Kevin Sanders
Niamh O Donovan
Caroline Rowan
Jane Burns
Orla Nic Aodha
Mary Dunne headshot
Mairea_Nelson headshot
Radical Librarians collective

Niamh O'Donovan

Niamh is a Library Assistant for Galway County Libraries. She is Treasurer of the Western Regional Section of the LAI and founding member of the Literacy For All European Library Network. Her professional interests are social media, group facilitation and community development. She is course coordinator for the Rudaí 23 course. Twitter - @niamhodonovan,  LinkedIn -


Stephanie Ronan

Stephanie is an information professional, providing the library services to the Marine Institute in Galway. As a solo librarian, she manages all aspects of the library including the institutional repository and is quickly becoming a marine information expert. She is secretary for the WRSLAI, collaborator on Rudaí 23 and a founding member of the Repository Network Ireland.

Twitter @StephanieRonan, LinkedIn 


Caroline Rowan

Caroline is the health librarian in St. Michael’s Hospital. An enthusiastic advocate for libraries, she is a Communications Officer for the Health Sciences Library Group, a co-editor of HINT: Health Information News & Thinking as well as a collaborator on HEAR: Health Evidence Awareness Report and on Rudaí 23.

Twitter - @librarianintown, LinkedIn – 


Abstract: In the current economic climate, new approaches to training the 21st century librarian are needed. To address this need, a free collaborative online course (Rudaí 23) based on the original 23 Things project was developed by several members of the Western Regional Section of the LAI, with additional collaborators recruited via Twitter. The primary aims comprised the provision of instruction in relation to web tools, advocacy and on legal, technical and professional topics.

This case study details the logistics of establishing, developing, moderating and managing an online course with a team of ten voluntary instructors and a readership of over 300 people. Each “Thing” was researched and written by experienced professionals and tailored to meet the modern librarian’s needs. Participation comprised a learning component, completing a task and writing a reflective blog post. The instructors moderated Blog posts and the emerging Rudaí 23 community provided online encouragement and support for other contributors.

This project drew participants from around the world highlighting the need for courses of this nature in the information profession. In addition to achieving the learning outcomes of the course, a supportive, collaborative online community network was also established.


Jane Burns

Jane has over 20 years’ experience as a Library & Information Professional. She has worked in a number of different library environments including Third Level, Government, Educational, Science, Digital Media and Health Sciences. Jane serves on the Library Association of Ireland’s Executive Council, Career Development Committee and the Task Force on Information Literacy. She is the Open Access Development Manager for the LAI publication An Leabharlann. Jane is an Occasional Lecturer at UCD School of Information Studies where she teaches Management for Information Professionals. She is also a published author.  Jane’s current role is Research Manager at the Health Professions Education Centre at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  Commencing in September 2015 Jane is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin in the school of Education.


Abstract: This case study will highlight the skills and perspectives that I have learned primarily working iin non traditonal roles such as taxation, digital media, teaching and research. It will highlight ways to harness methodologies, approaches and perspectives from these non traditional enviroments to library & information settings.  Central to this case study is the approach of not only learning new things but the essential requirement to share them with others in a variety of settings, from work place settings, to presentations, to publications and teaching environments.  Helping others to identify required and then transferable skills is key to keeping your own skills up to date. Skills from non traditional enviroments such as commerical focus to your outputs helps to add value to the work you do in non commerical settings and to evaluate on a constant basis the purpose and funcitonality of work and supporting activities.  By having experience in these environments and remaining involved to some degree helps to develop a businsess case focus to work  and to identify information jobs for the future. The case study will emphasize and demonstrate  the importance of advocacy and marketing of your own skill set and that of the wider library and information community. 

Kevin Sanders 


Kevin has worked in a range of academic libraries since 2008. Following various assistant and paraprofessional roles, Kevin moved into subject librarianship in 2012 at the University of Huddersfield. Since then, he has moved to a role within technical services department at the University of Bath. This has greatly diversified and developed Kevin’s skills and professional knowledge base.

Kevin has active research interests in the politics of information, and has published work in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communications as well as co-founding and editing the Journal of Radical Librarianship. The foundation of the Journal of Radical Librarianship was born of the Radical Librarians Collective, which Kevin is an active member of.

Contact: Kevin can be found on Twitter as @moananddrone, where his frequent quotations of Samuell Beckett, love of the humble samosa, and incessant analogue synthesiser drones can also be accessed. 


Abstract: Radical Librarians Collective (RLC) was founded in 2013 as an “umbrella title for a freely associating collective of autonomous, politically-conscious librarians and information workers” (Lawson, Sanders & Smith, 2015). Its development has helped construct RLC as a fluid and dynamic project. With an increasing international interest in the concept and praxis of radical librarianship, RLC offers a space to participate in dialogue to conceive and build reflexive and socio-politically conscious discourse of librarianship, challenging the idea of neutral librarians and libraries by fostering the agency of information workers to enact productive changes for library services.

This case study explicates how the politics and mechanics of DIY subcultures have contributed to the organisation of RLC as a grassroots group. The practices of the collective’s members has coalesced a diverse group from hunt saboteurs, trade union representatives, punks, skateboarders and beyond. It highlights the practical skills that members’ actions in activities outside of LIS have imbued the collective with alternative means of organisation for LIS to produce voices of resistance against the neoliberal consensus. This use of resistance tactics has expedited and enhanced our communications and helped to develop a safer space for dialogue, and organisation in a non-hierarchical way. 

RUDAÍ 23 - An online course to upskill the 21st century librarian
Niamh O' Donovan, Stephanie Ronan & Caroline Rowan 
Day & Time: Thursday Feb 11th 12:-12:30 pm  
Who’s louder than a librarian from New York? Loving to learn is the key to developing a career in the library & information Sector
Jane Burns 
Day & Time: Thursday Feb 11th 16:20-16:50 pm 
Radical librarianship: the politics and mechanics of DIY culture, and how librarianship might be able learn from grassroots organisation 
Kevin Sanders 
Day & Time : Friday Feb 12th 10:30-11:00 am

Lightning Talks 

Telling stories and engaging the public: experiements in online exhibitions at the Library of Trinity College Dublin 
Greg Sheaf & Estelle Gittins 
Day & Time: Thursday 12:40 - 12:50 pm

Estelle Gittins

Estellewas appointed as Assistant Librarian (Manuscripts) within the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library, the Library of Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She holds a BA in Art History from Warwick University, an M.Litt in Art History from St Andrews University and an H.Dip in Archival Studies from University College Dublin. She has previously worked as an archivist at Christies’ Auction House, the National Gallery of London and Eneclann. She has been a member of the Trinity College Archives Committee, the Trinity College Information Compliance Committee and was Hon. Secretary of the Irish Society for Archives from 2007-2010. She is editor of the Manuscripts at Trinity Blog and is project lead on the Library’s 1916 blog project Changed Utterly – Ireland and the Easter Rising.


Greg Sheaf

Greg also joined the Library of Trinity College Dublin in 2005. He read Jurisprudence at Oxford and after moving to Ireland in 1999, completed an Information Studies diploma at UCD and served an apprenticeship as a library assistant at St Vincent's University Hospital.

Greg currently works as both a Subject Librarian and the Library’s Web Services Librarian. In this latter role, he oversees the Library’s website and social media streams, providing direction and guidance on blogs, Facebook and Twitter to colleagues. He is heavily involved in the technical aspects of the Library’s online exhibitions. Greg is a co-author on a variety of studies conducted by academic staff at Trinity, including several Cochrane reviews and protocols. 


Abstract: Until recently, showcasing the vast collections of the Library of Trinity College Dublin involved exhibitions held in the College’s magnificent Long Room. Increasingly however, the Library has been making use of the digital realm as well as the physical one to highlight its treasures.The Library has digitised and made available to an online audience thousands of items using our Digital Collections repository, but there is still a need to emphasise particularly significant content and objects. This requires a means to tell narratives about them and to use them to tell narratives which exhibitions have traditionally fulfilled. This presentation highlights some of the avenues we’ve explored in the last seven years in using our exhibits to tell stories online. We move from our first faltering steps with converting PowerPoints, through commercially-produced Flash exhibitions, through to Lightbox, blogs and our latest partnership with Google. We go from having no virtual exhibitions at all, to digital exhibitions uploaded after the physical exhibition is finished, to online exhibitions that complement or replace completely their physical equivalents. The move to virtual exhibitions brings its own concerns and rewards, and the opportunity for everyone to be their own curator of content we have made accessible.

Smashing Student Stereotypes: The SLIP Ireland Venture
Clare Murnane & Helena Byrne
Day & Time: Thursday 11th 12:50 -13: 00 

Clare Murnane

Clare is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, having completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 2013. She also recently completed the Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at University College Dublin in 2015. Clare has been involved with SLIP since the beginning and regularly runs live Twitter chats @SLIPIreland. Her research interests include the phenomenology of information and information literacy.

Contact: You can find her on Twitter @Clarebrarian.


Helena Byrne

Helena completed the Masters in Library and Information (MLIS) at University College Dublin last year. Her previous educational achievements include a Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Literature from Dublin City University (2009) and a B.A. in Cultural Resource Studies from Dundalk Institute of Technology (2007). Helena volunteers with Drogheda Local Voices and is overseeing an oral history project about the Abbey Ballroom Indoor Football leagues that ran from 1966-1967. Her main research interest is in documenting the undocumented particularly women’s involvement in sport. Previously she worked as an English language teacher in Turkey, South Korea and Ireland.

Contact; Twitter: @HelenaMLIS 


Abstract: Inspired by the conference theme of smashing sterotypes, the SLIP Ireland team highlight the recent contribution students have made to the Irish LIS community. SLIP Ireland (Students, Librarians & Information Professionals Ireland) is a group formed and run by postgraduate students studying library and information studies. This blog evolved from the need for more dialogue on all things theoretical and practical for students, librarians and other information professionals. This presentation will outline who they are, what they stand for and what to expect from this group over the coming year. @SLIPIreland



The spinster librarian and the women of 1916: smashing both stereotypes
Orla Nic Aodha 
Day & Time: Friday 12th 15: 50 - 16:00 

Orla Nic Aodha

Orla is Head Librarian in St. Patrick’s College, DCU. She is very interested in how the Academic Library can connect with the local community especially in the newly built state-of-the-art landmark library building in Drumcondra – already a talking point and a feature of the Northside skyline. She has a Masters in Nua-Ghaeilge and completed her theses on Máirtín Ó Cadhain, an alumni of the College – the theses was a comparative piece comparing the writings of Ó Cadhain, Orwell and Kafka. She sees the academic librarian as collaborator alongside the Academic and their partners in research. She detests the commercialisation of education and attacks on Academic Freedom. She is a feminist and believes that gender equality has yet to be achieved.

Contact: Website: Twitter: @OrlaNicAodha


Abstract: In honour of the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising this tongue in cheek presentation will explore the stereotypes that are the spinster librarians (think about the depiction of her as the lonely shy retiring spinster in the 1947 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”) and the women of 1916 – who fought alongside the men during the 1916 Rising on the streets of Dublin and how their contribution was largely ignored by the history books, how they were reduced to a footnote or praised only for their tea making and nursing skills! After the Rising and during the early years of our nation and nation-building did De Valera reduce the Women of Ireland to dancers at a crossroad? One hundred years later let’s smash both stereotypes.  I believe that librarians have a duty to be loud, angry, and political!  The presentation will include reference to a recent 3U project St. Patrick’s College library was involved in called “Outsider Women” part of which included the digitisation of the writings of Agnes O’Farrelly – who was a founder member of Cumann na mBan - and who was present in Wynn’s Hotel for its inaugural meeting. How many of us know who she is today?



Shattering stereotypes – from shush to showcase
Mary Dunne & Mairea Nelson
Day & Time: Friday 12th 16: 00 - 16:10 

Mary Dunne MSc Psych, MSc ILS, MCILIP

Mary Dunne is a chartered librarian working in the National Documentation Centre on

Drug Use, based in the Health Research Board, Dublin. Her qualifications include

a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Information and Library Studies

(Distinction).  Contact: Linkedin:


Mairea Nelson MSc, MCILIP

Mairea Nelson is an Information Officer in the National Documentation Centre on

Drug Use. She has a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin and has recently been awarded Chartership from CILIP.  Contact: Lindkedin:  @hrblibrarians


Abstract; The work we do is important and makes a difference to the lives of others. But this isn’t always evident to those who fund our libraries. Many people still associate libraries with ‘books’ and the role of librarians as simply supporting the work of others. How do we demonstrate our worth in a meaningful, stimulating way to those who need to know? By shaping our image through short, sharp showcases.

For our lightening presentation in AS&L we would like to share the experience of presenting to our organisation.

The Heritage Council Library and Information Management project
Siobhan Mc Guinness 
Day & Time: Friday 12th 16: 10 - 16: 20 

Siobhan McGuinness

Siobhan is from Waterford City, Ireland, and gained her MLIS in University College Dublin in 2013.

Siobhan is new to the LIS profession and is very interested in Public Libraries, Scool Libaries, Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Recently, Siobhan achieved an Internship with The Heritage Council of Ireland as a Librarian.

Siobhan and can be found all the time on twitter @shivguinn. She is also part of team #uklibchat, SLA's Digital Committee and in 2014 was part of Rudai23 team.


Abstract: I was granted an internship in March of 2015 for the purpose of implementing solutions and addressing challenges brought to light in a consultant’s evaluation of the Heritage Council Library. The Heritage Council Library and Information Management Project came about through a site evaluation report in 2014 by Jane Donohue, an archivist and records management consultant. Ms Donohue outlined the staff’s observations of the challenges and problems facing the library, namely with lack of space for new material and lack of appraisal for old material.

Internship Tasks:

• Teach staff how to store and manage their information both online and in the library.

• Change attitudes of staff which included (a) lack of knowledge of the skill set of a librarian (b) an intern making changes was not welcomed.

• Develop library and information champions within the organisation that could advocate for these new solutions.


Implementation of the consultant’s recommendations required me to quickly hone new professional skills to complement my foundation of skills learned in both library school and my prior career in the hospitality industry.

The expected completion date of this internship is December 2015.




Lightning Presentation - Changing spaces, changing roles: managing events at MU Library
Elaine Bean Maynooth University 
Day & Time: Friday 12th 16: 20 - 16: 30 

Abstract; To Follow