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National Libraries As Memory Keepers


Dr. Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland, discusses how national libraries are memory keepers for their countries, collecting and keeping safe memories that share the culture, heritage and story of their nation.
The interpretation of memory may change over time, and it’s important to preserve the authentic source materials. Memory objects include photographs, manuscripts, ephemera - but contemporary memory objects are increasingly ‘born digital’ and they can be challenging to collect and keep safe as digital technologies become obsolete quickly. The National Library of Ireland collects and makes available the recorded memory of Ireland. We care for more than 10 million items, including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and drawings, ephemera, photographs, digital content and the National Web Archive.



Filetype: MP3 - Size: 4.56MB - Duration: 19:54 m (32 kbps 44100 Hz)

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