Dr Sandra Collins

Director, National Library of Ireland (NLI)
Keynote Title:  Learning while building a new strategy for the National Library


The NLI collects and makes available the shared memory of the Irish nation at home and abroad, caring for more than 10 million items, including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints, drawings, ephemera, photographs and, increasingly, digital media.


About Sandra:

She serves on many international and national policy advisory groups and steering committees, including as Chair of the ALLEA (all European Academies) international E-Humanities Working Group, Rapporteur for the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group on 'European Research Infrastructures', member of the Irish National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy, and the Irish Advisory Group for Open Government Data.

Inspiring Ireland, a national digital cultural project she led, won three Irish eGovernment Awards in 2015 and was nominated for a World Summit Award in 2016. 


Abstract: How does the digital age affect the core functions and services of a library, and how are the roles and responsibilities of a library impacted by increasing digital opportunities and dependencies? How should we serve a new generation of users whose expectation may be hugely different from previous generations? What must change and what should stay the same?Sandra will discuss the process of developing the 2020 Strategic Priorities for the National Library of Ireland, and the challenges libraries face in an increasingly digital environment. Setting the strategic priorities for a library opens up challenging conversations about changes in our users’ expectations, and the services we deliver. Fundamentally, setting our priorities challenges what is important to us as librarians, and what we see as the future for libraries.