September 26, 2021

Ireland: National Library ‘On our Way Back Up’, Says Director, Five Year Strategic Plan Released

From The Irish Times:

2016-09-08_17-07-50The National Library of Ireland [launched] its new five-year strategy at its imposing premises next door to Leinster House on Kildare Street.

The launch comes at a pivotal moment in the library’s 140-year existence. After seven years of cuts, during which its annual budgets fell from a high of almost €12 million in 2008 to a low of under €7 million, and the loss of a quarter of its staff, the NLI is now embarking on a process of renewal, according to its director Sandra Collins. “We’re on our way back up.”

The NLI’s five strategic priorities for 2016-21 are to “collect, protect, connect, innovate and collaborate.”

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From Irish Tech Times:

Key highlights from the Annual Review 2015:
· The NLI attracted 21.1 million interactions online.
· There were almost a quarter of a million visitors to the NLI in 2015.
· A total of 12,887 new and antiquarian books were catalogued – including books from the WB Yeats Library, the poet’s own book collection.
· During 2015, 15,859 people attended tours, talks, workshops and performances at the NLI.
· Six major exhibitions were staged during 2015, attracting 150,000 visitors. A series of travelling exhibitions were hosted by 13 locations, around Ireland and internationally, increasing the reach and access of the Library’s exhibitions.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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