FIAT/IFTA is delighted to share the news that Bríd Dooley will receive the FOCAL International – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bríd Dooley will receive her award at the 2022 FOCAL Awards Gala Ceremony on 23 June 2022 at The Landmark Hotel in London.
Bríd Dooley has dedicated her entire professional career spanning over 30 years to audiovisual archives.
A graduate of the University of Westminster, she first worked in the ITN Archives in London before moving to GMTV. After returning to Ireland, she joined the Irish National Public Service Broadcaster, RTÉ, to lead the station’s television archive project of 2000, before being appointed as Head of Archives and Library services in 2003.
Bríd served two terms as General Secretary of FIAT/IFTA from 2006- 2012, during which time she fostered stronger co-operation and dialogue within the CCAAA, Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archive Associations. She has been an active leader in devising the annual UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and the early promoter of the Save Your Archive initiative of FIAT/IFTA founded in London in 2012, which has since gone on to support a wide range of projects for global endangered archives. From 2016-2020 she led the FIAT/IFTA as President focusing on revitalising the network and its mission as well as re-designing the annual FIAT/IFTA Awards to recognise and showcase the professionalism and expertise of audiovisual specialists, a highlight of its annual conferences.
Brecht Declercq – President of FIAT/IFTA and Digitisation and Acquisition Manager, meemoo commented:
Bríd Dooley’s career is characterized by an unstoppable entrepreneurship. With highly targeted initiatives, Bríd always tries to create real added value for audiovisual archives worldwide. For example, she was the instigator of the annual Timeline survey of FIAT/IFTA, as well as the driving force behind Save Your Archive, the aid program for endangered archives of FIAT/IFTA.
Almost imperceptibly, Bríd thus succeeds in achieving her goal; to give broadcasting archives the place they deserve. Precisely because in this way she has been able to do so much for media archives in Ireland and worldwide, this is an excellent moment to put her in the spotlight and be honoured with the FOCAL Lifetime Achievement Award.