Hail to the Chief

Many congratulations to the 46th President of the USA! Mr Biden has visited us here in the Library twice, once as Vice President in 2016 and again in 2017 as a private citizen. We are quietly confident in his making it a third time, if he joins us in Ireland again.

The Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton, leads the way in September 2017.

World Digital Preservation Day 2020

World Digital Preservation Day 2020 is a good opportunity to give a brief overview of some of our recent digital preservation activities. Digital preservation is essential to ensure that our long-term digital assets are accessible into the future and as the scale and diversity of our digital assets increases so too does the importance of digital preservation. We have been engaged in several initiatives designed to enhance our digital preservation capabilities and to embed the importance of digital preservation in our activities.

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Edward Worth Library Seminar Series for 2020

Readers might not be aware that the treasure that is the Edward Worth Library, based in Dr Steevens’ Hospital opposite Heuston Station, is affiliated with us here at Trinity. The dedicated staff arrange regular seminars, talks and exhibitions.Edward Worth LibraryThe next lecture in the Edward Worth Library Seminar Series for 2020 will take place in the Worth Library at 3.00pm on Tuesday 3 March 2020. The paper will be given by Dr Catherine Scuffil (Dublin City Historian in Residence): ‘The Housing Crisis of Revolutionary Times: 1915-1922’.

Please note that seating in the Worth Library is limited and is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Future seminars are listed below:

  • 16 April 2020: Professor Zubin Mistry (University of Edinburgh): ‘Fertility, Medicine and Monasteries in Early Medieval Societies’. Please note that this is the joint TCD/Worth Lecture in Medieval and Renaissance Science and Medicine and will take place at 5.15pm in The Long Room Hub, TCD.
  • 20 May 2020: Professor Peter Anstey (University of Sydney): ‘Medicine and Philosophy: John Locke, Daniel Sennert and the Marciana Manuscript’.
  • 24 June 2020: The Liberties Cultural Association: ‘Pride of Place: Love the Liberties,the story of our home place’.

(image by Michael Foley, under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence)

Celebrating Trinity Long Room Hub’s 10th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Trinity Long Room Hub on its 10th anniversary, during which time the Library has collaborated closely with the arts and humanities research institute on many exciting projects.

Highlights include The Beyond the Book of Kells lecture series which featured eight medieval manuscripts from the Library as part of the Manuscript, Print, and Book Cultures research theme.

Other initiatives include the Dublin Apocalypse symposium, featuring the specially digitised Dublin Apocalypse (TCD MS 64) of the Book of Revelation.

The Old Library’s most recent exhibition featuring the rich archive of the theatre company, Rough Magic, has provided a great platform for further synergies.

Additionally, the visiting research fellows programme hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub has enjoyed a rich collaborative relationship with Research Collections, producing many interesting publications and exhibitions. Significant research includes that of the book historian, Alex Alzemgeest on the Fagel Collection.

Other notable fellows are: Nickolay Dobronravin on his research on African and African diaspora manuscripts in the Library; Polly Ha’s The Birth of Independence; Michelle Brown  who worked on the reading of the Garland of Howth; and Mark Fitzgerald who  combined archival work with a biography of composer Frederick May.

We look forward to many more years of such collaboration.

Valentine’s Fines Amnesty

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
We won’t charge you fines,
If your books are overdue

…from Friday 14 – Saturday 29 February, anyway.

After consultation with the two Student Unions the Library is implementing a once-off, two-week amnesty on collecting fines. Show your love for the Library by getting any lost and overdue books back to their home. No fines levied and no questions asked!

The fine print:

  • The amnesty will apply for two weeks from Friday 14 February (Valentine’s Day!) to Saturday 29 February (leap year!) 2020.
  • The amnesty will be limited to materials currently on loan. It will *not* apply to fines/charges associated with items that have already been returned.
  • Readers are asked to return items via the service counters or specially designated book return bins (which will be clearly marked and very visible).

31st Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 31st Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 18th February in the Exam Hall, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin (admission €3.00).

There are thousands of books for sale on all sorts of subjects. Especially strong on Ireland and Irish fiction, law, English literature, maths & statistics, etc. Includes many music books from the library of broadcaster Sandy Harsch (1942-2019) who presented Country Time on RTÉ Radio for twenty years. An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm (preliminary catalogue available here), Sale closing at 7.00pm.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’ 19 February 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 20 February 10.00am-2.00pm. Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday when everything must go and be taken away.

Proceeds go to support the purchase of research materials in the College Libraries. All welcome.

Visit our website and email us at booksale@tcd.ie.

Trinity Pays Tribute to Architect Paul Koralek

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Paul Koralek, the renowned architect who originally designed the iconic modernist Berkeley Library.

The 1960s building was considered a beacon of modernism for Trinity, Dublin and Ireland. More importantly it hailed a new era for students and researchers, opening up the Library collections to a much wider readership.

The Library of Trinity College Dublin was honoured by the architect’s presence on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley Library in 2017 when he gave a public interview in Trinity College.

“It is where it all started,” he said as he walked around the Berkeley Library during that historic visit.

Commenting on the architect’s passing, College Librarian and Archivist, Helen Shenton said:

“Paul had a long-standing relationship with the Library, Trinity and Ireland. Many of us who had the privilege to know him formed a deep respect and admiration for him and we have especially fond memories of his recent visit in 2017. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his daughters Lucy and Katy on this very sad occasion.”

“The Berkeley Library when built transformed library services for our students and readers. It was a modern library not just for Trinity, but for Ireland. Paul’s architectural vision for this modernist building played a critical role in making this possible.”

Paul Koralek’s Architectural Vision for the Berkeley Library

The architect, Paul Koralek was just 28 when he won the international competition in 1961 for a new library building. The highest standards of design were commanded by an international competition and the award was publicly announced by the then Lord Mayor of the winning architect, the young New York based architect Paul Koralek. Dublin of the 1960s featured buildings such as Busáras, Liberty Hall and Hawkins House and the new Berkeley Library was to join this cityscape. Considered one of the finest modern buildings in Ireland, the Berkeley Library is a pure example of the “Brutalist” style of bare concrete architecture popularised by le Corbusier.

Koralek’s innovative use of concrete, poured into wooden moulds gives it the impression of wood grain on the surface of the concrete slabs. Contractors G and T Crampton built it, with Koralek overseeing the meticulous mixing of concrete on site. When complete, it doubled the reading space as well as storage for books for the College, which also involved the employment of 57 new members of staff. Moreover, it provided a unique reading experience where the reader was prioritised. It was officially opened in 1967 by the President Éamon De Valera.

What did the Women do Anyway? – Friends of the Library Lecture

The next event in the 2020 Friends’ Spring Programme will be held on Thursday 13 February when Liz Gillis will discuss What did the Women do Anyway? 1916, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

It will be held in the Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, TCD, at 7:30pm. Admission is free. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Liz Gillis is the author of ‘Women of the Irish Revolution’, ‘Revolution in Dublin’ and ‘The Fall of Dublin’. She has a degree in Irish History and works as a Curatorial Assistant in RTÉ. She has worked as a researcher on numerous publications, participated in many conferences focusing on the Irish revolution and has also developed a ‘Revolutionary’ walking tour of her native Liberties. Liz is co-organiser of the annual conference on the burning of the Custom House in 1921.

Thursday, 9 January: 9:00-13:00 – No off-campus access to e-journals, e-books and databases

The service providing off-campus access to e-journals, e-books and databases requires an upgrade which will result in service downtime on Thursday, 9 January between 9:00 and 13:00. During the downtime period, it will not be possible to access subscription e-journals, e-books and databases off-campus. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes. The upgrade is necessary to ensure stability of the service and must be completed during business hours.

E-journals, e-books and databases will continue to be accessible on-campus using your preferred search engine, e.g. Google or Bing (excluding Google Scholar). Simply search for the e-resource, such as JSTOR, using the search engine from a PC on-campus.

During the downtime period, it will not be possible to access e-journals, e-books and databases on-campus via the Library Catalogue, Stella Search or Library webpages.

If you have any queries, please contact the Library at library@tcd.ie.