We’ve just a week to go before our next event Information skills for the future. To whet your appetite (and persuade you that this is a must-attend event if you haven’t already booked your tickets) we’re going to have a look at what you can expect to hear from the speakers. This is your opportunity to hear directly from employers about the skills they’re looking for and the skills gap they are seeking to address.
The seminar is brought to you in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Library and the Trinity Long Room Hub and we are delighted and honoured that Trinity’s Librarian and College Archivist Helen Shenton will open our event. Helen will be followed by Jessie Kurtz, Deputy Librarian at Trinity, who will give the keynote address.
The morning session will focus on Libraries, technology and the information landscape. Bríd McGrath will kick off this session with a talk titled Towards an eco-system for development. She will be followed by Sarah Lyons, Digital Librarian at Novartis who will discuss the benefits librarians can bring to commercial business and how we can apply the librarian’s skill-set in a digital world. We all know that traditional jobs are few and far between at the moment so it will be interesting to get the perspective of a librarian working in Industry. John Howard, Librarian at UCD will wrap up this session and we will have plenty of time for questions for all of our panel before lunch.
After lunch (which will be provided) we will shift our attention to Physical and virtual library spaces. Orla Nic Aodha,Head Librarian of the Cregan Library at St Patrick’s College will give an insight into the lessons learned during a building project in St. Patrick’s College Library, focussing on Grand designs with room to improve. Turning from the physical library space to the virtual one David Hughes, systems librarian at DBS will give a talk titled I am the Virtual Librarian (but you don’t have to be). Our afternoon session will finish with Mairead Owens, County Librarian from DLR Libraries who will discuss some of the necessary skills for a librarian in 2015.
We are incredibly excited by the calibre of speakers who have agreed to talk at our event and we know each one will inspire you in different ways. So if you haven’t booked your tickets yet it’s not too late. We’re looking forward to seeing you next Thursday for what we hope will be a lively and engaging day. And don’t forget we’ll be continuing the conversation in O’Neill’s on Pearse St afterwards.
Save the date! On April 2nd 2015 the CDG are hosting our next event in the Trinity Long Room Hub. The event will focus on Information Skills for the Future and we have invited a group of librarians from different professional backgrounds to speak about what they see as the essential skills for librarians of the future. This will be a full day event hosted in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Library. We are very thankful for the Library’s support of this event.
Our morning session will focus on libraries, technology and the information landscape, while the afternoon session will focus on physical and virtual library spaces. Our guests will talk about their vision of the library of the future, the skill shortages that they see at present in the world of librarianship, and how to fill those gaps. We hope the event will spark a wider conversation in the Irish library world, as well as informing you, our members, about the skills that are currently sought after by employers.
And in the spirit of career development we will schedule plenty of time for networking. So add April 2nd 2015 to your diaries and watch this space for more details coming soon!