Advanced Academic Writing

Venue:                                    Library, NUI Maynooth

Date:                                       Thursday 6th February 2014, 10.00 – 16.00

Course Code:                        ANLTC 2014/01

Places:                                   12

Cost:   This is a follow-on workshop to Writing for Academic Publication and there is no additional charge

Workshop Facilitator:          Helen Fallon


Target Audience:      The workshop is open to people in the following categories

Those who participated in an earlier workshop and who have now published and are considering/drafting another article
Those who participated in an earlier workshop and have an article at an advanced stage in the publishing process e.g. out for peer-review, and wish to develop their writing further
Those who participated in an earlier workshop and have written an article which was rejected by a journal or other publishing outlet.

Description:   The workshop will focus on the following areas:
Developing writing style (clarity, precision, flow,  tone, structure, narrative/story, voice, personal style
Using punctuation to improve style and flow  (commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, quotation marks)
Grammar (verbs, nouns, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, propositions)
Proofreading and editing including proofreading marks

The workshop will be highly participative.


Enclosures & Housing: Protecting our Collections

Course: Enclosures & Housing: protectingour collections

Code: ANLTC 2014-03

Date: Thursday 27 March 2014        10.00-16.30


You will get an appreciation of: Why protect and which types of material should be protected; looking at what protection is expected to achieve and how to prioritise. You will also get an opportunity to learn about: What should be used to protect – looking at a wide range of protective enclosures and the materials from which they are made.


There will be time for: Discussion on delegates’ own collections and what has/hasn’t worked. The way in which the design of enclosures affects the contents and adjacent material. general handling of protected material.


The day will include a: Practical session, making a Melinex wrapper and tying with tapes.


The course has relevance for staff at all levels interested in the practicalities of protecting their collections.

Course presenters:

Caroline Bendix, who is a highly-experienced independent library conservator, having worked in over 500 libraries and book collections for a wide variety of clients, including English Heritage, museums, learned societies/institutions, local councils, record offices, universities, cathedrals, synagogues, churches, historic houses, schools, the Government, Historic Royal Palaces and many other historic and contemporary libraries.

Host Library: TCD



Using multimedia tools to present information


Course:                       Using Multimedia tools to present information

Course Code:              ANLTC 2014/04

Date:                           Friday 11th April 2014                         0930-1630

Description: Library staff are often faced with the task of presenting information. Students use digital tools in their daily lives and are used to exchanging information in a non-textual way. Would you like to try new ways to create, present and share information? If so, then this course is for you!

Course Outline:

This one-day, hands-on workshop explores tools that can be used to present information in ways that are not purely textual.  Delegates will have plenty of opportunity to practice throughout the day. They are encouraged to bring along their own images to play with, and if they wish to try out their own cameras or smartphones, they are welcome to do so.

Programme includes:


  • Graphics – exploration, practical work to include manipulating images, creating content, photographic slideshows
  • Image sound and video search – options and exploration
  • Sceencasting software – overview, options, exploration
  • Presentation software -overview, examples, exploration to include speaking avatars, stickynote software, chat facilities
  • Creating podcasts
  • Recording video
  • Pinterest
  • Other tools

Training documentation and links to useful websites will be provided on the day.

Audience:                   The course is directed at library staff who regularly present information to others as part of their role or who are involved in any type of training.

Prior knowledge of the subject matter is not required or expected.

Note:               Numbers are limited on this course

Host library:               Dublin Institute of Technology

Course Location:        Training Room 1, DIT Library, Aungier St. Dublin 2.

Presenter:       Phil Bradley


The Librarian as Researcher

Course:                      The Librarian as Researcher Seminar

Venue:                        Library, NUI Maynooth

Date:                           Thursday 8th May, 9.30-4.30

Course Code:             2014/05

Places:                        40

Fee:                             €100 (there are a limited number of free places for unwaged)


Target Audience:      Librarians who want to find out more about doing research for different purposes – advanced degrees, books, journal articles, audio archives etc.



The seminar brings together a number of librarians to give  insights into how they are integrating research into their work, their lives and their careers.  It will offer both Irish and North American perspectives on opportunities for librarians to develop as researchers.



Keynote 1

Dr John Cullen lectures in the School of Business in NUI Maynooth.  He has also held a range of library positions.  He is a prolific researcher and writer and has published work on a range of topics ranging across library work in Ireland, suicide in the media, organisational learning and business ethics.


Keynote 2

Dr. Sharon L. Bostick is Dean of Libraries at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and has held library leadership positions at other universities in the United States. She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Wayne State University, an AMLS (Library Science) from the University of Michigan, and a BA in English and Counselling from Oakland University. She has written and presented extensively on information-seeking behaviour in university students, on academic and library consortia in the United States and on academic library buildings. She created the Library Anxiety Scale, a statistically validated instrument and is co-author of the book “Library Anxiety: Theory, Research and Applications.”


Other Presenters

Mary Antonesa (NUI Maynooth), Jane Burns (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Bernadette Cunningham (Royal Irish Academy) Siobhan Dunne (Dublin City University), Helen Fallon (NUI Maynooth),  Jane Maxwell (Trinity College Dublin), Anne O’Brien (Kairos Communications), Regina Richardson (NUI Maynooth).


Poster Exhibition

There will also be a poster exhibition as part of the seminar.


Improving Library Services with LibQual+®

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Recent Posts |

Venue:  North Training Room, TCD Library

Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 11.00 – 16.00

Course Code: ANLTC 2014/07

Workshop Facilitator: Selena Killick, Library Quality Officer, Barrington Library, Cranfield University.

Target Audience:  This workshop is aimed at LibQUAL administrators and other library staff who have run LibQUAL in their library and have a working knowledge of the survey and the results

Description:  A key function of this event is to bring Irish staff together to share their knowledge and experience and to enhance their expertise so that they may make the best use of the survey, the results and the potential to benchmark effectively, locally, nationally and internationally.  For further information please e-mail



Supporting your research community

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Recent Posts |


Course title:   Supporting the activities of your research community – issues and initiatives

Course code:            ANLTC 2014:06

Date and venue:        Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


This seminar has been devised by the CONUL Research Support Working Group. The objective of the group is to help develop the research support capacity of CONUL libraries by developing a flexible and accessible Research Support toolkit.

The seminar will address the issues involved in research support, and the services and potential services that libraries may offer to maximize the impact of the research communities served by CONUL libraries. Speakers will discuss topics such as advocacy and relationship building, publication strategy, and the potential impact of research support initiatives.

In presenting the latest developments in research support in CONUL libraries, within a broader research context, the seminar will provide an up-to-date awareness of current trends and future directions in research support.

The seminar is aimed at all library staff who may be involved in research support now or in the future. It will be in lecture format, with opportunities for questions, discussion and networking.

Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided at the venue, and these are included in the registration fee.

Learning Outcomes:

An up-to-date awareness of the issues involved in research support, of services and potential services that libraries may offer, and of skill-sets that may need to be developed/acquired.


Course Presentations

Research data management and libraries: Relationships, activities, drivers and influences–Dr Stephen Pinfield, Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield

Available Online – Digitisation in the UK, Europe and Beyond  –   Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager, The European Library

Relationship Building & Advocacy for Research Support Across the Campus  –   Julia Barrett, Research Services Manager, The Library, University College Dublin

Publication Strategy: Helping Academics to Increase the Impact of their Research  –   Dr Fintan Bracken, Research Services & Bibliometrics Librarian, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick

Archival Interventions – Integrating and Embedding Archival Material into Research  –  Barry Houlihan, Archivist, James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway