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Parallel Speakers 

Thursday Feb 11th 13:00 - 13:30
Innovating our initiation: re-imagining a first year library orientation programme to closely align with the teaching and learning objectives of IT Carlow
Brigid Carey 

Brigid Carey 

Brigid has been Business and Humanities Subject Liaison Librarian at the Institute of Technology, Carlow since 2004.  In this role, she provides subject and learning support to the School of Business and Humanities. Prior to this, she has worked in DIT Aungier Street and a variety of other library settings. Brigid’s qualifications include a Masters in Business and her professional interests include continuing professional development for Business Librarian’s and the application of new technologies in enriching the delivery of library services and information literacy.

Contact: Email: Twitter: @BredaCarey


Abstract: Libraries typically offer a broad range of orientation programmes as part of first year orientation.  These are widely documented in the literature (Wolf, 2007).  This case study will outline how IT Carlow Library reimagined and developed a tailor made library experience for incoming first year Business and Humanities students. This programme was designed to move away from teaching traditional library skills by situating library orientation in a more academic context. The Library built on existing practice while developing a new interactive welcome for these students in partnership with academic colleagues in this area. This talk will present a case study of what the Library developed and will specifically focus on the following (1) How we engaged large numbers (700 students) (2) How we built on existing practice (3) The benefits it brought for the Library and the students (4) Opportunities and challenges posed when reimagining and evolving library orientation (5) Thoughts on how such a project could evolve in the future.

Wolf, Martin (2007), Introduction to a snapshot overview of library induction methods, SCONUL FOCUS, 40, Spring, pp 57-62 available at: 

Developing a quality library marketing mix
Joshua Clark  

Joshua Clark

Josh has been working at UCD Library since 2004 and is currently the Outreach Librarian, with responsibility for maintaining and updating the Library’s websites and social media channels. He also works on the design and dissemination of various Library promotions. His interests include social media marketing for academic libraries and mobile technologies as they pertain to Library services.


Abstract: In the past UCD Library used to struggle with the challenge of creating and maintaining a consistent approach to marketing the Library’s services, facilities and resources. Various messages pushed out by various departments with various looks were the status quo. However, with the establishment of the Library’s Communications and Outreach unit three years ago, a lot of effort, in terms of quality and quantity, has been put into creating and pushing out branded, consistent marketing which is loud and clear. In this case study I will look at some of the positives of having a small but dedicated marketing team, including the obvious benefits of having a graphic designer. I will look at the range of material, both in print and online, produced by our team, and discuss our multi-channel approach. I will also touch upon the exploration and use of cutting edge marketing tools such as and the imminent move into online exhibitions to showcase our collections. Embedding our messages where students and staff are is also an important piece of the marketing puzzle and will be discussed here. In addition, some of the successes, failures and challenges we have encountered in marketing the library will be discussed.

HEAR the Health librarians get loud!
Anne Madden & Aoife Lawton   

Anne Madden

Anne is Assistant Librarian in St. Vincent’s University Hospital with  responsibilities for providing a range of staff and students with training, expert searching, and an alerting service both tailor-made and via a bi-monthly “Evidence Bulletin”.  Anne is the HSLG CPD Officer, and assists the National Cancer Control Programme as expert searcher.

Contact: Twitter: @Gobnait


Aoife Lawton

Aoife works as a systems librarian for the Health Service Executive based at the corporate headquarters in Dr. Steevens’ Hospital.  She is responsible for managing electronic resources for HSE employees in Dublin, Wicklow & Kildare.  Aoife manages Lenus the Irish health repository and is involved in a number of specialist projects in the health service.  Her professional interests include: CPD, evidence based practice, emerging technologies and open access.

Contact: Twitter: @aalawton


Abstract: HEAR: Health Evidence Awareness Report is a national current awareness newsletter set up by members of the Health Sciences Libraries Group (HSLG) in January 2015. Its aim was to combine the skills and expertise of health librarians from different organisations to produce a newsletter to coincide with health awareness months e.g. the first issue of HEAR in March 2015 was on Ovarian Cancer to tie in with March being Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. The aim of HEAR was to promote health libraries as a source of useful and clinically appropriate information on specific health topics.


Each issue is produced by a different editor from the HEAR team which includes librarians from the Health Service Executive, Milford Care Centre, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Temple Street Hospital, University Hospital Limerick, and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.


This case study follows the story of HEAR from the genesis of the idea and the “why” behind it to the “how”, using Trello, a free project management tool. The case study looks at lessons learned: what worked, what didn’t and what could be done differently and examines future developments and further audiences for HEAR.


Previous issues available at

Gollum & the librarians: what is really precious
Elaine Harrington   

Elaine Harrington

Elaine Harrington is Special Collections Assistant Librarian in UCC Library, a role which includes managing and developing a team of three library staff through to facilitating user engagement of reference, early printed books and unique & distinctive collections. As Elaine has previously worked in UCC Library’s Customer Services, InterLibrary Loan and Health Sciences branch library she is very much focused on the ways in which users engage with the library, its services and collections and the necessary skills that are required for effective engagement. She is an active member of the LAI’s Rare Books & Special Collections Group and CONUL’s Collections, Preservation & Conservation Sub-Committee. 

Contact: Twitter  @walkerabroad Co-curator: @theriversideUCC |


Abstract: Special Collections librarians, indeed all librarians, are not merely lovers of rare books and Dewey; we are not merely wearers of glasses and tweed. Just as the ring was precious to Gollum, so too is the process of acquiring skills and using them precious for librarians. We are expert at knowing how to learn new skills and adapting said skills for our needs. We embody the student when we learn new subject matter and skills. This paper discusses how librarians are adept at acquiring knowledge and skills and then investigates how we take that learning experience and use it to form a learning process for the user. In addition this paper describes how the user can then adapt this process for subsequent learning experiences. This paper is based on my personal experiential learning journey in the health sciences following a Twitter exchange.


Librarian as publisher 
Alexander Kouker & Conor Murphy ​

Conor Murphy

Conor has lectured in Film Studies at University College Dublin and the National College of Art and Design and is currently a College Lecturer in Film and Media at Dublin Business School. His areas of special interest include Transnational Cinema, Hispanic Cinema(s), Documentary Film as well as Film in the Digital Age. An award-winning film producer, he is the Chairman of Filmbase, the leading resource centre for emerging and independent filmmakers in Ireland. Conor is particularly interested in the development of film education at postgraduate level with a specific focus on graduate student feature film production. Conor is the co-founder of the VOICESONFILM research project and is engaged in a number of film-related research activities. Conor is the Editor in Chief of open access journal Studies in Arts and Humanities.


Alexander Kouker 

Alexander is Research Librarian at Dublin Business School. His responsibilities include delivery of a range of research and bibliometric support services for academic staff, the management of the DBS institutional repository and the DBS PlumX platform. He is a perpetual student with a particular interest in digital cultural heritage. Alex is founding editor and regular contributor to the communal library blog Alex is founder and Managing Editor of the open access journal Studies in Arts and Humanities.


Abstract: Studies in Arts and Humanities (SAH) Journal ( is an open access project involving the collaborative efforts of emerging and established scholars in conjunction with academic librarians. This journal emerged as the by-product of an increasing frustration with the rigid structure and limited scope of the dominant and costly peer-reviewed academic publication tradition. As active teachers and researchers, librarians seek to establish a place where excellent emerging academic work may be aired and interrogated alongside the work of established academics. Another spark to the ignition of SAH has been a desire to provide a space to highlight the importance of building and maintaining meaningful collaboration between academic librarians and the process of publishing academic research. Librarians have long been considered important members of faculty but too often have been limited to a service-provider role. Librarians can, however, facilitate scholarly freedom by embedding themselves within this new pardadigm. Alexander Kouker and Conor Murphy will introduce SAH as a collaborative OA academic journal project. Conor will explain the benefits of collaborating with research librarians through publishing. Alex will elaborate on the mechanics of electronic OA publishing within the context of this new publication.


It will be all right on the night: DCU Library in the Digital Humanities Peter Dudley & Siobhan Dunne ​

Peter Dudley

Peter is the Public Services Manager in Dublin City University Library, with responsibility for managing front-line library services. He has worked in various academic libraries, including the University of Pittsburgh (where he also worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy), the Irish Management Institute, and University College Dublin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information  Studies. 


Siobhán Dunne

Siobhan is Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian at Dublin City University. Prior to this, she held the role of Research Support Librarian at DCU and Information and Library Manager at the National Disability Authority. She has been actively researching how librarians and faculty collaborate to improve the first year learning experience. She recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Education & Training Leadership; her thesis entailed an ethnographic study of research behaviour amongst undergraduate students.  Other research interests include bibliometrics for the humanities, academic e book design and the role of higher education libraries in civic engagement.  Siobhán sits on the LIR HEAnet User Group for Libraries and chairs the CONUL Committee on Teaching and Learning.

Contact: Twitter: @dunnesiobhan Linkedin:án-dunne/1b/947/2b1


Abstract: From the 1–3 September 2015, DCU Library took a leap into the dark and hosted Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2015, a prestigious international conference for those engaged with the digitisation of cultural activity, resources and heritage. Having been awarded the conference following a tough competitive process, the committee, consisting of three librarians, set about planning an event to combine weighty academic presentations on a dizzying array of topics, cutting edge digital art installations, complex multi-media keynote addresses and a social programme designed to keep a motley bunch of artists, academics and digital pioneers happy and engaged. 

Leaving our comfort zone well behind, we were required to act as convenors, curators, mediators, reviewers, technicians and stage hands. We liaised extensively with colleagues across DCU to beg, borrow and steal anything from iMacs and PC monitors to projectors and HDMI cables. We could often be found hammering nails, hanging drapes, dragging tables and eating on the run. There was never a dull moment!


In the end, DRHA 2015 was a huge hit. We had succeeded in putting DCU on the digital humanities map and shattered a few preconceptions about the influence librarians can have on the academic and cultural landscape.

Friday Feb 12th 12:30 - 13:00 ​
The social librarian: facilitating smart communities
Caitriona Sharkey (EY)  ​

Caitriona Sharkey 

Caitriona holds a BA (Hons) in Business & Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies from UCD, and a MSc in Strategic Management from Dublin Institute of Technology. Caitriona has worked in academic and special libraries in Ireland for over 20 years including Dublin City University, National College of Ireland and RTE. She previously worked as Librarian in Dublin Business School (DBS), before moving to EY where she worked as Information and Knowledge Manager with responsibility for library and research services, as well as knowledge management activities. In more recent years Caitriona has worked for EY Global as part of their global Knowledge Management team with responsibility for global tax content. She has been actively involved in the Library Association of Ireland for many years, and was a committee member of the Academic& Special Libraries group for 13 years, holding the position of both Treasurer and Chairperson. She has also contributed to the LAI journal An Leabharlann. Caitriona has lectured in DBS since 2009 on both the MBA and MSc Library and Information Management programmes. 


Abstract: Social media has become a prevalent part of social life and social interaction. It has also been used within the workplace predominantly as an external marketing and sales tool, but that is changing and many organisations are looking to social media tools as a tool to encourage and facilitate collaboration, smarter working, and innovation within the workplace.This case study examines how EY, a professional services firm, is using social media tools to facilitate teaming, learning and content creation and curation, and the role of traditional library skills in enabling this.


**Please note: Due to commercial sensitivity, this talk will NOT BE LIVESTREAMED. Delegates are also asked not to transmit details of the talk via social media**      

Preserving the past: a case study of the St Canice’s Library collection at Maynooth University Library
Barbara McCormack & Susan Durack (Maynooth University) ​

Susan Durack

Susan has worked as a Senior Library Assistant in Special Collections at Maynooth University Library since the early 1990s, a role which involves the curation of early printed books, archives and manuscripts as well as advocacy and teaching.  Susan has coordinated a number of successful events and exhibitions over the years and was heavily involved in the development of a new reading room and environmentally controlled storage area for special collections material. Susan oversees the special collections service in the Russell Library and the John Paul II Library at Maynooth University. Susan teaches on the MA in Historical Archives and completed a postgraduate diploma in higher education in 2012. She was also a representative on the INULS Conference Committee for a number of years.  Susan is sponsor and secretary to the Maynooth Community Council, secretary to the NUI Maynooth History Forum and founding member and secretary of the Maynooth Castle Keep Art Group.


Barbara McCormack

Barbara has library experience in a wide range of public and private institutions including: The British Library, Trinity College Library, the Irish Taxation Institute, and Fáilte Ireland. Barbara has presented at numerous conferences and library-related events, including the Rare Books Group Seminar at the Royal Irish Academy in 2012 and the Fourth International Mobile Libraries Conference at the Open University. She has also presented at the Second Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism at Maynooth University and the inaugural CONUL Conference in June 2015. Barbara has completed courses relating to the History of Bookbinding, the Medieval Book and Letterpress Printing at the London Rare Books School. She was recently awarded the Associateship of the Library Association of Ireland. Barbara teaches on the MA Historical Archives at Maynooth University and has written several articles and book chapters. Barbara is currently Assistant Librarian, Special Collections & Archives at Maynooth University Library where she manages collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives across two library sites.


Abstract: The Otway-Maurice Collection of St Canice’s Cathedral Library in Kilkenny was recently transferred to the John Paul II Library at Maynooth University on a long-term loan basis. The Collection was originally formed following the death of Bishop Thomas Otway in 1693 and was supplemented with the printed books of Bishop Edward Maurice in 1756. It constitutes one of the oldest lending collections in Ireland and contains approximately 1,500 continental imprints. Over 3,000 volumes were relocated to Maynooth University Library in 2014, including approximately 300 books printed before the year 1600 and four items of incunabula (pre-1500 printing) along with several medieval manuscript fragments. This collection required extensive surveying, freezing, defrosting, cleaning, and cataloguing as part of the relocation process. A team from Special Collections & Archives at Maynooth University coordinated all aspects of this work, a feat which involved project management, planning and implementation, communication and collaboration. This session will outline the processes involved in the preparation, transfer and re-housing of an important historical library collection. It will also discuss the skills and expertise needed for special collections librarianship and will be relevant to library managers, cataloguers, and anyone with a general interest in special collections. 


Make some noise with social media: a snapshot of the challenges, opportunities and best practice when using social media in an academic library
Rónán Lynch (IT Carlow)

Rónán Lynch

Ronan is currently employed at the Institute of Technology Carlow as Liaison Librarian to the School of Engineering. He has been in this role for the last 10 years. During his career Rónán has mostly worked in the academic and research library sector. Prior to coming to Carlow, he has spent time employed at Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann(ITÉ), UCD Library and  DIT library Service. He has also spent a short time working at Diageo/Guinness library. Rónán’s first introduction to library work began as work experience in the Library of Maynooth University.

Rónán is interested in how libraries can work and partner with colleagues across campus to best support all library users in reaching their end goal. He is particularly interested in library strategies in relation to student retention and helping all students to fulfil their best potential in a complex information landscape.


Abstract: Academic libraries have largely adopted social media to engage with library users and to market their libraries. (Collins & Quane-Haase, 2012). However, practices vary hugely and this is reflected in how social media is chosen, used and how content is shared. 

Furthermore, recent research by the publisher Taylor & Francis indicated that there is frequently an absence of policies underpinning practice. Their white paper found that only “about a third of libraries responding to the survey had a policy in place” (Taylor & Francis, 2014). Interestingly, according to the same survey a large proportion of the respondents still do not intend to put a social media policy in place, “over 40% had no plans to introduce one” (Taylor & Francis, 2014).

By considering these issues this presentation will outline a snap shot of the challenges and opportunities presented when using social media. It will present some critical reflections on the use of social media in Academic Libraries drawing from practice, desktop research and key findings in the literature in a concise way. It will outline good practice when using social media. It will also act as a useful reminder for those already well-established and as a set of guidelines for those who are more recent adopters. 

Collins, Gary, and Anabel Quan‐Haase. "Social media and academic libraries: Current trends and future challenges." Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 49.1 (2012): 1-4. [Online]. Available from: .

Taylor & Francis Group (2014) Use of social media  by the library:  current practices and  future opportunities. A white paper from Taylor & Francis. [Online]. Available from: