and co-operation is a good example to others.”
and finishing up with:
“As a Legal Deposit Library, holdings of printed books and printed music are bound to be comprehensive, and thus we are looking at the way these are accessed, and other, special, aspects of the Library’s holdings. In my view, the access arrangements for the printed collections are generous and all-embracing; and the special collections are of national importance for Ireland. Development through purchase of non-legally deposited items is also impressive. I was interested to read of the Music Library’s participation in the Research Collections Division, and the integrated approach that has resulted from this.”
Well done – again – to our dedicated Music Librarian, Roy Stanley. Anyone want to place bets for 2022?
The Library has a new mini exhibition in the Ussher Library, Orientation Space showcasing some of the books banned by the Censorship of Publications Board since 1930 up to more recent times. Also on show are archival items (including the key to the Banned Books Room) showing how these banned books were dealt with by the Library from the 1960s onwards. The exhibits reflect the history of censorship in Ireland and the sometimes uneasy relationship between the Library and the State authorities.
The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is free. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.
Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson
Trinity College Dublin
The architectural gem of Victorian Dublin: Deane and Woodward’s Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin
19:30, Thursday 21 March 2019
Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building Concourse, Trinity College Dublin
Patrick Wyse Jackson is an Associate Professor of Geology, Curator of the Geological Museum, Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, Tutor, Head of the School of Natural Sciences, and a former Head of Geology and Director of Post-Graduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Natural Sciences. His main research interests are on the taxonomy, functional morphology and biology of Palaeozoic bryozoans, particularly those from the Ordovician and Mississippian geological periods. Patrick has published one hundred papers and meeting abstracts on his bryozoan research and over 150 notes, papers, and books in other fields including the history and philosophy of geology and the use of building materials in Ireland. He is currently a co-PI on the innovative cross-disciplinary project ‘Making Victorian Dublin’ being carried out with colleagues in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture in Trinity. This project is focused on the extractive industries and building trades, and craftsmen who worked on the Museum Building and elsewhere, in the middle decades of the 1800s.
The Library has recently acquired a subscription to TAIR, which can be accessed
via the A-Z Listingon LibGuides.
The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions.
TAIR also provides extensive linkouts from our data pages to other Arabidopsis resources.
The 30th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 19th February in the Exam Hall, Trinity College Dublin (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm (draft catalogue available). The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 10.00am-2.00pm. Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday 21st when everything must go.
This year’s sale is very strong on books on Ireland, Irish literature and criticism, as well as art, biography, history, sociology, education, fiction, etc. The Sale will feature many books from the library of the late Nobel Laureate Seán MacBride (1904-1988). Proceeds go to support the purchase of research materials in the College Libraries. All welcome.
Open Scholarship is the practice of research, education and knowledge exchange in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research publications, data, lab notes and other scholarly processes and works are properly and ethically managed and evaluated and, unless restricted for justifiable reasons, are freely available to all levels of society under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the work and its underlying data and methods.
Open Scholarship may also be referred to as Open Science or Open Research.
The Trinity Task Force on Open Scholarship was created by the Librarian & College Archivist and the Dean of Research with colleagues across the University. One of the first tasks is to define what is meant by Open Scholarship – is it Open Science, (in the broadest sense, incorporating all disciplines), Open Access or Citizen Science? – and work through where Trinity wants to be in this landscape, what is or will be mandatory, where to lead, where to actively follow, how best to support and help researchers etc.
As part of collectively figuring this out, a series of events under the theme of ‘Unboxing Open Scholarship’ will take place over the coming months. The first will be an interactive event open to all members of the Trinity community and will take place at 12 noon, 8 February in the Trinity Long Room Hub.