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Joint Conference 2012 Papers

Below are presentations from plenary sessions and workshops at the LAI CILIP Ireland Annual Joint Conference which took place in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast on 19 and 20 April 2012. We are most grateful to the speakers who have made their presentations available to the members of the Library Association of Ireland and CILIP Ireland .

Brief biographical sketches of presenters follow the listing of presentations.

Plenary Sessions

Social Media – Love It or Hate It, We Need It Phil Bradley, President, CILIP

The Library Brand and the Value of Uniqueness Sarah Godowski, Director of Business Development and Communications, Bisset Adams Architects

“What’s the Story?” – Dublin, the 4th UNESCO City of Literature: the City Library Service as catalyst, coordinator and strategic partner Margaret Hayes, City Librarian, Dublin City Public Libraries

Renewal: transforming Manchester’s Libraries and Archives Nicky Parker, Head of Transformation and Business Improvement, Manchester City Council

Natural Selection in Libraryland – the changing landscape of the University Library Debby Shorley, Director of Library Services, Imperial College, University of London


Using Research in the Workplace: evidence based library management. case studies: eBooks in University and College Libraries Dr Jessica Bates, Course Director, Library and Information Management, University of Ulster Elaine Mulholland, Head Librarian, South Eastern Regional College Sarah Smyth, Assistant Librarian, University of Ulster

Using Netvibes as a start page, newsreader and publishing tool Phil Bradley, Library Consultant

Transforming Lives through Shared Reading Dr Patricia Canning, Project Worker (Criminal Justice), The Reader Organisation

Ready2Read: an Early Literacy Programme Barbara Coughlan, Librarian, South Dublin County Libraries

Health in Mind: Promoting Good Mental Health through Reading Frances Dowds, Health in Mind Project Manager, LibrariesNI

CPD:  D-I-Y Strategies for Solo Librarians Dr Eva Hornung, Librarian, Curriculum Development Unit, City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee

The teaching librarian in education: strategies for skills development Dr Claire McGuinness, Lecturer, School of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin

Reaching Out: The Public Library Serving the Community Ciarán Mangan, County Librarian, Meath County Council Library Service

The Challenges for the Future of Professional Education Professor Peter Reid, Head of Department of Information, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University

Professional Development 2.0 Dr Maria Souden, Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin

Queen’s and the JSTOR Ireland Collection Deirdre Wildy, Senior Subject Librarian (Art and Humanities) Queen’s University Belfast

Biographical sketches

Dr Jessica Bates In 2009 Jessica joined the University of Ulster as Course Director for the Library and Information Management programme (Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, MSc) in the School of Education.  She was previously a lecturer at University College Dublin in the School of Information and Library Studies.  Her PhD was on the information needs of adults in a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Dublin city.  She is actively publishing across a range of library and information areas that include the information worlds of migrants; library provision; and library and information education. Jessica is a member of the University of Ulster Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS).

Phil Bradley Phil Bradley is an information specialist and has worked in the area of electronic publications for over 20 years. He became an Internet Consultant in 1996 and specialises in search. He teaches many varied courses on aspects of the Internet and Social Media. He also writes and designs web pages and is an SEO (Search Engine Optimiser). Phil is also well known for his writing, and he has written several books on different aspects of the Internet.  He is the current CILIP President.

Dr Patricia Canning Patricia Canning works with The Reader Organisation, a charity committed to bringing books and people together through shared reading. By reaching out to people who may not otherwise be readers, Get Into Reading groups meet a vast range of individual needs, such as improving wellbeing, building confidence and a sense of community, as well as introducing new authors and poets to all our group members. Patricia is developing the project across Northern Ireland and currently runs Get Into Reading projects with female prisoners in Hydebank Wood, Belfast as well as with postgraduate Humanities students at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Barbara Coughlan Barbara Coughlan has been a Montessori teacher in Rome, a childcare worker in London, with Dawn French among others, and, since 1999, has been employed by South Dublin Libraries.  She has both library and theatre qualifications and these interests are reflected in other programmes she has developed •    Literature to Life – Introducing children to classic novels through drama/research; •    History of Theatre – an ongoing project introducing children to playwrights/poets such as Sophocles, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.

Frances Dowds Frances Dowds has been Project Manager of Health in Mind since May 2011. She has 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sectors in Northern Ireland for agencies such as Community Change, Oxfam UK, and as Director of the NI Anti-Poverty Network.  She moved to the public sector in 2009 as Project Manager of Belfast City Councils OPENCities. This was an EU funded Transnational project charged with developing practical strategies to tackle economic and social integration issues, to help cities better attract and retain international populations and contribute to their improved competitiveness.

Sarah Godowski Sarah is a Director at Bisset Adams Architects, focusing on its brand and communications offer, key to engaging audiences for both retail and public sector clients. Bisset Adams is known for innovation in library design and architecture and Sarah has developed a keen interest and specialism in public libraries over the past decade. She has worked with many local authorities as well as central government organisations developing new ideas and messages for public library services.

Margaret Hayes Margaret Hayes was appointed Dublin City Librarian in 2010.  She has worked in public libraries since 1977, and in Dublin since 1984, after a short career in education.  She is the Chairperson of the Management and Steering Groups of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature office and of the committee of the International IMPAC Dublin literary award.  She is an Executive Manager with Dublin City’s Culture, Recreation and Amenity Department, reporting to the Council on Arts, Culture, Leisure and Youth Affairs.  She serves on the council’s Arts and Culture sub-committee and its commemorations sub-committee.  She is a member of the Executive Board of the LAI and of its CPD committee, and a member of CILIP.

Dr Eva Hornung Dr Eva Hornung began her career as a Children’s Librarian in Germany, before moving to Ireland in 1999 for further studies at UCD. Since 2001 she has managed the library in the City of Dublin Vocational Education Centre Curriculum Development Unit, a teacher education centre. Her PhD thesis, on CPD for one-person librarians, won a “highly commended” award at the 2011 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. She is the current chair of the Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI. Her interests include professional development, copyright and access to information issues, as well as new technologies.

Dr Claire McGuinness Clare McGuinness is a part-time lecturer in the School of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland. She has been teaching and researching information literacy for more than a decade, and was awarded a PhD in Library & Information Studies in 2005. Claire has published a number of articles and book chapters on information literacy and academic-librarian collaboration, and her book Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians was published in 2011.

Ciarán Mangan Ciarán Mangan is County Librarian with Meath County Council Library service. He started his career with Dublin Public Libraries in 1986 moving to Meath County Library in 1987.On completion of a degree in Public Administration in the University of Limerick (1992) and a Masters in Librarianship and Information Science in U.C.D (1995) he moved to Louth County Library where he worked as a Senior Library Assistant in Drogheda library and Assistant Librarian in Dundalk library. He was seconded to the Department of Education and Science in January 2000 as Assistant Co-coordinator of the National Reading Initiative where he worked until his appointment to Meath in December 2000.

Elaine Mulholland Elaine Mulholland has been Head of Learning Resources and Chief Librarian at the South Eastern Regional College since 2009.  A graduate of the University of Ulster, Elaine began her library career at the University of Maine in 1993.  She taught English in Japan before resuming her career working at Queen’s University.  She was LRC Manager for East Down FE Institute and then, LRC Manager of Lisburn Institute of Further and Higher Education.  She recently gained her MSc in Library and Information Management.  Currently Chair of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Association for N. Ireland, she is an executive committee member of LISC, representing Colleges, and a NI Career Development Group (CILIP) committee member.

Nicky Parker Nicky Parker is the Head of Transformation and Business Improvement at Manchester City Council where she was previously Head of Libraries.    She is responsible for delivering the council wide Transformation programme and leads Manchester’s Collaborative Improvement and Efficiency Programme with the Police and 12 other local authorities.  The Transformation agenda includes the delivery of £170m efficiency savings, the integration of health and social services across the city and much more. Nicky is President of the Society of Chief Librarians, a Trustee of The Reading Agency and, outside work, of several youth organisations.

Professor Peter Reid Professor Peter Reid is Professor of Librarianship and Head of the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.  He is President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland for 2012.  Peter’s main teaching areas include the management of library and information services and his principal research interests are around library history and local studies services.  He is also particularly interested in professional education and continuous professional development for the library sector.  He holds a number of external appointments at other universities and is a panellist for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Debby Shorley Debby Shorley has been Director of Libraries at Imperial College since 2007, after seven years as Librarian at the University of Sussex. Before that, her entire professional career was spent in Northern Ireland, latterly as Assistant Director of Information Services at the University of Ulster.

She was President of CILIP from 2005 – 2006 and awarded a CILIP Fellowship in 2004. Debby is currently Head of UK Research Reserve (UKRR), Chair of MIMAS, a Board member of JISC Collections, Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and a member of the ABES (Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Supérieur.

Sarah Smyth Sarah Smyth has had experience of library and information work in several sectors, public libraries and the Further and Higher Education sectors. Having recently gained her Master’s degree in Library and Information Management with distinction, she currently holds the post of Assistant Librarian at Ulster’s Coleraine campus. Sarah’s Master’s research centred upon the use and perception of e-books by Ulster students and illustrates her interest in how technology is changing the modern information landscape.

Dr. Maria Souden Maria Souden has published research on public library community engagement and outcomes-based evaluation of library programs and services. Dr Souden currently teaches postgraduate modules in Management of Information Environments and Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice, where she is passionate about engaging her students in reflective practice, ePortfolio development, and the establishment of personal learning networks.

Deirdre Wildy Deirdre Wildy is Head of Special Collections and Archives at Queen’s University Library.  She conceived the idea of the partnership with JSTOR and went on, in collaboration with colleagues, to manage the project on behalf of the Library.  She worked on the RASCAL NI project, a scheme that now extends across the island of Ireland; she was also the first Project Officer for the Northern Ireland Publications Resource, and is currently a NIPR Board Member.