Library of Congress Enlists BC to Assess Irish Collection

Boston College is one of five universities with strong Irish collections that have been asked to help the Library of Congress assess its holdings in the Celtic domain.

The Library of Congress seeks to undertake an electronic evaluation of how its Irish catalogue stacks up against those at BC and the other institutions, according to Associate University Librarian for Collection Services Janet Cellucci.

Also asked to participate were the University of Notre Dame and Harvard, Emory and Kansas universities. The report is expected to be completed this spring.

Cellucci welcomed the invitation as "an affirmation of the strength and international prestige of the Irish program at Boston College."

The Boston College Irish Collection is regarded by scholars as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Irish research materials in the US, and has been enhanced in recent years by major acquisitions of materials relating to Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett, and the formation of an Irish Music Center.

Last year, Boston College Libraries struck a resource-sharing partnership with the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that created between them the largest repository of Irish publications in the world.

-Mark Sullivan

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