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The Decade of Commemoration – Showcasing Resources and New Pathways for Research

The third event presented as part of the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s “The Library of the Future; the Future of the Library” programme of activities for 2015-2016 took place on 18 November 2015: a series of lightning talks illustrating how the Library’s research collections are being explored and disseminated.

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Estelle Gittins ‘Changed Utterly’; the 1916 Collections in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Jane Maxwell ‘Fit as fiddles and hard as nails’ – the WWI collections and the forthcoming WWI diaries resource

Ellen O’Flaherty Trinity remembers her war dead: Lightshow of the College’s fallen soldiers, and the unveiling of the Hall of Honour memorial stone

Greg Sheaf Making an exhibition of for yourself: Using the Library’s exhibitions for teaching and learning

Biographies and description of talks

Estelle Gittins has been working as an Assistant Librarian in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library since 2005.

Estelle spoke about the 1916 Collections and their dissemination through the year-long blog project ‘Changed Utterly’ Ireland and the Easter Rising. The blog was a finalist in two different categories at this year’s Blog Awards Ireland, and is followed by many academics, journalists and institutions as diverse as RTE and the British Museum. Estelle talked about how the blog can be used as a starting point for research.

Jane Maxwell is Principal Curator in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library and has been from time immemorial (or so it’s said!).

Jane spoke about a new digital humanities project which the Library is on the point of launching, based on its unique collection of World War I diaries and letters. The output of the project is an online resource called ‘Fit as fiddles and hard as nails’. The wartime writing of 8 individuals, 7 men and 1 women, are being published with full transcriptions to encourage as inventive an approach to these traditional materials as possible.

Ellen O’Flaherty has been working in M&ARL since 2007. She is an Assistant Librarian with responsibility for the College Archives.

Ellen talked about two projects central to TCD’s Decade of Commemorations activities.  One is a dynamic lightshow projecting the images of some of the members of College who died in the First World War; the other the commissioning of a memorial stone for the plinth in front of the 1937 Reading Room to commemorate those whose names are inscribed within.  Both projects utilised the Library’s collections and the skills of its staff in order to open up a lesser-known chapter in the College’s history to the general public, and hopefully to inspire further research and debate in this area.

Greg Sheaf is the Library’s Web Services Librarian, looking after our website, blogs and social media, as well as the Subject Librarian for Physics & Chemistry. He has been with the Library since 2005. He talked on how the Library’s exhibitions have evolved to include online components that can be used to assist you in teaching, learning and research.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015

Time: 13:00-14:00

Location: Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub