Publish to Flourish: An Leabharlann and beyond!… event recap

NGI prosecco colourSparkling prosecco and old master paintings provided the lavish setting for last week’s highly successful CDG event. Held in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Lavery Room, usually the gallery’s luxurious venue for corporate launches and weddings, the evening consisted of a series of talks by established and up-and-coming authors working in the library profession. Entitled “Publish to Flourish: An Leabharlann and Beyond”, about 40 attendees listened to a series of speakers who gave important advice including pitching ideas for articles and books, as well as writing techniques, tips, as well as the vital “do’s and don’ts”. Chair, Marta Bustillo, welcomed the attendees and first up was Marjory Sliney, who as editor of An Leabharlann, gave handy hints on writing for the LAI, recommending the need to keep book reviews and conference reports concise (<500 words), and emphasised the importance of reviewing past issues of the publication to get a feel for format and style. Back-issues can be consulted either in print or online (LAI/CILIP Ireland members have immediate access by logging into the site; non-members can access up to six months ago) through the LAI website/CILIP Ireland website via eDeposit Ireland. The CDG committee is now involved in the Open Access management of An Leabharlann and were delighted to celebrate this at the event.

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Speakers at #cdgp2f included (left to right) Aoife Lawton, Alex Kouker, Senan Healy, Colm O’Connor, Marjory Sliney, Amye Quigley and Laura Zaliene

Aoife Lawton, Systems Librarian at the HSE, then provided a presentation on general advice for novice writers, specifically on publishing and then gave some information on how she wrote her book “The Invisible Librarian”. I asked a question in the Q&A about how it was possible to manage the writing of a book, and Aoife explained that it meant sacrificing a lot of free time, but that the pay-off was more than worth it in terms of career progression, and making your mark. Crowd at talkColm O’Connor, Information Resources Librarian at the RCSI then gave a presentation on articles he has had published in medical journals, and the triumphs (and pit-falls) of collaboration with co-authors. Next up, Senan Healy, Head Librarian and Information Systems Manager in the RDS, gave insight into how as a librarian he had once pitched an article to colleagues using “librarian jargon”, and his text was rejected. He then explained the vital importance of writing for your audience and tailoring your texts to meet the reading and comprehension levels of readers from different disciplines. Two members of the CDG committee then gave talks on their writing for An Leabharlann; Laura Zaliene, Library assistant at UCD, and Amye Quigley, Librarian at Wicklow Co. Public Libraries. Both Laura and Amye stressed the importance of venturing into the world of writing and publishing as an important step in library career development and progression. Last but not least, Alex Kouker, Research Librarian at Dublin Business School, gave an interesting insight into a new journal which he manages with an editorial team; “Studies in Art and Humanities”.Alex  Alex focused on articles from the point of view of commissioning editors and stressed the importance of adhering to style guides, and gave some salutatory advice to rejected contributors: if you can’t beat ‘em, then blog your own articles (write for LibFocus or for the CDG blog!), and better still, start up your own journal! Alex also considered the perspective of the author and the idea of self-regulated learning when writing for publication.

The event was a wonderful evening, meeting new people working in librarianship, and hearing from a range of enterprising and motivated colleagues – see the Storify here. Marta wrapped up the evening by letting everyone know that the CDG’s next networking event will be at the annual LibCamp, which this year will be held at Dublin Business School on the 21st May 2016. Tickets (and more details) will be available online soon, so mark this date in your diary. See you there!

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Andrew Moore

Library assistant, National Gallery of Ireland

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Library Camp Ireland Returns

It’s back!
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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.

CV Talk & Workshop

CV Event FlyerWe all know it’s tough out there for those of us looking for a job or trying to improve our career credentials. A lot of those problems are associated with things outside of our control: too few jobs and too many applicants. So what can we do? We need to focus on those elements of job selection that we have control over, namely our CV and cover letter. It is too often the case that people fail to tailor their CV for a job application or don’t make the best of the CV layout to display their skills and experience.

With that in mind, the LAICDG is proud to announce an informal CV Talk & Workshop. The aim of the talk is to get future librarians and those wishing to further their career opportunities to hear from people in the industry about what should be included in CVs and cover letters.

Guest speakers include:

  • Jane Burns from the Royal College of Surgeons;
  • Hugh Murphy from NUIM; and
  • a speaker from the UCD Careers Office.

After the talk there will be a workshop where attendees can gain practical experience about what employers are looking for when they announce that they are hiring. Attendees will form into groups and discuss real job adverts in the library world assisted by experienced professionals who will hold informal discussions with the attendees and offer advice based on their real work experience. Speakers will be joined by Kathryn Smith of TCD for the workshop.

Afterwards we will have the traditional informal ‘networking’ (or socialising with librarians in a pub!) in Rody Bolands. We have a space reserved for attendees of the event which will be available at 5pm.

As always, we will be encouraging the use of Twitter during the event. Our hashtag for the event is #cdgcv2013

imagesIf this sounds like just the thing you need to gain confidence in your job applications then you will want to be at Rathmines Public Library on Saturday, the 7th of September. And it’s free! With this in mind, and as this will be a small, informal event, spaces are strictly limited so email as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment! Our contact address is laicareerdevelopment [at] gmail.com

CDG talk at LAI/CILIP conference 2013 – Part Two

The second half of the conference was given by Daniel Murray. Here Daniel focused on Professionals out of work and the New Professional entering.

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Internships and job bridging schemes are now the way to access experience and to keep the skills you have, fresh. Daniel drew from his own experiences of finishing the MLIS and securing two internships one located in a school library another within cataloguing, it was these areas that he felt very out of depth as these were not the specific job situations he had envisaged himself in. However he adapted his skills from MLIS and used them to his best ability within the two internships.

Daniel used a similar approach to Giada, however within these two situations, 1) keep the contacts you have 2) keep within the circle of professionals. As a new professional coming into the scene I find that constant interaction with those involved with conferences, committees, and organisers will be the people you will time and time meet and through these people you will build up a connection.

Stringer BellDaniel gave a very engaging presentation with funny slides to make a seemingly drab topic very interesting, he was very honest in the way you have skills! You are a professional! So you still belong within the circle even though at the moment you are somehow removed from it. However, by building your connections and engaging in conversation you will keep from being “outside”.

As the presentation came to a close two questions were posed to the floor, as myself and my other classmate were the only students/new professionals we took a back seat, which was interesting, as the discussion between the fellow librarians was very lively. It was really good to see their perspective on the discipline. As one man noted that it was great to see the enthusiasm of the LAI CDG and that it is a fabulous engaging way for the people who are in the industry and a bit ‘tired’ (even though he was very careful in how he was saying it) that the dialogue between the people embedded and the new minds entering is what we should be doing, each can learn from one another.

Play your strenghts

I am thrilled to be a part of the LAI CDG, I have a lot of admiration for the committee and am excited to be able to help them create and build this blog. The many aspects Giada and Daniel spoke of is embedded with the MLIS, one of the modules which I have taken this semester is “Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice” and is run by Maria Souden. The content is diverse and the assessments are very engaging, as part of a continuous path we have established our own blogs, we post weekly about the topic discussed in class and the readings/other information.

It is this platform that has given me a confidence I never had before, to freely put your thoughts out there for anyone to read and comment on is a daring move, but I love it. The feedback you get keeps you going and wanting to say more, and the many topics you want to cover you never know where it might fit within the content already there. It makes you strive for bigger and better things like reaching out to others and doing guest posts for them.

Well done guys, best of luck with future projects, GOOD LUCK!

by Siobhan McGuinness
(Masters Student in the school of Library and Information Studies UCD)

Read part one here

CDG talk at LAI/CILIP conference 2013 – Part One

On Wednesday 10th of April Croke Park Conference Centre, the Library Association of Ireland, Career Development Group got together to organise an event for Professionals in work and how to enhance or renew their skills. In addition advice was given to guide Professionals that have recently been out of work along with the emergence of New Professionals into the world of Librarianship.

screenshot start preziTwo of the committee leaders Giada and Daniel were our speakers for today. Giada led the conversation with a very engaging Prezi presentation, where she gave a background to the establishment of the CDG which was something that amazed me; the group really have only begun to emerge in the last 12 months! My perception was this was a long established committee, so I was very eager to see their plans for the future.

Giada and co, have many ambitions for the group one aspect is to embed a job’s forum within the LAI’s website, and to work in conjunction with employers in order to establish another platform to seek us as potential employee’s.
This is a positive ambition of the committee as the establishment of Libraryjobs.ie has given me and my fellow classmates from SILS in UCD a lot of hope and encouragement for the future.

In addition future ambitions include the “libcamp”. I had not heard of the English version, however as Giada illustrated the event seems very engaging, the day is very informal, a topic is chosen beforehand within a group with similar ideas and you “pitch” this topic/idea to the floor! It sounds delightful, as there are so many issues surrounding our profession that you don’t always get the time to engage in debate, or even find people with similar or contrasting ideas. I am really looking forward to this event and I hope I can be a part of it!

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Giada’s presentation then focused on Professionals within work, and she had a positive message. “Learn, Go, And Do”! This message would be a great workshop for any library to engage in. Libraries today are facing many restrictions, however if you brought this plan into your institution you can change the outlook within the Profession and view these challenges as road block you need to divert from not stop at!

The procedures in which Giada outlined is to constantly keep up-to-date with the issues/topics/challenges surrounding you and your position. Get involved with the many debates that are being held via social networking. Personally I find Twitter an essential tool, even if your knowledge of the topic is sparse you still gain a lot from these conversations. I do take part in the Irish Libchat (#irelibchat) and it is great as you may not know these people but you build an online rapport with them. This is extremely beneficial when you attend conferences as this connection is already well established and you have found the links you need to help you within the issues and challenges facing you.

coloured buttonsAnother way to build your network is through Mailing lists and Newsletters; these illustrate the current issues and challenges facing this Profession. The people established within the various institutions need to engage with these issues in order to find solutions. So build up your social network, engage with the debates at conferences and keep up-to-date with issues and challenges, it is the only way to find solutions to the many problems facing Library and Information Studies!

This model Giada created is what she adopted as Professional Activism which is very true. The Professionals that are in the Professions need to renew their skills at a time when this profession is being threatened, and engage in dialogue with their colleagues from various institutions nationwide and worldwide to see how these have managed and used these challenges to be more effective for their community.

by Siobhan McGuinness
(Masters Student in the school of Library and Information Studies UCD)

Part Two coming soon… 🙂