Martin O Connor - Senior Library Assistant in Academic & Student Engagement,  Boole Library, UCC 

About Martin: Martin O Connor, took a circuitous route to becoming a librarian. He worked in a number of roles before returning to college to pursue an Arts degree and ended up pursuing Sociology. His Sociological research interests in the main were Subcultural Studies, Community, Research Methods & Methodology, Discourse, and Media. After obtaining his Masters Degree in Sociology he forsook the academic route and began working as a part time library assistant. He still believes he made the right decision. He is currently a Senior Library Assistant at University College Cork Library, UCC. He works in the Academic & Student Engagement Division previously also having worked in Collection Services - Content & Access.  His main LIS interests are the use of social media as a CPD Tool, Research Methods and Methodology, User Search Behaviour, the Sociology of LIS and Chinese Librarianship. In 2012 he was one of two UCC Library staff chosen to represent UCC in a four week exchange programme with Hangzhou Public Library, South East China. He was subsequently the lead author on a paper on this exchange published in An Leabharlann.  He is also a member of Libfocus blogging team:


Title: From Crowd Surfing to Crowd Sourcing – Collaboration & Sir Henrys @UCCLibrary



UCC Library hosted the Sir Henrys @UCC Library exhibition over the summer 2014. This exhibition was a celebration of the much loved and missed Cork Club Sir Henry's (1977 - 2003).

This case study reveals the collaborative aspects of the exhibition. 

At the most basic level it was collaboration between a librarian from UCC Library, an academic from Applied Social Studies UCC and a DJ / Promoter / journalist. 

But this was not the only level of collaboration.

The case study will also examine the collaboration between curators and what can be called the Sir Henrys Community. This community was comprised of people who had involvement with the club over the 26 years of the clubs existence. These were the people who ran the club, worked at the club, played at the club and attended the club.

It will show how the (new) social media and (old) print, audio and televisual media used in the promotion of the exhibition were part of a collaborative act between the curators and the Sir Henrys Community.

It will also look at how material, artefacts and narratives were gathered, crowdsourced, for the exhibition – itself a collaborative act.

And finally, it will reveal some collaborative outcomes of the exhibition going forward.