Support the strategic objectives of CONUL by providing expert input on all aspects of UDCs in CONUL Libraries
Focus on the promotion and visibility of UDCs including Archive Collections, for research and public engagement
To communicate best practice for storage, management and preservation of UDCs
Foster new partnerships with national and international bodies with common interests
Explore and identify other special collections, archives, and resources in Ireland of value to CONUL.
We review results of the ongoing longitudinal surveys of UDCs for promotional activities and planning of collaborative projects.
We advocate for approaches to digitisation which open up Unique & Distinct Collections for wider international scholarship.
We identify individual institutional collection strengths in UDCs, to seek collection development approaches to reduce inflation in the marketplace and allow a comprehensive development programme for the future of the national collective collection.
We share best practice information on teaching with special collections (including new approaches like using digital assets and online exhibitions for pedagogical purposes), recording and monitoring growth in this area across the CONUL institutions.
We regularly review institutional policy documents around security, emergency planning and conservation strategies to ensure the preservation and responsible use of the collections.
We publicly endorse international standards for the care of UDCs and seek to implement these within our institutions where resources allow.
CONUL Treasures: An Online Exhibition (2019) https://www.conul.ie/conul-treasures/
Gathered Together – A Survey of the Unique and Distinct Collections Held by CONUL (2016). Presented at CONUL Conference
Survey of Unique & Distinct Collections in CONUL libraries (2015) Report Summary:
Terms of Reference
Chair: Hugh Murphy (MU) firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Chair: Ciara Kerrigan (NLI) email@example.com
Secretary/Communications Officer: Catherine Cooke (TU Dublin) catherine.cooke@
David Meehan (DCU) firstname.lastname@example.org
Deirdre Wildy/ Kriss Leslie (QUB) email@example.com / k.
Mary O’Doherty (RCSI) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsten Mulrennan (UL) Kirsten.Mulrennan@ul.ie
Evelyn Flanagan (UCD) email@example.com
Niall Burns (UU) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Boran (NUIG) marie.boran@nuigalway.
Emma Horgan (UCC) email@example.com
Susan Leyden (RCSI) susanleyden@rcsi
The Royal Irish Academy Library is one of Ireland’s premier research libraries. The Library manages major manuscript, book, pamphlet and drawings collections.
We offer comprehensive access and outreach programmes, facilitate master classes and visits, hold exhibitions and lecture series and publish on the collections.
The Academy Library is an important research centre for the study of Irish history, language, archaeology and the history of Irish science.