4 November 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 UTC Online

By sharing digital preservation journeys we can learn from the experience of others and reflect on our own digital preservation progress. This year the World Digital Preservation Day theme is ’Breaking Down Barriers’. It is a time to share and discuss the challenges we have faced, opportunities we have embraced and progress we have made. Hearing about the work of others gives us all an opportunity to make digital preservation and community activities understandable, relatable and accessible to all.

The National Library of Ireland is using the opportunity of World Digital Preservation Day on the 4th of November, in an online morning event, to bring together members of the broader Irish library, archive and digital preservation community and discuss some of these challenges and opportunities in the context of the ongoing need to consider long term digital preservation.

This online event is aimed at archivists, librarians and others thinking about or working with digital content whether born digital or the outputs of digitisation. All are very welcome, but booking is essential. This event is with live captioning.

Register here


10:00 Start

10:05 Welcome by Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland

10:10 Housekeeping & Introductions, Kieran O’Leary, Digital Preservation Manger, National Library of Ireland

10:15 Jacqui Hayes, Archivist and Records Manager, Limerick City and County Council

From crawling to walking: Limerick's journey on the digital preservation developmental curve

10:30 Kate McCarthy, Special Collections Librarian, Oireachtas Library & Research Service

Our data with destiny: digital preservation at the Houses of the Oireachtas Library

10:45 Maria Ryan, Web Archivist, National Library of Ireland

The NLI Web Archive: a ten year journey

11:00 Peter Clarke, Digital Services Programmer in Research Services, UCD Library

Digital curation and preservation at UCD Digital Library

11:15 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Finish



Peter Clarke is Digital Services Programmer in Research Services at UCD Library. At UCD Digital Library, Peter manages the technical infrastructure and digital preservation activities. His responsibilities also include supporting the UCD Research Repository and the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA). He has 15 years experience leading software and IT infrastructure projects at UCD Library and prior to this worked for a number of large private sector companies in Ireland and abroad. Peter holds an MSc in Computer Science from DIT and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCD

Jacqui Hayes is Archivist and Records Manager for Limerick City and County Council and Programme Manager of the LITe Programme (Limerick Information Transformation eProgramme), an interdisciplinary team responsible for the delivery of an EDRMS digital records management system based on SharePoint Online. Jacqui has led on delivering digital access to archival material and Limerick Archives has built a large online archive. Jacqui is currently addressing digital continuity focusing on the preservation of born digital material within the EDRMS and building a community of knowledge to address the issue of  how to approach digital preservation in local authority archive services.

Kate McCarthy is Special Collections Librarian and manager of digitisation projects at the Oireachtas Library. She has worked extensively with digital collections at the music company MPL Communications in London and the Digital Repository of Ireland. She holds an MLIS from University College Dublin, an MA in Media and International Conflict from University College Dublin, and a BA in Film Studies and Russian from Trinity College Dublin.

Maria Ryan is the web archivist at the National Library of Ireland. Established in 2011, the NLI web archive contains over 2,300 archived websites. Maria is an archivist and has previously worked on the Abbey Theatre Digitisation project at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She currently serves as co-chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium’s Training Working Group and as a member of the DPC’s Web Archiving and Preservation Working Group Steering Committee.

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