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Adding your descriptions to RASCAL will highlight your collections to a constantly growing community of institutions and researchers with an interest in Irish Studies.

Why Contribute?

Adding your descriptions to RASCAL will highlight your collections to a constantly growing community of institutions and researchers with an interest in Irish Studies.

Contributing institutions include over 80 libraries, archives, museums and other information resource centres throughout Ireland and the USA.

RASCAL is a resource discovery tool. The RASCAL database aims to make research and special collections accessible to researchers regardless of their location. Its recent redevelopment has optimised search engine rankings.

Participation in RASCAL would also:

  • facilitate access to hidden collections
  • bring your collections, even those not yet fully catalogued but available for consultation to the attention of students and researchers
  • connect your collections to related materials and collections in other institutions and
  • help you to learn more about your own holdings through consultations by and with researchers

How do I get involved?

Register as a contributing institution on the site. Our moderators will support your participation by ensuring that all relevant information is added. Once you have been confirmed as a contributor you can start adding collection descriptions.  

Email rascal@qub.ac.uk if you would like to discuss contributing collection descriptions before making a commitment to participate.

What information is needed?

Collection level descriptions provide sufficient information and contact details to enable a researcher determine if a particular resource is relevant to their research interest. The collections described in RASCAL are multi-disciplinary and include many formats from traditional vellum manuscripts through to digital resources.

An administration form will guide you through the information required for your Institution Profile and Collection Level Descriptions.

We advise adding at least one image to each collection description and to your institution profile. Only collections and institutions with images will feature on the homepage. Images of your collections create immediate impact, they are attractive and enticing to anyone casually browsing RASCAL pages, they bring your collections to life for researchers and the general public.