Elaine Bean - Senior Library Assistant, Learning, Teaching & Research Development, Maynooth University 

About Elaine:  Elaine Bean is a Senior Library Assistant at Maynooth University. She is responsible for the Library’s highly successful orientation programme and was centrally involved in the establishment of the Library’s innovative and popular LIST (Library Information Skills Tutorials) initiative. LIST is a library-led campus-wide training programme that offers a wide range of information sessions delivered by library staff and staff from a range of other units across the University including the Computer Centre, Access Office, Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Careers Office. She has recently designed and delivers an information literacy programme to transition year students in three secondary schools.  She has presented at national and international conferences, including the 2014 Internet Librarian Conference, where she spoke on the library app, Findit@NUIM.  Elaine has a keen interested in the application of new technologies to library services and recent examples include work with a range of social media and animated video software to promote the Library.  

Contact; Elaine.bean@nuim.ie


Title: Bridging the gap between 2nd and 3rd level education - a Maynooth University Case Study


Abstract:  First year students at third level education face significant challenges in adapting to a new information environment and in particular to adopting “critical thinking” skills when it comes to finding and using information.

The Library at Maynooth University is working to bridge the gap by offering two programmes. LIST (Library Information Skills Tutorials) is a suite of information literacy tutorials, currently in its 10th year and offered to students and staff of the University. Our second programme followed collaboration with our Admissions Office and staff in second level schools to design and delivered an innovative Information Literacy module to transition year students.

The aim of the Information Literacy programme is to expose transition year students to the skills and techniques of information literacy in an attempt to support them in their school activities, in their future transition to university and to develop life-long skills.

This case study presents the successes and challenges of both initiatives as well as our developmental plans.