Sunday, 20 September 2015

NLI announces significant growth of online audience

The National Library of Ireland has seen significant growth across all digital platforms. That’s according to the NLI’s Annual Review 2014, which was launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, TD.

Online visitors to continued to grow in 2014, with 15.7 million interactions across NLI’s website and Flickr Commons profile, a 115 per cent increase on the previous year.

Over 27,000 followers were reached on Facebook and Twitter, a 35 per cent increase on 2013; with Twitter followers increasing by over 54 per cent and Facebook followers increasing by 24 per cent, respectively.

Speaking at the launch event, the recently appointed Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins, said: “2014 was a year of significant achievements, encompassing our digitisation work for the Decade of Commemorations, securing remarkable archives and presenting wonderful exhibitions on aspects of Irish life and identity for all to enjoy.”

In 2014, the NLI continued work on its most ambitious digital project to date – the Catholic Parish Registers website. The website, which was launched in July 2015, builds on and extends the NLI's existing digital library infrastructure, leveraging many open-source technologies.

Speaking on behalf of the outgoing Board of the National Library of Ireland, Paul Shovlin commented, “The importance of the digital programme which took place throughout 2014, particularly the Catholic Parish Registers project, cannot be overstated. Making these records freely accessible to the public online, and increasing ease of access to our services, is critical to the NLI’s role in Irish society. As the Board’s term of office concludes, we regard the Parish Registers project as one of the most ambitious and substantive projects in the Library’s history.”

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