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Lighten Up – TCD’s Trinity Week & the Library

Three roses set in a starburst pattern
Three roses set in a starburst pattern.
IE TCD MS 11182-106. Stained glass panel by Terence Clarke (1917-1968), part of the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection.

The Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science is hosting this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week which commences on Saturday 11th April. The theme for the week is ‘Light’ which coincides with 2015 being declared the International Year of Light by UNESCO. This week-long programme will include exciting events which demonstrate the roles light, in all its forms, plays and how it affects and enhances life.

The Library is involving itself in this programme, under the prompting of the Keeper of Preservation and Conservation, by staging a number of events on the theme of light, interpreting the word perhaps more metaphorically than scientifically, and being all the more interesting for that.

Harry Clarke, for example, used light as part of his palette and his role in Irish cultural history will be acknowledged by the installation of a reproduction, from the Harry Clarke Studios archives, in one of the windows of the Trinity Long Room Hub. The image chosen is a glorious drawing of three roses set in a starburst.

The Library has also interpreted the theme in the sense of ‘illuminary – that which illuminates’, recognising that the work the Library does lights up the research mission of the College. Images from the Library’s historic collections in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library and the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections will therefore be projected onto the wall above the Nassau Street Entrance and also above the entrance to the Berkeley.

Taking the metaphorical use of the word ‘light’ and allying it with the centenary of the First World War inspired another Library installation planned for Trinity Week; ‘The lamps have gone out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime’ – a resonant phrase dating from the eve of the First World War which was understood from the beginning as a threat to enlightened civilization. The centenary of the War will be acknowledged with the projection, onto the East face of the 1937 Reading Room, of the names and portraits of the Trinity engineers and medics who fell.

All of the images being projected are accessible through our Digital Collections.

Early Printed Books and M&ARL will take a bit of liberty with the word ‘light’ again in the titles of their exhibition and blog (respectively) which will be curated/posted to coincide with events: ‘…and there was light’ is the title of a small exhibition, curated by EPB in the Berkeley foyer, which explores the theme through texts on religion, science and literature. ‘Throwing a bit of light on the subject’ is the punningly clever title of the M&ARL blog post which will provide a round-up of the Library’s involvement for the M&ARL audience.

Why not check out the website for all relevant projects within Trinity Week?

RDS ‘Great Libraries of the World’ Lecture – Peter Fox on Trinity College Library Dublin 15/04/15

Trinity College Library Dublin: a History
Peter Fox’s ‘Trinity College Library Dublin: a History’, launched in 2014

This free (but booking essential!) lecture will examine some familiar aspects of the history of Trinity College Library Dublin from a less familiar perspective. Much of what we now take for granted: the foundation of the Library in the 16th century, the building of what we now call the Old Library in the 18th, the New Library (now the Berkeley) in the 20th, and Trinity’s continuing right to claim new books published in both Britain and Ireland – all of these involved complex negotiations, the outcome of which was far from certain. The story of the Library was directly affected by the intervention of major historical figures – monarchs: Elizabeth I, Queen Anne and Charles II; archbishops: James Ussher, William King and John Charles McQuaid; politicians: Oliver Cromwell, Eamon de Valera and Seán Lemass. These all feature in the lecture, which will cover the political background to the development of Ireland’s greatest library and its relations with church and state over four centuries.

Full details and how to book can be found on the RDS website.

Peter Fox worked at Trinity College for 15 years, first as Deputy Librarian and then as Librarian and College Archivist. He edited Treasures of the Library: Trinity College Dublin, published by the Royal Irish Academy in 1986, and the commentary volume to the Book of Kells facsimile. His history of Trinity College Library Dublin was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. From 1994 to 2009 he was the Librarian of the University of Cambridge, and he is a Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge.

Library HITS – Helpful Information for Trinity Students/Staff Info Sessions from 23/03/15 to 27/03/15

Students and staff are invited to join us for one or more of these information sessions  lasting no longer than 40 minutes (except for EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online, at one hour). If you have time, stay longer and we will answer any Library-related questions. Please come along to the Berkeley Library Basement: classes will be in the North Training Room except for EndNote Desktop which will be in the South Training Room.

Postgrad Week – Library Coffee Morning

The Library is hosting a coffee morning on Tuesday, March 10th 2015, from 11:30 to 12:30 in the North Training Room, Berkeley Library Basement.

This will be an opportunity for postgraduates to come and meet their Subject Librarian and to talk to other Library staff.

We look forward to welcoming you and finding out how we can help you.

Trinity College Library supports Green Week. Go Green 2015!

Trinity College Library is delighted to support College’s Green Week 2015, 16-20 February. frog on a rock

In the Berkeley Library foyer, our Early Printed Books department is providing a display of printed material on the history of forestry in Ireland.

Collection Management / Periodicals have selected material which can be seen in the Orientation Space display case (BLU), ‘Making Waves for Water!’

We’ve put together a selection of books to illustrate how water sustainability affects us on the personal, national and global scale. Why not think of how water sustainability affects you and what the idea of sustainable living could encourage changes in our way of life?

Our display is designed to coincide with both College Green Week and the College Strategic Plan, which supports a policy of sustainable resource use on Campus. We encourage our library patrons to go Green for Green Week and to explore the theme of sustainability using the Library Catalogue, where they will find a wealth of resources on the topic.

Recently published, scholarly material, from our Environmental Science collections is represented in a special display in the Hamilton Library. A short video promoting that material will run on our information screens in the Library buildings during the week. Each day during Green Week, our blog will feature individual books from the selected items.

Green Week will be launched at 1.15 pm, today, Monday, 16th February, at the Exam Hall, Front Square. There will be a display of the latest technology in electric vehicles. A founder of FoodCloud, a community-based social enterprise matching those with too much food with those who have too little, will speak about ‘Green Entrepreneurship’.

All welcome.