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Collaboration between university libraries and the research community in ireland

Collaboration between university libraries and the research community in Ireland

Sean Phillips

4th UNICA seminar, Prague, 15 May 2008

The background
The background community in Ireland

Main factors in economic development

  • Change in economic policy (1950s)

  • Investment in education (1960s and 1970s)

  • EU membership (from 1973)

  • Investment in research (from 2000)

    …and also…

  • Social partnership

  • Tax policy

  • Geography, demography, language

GNP per capita 1975-2003: community in Ireland

Ireland and other advanced economies
















Source: World Bank, 2003

The policy agendas
The policy agendas community in Ireland

  • National agenda

    • a knowledge-based society and economy

  • European Union agenda

    • the Lisbon strategy (2000): to make the EU "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-driven economy by 2010"

    • Framework FP7 (2007-2013): affirms that “the 'knowledge triangle' - research, education and innovation - is a core factor in meeting the ambitious Lisbon goals”.

National development plan 2000 2006
National Development Plan 2000-2006 community in Ireland

Enterprise and development component

  • Technology Foresight fund (€646m)

  • Administered by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

    Education component

  • Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (€605m)

  • Administered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

National development plan 2006 2013
National Development Plan 2006-2013 community in Ireland

  • Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation

  • €8,200m in total, including

    • SFI funds

    • HEA funds

    • EU funds

    • Other public funds

    • Private sector funds

  • Doubling of PhDs by 2013

0.55 % of GNP community in Ireland

0.70-0.75 % of GNP

0.36 % of GNP

Public Investment in R&D

€ Billion


NDP 2000-2006

Total = €4.0B

NDP 2007-2013

Total = €8.2B

Sources: Historical - State Expenditure on R&D 2005-6, Forfás.

Future – CSA estimates based on NDP.

Studies and reviews
Studies and reviews community in Ireland

  • OECD Review of Higher Education in Ireland (2004)

  • Irish Universities Association Reform of 3rd level and creation of 4th level Ireland: securing competitive advantage in the 21st century (2005)

  • Higher Education Authority Review of Research Infrastructure (2007)

  • Royal Irish Academy Advancing Humanities and Social Sciences Research in Ireland (2007)

And the response
…and the response community in Ireland

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) - €300m, 2005-2010, to be applied to:

  • Institutional restructuring and reform

  • Teaching and learning reforms

  • Quality improvement initiatives

  • Inter-institutional collaboration

  • Improved performance management systems

  • Management information systems

The university libraries
The university libraries community in Ireland

  • University College Dublin

  • Trinity College Dublin

  • Dublin City University

  • National University of Ireland Maynooth

  • National University of Ireland Galway

  • University College Cork

  • University of Limerick

    Acting together, the IUA (Irish Universities Association) Librarians’ Group

Collaborative priorities
Collaborative priorities community in Ireland

  • National on-line journals resource

  • Open-access repositories

  • Federated search facility

  • Digitisation

The research stakeholders
The research stakeholders community in Ireland

  • Deans (Vice-Presidents) of Research

  • Research Support Offices

  • Researchers (academic staff, postgraduate and postdoctoral students)

  • Deans of Graduate Studies

  • Irish Universities Association

  • Science Foundation Ireland

  • Higher Education Authority

Irel irish research e library
IReL – Irish Research e-Library community in Ireland

  • About 30,000 e-journals

  • Contents determined by librarians and researchers

  • Centrally funded (by SFI and HEA)

  • Centrally managed (by university librarians)

  • STM component €20.25m for 2004-2008

  • HSS component €15m for 2006-2009

Irel management relationships
IRel Management & Relationships community in Ireland

IUA Librarians Group







IUA Libraries

Steering Group

Monitoring Group

Licensing Group

Web Site Group

Local Promotion

Irel open
IReL-Open community in Ireland

  • Open access promotion

    • IUA (Irish Universities Association) statement

    • SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) and IRCSET (Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology) mandates

  • OA repositories in each university

  • National portal

  • Three-year project 2007-2009

  • Links with universities’ research management systems

  • Funded from the strategic innovation fund

  • Ivrla irish virtual research library and archive
    IVRLA – Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive community in Ireland

    • Digitise materials from 4 separate repositories:

      • University Library Special Collections

      • Irish Folklore Archive

      • School of History and Archives

      • School of Irish

  • In a range of formats:

    • Print, manuscript, graphic, photographic, audio and video

  • Establish storage, management & integration systems

  • Develop a researcher-oriented interface

    • Personalised and customisable

    • User-defined and recommender services

    • Annotation facilities

  • Study costs, legal aspects, digital curation

  • Scalable and transferable

  • Ivrla irish virtual research library and archive1
    IVRLA – Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive community in Ireland

    • €2.1m over 5 years (2004-2009) from PRTLI

    • Managed by, and based in, University Library

    • Co-operation with Directors of Repositories

    • Co-operation with Heads of relevant academic departments

    • Consultation with researchers

    Planned developments
    Planned developments community in Ireland

    • Extending IReL to the entire research community

    • Single federated search system for all research libraries

    • Inclusion of digital theses in OA repositories

    • Retrodigitisation of print theses

    Libraries moving centre stage
    Libraries moving centre-stage? community in Ireland

    • Virtual learning environments

    • Information skills training for undergraduates and researchers

    • Research initiatives (e.g. IVRLA, IReL, IReL-Open)

    • Fundamental shift in the nature of our engagement with the academic community

    • Sharing of the mission

    • From support to partner

    More opportunities
    More opportunities… community in Ireland

    • Digital Humanities Observatory

      • Collaborative, led by Royal Irish Academy

    • Foras Feasa

      • Collaborative, led by National University of Ireland Maynooth

    • Long Room Hub

      • Institutional, Trinity College Dublin

    And more challenges
    …and more challenges community in Ireland

    • Developing further academic/researcher partnerships

    • Developing research-focussed tools

    • Continuation of financial support

    • Providing for non-priority subjects