Get Your Tickets for LAICDG’s AGM

Tickets are now available for the LAICDG’s AGM on the 6th October. You can purchase them here.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be a workshop organised by Roy Murray (“Creating a Social Media ‘Content Bible’ for your organisation”). Following that, there will be the traditional post-event ‘networking’ in Mother Reilly’s.

We have also extended the deadline for expressions of interest for membership of the Committee of the LAICDG. Being an active member of a library committee can be a great way to help out in your field, meet current peers and future colleagues and keep up-to-date with new developments in the information profession field. Email us (laicareerdevelopment [at] gmail.com) if you are interested. We can send you the required paperwork before the AGM but don’t forget to book your ticket as well!

AGM Flyer-1

Tickets nearly sold out for academic writing workshop!

We are nearly sold out of tickets for the academic writing workshop. If you are free on the 4th of October and writing for academic publications is something you need to do for your job (or to improve your CV) then this is the event for you. Not only will it be an intimate event, but you will be guided through the process by NUI Maynooth’s Helen Fallon, who has practical experience in the area.

Get your tickets here.

For more information, see our flyer below.

Academic Writing Flyer

Writing for Academic Publication: LAICDG event

There are so many ways to further your career development as an information professional, and one of those is writing for an academic publication. This is sometimes overlooked as a plausible avenue for those in the field, but given its growing importance, the LAICDG is delighted to announce a workshop by Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian at NUI Maynooth.

The workshop aims to cover areas such as peer-reviewed journals, books and blog posts. As it is a workshop, there will be a strong emphasis on practical participation in drafting a piece of writing during the workshop.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in an area that few in the field possess and to work under the guidance of somebody with practical experience. Given the nature of an event like this, and the high demand that we expect to receive, tickets are limited, so we strongly advise to book your place as soon as the tickets are advertised.

Booking opens on Eventbrite on September 5th at 7pm and are priced at €10 (waged) or €5 (unwaged). Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@laicdg), Facebook or email us (laicareerdevelopment [at] gmail.com).

Academic Writing Flyer

LAICDG AGM 2014

The Committee of the LAICDG are delighted to announce our forthcoming AGM. Once again, we are hoping to offer a little more than the average AGM with a special guest, an opportunity for you to get involved in a library-related committee and the chance to meet with your peers and library professionals!

The AGM will be held in Rathmines Public Library on Monday, October 6th from 6pm to 8pm. The LAICDG chairperson and treasurer will present on the activities of the Committee since our last AGM. The secretary’s report will also be delivered.

Following these presentations, we are pleased to announce that Roy Murray will run session “Creating a Social Media ‘Content Bible’ for your organisation”. Roy’s session was very well-received at our LibCamp event earlier in the summer, and as we know social media is a very ‘hot topic’ at the moment. We will then engage in some ‘social networking’ in Mother Reilly’s, which is just a short walk from the Library.

If you’re interested in joining the Committee of the LAICDG, we are requesting submissions for a number of positions. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in a young and vibrant Committee which is part of the Library Association of Ireland. Keep in mind that the closing date for submissions of interest will be the 22nd of September. The LAICDG’s email is laicareerdevelopment [at] gmail.com

Tickets for this event will be available from the 22nd of September, so keep an eye on this blog for the link to Eventbrite.

 

Library Camp Ireland 2014

Libcamp Logo Orig1Library Camp Ireland was organised for the second year in conjunction with the Academic and Special Libraries Group of the LAI. It was an honour to work with such an established LAI group, popular for its successful workshops and seminars. The selected meeting place, Wood Quay Venue, was astonishing with its historical remains from medieval Dublin, made us all feel like we were the ‘cutting-edge Vikings’ of the information profession.

Pitches

Pitches

It was my first time at a Library Camp. I had some idea of what to expect after reading last year’s blog from the Career Development Group. And my foretaste was met well beyond my initial expectations. Since joining the Master’s course at DBS in 2011, I have been to several events organised by various LAI groups for different reasons: learning about the new profession I was entering, meeting and talking to like-minded people and apprehending latest ways of operating within different fields of the profession. However, I must admit that the focal point about Library Camp – is that it is an event where not knowing each delegate does not make you feel like ‘a fish out of water’. It turned out to be a social/profession meeting-day with a lot more overflowing knowledge than in any other convention I have been to. In fact, embracing and sharing current or past work experience in every field was the theme of the day! Some of the attendees have had years of experience within the information profession and seeing them actively participating in the initial interaction of ‘speed-dating for info pros’ amongst people just entering the profession was pretty gratifying.

Despite being occupied with taking as many photographs as possible on the day, I was still able to contribute to a couple of the discussions (pitches) and absorb some encouraging tips from other participants. I found particularly interesting Roy Murray’s pitch about creating a social media content ‘bible’, which was run at the end of the day and maybe for too short a time. What I liked most was the practical group work. Social Media is spreading like a virus in the information profession and it’s evolving on a daily basis. Hence, I think more LAI groups should dedicate some of their workshops to this area. Thank you Roy, for contributing with such an outstanding topic.

Social Media Content Bible

Final pitch – Social Media Content Bible

My first thought about the day was that everyone who has a drift toward the information profession should be made aware about the ethos of the Library Camp, and get involved in it. Therefore, as part of the LAI Career Development Group’s committee, I look forward to organising Library Camp Ireland 2015 alongside the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the LAI.

Post by Lara Musto, Treasurer of the LAI Career Development Group.

MAXIM e-learning course

The HSLG and the AS&L have announced that the MAXIM course (maximising the impact of your library) will take place at the end of June. This is a wonderful opportunity to further your career development. You may remember that this course was postponed earlier in the year, but is scheduled to run from June to September.

What is the Maxim course? It is an e-learning course, managed and certified by the University of Sheffield, a university with many years of relevant experience in delivering similar courses. It is also highly relevant for anyone working in the library field.

The HSLG and the AS&L are also offering part-bursaries of €145 to members who wish to participate. These are dependent on completion of the course. Please register with Eva at hornunge@tcd.ie if you are interested in one of the bursaries.

Relevant details:

Start date: 30th June 2014

Course break: 28th July – 1st August

Course finishes: 12th September (including one week at the end to prepare and submit your work portfolio).

Cost: €245 per person

If you are interested, please contact Eva: hornunge@tcd.ie

Library Camp Ireland Returns

It’s back!
 Libcamp Logo Orig1
The LAI Career Development Group, along with the Academic & Special Libraries section of the LAI, are delighted to announce the details of Library Camp Ireland 2014.
Library camps emphasise the informal, and that’s where we need your input.  If you have a burning desire to talk about a particular aspect of libraries or the information world, then you can pitch your idea here.
We will be hosting the event in the Wood Quay Venue on Saturday, the 28th of June, from 1pm to 5pm.  You can get your tickets now by clicking here.  Remember: last year the tickets were snapped up very fast, so make sure you get yours early!  And just like last year, we are asking you to bring something sweet and/or savoury to the event.  We had a wonderful response at the last one!
You can keep up to date with all the information (including what a library camp is, if you’re new to all of this!) by clicking here.
 
Spread the word. If you’re online, don’t forget the hashtag for the event: #irelibcamp14.

The librarian as researcher – new roles for the information professional

Following a highly informative and really interesting day of talks at “The Librarian as Researcher” seminar organised by the ANLTC on the 8th of May, there was a short discussion forum on the question “what can we do to advance research among librarians?

Suggestions included having bursaries towards research. It was noted though that where there is such funding, applications are few. It was suggested that people need to be braver and bolder about putting themselves in for such awards. Also noted were the opportunities for early career professionals to get bursaries to attend UKSG.

One of the presenters received funding from the Franciscans towards her research, another received funding from Trócaire towards publishing a book. Think creatively!

The issue of the Irish Research Council not recognising librarians as principal investigators for research funding was raised. It was suggested that in many areas a large amount of funding is not needed. Librarians could begin by working on a small project, speak about it at conferences, write a blog post. The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) offers mobility grants, towards the cost of carrying out research abroad.

It was suggested that librarians need to look at and speak at non-library conferences; we need to be much more aware of looking outside of our own profession – attending, for example, an education conference and talking to an audience outside librarianship. It was noted how important networking and meeting people both at conferences and in daily work is.

The perception of librarians in a service-type role rather than partners was raised. We need to do more to strengthen our role in this area and need to market/promote what we do. Suggestions included presenting posters, papers etc. at a wide range of events.

The question of research on the national agenda was raised. It was noted that while medical doctors do not necessarily have the training in research methods they are expected to write and publish. They will be remunerated at some stage, perhaps through promotion or consultancy. However librarians are generally not remunerated in the same way though, perhaps, we are better qualified at doing research. It was suggested that librarians may make the assumption that others have training or are good researchers but this is not always the case. We need to question our assumptions and raise awareness of librarians as researchers.

One way to get started is to write for professional journals then progress to peer-reviewed journals. Remember that you don’t need to put in much emphasis on research. Don’t overestimate what you need – you don’t need massive amounts of data to get started – just do it!

Being passionate about what you do help you keep going, develop your passion and keep going with it!

Laura Connaughton.

NUI Maynooth request expressions of interest

Expressions of interest, from fully qualified librarians, in short-term part-time Assistant Librarian contract posts in the Library at NUI Maynooth should be sent to Helen.b.fallon [at] nuim.ie by Tuesday 13th May.

Applicants should include a covering letter and a curriculum vitae.  Payment will be on the first point of the Assistant Librarian scale (€35,043 pro-rata).

This could be a wonderful opportunity to showcase your library and information skills while gaining some valuable academic library experience.