Innovation Day 2016: What’s New @ The National Library of Ireland.

Course Code: 2016/08

Date: Monday 12th December 2016, 11am – 4pm (Registration and refreshments from 10.15am)


Innovation Day 2016 provides a unique opportunity to learn about what’s innovative at the National Library of Ireland (NLI).  Participants will hear the NLI Director and leading NLI staff share on the NLI’s Strategy 2016-2021, the €10m building project, collection development, digital innovation, and learning and outreach initiatives.  After lunch, participants can attend guided tours of all of the NLI’s exhibitions, and visit the famous domed Reading Room.

Innovation Day Objectives:

The NLI Innovation Day will:

  • Explore the working of a National Library, focussing on the NLI
  • Support your learning opportunity, facilitated by leading NLI staff members
  • Inform participants about the current and future strategy of the NLI
  • Outline key NLI achievements
  • Provide a unique forum in Ireland for networking and discussion
  • Enable participants to experience guided NLI exhibitions

Innovation Day Outline:

This innovation day is action packed.  It includes a welcome from the NLI Director, Sandra Collins, who’ll talk about the NLI’s Strategy 2016-2121. The Head of Estates will talk on the NLI’s radical building plans for rehousing the Irish printed collections, and the redevelopment of the Main Library in Kildare Street.  The Head of Special Collections will share recent developments in the Departments of Manuscripts, Prints and Drawings, the National Photographic Archive (NPA), and in the Office of the Chief Herald, and Genealogy.  The Head of Digital Collections will share on NLI’s award-winning digital initiatives and on plans to make the NLI a leader in digital collecting and delivery.  Participants’ will learn about Poetry Aloud 2016, and the results of the NLI’s Exhibitions Evaluation Survey 2016.  After lunch, participants can opt to join the free, guided tours of the NLI’s exhibitions and Reading Rooms, including a visit to the NLI’s National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar.


Innovation Day 2016 is aimed at CONUL staff wishing to learn more about the current key achievements and the future plans of the National Library of Ireland, those who wish to learn about and experience NLI learning and outreach activities, and those interested in Library innovation wishing to network across the broad CONUL spectrum.

Host Library:

The National Library of Ireland (NLI)

Innovation Day 2016 Location:

Seminar Room, Main Library, The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.


This event is free to CONUL members.  Spaces are limited.