Thursday Feb 11 15.15-16.15
Raising our profile : 3 Practical Approaches to being Seen and Heard :posters, doctral researeach and peer reviewed articles
Laura Connaughton (Maynooth University), Mary Delaney (IT Carlow) & Helen Fallon (Maynooth University)

Laura Connaughton

Laura is Assistant Librarian for Library Information Services in Maynooth University Library as well as Subject Librarian for Celtic Studies.  Laura has a real interest in the development of Library and Information Services, particularly meeting the needs of next generation library users in a changing library environment.  She was the recipient of the 2015 A&SL best poster award and has presented at national and international conferences. Contact:  @lozconn


Mary Delaney

Mary is Head of Library and Information Services in Institute of Technology Carlow which she joined in September 2014. Previous to that she was at Maynooth University where she had a variety of roles the most recent being Senior Librarian for Learning, teaching and Research Development with responsibility for aligning the University Library with the wider teaching, learning and research goals of the University.

She recently completed an education doctorate at Sheffield University.

Contact: @MAntonesa


Helen Fallon

Helen is Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University.  She previously worked in Dublin City University and taught librarianship at the University of Sierra Leone.   She has presented academic writing programmes in Ireland, the U.K. and Malaysia and has published extensively. 2012 she was awarded fellowship of the Library Association of Ireland. @helenfallon


Part 1 - By Laura Connaughton
This session will outline why you should consider submitting a poster to a conference and give lots of tips and suggestions on the content and design of conference posters. poster.  The aim of the session is to help attendees develop their skills and knowledge to produce high quality posters.

Part 2 - Just do it; Librarians and Doctoral research  By Mary Delaney
This session outlines how I selected, pursued, researched and completed Doctoral studies. It is of practical interest to anyone considering or already pursuing similar research projects. It will focus on the practical challenges and opportunities facing librarians when pursuing Doctoral research and will conclude with the key lessons learned.

Part 3 - How to increase your chances of publishing in peer-reviewed journals: Tips from an editor By Helen Fallon
This session will draw on my experiences of editing a themed issue of “New Review of Academic Librarianship.” It will cover the submission and selection process from the editor’s perspective.  The aim of the session is to help library staff increase their likelihood of having articles accepted for peer-reviewed journals.

Planning a symposium to promote your collection
Joanne Carroll (Irish Film Archive) & Marta Bustillo (TCD)

Joanne Carroll

Joanne is the archivist for the Liam O’Leary Collection for the Irish Film Archive, based in the National Library and she previously was the digital photographer for the Clarke Studios Digitisation Project. She completed her MA in History in 2009, followed by her Masters in Archives and Records Management in 2011. Joanne’s work subsequently has focused on the digitisation of contemporary and archival records, and the preservation of and access to archival and digital materials.

Contact:  @jomograd 


Marta Bustillo

Marta is Assistant Librarian in the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department in Trinity College Library, working as Metadata Cataloguer for the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection. Marta has a Ph.D. in Art History from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. in Information and Library Management from Northumbria University. She has managed digitisation projects at the library of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and the Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.


Abstract: This workshop aims to offer practical advice for planning a symposium to promote library resources or specific collections. During the first 15 minutes, the presenters will discuss their experience of organizing the Clarke Studios Symposium to promote the collection of material from the Harry Clarke Studios Archive, held in the Manuscripts & Research Library at Trinity College Dublin. The symposium was used as a means to draw attention to the research potential of the collection. After the presentation, attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will be asked to work on a case study provided by workshop participants and selected in advance by the presenters. The groups will develop a proposal for a symposium covering the following aspects: • Collaborators and prospective audience. • Funding and finances. • Selection of speakers. • Event administration. • Event promotion. The groups will have time at the end of the workshop to present their proposals and discuss any issues they encountered.

Friday Feb 12 14.20-15.20
Develop your creativity to engage students deeper
Peter Reilly (University of Limerick)

Peter Reilly 

Peter is  faculty  Librarian to the Kemmmy Business School at the University of Limerick a position he has held since 2008.  Prior to this he worked in the Radio Archives Division of RTÉ based in Limerick for six years  and was responsible for preserving cataloguing and digitizing legacy material.  Peter has presented  at  many national and international conferences.  He recently had his first scholarly journal article “Strategies to Ensure Deep Learning Occurs in MBA Information Literacy Workshops” published in the Journal of Business and Finance librarianship. (Vol. 20, Iss. 3, 2015) His research interests are Information Literacy, and applying creativity in a teaching and learning context.

As Chair and formerly Secretary of the LIR HEAnet Usergroup for Libraries Committee he has actively been involved in organising training events,  and annual seminars for members.


Abstract: This paper  explores several innovative  teaching strategies developed during the course of  delivering workshops to graduate business students . The  techniques discussed are applicable to most subject domains  to ensure engagement. These  focus  on students   adopting  a creative approach to formulating  a valid  research topic.  Drawing upon  a suite of  multi disciplinary  resources  including, blogs,  interactive tutorials,  online videos, and  posters,  to develop  their cognitive and metacognitive abilities. Emphasising   these  life long learning skills  are applicable to both  an academic and work place  environment.  Novelty images  are used to stimulate curiosity  and  as a  device  to   explain  the value of approaching  a topic holistically.  

Introducing Harold Jarche’s theoretical   framework of ”Seek ,Sense, Share” from  the  Knowledge Management (KM)  domain  provides a different reflective  lense from which  to  view their research  journey . Contrasting this strategy  are  the six Ds of “Solution  Fluency “ a universal  creative  problem solving approach  providing  greater clarity to the process.

Applying Dave Gray’s  visual thinking  techniques cultivates a habit of drawing and doodling  which aids defining and communicating  complex ideas easier. 

The real lesson learned from applying these strategies is encouraging students to experiment and make mistakes which are  all  part of the learning experience. 

Practical tools to safeguard digital privacy: what you can do to protect your patrons, in and out of the library
Alison Macrina, Founder & Director of The Library Freedom Project  

Alison Macrina

Alison is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an
internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant
multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.  

@libraryfreedom (LFP account)
@flexlibris (personal account)

Outreach in 140 characters
Karolina Badzmierowska & Prof Susan Schreibman (Letters of 1916 Project / An Foras Feasa / Maynooth University)  

Karolina Badzmierowska

Karolina is a PhD researcher with the Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded a Postgraduate Research Studentship in 2013. Karolina’s PhD topic explores digital methodologies in art historical research, with a focus on the concept of online research environments. Her career to date combines strong interests in digital humanities, art history, culture, heritage and museum studies. Twitter: @karolinabadz and @letters1916


Prof Susan Schreibman

Susan Schreibman is Professor in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University and Director of An Foras Feasa. Her publications include Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal. (Bloomsbury 2013), A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (Blackwell, 2008), and A Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell, 2004). She was the founding Editor of the peer­reviewed Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative. Professor Schreibman is the Irish representative to DARIAH, a European infrastructure in Digital Humanities. Twitter: @schreib100 and @letters1916


Abstract: The Letters of 1916 Project was launched in September 2013 with a team of two people, a handful of institutional collaborators (libraries, archives, and museums) and only 300 digitised letters. Since then, over a dozen people have worked on the project, the number of institutional collaborators have grown to 23, and there are over 2200 letters in the database. The project has attracted over 1100 registered users online who both upload privately­held letters and transcribe letters in the database. There are over 340 volunteers enrolled through Volunteer Ireland and nearly 50 individuals who added their family letters to the project. Behind this success, especially in the terms of outreach, is the project’s use of Twitter with over 3400 followers with an average of 140 new followers each month. This hands­on workshop will demonstrate some of our outreach strategies using Twitter and how different strategies are used for the general public, research and education communities, media outlets and cultural institutions. Twitter proved to be the platform to not only (out)reach to new audiences, but also engage and interact on a scale that would not be possible in a physical setting.