May 22, 2022

“Funding Cuts Had ‘Savage Impact’ on National Library of Ireland”

From The Irish Times:

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is operating with a third of the staffing resources available to national libraries of comparable size in Europe, its annual review says.

The NLI has 86 staff in contrast with the national libraries of (280), Wales (277) and Norway (414).


The new director Dr Sandra Collins, who took up her position in August, said extra resources could be used to speed up the process of digitisation.


She said understaffing was a legacy issue. “The NLI is significantly less resourced in terms of workforce and capacity. This is not just a trend that has emerged from the economic downturn. The Library has always worked from a low base in terms of resources.”

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National Library of Ireland 2014 Annual Report

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