After 7 years of service, the IVRLA servers will be permanently switched off on August 1st. All IVRLA collections have been moved over to the new UCD Digital Library. UCD Digital Library offers enhanced functionality and some new IVRLA collections, which were previously unavailable on the IVRLA website.
Please update all bookmarks to the new UCD Digital Library (http://digital.ucd.ie). The IVRLA web pages will be redirecting to the UCD Digital Library for July 2012, before being switched off on August 1st 2012.
The IVRLA will be unavailable due to essential upgrade to the UCD Data Centre. Services will go down at 2pm Wednesday 8th June 2011 and should be available again on Saturday 11th June 2011.
Many apologies for the inconvenience caused, and for the short notice.
Official press release for the IVRLA launch, written by Dr Dervila Layden.
The UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) was formally launched by UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady, in Newman House on Wednesday 10th November 2010. This was the culmination of a truly interdisciplinary five-year project that involved over 70 academic, curatorial, and professional staff at all levels across UCD. The IVRLA repository includes almost 13,000 individual objects (comprising 169,000 individual scans or parts) in 32 curated collections, 17 research projects, and in preservation-only secure storage. Dr Brady complimented the project on the significant national resource that it had provided and observed that it proved the ability of the humanities to drive the national innovation agenda. Dr John Brooks Howard, University Librarian, and Professor Mary Daly, Principal of the College of Arts & Celtic Studies, both of whom were members of the IVRLA steering group, also spoke at the launch. They emphasised that the IVRLA repository brings UCD’s rich holdings into the digital age, communicating with a new multi-media oriented generation.
The IVRLA’s curated collections make available digitised versions of historically and culturally significant manuscripts, books, letters, maps, paintings, photographs, audio material and ephemera. Each of the digital humanities pilot research projects developed digital resources for scholarly use, created exhibition collections and established a basis for future collaborative and comparative projects which will fully exploit the research potential of the IVRLA repository. Together, these collections and research projects represent a unique scholarly resource. To access this publicly available resource, go to http://ivrla.ucd.ie
The launch event was part of the Innovation Dublin festival. The IVRLA, which was funded by PRTLI Cycle 3, is a component of the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland and is based in the UCD Library.
Dr John B. Howard, UCD President Hugh Brady and Dr Dervila Layden
UCD Librarian, Dr John B. Howard
Dr John B. Howard and Professor Mary E. Daly
The IVRLA is running a series of exciting events in November in order to showcase its material, and to officially launch the IVRLA.