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ANLTC Annual Report 2005

Committee Chairperson's Introduction 2005 Programme Review Financial Report


ANLTC Committee, 2005 

Miriam Corcoran (Dublin City University): Programme Evaluator

Pauline Corrigan (University College Dublin): Treasurer

John Cox (National University of Ireland, Galway): Web Site Manager

Catherine Fahy (National Library of Ireland) until April 2005

Ned Fahy (University College Cork): Secretary

Helen Fallon (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): Chairperson

Margaret Flood (Trinity College Dublin): External Liaison until July 2005

Ursula Gavin (Dublin Institute of Technology): Continuing Professional Development

Jessie Kurtz (Trinity College Dublin) from August 2005

Trevor Lyttle (Queens University Belfast): Continuing Professional Development

Colette McKenna (University of Ulster)

Grainne MacLochlainn (National Library of Ireland) from May 2005

Lindsay Mitchell (University of Limerick): Research

Paul Murphy (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland): Meetings Coordinator



From the Chairperson

2005 was a year of consolidation and taking into account the wealth of information gathered in the survey of training needs carried out in the previous year.  There were a few changes in the membership of the Committee; Jessie Kurtz took over from Margaret Flood as the representative for Trinity College Dublin while Grainne MacLochlainn became the representative for the National Library of Ireland in place of Catharine Fahy.   We are grateful to Margaret and Catherine for all their work for ANLTC and welcome Grainne and Jessie.

The first ANLTC Swets Research bursary was awarded in 2005 to Niamh Brennan.   While the Library Assistant Bursary has been in operation for some years this was the first award to someone at librarian grade.   We await with interest to hear the outcome of Niamh’s research and are grateful to Swets for their financial support.   The research topic is Researcher Environment and Behaviour in the University Setting and Niamh’s entry was selected from a strong field of six.

The detailed review of the courses offered during 2005 demonstrates that, once again, ANLTC has offered a diverse range of relevant courses and that the satisfaction expressed by participants remains high.

Following the CONUL colloquium February 2005, ANLTC was requested, together with representatives of the Committee on Information Skills to investigate The development of a programme for CPD to provide CONUL libraries with the relevant skills and aptitudes to engage with change and challenge” CONUL made the following proposal: ..that ANLTC with the Committee on Information skills work on elements of a CPD programme with accreditation an integral part of this.   At its meeting in May ANLTC  set up a group, chaired by Pauline Corrigan, to undertake this work, with a particular focus on CPD provision for professional librarians.   The subgroup held its first meeting in May 2005 and plans to complete its work in 2006.

The ANLTC website remained a useful tool for marketing our programme and also provided a diverse range of information about ANLTC activities.

In addition to attending ANLTC meetings the members contributed to the courses by organizing, presenting or facilitating them and contributed in many ways to another successful year.   Thanks again to all.

Trevor Lyttle




ANLTC Programme 2005


Evaluation Review




During the 2005 calendar year 11 events were offered on the programme to ANLTC participant Libraries. The programme consisted of 10 courses/workshops and one library visit. 5 events were held in the greater Dublin area and 4 of the events were run over two days.


A new feature of the programme this year was the modular Management Development Programme. This was hosted by UCD and offered participants three separate modules; Leadership Skills, Managing Performance and Personal Effectiveness. The programme was aimed at both new and experienced managers


Programme 2005 comprised the following courses/seminars:


1.         Designing and Delivering Information Skills Sessions (DCU) – ANLTC 2005/01

2.         Digitisation Workshop (QUB) – ANLTC 2005/02

3.         Management Development Programme (UCD) – ANLTC 2005/03

4.         Writing for the Web (DIT) – ANLTC 2005/05

5.         Conflict Resolution (UCC) – ANLTC 2005/06

6.         Managing Outsourcing (TCD) – ANLTC 2005/07

7.         Innovative Marketing for Libraries (NUIG) – ANLTC 2005/08

8.         Searching the Web (RCSI) – ANLTC 2005/09

9.         Budgets and Financial Management (UL) – ANLTC 2005/10

10.       Reference Skills (NUIM) – ANLTC 2005/11

11.       Visit to the Russell Library, NUI Maynooth



For the purposes of the analysis the visit to the Russell Library has been excluded and the modular Management Development Programme is considered separately. The graphs and data represented below relate to the standard programme offerings comprising the remaining 9 courses/seminars.


1.         Analysis Methodology

Out of 137 participants, 94% submitted an evaluation form, conversely only 6% did not respond. This represents a high response rate to the evaluation process.





Number of Responses



Number of Participants



* excludes participants in modular Management Development Programme


1.1       Participants were asked to respond to a number of questions under the following sections:-

§                     Content and Design (6 questions);

§                     Presentation (5 questions);

§                     Venue and Administration (4 questions);

§                     Overall Course Satisfaction (2 questions); and

§                     A number of open-ended questions.


1.2       The questions, apart from open-ended questions, required the participants to select from the following options:-


§                     Strongly Disagree;

§                     Disagree;

§                     Agree; or

§                     Strongly Agree.


1.3       Analysis was undertaken on the actual number of responses received from participants. The data on which this analysis is based is included in Appendix 1.


1.4       The following graphic depicts the percentage dispersion of responses to questions within sections with most of the questions concentrated on course Content and Design.





2.         Overall Response to Programme


Overall it may be concluded that there is a high level of satisfaction both with the individual elements of the programme and the programme as a whole.


2.1       The following graph highlights this level of satisfaction as expressed by responding participants. In general, participants responded positively to all elements of the programme with the greatest levels of satisfaction recorded for Presentation at 98%. Overall course satisfaction was also high at 95%.





2.2        The majority of the responses fall in either the Agree or Strongly Agree category with it being the exception to Disagree or Strongly Disagree to the question posed.


2.3        The programme continues to build on the high standards it achieved from the previous year with the responses consistently responding a high overall satisfaction within the programme.


2.4        In analysing how each course contributed to the Strongly Agree scores of 50% for Content and Design, 68% for presentation, 53% for Venue and Administration and 61% for Course satisfaction, it can be concluded that scores for each course, were by and large, equally distributed, with the notable exception of ANLTC 05/08 - Innovative Marketing for Libraries (NUIG), which stands out as making a significant contribution to the Strongly Agree responses. This suggest that not only was this course well presented but the subject matter was particular relevant to our constituency.





2.5        A review of the Agree response from participants is depicted in the graph below.





2.6              The overall programme scores for Agree responses were 45% for Content and Design, 30% for Presentation, 43% for Venue & Administration and 34% for Course Satisfaction. These scores should be considered in the context that that the majority of responses were in the Strongly Agree category, nevertheless, there is value in analysing the dispersion of results of individual courses across the Agree category.


2.7              The conclusion is that, in general, there is a normal dispersion across these Agree responses with all courses contributing to this very positive result with ANLTC 05/07 - Managing Outsourcing (TCD) the notable peak. This may also suggest that the material was of considerable interest to the participants on this course.



3.         Analysis by Element


3.1       Content and Design

When Strongly Agree and Agree responses are totalled, there is 95% satisfaction with the Content and Design of courses. This area covers the overall content and format design and method of course delivery. This year 8 of the 9 courses contained practical sessions and these were considered extremely useful.  Practical sessions included practical online work, interactive group-work, breakout sessions, role plays etc. As with last year’s programme the open questions reveal that time constraints curtailed practical sessions at a number of courses.


A very high 96% of participants Strongly Agree or Agree with the statement that “the course was relevant to my needs”. This is consistent across the entire programme. An analysis of the open question responses showed how valuable participants consider the availability of handouts and manuals to support the learning after course completion.



3.2       Presentation

            When compared with last year’s programme, this remains consistently the highest scoring area in course satisfaction across the entire programme. Presenters are consistently seen to deliver high quality courses and to have “demonstrated good knowledge of their subject” (98% either Strongly Agree or Agree).


Presenters are also seen to be open and responsive to questions by 99% of participants when Strongly Agree and Agree responses are combined.


3.3       Venue and Administration

            This area also scored a high satisfaction rate of 96% which represents a 3% increase over last year’s high of 93%. This section covers pre event administration, the training facilities including equipment and catering supplied. Significant improvements have been made in training room comfort, with the course co-ordinators addressing issues raised in last year’s survey. Last year 17% of respondents disagreed that the training room was comfortable compared against a score of 6% this year, a comparative improvement of 11%.


3.4              Overall Course Satisfaction

This category contained the following two questions:

§          Overall the course met my objectives

§          Overall I was satisfied with this course

95% when combined Agreed or Strongly Agreed with the first question and 95% combined Agreed or Strongly Agreed with the second question, giving rise to an overall course satisfaction rating for the programme of 95%.


            This extremely high score of 95%, demonstrates the high value of the ANLTC programme to individual course participants.



4                    Modular Management Development Programme

This represented a new initiative for ANLTC in that participants were presented with a modular programme consisting of 3 separate components. Participants could opt-in for relevant modules or select the entire programme. The programme elements were:-


§          Leadership Techniques

§          Managing Performance

§          Personal Effectiveness


This intensive programme for managers in libraries, designed to assist in developing their own management style, with the development of leadership skills, team building and employment legislation in module 1, with performance management, coaching and mentoring in module 2, and self-management techniques in module 3, including goal setting, personal development plans and time management was presented by Howard Shaw Associates.

This programme was aimed at new or experienced heads of departments, or librarians wanting to improve their management skills.


Each of the modules were attended by 13 participants and the overall feedback was extremely positive with a combined Strongly Agree and Agree response of 100% to all course elements. This would suggest the merits of further expansion of the modular approach to management course delivery.



It may be concluded the ANLTC Programme 2005 was evaluated as a success. Course content, design and administration are considered highly satisfactory. The presenters and facilitators are also considered to be consistently excellent. Issues that emerge from the analysis that are particularly noteworthy include:

§               The need to provide adequate supplementary materials and handouts wherever possible. 

§               Course duration remains an issue particularly when the start and end times are dictated by travel arrangements.

§               The need to provide adequate time for discussion time and practical sessions.



Miriam Corcoran

Programme Evaluator






Hon. Treasurer’s Annual Report 2005


During 2005, 10 courses were held out of 11 planned.  A total of 164 staff participated from 11 ANLTC institutions, with a few delegates from external organisations. This compares to 145 participants in 2004.


The attendance fee was maintained at €100 per person for five of the courses, two courses charged €120 and two day courses charged €230, there was one three day course (over three months) which cost €300.


From 2004, there was an adjustment made to the outcome of the Colloquium (ANLTC 100), when the amount of sponsorship was overestimated, thus a loss of €1426.66 was incurred. At the year end, the closing profit carry-over for courses in 2004 was adjusted to €5813.27. The bank balance at yearend was €7962.09, however much of the income from ANLTC 100 and 101 continued to arrive in early 2005.


In 2005, apart from the courses, which showed a profit of €2993.80, there were no other significant expenses, and the bank balance at yearend was €14114.79.


We received 50% funding for the Research Award from Swets Blackwell, to be awarded in 2006.


The table below shows the detailed financial outcomes for the courses run in 2005.


Pauline Corrigan

Hon. Treasurer, ANLTC

September 2006





Updated: 16 January 2007