National Collection of Children’s Books (Ireland) One Day Symposium

National Collection of Children’s Books (Ireland) One-Day Symposium

10am – 4:45pm
Friday 17th April 2015
Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

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The National Collection of Children’s Books (NCCB) is a major two-year interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project (Church of Ireland College of Education and Trinity College Dublin), funded by the Irish Research Council, which will examine children’s books collections in five libraries in Dublin: the Church of Ireland College of Education, the National Library, Pearse Street Library, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, and Trinity College Dublin. The research team comprises two principal investigators, Pádraic Whyte (TCD) and Keith O’Sullivan (CICE); two postdoctoral researchers, Ciara Boylan and Ciara Gallagher; and a catalogue and database developer, Paolo Defant.

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Keynote Speakers

Jill Shefrin, Senior Research Associate in Arts, Trinity College, University of Toronto
“Sometimes he thought…, “Why?” and sometimes he thought, “Wherefore?” and sometimes he thought, “Inasmuch as which?”: Context and the Study of Children’s Books

Prof Peter Hunt, Professor Emeritus, Cardiff University
Revolutionaries in the Library Vaults: Children’s Books Collections and the Re-Writing of Children’s Literature Studies

NCCB Research Team Speakers
Dr Keith O’Sullivan: Co-Principal Investigator, CICE
Dr Pádraic Whyte: Co-Principal Investigator, TCD
Dr Ciara Boylan: Postdoctoral Researcher, Education
Dr Ciara Gallagher: Postdoctoral Researcher, Literature
Mr Paolo Defant: Catalogue and Database Development

Dr Jarlath Killeen, Trinity College Dublin (Chair)
Dr Valerie Coghlan, Independent Scholar
Dr Lydia Ferguson, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Máire Kennedy, Pearse Street Library
Susan Parkes, Church of Ireland College of Education

Wine Reception: Long Room, Old Library, TCD