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OCLC Research has just published a report investigating how many Ireland-related works exist in the “published record”. Using computational analysis of the contents of WorldCat, a database of more than 16,000 library holdings worldwide, authors, Brian Lavoie and Lorcan Dempsey have used the catalogue’s descriptive metadata to identify the Irish presence and create a corpus of publications associated with Ireland and its people.
An Exploration of the Irish Presence in the Published Record also highlights the “indispensible role of libraries as repositories and caretakers of the creative outputs of Ireland and all nations” (p.7).
Surprisingly, McGill University Library’s collection of Irish works places it in the top ten list of libraries in the world with the greatest concentrations of materials with Irish presence.
“An Irish university, Trinity College Dublin, leads the ranking as the institution with the highest number of publications from the Irish presence in the world (table 13). Two other Irish institutions place on the list—University College Dublin and University College Cork—as well as two UK universities, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. The US leads with four institutions, including three universities and one public library, and Canada’s McGill University rounds out a strong North American presence on the list” (p. 24).
The most popular work published by an Irish author?
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift!
Read the full report here.
In February, your librarians have created a book display to celebrate Black History Month. The selections honour the contributions of Black Canadians, their history and their experiences. You will find literature, including poetry, and social and historical studies written by Canadian authors. The display will be up the entire month of February so take a break and browse the shelf…better yet, borrow a book and consider entering our Book Review contest.
CONTEST | Read and win!
Read any book on the McGill Library’s Black History Month Book Display and share your thoughts, feelings, or opinions on the book by submitting a short book review. Tell us what you thought of the writing, research, story, or message.
The winner will receive a book of poetry by George Elliott Clarke, the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and will have their review published on the Humanities and Social Sciences Library blog.
Maximum 500 words
Apply by email to email@example.com
Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018
For more information on how McGill is celebrating Black History Month, visit the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office website.