About Greg Sheaf

Greg is a Subject Librarian at Trinity College Library Dublin, as well as looking after its website and social network streams.

Podcasts and Presentations from Clarke Studios Symposium

Trinity College Library Dublin recently hosted an event focusing on the work of the Harry Clarke Studios, one of the most famous stained glass studios in Ireland, and the ongoing digitization of this historic collection by the Library’s Digital Resources & Imaging Services Department.

If you were not able to attend you can find the speaker’s podcasts and presentations on their blog’s Media page.

The event brought together the analogue and the digital in a wonderful day of visual presentations, stimulating talks and interesting discussions. The Clarke Studios Symposium was held in the Long Room Hub and was funded by its Research Incentive Scheme, with addition funding from The Irish Art and Research Centre. The digitization of the Harry Clarke Studios Archive is a demonstrator project for the Digital Repository of Ireland project and is being undertaken by staff in the Library’s Digital Resources & Imaging Services department in conjunction with the Manuscripts and Archive Research Library.

The event, introduced by Helen Shenton, Trinity College Librarian and Archivist, was attended by over 120 people and had thirteen speakers ranging from experts in the field of history of art, to world leaders in digital humanities. The morning session focused mainly on the history of art aspect of the project (the “analogue”) and the keynote speaker was Nicola Gordon-Bowe. Nicola is the world’s leading expert in Harry Clarke and gave a wonderful presentation on the life of this amazing stained glass artist and the progression of his work; even describing how she got “stuck on a windowsill at a wedding trying to get close to a Harry Clarke window”.

The keynote speaker for the afternoon (“digital”) session was Simon Tanner from King’s College London, one of the leading experts in digital humanities and Director of Digital Consulting at the College. His paper reflected on the huge benefits and many challenges associated with digitization, and reflected on his past experiences of photographing stained glass windows.

Other papers discussed the global reach of the Clarke Studios, particularly Africa, America and New Zealand; the contribution of digital collections to humanities research; the cultural context of stained glass windows in Ireland; and also practical demonstrations from Ken and Muriel Ryan. Ken and Muriel from the Abbey Stained Glass Studio brought along a wide variety of props, examples of stained glass windows and working designs. They also displayed a sample of shattered Harry Clarke glass they gathered at St. Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, after the fire of Christmas Day 2009, which totally destroyed the Church along with the original windows.

It was fantastic to have such a variety of speakers contributing to the day and engaging with each other; connecting the analogue and digital world of research and stained glass windows.

The Symposium also engaged the online community through Facebook and Twitter. With the hashtag ‘#ClarkeStudios’, attendees were able to tweet pictures, interesting points or general comments about the day. This use of social media was a great way to document the day and encourage further engagement with the digital collection. A brilliant Storify  was created and clearly shows the positive experience of speakers and attendees. The Symposium’s blog page will also be a way to continue this engagement and inspire the speakers, researchers and all interested in the Harry Clarke “Digital” and “Analogue” Archive.

Trinity Secondhand Booksale 05/03/15 – 07/03/15

Booksale 2015 Poster Col CThe 26th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale, held in the Exam Hall, is nearly here!

After opening at 5.30pm on Thursday 5th March (admission €3.00), an auction of rare books will take place at 7.00pm – the auction catalogue will be available online closer to the date.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Friday’, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale and on ‘Half Price Saturday’ 10.00am-2.00pm.

Finally, there will be a clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm when everything must go.

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

Inquiries to booksale@tcd.ie or to 01 8962276. Books are collected year-round at the Booksale Office, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse Street.

Worth Library Seminar on Aldines, 17/02/15

Poetae Christiani 1502 Aldine device no 1.The Edward Worth Library, which is affiliated to TCD, is pleased to announce a seminar on ‘Manutius in Dublin: An Introduction to the Printer and Dr Worth’s Aldines’ by Professor Brian Richardson, Emeritus Professor of Italian Language, University of Leeds.

The lecture will take place at 15:00, Tuesday 17 February 2015 in the Edward Worth Library. Booking is essential for this seminar. To book a place, please e-mail Elizabethanne Boran or phone 01 635 2215. Directions to the Worth Library may be found at the Edward Worth Library website.

Clarke Stained Glass Studios Symposium

MS11182-219Trinity College Library Dublin and the Long Room Hub are very pleased to host the Clarke Studios Symposium on Friday 6th February 2015. The event, organised by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services (DRIS), has received funding from the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Research Incentive Scheme, with addition funding from The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC).

The event is sure to be an interesting insight into the research and historical context of the Clarke Studios and stained glass windows in Ireland; and also a fascinating look at digital libraries, their collections, and how they contribute to humanities research. You can find more details of the programme and speakers on the event’s blog.

The archive of the Clarke Stained Glass Studio held in the Manuscripts and Archive Research Library is being digitised by DRIS, as part of a Digital Repository of Ireland Demonstrator project. The Symposium will put the Clarke Studios collection in a context of wider digitization and digital libraries while also highlighting the fantastic archive held here in the Library.

Although registration for the Symposium is closed, you can keep up-to-date with the event on the blog and through Twitter: @DigitalColl #clarkestudios. Presentations given on the day will be uploaded afterwards.

What Do We Lose When We Lose a Library?

What do we lose when we lose a library. 9-11 September 2015 KU Leaven, BelgiumTo commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library in 1914, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the British Council Brussels and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) are organising a three-day international conference in Leuven on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library.

Trinity College Library Dublin is a partner on the international team of library experts supporting this important conference.

The fragility of libraries in their material and digital dimension remains, 100 years after the fire, one of the greatest challenges for the transmission of human knowledge. The two conference themes Library & Heritage and Library & Digital Challenge will shed light on the vision and approach of the past and on the future of libraries. Scholars in the field of history, library science, information science, digital humanities, cultural and conservation disciplines are invited to submit an abstract. The aim is to raise worldwide public consciousness of the important task of sharing collective and cultural memory, and to raise awareness of the challenges libraries face in performing this task.

Full details of the event.

Submission of abstracts until 2nd March.