On the Road to Success

In three days time on Saturday the 14th of April the LAI CDG will host “On the Road to Success”.  The annual LAI CDG CV and interview workshop.  Check out the programme below for further information on this popular workshop.

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On The Road To Success

Just 4 days until the LAI CDG host their annual CV/Interview workshop.

The theme of the workshop is On the Road to Success.

Come along on April the 14th to receive expert advice from our exciting selection of guest speakers.  Get your tickets here

Out Guest speakers will cover a diverse range of topics and they offer a wealth of experience from varied backgrounds.  They include –

Deirdre Judge – So You Want that Job? Some thoughts from the other side

Deirdre Judge is Librarian in Dun Laoghaire Institute Art Design and Technology, Dublin. Deirdre joined the Institute in 1992 when it was the College of Art. She is passionate about all things digital and enjoys working in IADT which is a super creative environment with a great bunch of diverse learners. This year Deirdre recently completed a hot air balloon flight in France and she looks forward to her next experience on the SlotZilla Zip Line, Las Vegas.

Marie O’ Neill – Tips for Getting Ahead in Interviews in the Library & Information Management Sector

Marie O’ Neill is a library professional with over twenty-five years experience. She has held posts in the libraries of King’s Inns, South Eastern Health Board, DIT, UCD, the Wales Office (formerly Welsh Office) and the Oireachtas. She is currently employed as Head of Library Services at Dublin Business School where she has worked for eleven years. Her key interests are library strategy & innovation and the shape that academic libraries will take in the future. Other areas of interest include library publishing and library advocacy. Marie initiated, and participates, in the development of the MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School.

Niamh Hanratty – How to Prepare for an Interview in a Corporate/Legal Library

Niamh Hanratty has an MSc in Library and Information Management from DBS having graduated in 2014. She studied part-time for this while working full time as a legal secretary in Arthur Cox. In late 2014 a vacancy arose in the Arthur Cox library for an Assistant Librarian. She applied for the role and was successful and began working there in December 2014. The library at that time comprised of two members of staff: the Assistant Librarian and the Head Librarian.

In June 2015 Niamh moved into the position of “Acting Head Librarian” when the Head Librarian became ill. She has worked in this role since then and has been given the new title Library Services Manager. Since taking on this role, she has been involved in the recruitment process twice: once for a Library Assistant and once for an Assistant Librarian.

Niamh will share her insights into what qualifications and experience can help you be successful when applying for a role as a law librarian as well as the practicalities of the recruitment and interview process.

Shirley Moloney – Getting to the Interview

Shirley Moloney has worked in UCD Library for 25 years from Library Assistant to her current role of Library Staffing & Finance Manager.  Shirley has been involved in recruitment since 2001.  A qualified accountant Shirley previously worked in private practice with a variety of clients from Chinese take-aways to post office franchises.  In her spare time, she is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Irish Red Cross and can be found on the side of GAA pitches, eating ice cream at community events and not understanding the music at music festivals!

Maeve Mc Cauley – Interviewing for a Promotion: Moving on to the Next Step on the Career Ladder

Maeve Mc Cauley is the Deputy Librarian in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).   She has served on numerous interview boards in both LYIT and GMIT.   She coordinates information skills training and workshops for undergraduate and post-postgraduate students.  Maeve has lectured in computing to degree level. She holds an ‘MSc in Library and Information Science’, an ‘MSc in Computing’ and ‘Post-graduate Diploma in Research Practice’.  Recently she has taken part in a number of national library initiatives.  Maeve is the former chair of the IIUG and current communications officer with the LAI CDG.

Get your tickets here

On the Road to Success – CV & Interview Workshop

Just 5 days until the LAI CDG host their annual CV/Interview workshop.

The theme of the workshop is On the Road to Success.

Come along on April the 14th to receive expert advice from our exciting selection of guest speakers.

Get your tickets here

Workshop Programme-1

Save the date! November 16th: AGM & talk about the GDPR

It’s that exciting time of the year again, and we in the Career Development Group are busy planning our Annual General Meeting. This year it will  be an evening affair, with a talk on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its implications for libraries by TCD Associate Law Professor Eoin O’Dell. So come and join us for a networking evening, with a talk on a hot topic and lovely prosecco and nibbles. The details are as follows:

Date and time: Thursday, 16th November 2017, 5.30 – 7.45 pm.

Venue: Lavery Room, No. 5 Clare Street, National Gallery of Ireland

Eventbrite registration will be launched later this week, and further details will follow.

We look forward to seeing you there!


L2L: Librarians learning to support learning Seminar in DIT

New DIT Campus in Grangegorman
New DIT campus in Grangegorman , photo available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/14995046247
On the 27th of June on the newly developed DIT campus in Grangegorman, a range of librarians and colleagues from Higher Education came together to hear about and discuss L2L (Librarians learning to support learners learning); a two year project which plans to explore the application of the National professional development framework for all staff who teach in Higher Education to the work of teaching librarians.
This project promises to result in a framework which academic librarians can use to guide their own professional pedagogical development and tangible, demonstrable evidence of professional development (such as digital badges or awards). One of the major draws of the project (spear-headed by Dundalk Institute of TechnologyInstitute of Technology Carlow, & Dublin Institute of Technology) is the proposed development of a vibrant and inclusive community of practice which can share the issues, challenges and best practices particular to the work of teaching librarians. Herein lies the real value of the project for me and other academic librarians who may work in small institutions and yearn for a network of like-minded practitioners with whom to share our successes and failures in the hope of improving and developing our praxis.
Funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, the project also allows librarians working in Higher Education in Ireland to develop a shared language and currency with their academic colleagues which will hopefully promote a deeper understanding of the meaning and value of our work with the students and staff in our institutions: information literacy (and a range of other academic, digital, and meta-literacies) -concepts  which can be difficult to articulate and to measure in practice.
The day began with a presentation by Roisín Donnelly (currently on a year’s secondment to the National Forum from the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she has worked for 17 years as an Academic Developer), who explained the background of the Framework and the project in general, as well as how professional development can transform roles and identities. She described forms of non-accredited professional development activities which many of us engage in regularly without any formal recognition. These activities include (but aren’t limited to) reflective practices such as the creation/maintenance of learning/teaching portfolios, blogs and journals.
Next up was Dr. Claire McGuinness, who helped to contextualise the project by giving an enlightening talk on the past, present and potential future of teaching librarians globally and in Ireland. She described research which explored the teaching aspects of the academic librarian role and identity with all of its complexities, uncertainties and cross-functionalities. The concept of information literacy is (as she said) ‘nebulous’ and has received a mixed reception outside of academic library circles. Some of the research she cited was familiar to me but much of it was not – and I left with notes packed with useful references.
Before lunch, Dr. Ashley O’Donoghue (Head of Staff Learning and Development at DIT) gave a short talk on the importance of professional development both for individuals and for knowledge organisations. She highlighted research which showed that training and development opportunities are a determining factor in the retention of highly-motivated employees (Boxall et al, 2003) – and also provide a major attraction for managers to draw new staff to their organisations. Frameworks such as those being developed to support the National PD Framework play a vital role in mapping  clear career development and progression within key sectors in Higher Education.
After a generous lunch we were encouraged to participate in discussion on the Framework and the L2L project in a ‘World Café‘. Groups discussed questions such as ‘How do your libraries contribute to T&L in your organisation?’, ‘How do you see your role as a teacher?’, and ‘How do you think the L2L project might help you in your role?’ (paraphrased), with each group mapping their ideas onto large paper, hung around the room. Afterwards we had the chance to circle the room and write our feedback to each group poster with post-its.

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The day wrapped up with a helpful Q&A session chaired by Dr. Mary Delaney (Head of Library and Information Services at IT Carlow) who answered questions from the floor regarding the other groups (apart from academic librarians) who were developing projects around the Framework, and what form the ‘communities of practice’ mentioned in the L2L leaflet might take. It’s hoped that there might be avenues of communication and collaboration between this new initiative and other interested parties such as the Library Association of Ireland which might help to provide pathways of sustainability into the future.
Overall the day was an extremely positive experience, with a good mix of discussion and explanation and the L2L project looks and sounds like it will be a very fruitful collaboration amongst academic librarians and between libraries and our colleagues in Higher Education which should promote dialogue around the role and identity of teaching librarians. Presentations from the day and updates about the project will be posted on http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/l2l-librarians-learning-support-learners-learning/. You can also follow developments on the project’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Post by Genevieve Larkin, Assistant Librarian in Marino Institute of Education