National Collection of Children's Books: Repositioning Children's Literature in Ireland
Item Type:Impact case study
Citation:Whyte et al. (2021) ‘National Collection of Children’s Books: Repositioning Children’s Literature in Ireland’ [pdf] Dublin: Trinity College Dublin. https://doi.org/10.25546/97459
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Children s literature collections occupy significant and interesting liminal spaces: between private and public , national and international , instruction and knowledge , history and possibility , and archaeology and architecture . Although increasingly relevant as literary, educational, and cultural resources, no central mechanism for researchers to simultaneously search for and explore children s books across the various collections held in Dublin s libraries existed until 2015. This represented a significant barrier to the development of research in the area, as the material laid undiscovered and under-researched. The National Collection of Children's Books (NCCB) Project created an online open-access platform with information on over 250,000 children s books in more than 90 languages from five Dublin libraries. NCCB showcases the cultural heritage that is children s literature in Ireland, not only by providing a platform and thus encouraging and facilitating new research, but also by featuring Irish researchers in its platform and publications, and by including Irish language material. Through its internationalisation activities and capacity building in Irish Higher Education Institutions, the project is contributing to the development of the strong Irish profile in children's literature research.
This impact case study is supported by the Research Impact Unit, an initiative by the Office of the Dean of Research and the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. We thank Dr Caitriona Curtis for her contributions in early drafts of this document.
Other Titles:National Collection of Children's Books
Publisher:Trinity College Dublin
Type of material:Impact case study
Availability:Full text available
Keywords:Cultural Heritage, Research Infrastructure, Open Access, Digital Research Infrastructure, Open Scholarship, Children's Literature
Subject (TCD):Cultural Heritage , Digital Research Infrastructure , Open Access , Open Scholarship , research infrastructure