Library News

Digital Repository of Ireland Membership

DRIDublin City Council is delighted to announce its membership of The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). Commenting on the membership, Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, said:

"The increased public interest in all things historical, sparked by the Decade of Centenaries, is great to see, and Dublin City Council is delighted to respond to that interest through our membership of the DRI.

Although we have digitized a significant amount of material so far, we have an awful lot more to go and we are confident that via the DRI our digital collections will be stored within a robust infrastructure, facilitating long term digital preservation and access.

May Public Holiday Arrangements

Cherry blossomDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May 2018 (inclusive).   Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Access eResources 24/7

Don't forget you can access our collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, comics, graphic novels and databases over the May public holiday: www.dublincity.ie/library-eresources

Plus explore Dublin's history through our digital repository with its vast collection of old photos, maps and ephemera.

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Tweet Day 2018 in Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive

Books inOn 10 April 2018 we joined colleagues around the country to highlight the diverse range of services provided by City and County Councils using the hashtags #ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle on Twitter.

From organising and hosting exhibitions and events like toddler groups, author readings, film clubs; to creating book displays, processing books, magazines & DVDs, facilitating online courses, welcoming school visits, creating podcasts and assisting with research queries libraries are busy places. Scroll down to take a look at a typical day at Dublin City Public Libraries and Archives!  (P.S. Here's a link if you'd like to know more about joining your library!)

"Doing their bit": Irish women and the First World War

Kate Middleton Curtis"Doing their bit": Irish women and the First World War’ is a new exhibition in Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street. The exhibition centres on the impact that the First World War had on the lives of Irish women and the new opportunities that opened up for them.

Speaking about the exhibition senior archivist Ellen Murphy said  "The role of Irish women in World War 1 is a story that is yet to be fully told. Against the backdrop of the campaign for female suffrage and the struggle for Irish Independence, this exhibition explores how the First World War impacted the lives of Irish women and greatly accelerated the changes which had been slowly taking place in society before the outbreak of war.  By 1918 Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and many Irish women had experienced new economic or social freedoms through the employment and volunteer opportunities offered by the war."

New Opportunity for Theatre Archivist

ITA/131/04/38aDublin City Council invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Theatre Archivist (1-year contract) to work cataloguing collections which are part of the Irish Theatre Archive (ITA).

Photo: Micheál Mac Liammóir with Jimmy O’Dea, Milo O’Shea watching. Irish Theatre Archive: Jimmy O’Dea Collection: ITA/131/04/38a

New opportunity for Musician in Residence

GuitarDublin City Public Libraries invites applications for Musician(s) in Residence from individuals or groups.  The residency is envisaged as part-time, to engage with different age groups to compose, produce and perform music at the Central Library’s Music Service, other Dublin City Public Libraries and in other Dublin City Council venues as required. The groups will be identified and selected by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Applicants should submit an expression of interest to include the following:

Dublin: One City One Book 2018

The Long Gaze BackArdmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha, launches the 2018 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events today on the eve of International Women’s Day.

The Long Gaze BackAn Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. As suggested by the title, this book is rooted in the present with emerging writers, while looking back to the flag bearers of Irish women’s writing.

The month-long festival will feature dramatised readings, music, song and poetry, discussions with the featured authors, walking tours, talks on topics such as the tradition of women’s short fiction in Ireland, gender balance and anthologies, writing workshops, exhibitions and much more.  Many of the events are free. Check out Dublin: One City, One Book events on in our libraries.

Severe Weather Notice

Snow on bicyclesPlease note, severe weather is impacting adversely on library opening hours.

All library branches will close on Wednesday 28th of February, at 3:00.  We are unable to provide a mobile library service.  Our apologies for inconvenience.

Don't forget you can access our collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, Digital Magazines and databases this May weekend. www.dublincity.ie/library-eresources

Plus explore Dublin's history through our digital repository with its vast collection of old photos, maps and ephemera http://digital.libraries.dublincity.ie

Please check the Libraries' Twitter account - @dubcilib - for updates regarding opening hours before attempting to visit your library.

Meet the Historians in Residence

HistoriansDublin City Council has a team of part-time Historians in Residence working with communities across the city. This public history project began in Spring 2017 under the auspices of the Decade of Commemorations designation within the Council, and the historians work in the five administrative areas of Dublin City  to make history and historical sources accessible and enjoyable for all.

Pictured l-r: Donal Fallon, Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil, Bernard Kelly, Cormac Mooore (view larger photo)

Dublin City Council Historians in Residence are working on all sorts of history events throughout the city including talks, walks, tours, discussions, history book clubs,  blogs, exhibitions and more. They are:

Dogs Days in Rathmines

dog by Tarsila KruseFor the month of February, Rathmines Library will be going to the dogs, or rather, the dogs will be coming to us!  Tarsila Kruse’s exhibition, 100 days of Dogs, will be visited by 200 local schoolchildren, we will be running a Paws and Claws Animals in Literature Quiz and Canine Capers, two doggy-themed films, will be shown  in the library on the afternoons of 16th and 17th February.

For schools, we will have some very special visitors to library. Their minders will also be along  tell us about the valuable work they do in the community.

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