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Rare Books Group history and membership

 

Establishment of the RBG

 

The Rare Books Group was formed at an inaugural meeting on 27 September 1985 held at Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann, 31 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, convened on foot of an exploratory meeting held at Trinity College Dublin on 28 August 1985. The committee formed at the inaugural meeting comprised (officers in parentheses): Brigid Dolan, Royal Irish Academy (Chair); Charles Benson, Trinity College Dublin (Secretary); Peter Kenny, National Library of Ireland (Treasurer) and Norma Jessop, University College Dublin. According to the group’s rules of 1985, its purposes were: to bring together librarians and others who are concerned with or interested in the custody of collections of older printed materials and special collections; to promote study and discussion of acquisition and conservation, cataloguing and bibliographic research and public awareness of such material; to advise the LAI; and to liaise with relevant local, national or international bodies.

 

 

Officers and committee members of the RBG

 

Chairs

• David Meehan (DCU) 2017-
• Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth) 2015-16
• Bernadette Cunningham (RIA) 2013-14
• Marie Boran (NUIG) 2011-2012
• Ken Bergin (UL) 2007-2010
• Siobhán Fitzpatrick (RIA) 2002-2006
• Charles Horton (CBL) 2000-2001
• Valerie Seymour (NUIM) 1998-1999
• Máire Kennedy (Gilbert) 1996-1997
• Penelope (Penny) Woods (NUIM) 1994-1995
• Mary O’Doherty (RCSI) 1992-1993
• Charles Benson (TCD) 1990-1991
• Brigid Dolan (RIA) 1985-1989

 

Secretaries

• Nicola O’Shea (NGI) 2017-
• David Meehan (MDI) 2015-16
• Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth) 2013-2014
• Evelyn Flanagan (UCD) 2010-2012
• Celine Ward (CBL) 2005-2009
• Teresa Whitington (CCL) 2004
• Penelope Woods (NUIM) 2002-2004
• Marie Boran (NUIG) 2000-2001
• Sarah Preston (Marsh’s) 1999
• Ide Ní Thuama (RIA) 1991-1998
• Mary O’Doherty (RCSI) 1989-1990
• Penelope Woods (NUIM) 1988
• Charles Benson (TCD) 1985-1987

 

Assistant Secretaries

• Helen Davis (UCC) 2004-2005
• Celine Ward (CBL) 2004

• Teresa Whitington (CCL) 2002-2003

 

Treasurers

• Alexandra Caccamo (OPW-Botanic Gardens) 2017-
• Celine Ward (CBL) 2012-2016
• Frances Clarke (NLI) 2010-2012
• Charles Benson (TCD) 2002-2010
• Joanna Finegan (NLI) 1999-2001
• Veronika Koeper-Saul 1998
• Valerie Seymour (NUIM) 1996-1997
• Dilys Bateman (UCC) 1991-1995
• Peter Kenny (NLI) 1985-1990

 

Committee members

• Nicole Arnaud (CCL) 1990-1991
• Dilys Bateman (UCC) 1991-1995
• Charles Benson (TCD) 1985-1991; 1999-2010
• Ken Bergin (UL) 2004-2012
• Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library) 2012-
• Marie Boran (NUIG) 1998-
• Stephanie Breen (TCD) 2016-
• Barbara Traxler Brown (DepLIS, UCD) 1990
• Fionnuala Byrne (UCG) 1994-1996
• Alexandra Caccamo (OPW-Botanic Gardens) 2010-
• Elaine Charwat (UCC)2009-2010
• Frances Clarke (NLI) 2010-2012
• Julia Cummins (OPW-Farmleigh) 2004-2010
• Bernadette Cunningham (RIA) [2009]-2015
• Helen Davis (UCC) 1966-2005
• Brigid Dolan (RIA) 1985-1990
• Patricia Donlon (CBL) 1987-1988
• Sophie Evans (RIA) 2015-
• Edward Fahy (UCC) 1985-1988
• Lydia Ferguson (TCD)1995-1996
• Joanna Finegan (NLI) 1998-2007
• Siobhan Fitzpatrick (RIA) 2002-2009
• Evelyn Flanagan (NUIG) 2006-2007 / (UCD) 2007-
• Elaine Harrington (UCC) 2013-
• M. Hewson (NLI) 1985
• Charles Horton (CBL) 1991-2001
• Norma Jessop (UCD) 1985-1988
• Maire Kennedy (Gilbert) 1992-2000
• Peter Kenny (NLI) 1985-1990
• Vincent Kinane (TCD) 1991-1994
• Gerry Long (NLI) 1992-1999
• Muriel McCarthy (Marsh’s) 1985-2001
• Barbara McCormack (MU) 2013-
• Jason McElligott (Marsh’s) 2014-
• Alf MacLochlainn (UCG) 1985-1986
• Katherine McSharry (UCD) 2006-2007
• David Meehan (MDI) 2012-2016 / (DCU) 2016-
• Elizabeth Murphy (NUIM) 2011-2013
• Máire Ní Chonalláin (NLI) 2013-
• Ide Ní Thuama (RIA) 1991-1997
• Kathryn Norris (TCD) 2010-2012
• Mary O’Doherty (RCSI) 1988-1993
• Cronán O Doibhlin (UCC) 2005-2009
• Loretta O’Donoghue 2009-2010
• Finola O’Donovan (UCC) 1988-1990
• Siobhan O’Rafferty (RIA) 1999-2001
• Nicola O’Shea (TCD) 2015 / (NGI) 2016-
• Sarah Preston (RIA) 1994 / (Marsh’s) 1994-1999
• Valerie Seymour (NUIM) 1996-2000
• Celine Ward (CBL) 2004-
• G. Wheeler (QUB) 1985
• Harriet Wheelock (RCPI) 2017-
• Teresa Whitington (CCL) 2002-2009
• Penelope Woods (NUIM) 1987-1996; 2001-2011

 

Note: The information in these listings is as accurate as can be determined from available AGM and committee meeting minutes, officer reports and, failing these, evidence from correspondence. If there are any inaccuracies, please bring this to the attention of the Secretary at rbg@libraryassociation.ie.

 

Abbreviations: CBL = Chester Beatty Library; CCL = Central Catholic Library; DepLIS = Department of Library and Information Studies, UCD; MDI = Mater Dei Institute of Education; MU = Maynooth University; NGI = National Gallery of Ireland; RCPI = Royal College of Physicians in Ireland