CDG Officers and Committee Members 2022
Chair: Laura Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Aoife Williams email@example.com
Treasurer: Alice Morrissey firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications: Kathryn Briggs, Lara Musto and Saoirse de Paor email@example.com
- Isabelle Courtney
- Miriam McMahon
- Nadina Yedid
- Stephanie Chen
Committee Members Biographies
Chair: Laura Ryan
“The CDG has provided me with opportunities for my own development, to network with others and to broaden my understanding of the sector early in my career.”
I completed the Masters in Library and Information Studies at University College Dublin in 2021, having previously graduated with a Masters in Art History.
I have been working with UCD Special Collections and the Library of the National Folklore Collection for the past three years, having been with UCD Library since 2015 in their Planning & Administration section.
I have particular interest in the materiality of the book, public engagement with cultural heritage collections and Irish-language publishing, as well as provision of Irish-language services.
From my personal experience, the CDG has provided me with opportunities for my own development, to network with others and to broaden my understanding of the sector early in my career. Taking over as Chair this year, the aim is to return what I have gained from the committee to others, ensuring that career development is accessible to both new career starters and those seeking a move or change in their library role.
Secretary: Aoife Williams
Bio Coming Soon
Treasurer: Alice Morrissey
“The CDG events provided an immeasurable amount of help in my early career job search and my CPD within my roles.”
I completed my MLIS from UCD in 2018 having earned a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. Since then I’ve worked in a variety of institutions such as UCD Library, the IPA, RCPI, and the National Library of Ireland. I’m currently a Library Assistant in IADT Library where I do a wide range of work including developing information literacy programmes, delivering library instruction, online content creation, website management, and digital repository management amongst other things.
The CDG events provided an immeasurable amount of help in my early career job search and my CPD within my roles. As I have a keen interest in career development and the developing roles of librarians, I wanted to join the committee to help continue that invaluable work.
Co-Communications: Kathryn Briggs
“I joined The Career Development Group to contribute to, and advocate the profession while networking with colleagues. The committee offers both the chance for me to help others develop professionally, and for me to continue to develop professionally.”
I have a MA in Teaching and Learning from GMIT and a HDip in Library and Information Studies from UCD. I hold the role of systems librarian in GMIT and am responsible for leading the technical development, delivery and support of the library management system and associated systems, and their integration with other library applications systems and services to ensure discovery and delivery of collections. I manage the library website and social media channels.
I have a strong interest in library instruction, information literacy, TEL, UDL and OER. I am interested in innovative and new ways to support students, academics, and researchers in their learning, research, and teaching. I design and deliver information literacy and research skill training in person and online and aim to improve the student experience through digital enhancement. I am he subject librarian for Engineering, offering links and support between students, academics, and the library. I collaborate with academic staff in the integration of library resources into the curriculum.
Co-Communications: Lara Musto
“I joined the CDG committee to upskill, network, keep abreast with the sector and share my experience in the industry.”
My working experience in Ireland goes back to when the Celtic Tiger was roaring loudly and when most IT companies were eager for hiring multilingual employees willing to apprehend new IT skills different from their background. After completing an MA in English, Spanish and Italian Linguistics, I was fortunate to deepen my then basic IT knowledge covering various roles in multinational companies such as technical support, training representative, software/localisation engineer and project manager. I also decided to answer a job post looking for part time teachers in the evening for leaving cert students and adults. In this new role I was able to use those skills I had acquired during my MA. Education was a field that never appealed to me while I was doing my MA, I had always wanted to work in IT! However, this was proven wrong. I worked as a Leaving Cert Examiner for a number of years during the summer.
After 8 years in the IT industry, it was time to pull the plug and to embark into a career of a full-time teacher of Italian and Spanish, taught at various levels from Primary to level 9. Keen on my CPD, I did a TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) course and decided to go abroad. I taught English to foreigners for 3 years while I was still looking for ways to upskill and share my knowledge with information seekers. I subsequently adventured in my third career path that was going to marry my IT and teaching experiences: becoming a librarian.
I returned to Dublin and started the MSc in Information and Library Management in DBS and it has been a growing learning curve since I stepped into DBS. I have recently moved from consultancy (teaching and librarianship) into a full time position as a College Librarian at IBAT College; this comprises the largest English School in Dublin with over 1000 students from different parts of the world and Higher Education students with undergraduate and MBA courses. I have been working on rejuvenating the library service, creating IL courses ad hoc, observing the information seeking behaviour of students of English and organising a career fair.
Co-Communications: Saoirse de Paor
“I joined the CDG committee as I wanted to be part of a group that supports, encourages and fully engages with the concept of professional development and facilitates opportunities for all types of librarians to explore and expand on their professional experience! The committee is a hub of knowledge-sharing, skill-sharing, great ideas and even better events. Our aim is to bring the various LIS professionals together to share, collaborate, teach, learn and encourage one another.”
I am currently working as a Teaching and Learning Librarian at Maynooth University Library. My role encompasses implementing and designing information literacy programmes, delivering IL instruction (teaching), developing instructional and engagement tools as well as creating online resources.
I am also involved in coordinating social media engagement strategies and promotional initiatives on behalf of my team (Teaching & Research Development Team) and the Library. I have a grá for content creation and develop infographics and promotional material when running campaigns and initiatives throughout the academic year. I’m also Co-Social Media Officer for the LAI as well as a member of the Communications Teams for the Career Development Group – I’ve got a thing for social media, I know!
I completed my MLIS at UCD in 2018 and was lucky enough to get my thesis published as a peer-review journal article in 2020 on the topic of Information Literacy and the Epidemic of Fake News (Journal of Academic Librarianship). I have published works in LibFocus and SLIP Ireland and presented at LIS seminars and conferences.
Committee Member: Isabelle Courtney
“I joined the CDG committee to keep in touch with fellow librarians, to keep up to date with career development in the library sector and to offer any insights to the group from my journalism, PR and event management experience.”
I graduated from DBS library & Information management MSc in 2017. My undergraduate degree is in Journalism. In my early years, I worked in commercial development in the Sunday Tribune and Irish Press newspaper until it’s closure in 1995. I took a career break to raise my three daughters and went back to college in 2011. I worked as producer in Canola Pictures, an independent filmmaking company and as part of my role there I took a documentary film on a nationwide library tour in 2016. This experience confirmed my love of libraries and I embarked on the MSc in Library & Information Management.
My dissertation focused on the proliferation of Fake News and the role of information literacy in journalism education. As a result of this research, I became a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) media literacy working group to promote media literacy in Ireland. I presented my research findings at the NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh in April 2018.
Last October I set up a consultancy and now work as a knowledge manager and researcher focusing on eLearning within the retail sector.
I have a particular interest in career development and the diverse roles of librarians and information professionals. I’m looking forward to working with the CDG and getting to know the other members.
Committee Member: Miriam McMahon
Bio Coming Soon
Committee Member: Nadina Yedid
“I joined the LAI CDG group as a way to get involved with professional development in Ireland. By contributing to the group, not only do I get the chance to help others to develop their careers, but I get to learn about the library world in Ireland and to network with amazing and dedicated professionals.”
I currently hold a position as a library intern at the RCPI (Royal College of Physicians of Ireland). Prior to that, I worked for 11 years as an assistant librarian at the library of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina, my home country.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science obtained at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Master’s Degree in Libraries and Digital Information Services obtained at the University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).
Committee Member: Stephanie Chen
“I joined the committee to keep up to date and to help existing library professionals and recent graduates in their career development goals”
I graduated with an MSc in Information and Library Management from Dublin Business School in 2016.
I’m currently the Digital Learning Specialist in University College Cork Library where I explore ways to integrate new library technologies and spaces into the learning experience. Prior to this role, I was a Library Assistant in UCC Library in the Services Desk Team and Social Media Team. Previously, I was a solo Librarian at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI) in Dublin and a Library Assistant in Cork Institute of Technology Library.