Jenny O’Neill, DRI Data Curator,Trinity College Dublin

Title: Librarian as databrarian 

Abstract: This case study presents study of a librarian working with humanities and social science datasets, in the middle of a team of software developers. Outlining the role of DRI Data Curator Jenny presents the process of assembling and curating diverse data sets and preparing them for ingestion into the Digital Repository of Ireland. The Digital Repository of Ireland is a trusted digital repository for Humanities and Social Sciences data and is built by a research consortium of six academic partners. 

The specific case study of the 1641 Depositions dataset (Trinity College Dublin, MSS 809-841) is explored. These are witness testimonies mainly by Protestants, but also by some Catholics, from all social backgrounds, concerning their experiences of the 1641 Irish rebellion.  This case study explores the process of preparing the digitised copy of this dataset for ingestion into DRI.


About JennyJenny is a recent graduate of the Masters in Library and Information Studies program in UCD, where her previous academic background in Computer Science lead her to develop an interest in digital libraries, cataloguing and metadata standards, digital curation, digital preservation and the organisation of information. Jenny’s Capstone (group thesis) focussed on Open Data, the organisation of information and visualisation techniques for cultural heritage datasets. Jenny previously worked as an intern at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland where her role involved the cataloguing of antiquarian medical books, as well as privoding reader services. Jenny is currently Data Curator at Trinity College Dublin, working on the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). This role involves curating and asembling diverse data sets from the Humanities and Social Sciences and preparing them for ingestion into DRI. As well as curating data sets, she is also a member of the Metadata Taskforce and Workflows Working Group, as well as feature champion for the ingestion process. Jenny is also a committee member on the Career Development Group of the Library Association of Ireland. 

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Tom Maher & Mick O’Dwyer, Zine librarianS, The Forgotten Zine Archive

Title:  A community involvement and collaboration case study: The Forgotten Zine Archive  

Abstract: The alternative press stands as the printed voice of the marginalized and underrepresented in society, and serves to provide those groups with a media platform from which to participate and around which to galvanize. The importance of this counterweight is most keenly felt in its absence and it is this absence that radical libraries and archives such as The Forgotten Zine Archive seek to address. Filling that gap involves not only providing unrestricted access to key materials but also a sustained outreach and collaboration effort. In this case study we hope to elaborate on this idea and provide working examples that both traditional and radical librarians can draw from in their own work going forward ­ both to enhance existing user relationships and form new ones. Examples of these efforts include partnering with local collectives, printing workshops and

social centres, running pop­up libraries at community events, liaising with academic

researchers, complimentary social media activity, organising annual zine fairs and

collaborating with other repositories abroad. 


About Tom: Tom Maher is co-curator and librarian with The Forgotten Zine Archive, work which began as part of an MLIS group Capstone project to rejuvenate the collection back in early 2013. Since then he has co-authored a number of papers and presentations on various aspects of that work, appearing in both Archive Journal and Brio, and at iConference Berlin 2014 and NPDI Shine 2014. Although his professional background is in private libraries and special collections, he currently works as a commercial cataloguer for Kennys Bookshop & Art Gallery in Galway. His research interests include the intersection of libraries and the alternative press, the philosophy of information, and the ethics of classification. 

About Mick: Mick O Dwyer (BA, MA, MLIS) is a zine librarian and librarian zinester. He qualified from UCD in 2013 with a MLIS, developing a capstone on creating a system for maintaining and preserving a collection of under-represented, ephemeral material, in a non-traditional library setting. This resulted in the revitalisation of the Forgotten Zine Archive, which Mick now co-curates. He co-authored two papers on the project, published in Archive Journal and Brio, and won awards for poster presentations at the 2014 iConference in Berlin, and NPDI SHINE 2014. Mick is currently working as an Assistant Librarian in the Russell Library in Maynooth University. His role involves cataloguing a special collection of antiquarian material. He previously worked as a Special Collections Cataloguer in the Oireachtas Library and Research Service, and in a variety of other positions.  Mick joined the Academic & Special Libraries Section Committee in June 2014. Areas of interest include: Special Collections, Radical Librarianship and Libraries and the Alternative Press. If he ever asks to talk to you about zines, run a mile.

Contact:  @forgottenzines Tom: @TomasOMeachair  Mick: @micewilleatyou 


Parallel sessions - speakers   

Speakers listed by session type and order of appearance. Choose ONE parallel session from Thursday and Friday speakers. Full programme and times available HERE  

Mary Dunne, Information Officer, Health Research Board

Study Title: Community collaboration through conversation

Abstract;  Libraries are not simply about building our collections and services, they are about building communities. That is, everything we do must be centred on people. In 2014, when staff of the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use (NDC) developed our first marketing plan, we realised that in order to achieve our goals we had to develop a better understanding of our stakeholders – who they were, their problems, aspirations, wants and needs. Although we had a large amount of information from statistics and surveys, it relied too heavily on assumptions, both in the questions we asked and in our interpretation of results. We needed to hear the perspective of our stakeholders through the open exchange of ideas and information, and then act on the outcomes through continued collaboration. From among our key stakeholders, we identified some ‘special interest groups’, for example, social workers. As well as promoting existing services we wanted to create an online resource specifically for their needs. So we began a series of conversations, initially among NDC library staff, then with professional representatives of these groups. Our aim is to enable ongoing conversations with group members to facilitate development of the new resource and maximise impact.

We found that it is only through this type of two-way, interactive engagement that we can provide resources and services that are shaped both by our vision and expertise and that of our stakeholders. Our conversations have transformed what we do and helped to embed us, as librarians, within our community. 

About Mary: Mary Dunne is information officer in the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use, based in the Health Research Board, Dublin. This national, public, special, academic, health research library provides a varied and challenging work environment, which continually inspires innovation. Mary has a keen interest in the future of librarianship, in particular: how we are perceived by stakeholders and how we communicate our value. She and her colleague Mairea Nelson have created a blog forum for Irish librarians called HELP (helping evaluate library practice) where we discuss value and impact issues. Because of her work in this area, Mary has also been involved in organising this theme for the CILIP Umbrella conference 2015. Mary’s qualifications include a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Information and Library Studies (Distinction). She has authored articles for library and drug-related publications.

Contact: Linkedin: Email: 

Dr. Fintan Bracken, University of Limerick & Arlene Healy, Trinity College Dublin

Title: Getting the Measure of Analytics: Using Bibliometrics and Usage Statistics To Evaluate Ejournals 

Abstract: Traditionally, the value of e-journals has been assessed at the individual institution level using download and cost per use metrics. This case study will present a novel approach, developed by the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL) consortium, to evaluate the impact and value of e-journals on research by blending bibliometrics and usage statistics. The understanding and use of bibliometrics is becoming increasingly important at higher education institutions as the emphasis on research impact grows. Librarians are ideally placed to exploit opportunities to become bibliometrics experts at their institutions as they are familiar with many of the concepts and tools of bibliometrics. An in depth analysis of the research impact of IReL e-journal resources from 2005 to 2012 was conducted using InCites™ bibliometrics data and usage metrics. The results of the analysis demonstrate an increase in research productivity and research impact since the establishment of IReL. The data analysis also revealed a correlation between the e-journals available and those which Irish researchers publish in and which cite Irish research. Details of the methodology employed will be presented so that individual institutions could conduct a similar analysis to demonstrate to their academic staff, researchers, management and funders how valuable their e-journal subscriptions are to the quality of the institution’s research outputs.

About Fintan: Dr. Fintan Bracken currently works in the University of Limerick as the Research Services and Bibliometrics Librarian. In this role, Fintan is responsible for providing services to researchers in many aspects of the research process including reference management, publication strategy, bibliometrics, open access and maximising research impact. Prior to joining UL in October 2013, Fintan worked for IRIS Electronic Information Services Ltd. which manages IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary. IReL provides ejournal and database access to a consortium of the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and includes the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for selected e-resources. Fintan completed the research for this current study while with IRIS as part of the IReL Monitoring Group. He has also previously worked in the Marine Institute's research library. Before he completed his MLIS in 2011, Fintan worked in environmental consultancy. He conducted and published research on bird biodiversity in various farmland, woodland and peatland habitats during his PhD and post-doctoral studies in University College Dublin. His current research interests include usability studies and bibliometrics. 

Contact: Email:  Twitter: @FintanBracken  LinkedIn:


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About Arlene:

Arlene Healy is Sub-librarian of the Digital Systems and Services (Readers’ Services Division) in Trinity College Library, Dublin, where she is a member of the Strategic Management Team. In her role she provides strategic direction for the management, development and discovery of electronic resources, and manages the technical support, maintenance and development of resource discovery tools.  Arlene is responsible for negotiating electronic resource licence agreements with providers and publishers on behalf of the Library, and represents the Library at national consortial (Irish Research eLibrary – IReL) negotiations.  She chairs the IReL Monitoring Group, tasked with monitoring the value, use and impact of the IReL initiative.

Arlene is responsible for developing and implementing the Library's web strategy and has a strategic leadership role in the area of the Library’s digital library developments.  She represents the Library on the UK Legal Deposit Libraries Implementation Group and Technical Group.

Contact: @ArleneHealy

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Anne Culhane, Librarian & Stephanie O’Keeffe, Library Assistant, Limerick School of Art & Design 

Title: AB to the C: Artists Books to the Community 

Abstract: This case study attempts to define the ‘Artists' book’ in addition to discussing our collaborative practices utilising the LSAD special collection and to examine the place of the Artists’ Book within the conventional academic Library. It started with a passion for Artists’ Books – where the Artist takes the traditional format of a book and turns it into a work of Art. From this passion, we began to develop a special collection of Artists books within LSAD Library. 

We decided to cultivate it further and in colloboration with interested staff and students, took innovative action to promote public awareness and appreciation of the Artists’ book. We organised an exhibition called LIPS (Limerick International Publishers Salon), a book & zine fair, a series of related lectures and workshops all taking place within a five day frame in 2013. These events took place in a gallery in Limerick City centre  and recorded the highest footfall of any exhibition/event in the Gallery.

Glad to say we have built on the success by holding it again this year and expanding the number of participants, talks, workshops and visitors. 


About Anne: I went to Art School in Limerick in 1977 straight after leaving Secondary school and finished up in 1981 with a Diploma in Textile design from Galway. There was a recession in Ireland in the early 80’s so I felt very lucky to get a job in Limerick City Library. When I first started working in the Library back in September, 1981 – my mother was delighted ‘You will have plenty of time for knitting now!’ 34 years on and I never got past the first sleeve…… Within a few weeks, I knew that Libraries were my present and my future. I love the people and the variety and even the oddball questions. Knowing I needed a degree to progress, I studied English and Sociology with Oscail, the Irish on-line university before completing the HdipLIS in UCD in 2003. After 23 years of working in a Public Library – I made the move to the Academic Library of LSAD. I completed a Masters in History of Art & Architecture in 2005. To this day, LSAD Library retains the perfect balance between my love of Art and my love of books. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. (Confucius) 

About StephanieStephanie O’Keeffe: Stephanie O’Keeffe, MA in Library and Information Management 2013, Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management 2012 (Northumbria University). She has a BA in English and Social and Political Studies from NUIG 1994, followed by a Diploma in Social Care from NUIG 1995, and a Diploma in teaching from the Irish Board of speech and Drama. She began her career working as a facilitator with AbilityWest in Galway. She moved to Limerick in 1999 and began working in O'Mahonys’ bookshop, one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world-and knew she was forever devoted to the world of books. She moved to the Limerick Institute of Technology library before transferring to Limerick School of Art and Design, where she is now a very happy Library Assistant. Find her on LinkedIn under Stef O’Keeffe.  


Pecha Kucha Sessions - Thursday 26th 16:05 - 16: 35  
Laoise Doherty, Assistant Librarian, Royal Irish Academy of Music Library 

Title: RIAM Library and RIAM Opera: Performing in Perfect Harmony 

Abstract: The annual opera production is one of the highlights of the RIAM’s calendar of events, and RIAM Opera productions have received excellent reviews in both the national and international press. Collaboration is a key component of this success. Productions bring together musical expertise from within the Academy, students of stage design at IADT, theatre studies students from The Lir Academy at TCD, and professional directors and designers from the world of opera. A conversation between RIAM Librarian, Laoise Doherty, and RIAM Opera Development Officer, Kathleen Tynan, led to the discovery of a shared interest in documenting the history and development of opera at the RIAM. The RIAM Opera website, which went live in January 2014, serves as an archive of past productions and a promotional tool for RIAM Opera, as well as a resource for opera enthusiasts. This collaborative project has helped to change the perception of the librarian by highlighting her skills in curating materials related to the performance activities which are at the heart of the education experience in the RIAM. The project has also inspired further collaboration between the Library and RIAM Vocal Faculty in the form of two events for Culture Night, transforming the library into a performance space. 

About Laoise: Laoise Doherty, BA (Mod), MScILS, has been Assistant Librarian in the Royal Irish Academy of Music Library since 2004. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of library settings, including school, academic and specialist libraries. Laoise joined the Committee of the Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI in June 2013 and took over the role of Treasurer. 

Contact:  RIAM Library Blog: 

RIAM Library on Facebook :

RIAM Opera Website: 

RIAM Opera on Twitter: @RIAMOpera

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Mary Delaney, Head of Library & Information Services, IT Carlow 

Title: Digital Literacy And Scholarship: Why Libraries Are Critical To Teaching, Learning And Research In Higher Education

Abstract; This case study will present research findings from Doctoral research on information literacy in Ireland. In particular it will present research findings from one instrumental case study which looked at the concept, ownership and impact of information literacy in academic libraries. Specifically it will present challenges described by students and staff in navigating their way through a digital information landscape. Findings show that digital literacy is an emerging literacy and is posing interesting questions, opportunities and challenges to scholarship in Ireland both now and into the future. Findings also challenge traditional understandings of literacy and challenge the concept of “Digital Natives” and “Digital Immigrants” (Prensky, 2001). This case study while outlining findings will also propose how academic libraries can collaborate with appropriate partners to facilitate an enhanced learning environment. Furthermore, this research will suggest ways in which academic libraries can innovate and lead both now and into the future in the expanding digital and information literacy debate. 

About Mary:  Mary Delaney began work at IT Carlow as Head of Library and Information Service in September 2014. Prior to this she was Senior Librarian for Learning and Research Information Services at Maynooth University where she was responsible for aligning the University Library with the University’s Teaching, Learning and Research Strategic goals. Mary has just completed Doctoral Research with the University of Sheffield on Digital and Information Literacy in Higher Education.

Contact:  @Mantonesa 

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Jenny Collery, College Liaison Librarian, University College Dublin Library 

Title: Collaborative Relationships – core to University Orientation

Abstract: In order to bridge the transition to higher education or welcome those returning, UCD Library offers a multi-faceted Orientation programme to new students. A key part of this programme is collaborating with other units in the University. To ensure students can make the most out of our services and that the Library is embedded in the University schedule of events for students across all programmes. Strategic collaborations include 

·         Membership of University-wide Orientation Committees

·         Cross-unit UCD Library Orientation & Welcome team

·         Peer Mentor Library Orientation mediated through UCD Student Advisor Team

·         UCD Library information and links from university communications to pre-registered students

·         Collaborative development of an online virtual tour with UCD Media Services

·         Participation in university initiatives to support international, mature and access students

·         Support of pilot 6 week Orientation Programme (Arts, Law, Social Science)

As Orientation at UCD evolves, it is essential that the Library continue to match these changes and new initiatives. Making the initial connections and establishing where the library might “fit” in with other unit’s efforts is the first step to ensure we do offer a broad, varied and engaging Orientation programme. 

About Jenny: Jenny Collery has worked in University College Dublin for eight years as a Liaison Librarian/College Liaison Librarian to both Medicine & Diagnostic Imaging and the College of Arts & Celtic Studies. For the last two years she has been the Library Orientation and Welcome Leader which involves heading the team that creates a tailored Library Orientation programme each year. A second part of her role is to lead on Plagiarism, Referencing and Citation, for which she provides education and support to students, library colleagues and academic staff. Jenny is also an active member of the eLearning team at UCD Library having developed tutorials on Plagiarism, Critical Thinking and Online French media sources. Jenny supports the College of Arts & Celtic Studies, offering both a Liaison support service and Information Skills training programme . Jenny served on the Academic & Special Libraries Committee from 2010 – 2013 and as Honorary Treasurer from 2012 – 2013.  

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