Journal club meetings

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, Thursday 9 November 2023 – Current Awareness Services

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 9 November 2023, 11:00 – 11:45am

Our next journal club meeting will be hosted by Bennery Rickard, Area Library Manager for HSE East.

Paper for discussion: Keeping up to date: Review of Current Awareness Services Provided by Health Library Ireland. Review conducted by HLI Knowledge Support Team June 2023.
Available to download from Lenus at

Bennery’s slides are available to view here: VJC Bennery Rickard Presentation


The journal club is always welcoming new members – membership is open to everyone included in the HSLG email discussion list. If you wish to join please email


HINT Fiction Competition

The Editors of HINT, the newsletter of the Health Sciences Libraries Group are pleased to announce that the Christmas Fiction Competition is now open. Entries must mention books, libraries or librarians, however briefly, and be no more than 1,000 words.

The winner will receive a One for All Voucher for €100 and the Runner Up will receive a One for All Voucher for €50

Entrants must be a member of the Library Association of Ireland.

The winning entry will be published in the winter issue of HINT and the second-place entry will be published in the spring issue.

Please send your entries to by the 25th of November. Jean will anonymise the entries and submit them to the judging panel. If you wish to remain anonymous and write under a nom de plume, you can do that too!  You can remain a mystery writer!

So, get that piece out of your bottom drawer or just start writing. You know you’ve always wanted to!

CPD · Events

Graphic Design for Librarians

After an invitation from the HSLG, Diana K. Wakimoto kindly delivered a webinar on “Graphic Design for Librarians” to over 50 attendees on 21 September 2023. 

She covered the fundamentals of graphic design to enable us to design effective and engaging visual communications as well as giving a quick introduction to some graphic design tools like Canva and Adobe Express.

Diana is a library faculty member at Cal State East Bay (Hayward, CA). She teaches information literacy, manages the archives, provide reference and research assistance, develops the collections in biological sciences. She publishes in the areas of libraries and graphic design, public services, ePortfolios, and evidence-based practice, and serves on various library and university-wide committees. She is author of the book Easy Graphic Design for Librarians: From Color to Kerning.

Slides from the webinar

Link to the resource guide provided:

Recording from Zoom of the webinar by Diana Wakimoto on “Graphic Design for Librarians”.

HINT · Home

Summer issue of the HSLG newsletter HINT available now

Our Summer 2023 issue of the Health Sciences Libraries Group newsletter ‘Health Information News & Thinking’ (HINT) is available now at

Issue contents:

Editorial – Jean McMahon
HSLG Continuing Professional Development website support – Mary Dunne
AI in libraries: a rapidly-developing field – Caitríona Lee
Library Internship at Tallaght University Hospital – Miriam Williams
Study Within a Review: Text mining tools to support evidence searching – Marie Carrigan
Librarians in Interesting Roles: Tom Martin, Educational Technologist – Tom Martin
Librarians of the World—Past and Present: Charlotte Serber: Librarian of Los Alamos – Caitríona Lee
EAHIL Annual Conference 2023 – Marie Carrigan
ESI Workshop ‘Designing Systematic Searches’ – Jim Healy
UXLibs Conference, Brighton 6th-8th June 2023 – Pamela Doyle
Research and Information Intersection: Can You Manage Knowledge? – Bernard Barrett
Book Review: The Lost Village by Camilla Sten – Elaine Peppard
LITE Reading (Library, Information, Technology & Evidence) – Mary Dunne
Upcoming Events

Journal club meetings

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, Thursday 7 September 2023 – Defining artificial intelligence for librarians

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 7 September 2023, 11:00 – 11:45am

Hosted by Noeleen Murtagh, Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Article: Cox, A. M., & Mazumdar, S. (2022). Defining artificial intelligence for librarians. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Noeleen’s questions for discussion:

  1. Does your organisation have an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy?
  2. The authors suggest 5 different types of use of AI in libraries, do you agree with these, or can you think of others?
  3. Do you see a role for your library with AI?
  4. Should librarians feel threatened by AI?
  5. Do you see an impact of AI on equality and diversity in the library profession?

To view a PDF of Noeleen’s presentation please click this link: Journal Club Presentation 07/09/2023

Below are some additional resources mentioned in the discussion:

What is artificial intelligence and how is it used? | News | European Parliament (

CILIP AI hub – CILIP: the library and information association

CPD · Events

Taking your Social Media to the next level!

Saoirse de Paor, teaching & learning librarian at Maynooth University library, gave a presentation at the joint HSLG & A&SL networking evening. She has kindly agreed to share her slides of the presentation. Taking your Social Media to the Next Level!

With her social media and communications hat on, Saoirse de Paor spoke of the different ways that social media platforms can enhance how libraries engage and interact with their users and how it can further promote library services, supports and resources in a new and innovative way.

From working in social media-specific roles and the experience gained from running student initiatives and online campaigns on behalf of Maynooth University Library, Saoirse has gained an insight into the many social media tips and tricks that can help others in the profession to increase visibility and outreach strategies as well as helping to foster connections, partnerships and collaborations.

From developing a brand, to using multiple means of engagement, she will give you the tools to take your library’s social media to the next level!

Saoirse de Paor, BA, MLIS, ALAI.

Saoirse works as a Teaching & Learning Librarian at Maynooth University Library. Her interests include information literacy, development of online learning resources as well as social media promotion and outreach.

Saoirse is the social media officer for the Library Association of Ireland as well as a member of the Communications team for the Career Development Group (of the LAI). She sits on the Digital Communications team of Maynooth University Library and manages various social media campaigns and initiatives as a member of the Teaching & Research Development Team. She also co-led the Irish Communications team at IFLA’S World Library International Congress 2022 in Dublin.

Twitter: @SaoirsePeri

LinkedIn: Saoirse de Paor

CPD · Peer review buddy

Literature Search Peer Review Buddy Scheme

The Health Sciences Libraries Group is excited to announce a new continuing professional development opportunity for library staff and information specialists based in Ireland. We are launching a literature search peer review buddy scheme across Ireland as a means of informal peer learning on literature searching. It is a way to help librarians conducting literature searches to form connections, encourage networking, and also to enable expertise sharing between individuals to improve the quality of their searches.

We are putting a call out to interested people to register and be paired with another librarian. People of similar experience will then share a recent literature search they have undertaken and review the search before meeting up virtually to discuss their searches. The search is not a current search and there is no time or other pressure, rather it’s an opportunity to have a peer look at your search and comment or recommend, and to do the same for someone else.

What is involved? Once you have registered your interest, you will be paired with another participant. You and your peer review buddy will be asked to arrange an hour long online meeting. Prior to this meeting, you should send each other a recently completed search strategy, to be reviewed and discussed. Guidance on how to peer review search strategies will be provided, and we will ask you for some feedback on the scheme.

Why should I sign up? Peer reviewing of search strategies is a great way to keep your skills fresh. It’s also a good opportunity to network with other librarians and form more personal professional connections.

Sounds like a great idea! Where can I sign up? Please complete this form by 9th June 2023

What is the timeline involved?

9th June 2023: Registration for the Literature Search Peer Review Buddy Scheme closes.
16th June 2023: Participants are paired and notified of the pairing. A prompt sheet on reviewing a literature search will be provided.
19th June – 28th July 2023: Participants liaise with each other, share a search, arrange a 1 hour virtual meeting to discuss searches and complete the evaluation form.

Will the scheme run again? If the scheme proves successful and there is enough interest, it will be run again and will be open to different approaches in future rounds.

Any questions? If you have any further questions or comments on the scheme, please contact Breeda Herlihy, Mercy University Hospital Librarian,

Journal club meetings

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, Thursday 4 May 2023 – Searching Errors in Systematic Reviews

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 4 May 2023, 11:00 – 11:45am

Hosted by Fiona Lawler, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services.

Article: Briscoe S. (2023). Errors to avoid when searching for studies for systematic reviews: A guide for nurse researchers. International journal of older people nursing, e12533. Available at:

Fiona Lawler’s Suggested Questions:

  1. What are your overall thoughts of the paper and can you identify with the list of common search errors covered in the commentary?
  2. Do you have much involvement supporting researchers in the development of search strategies for systematic reviews or any other types of literature reviews? What are the main issues/challenges that you face?
  3. Do you have personal experience of reviewing search strategies for peer review? e.g. using the PRESS checklist
  4. What further steps can we, in the HSLG community, take to support researchers in avoiding search errors?
  5. Any other thoughts, ideas?

To view a PDF of Fiona’s presentation please click this link: HSLG Journal club presentation 04/05/2023


HINT Spring 2023

Our Spring 2023 issue of the HSLG newsletter is available HINT_Spring_2023

Issue contents:

Time to Reflect on the HSLG Conference by Niamh Lucey p.2
Anne Madden—a fond farewell by HSLG Committee p.5
HSLG conference 2023, feedback from attendees by Mairea Nelson p.6
HSLG CPD framework — progress by Mary Dunne p.8
New online training diary from EAHIL by Mary Dunne p.9
What do we need Libraries for? by Bernard Barrett p.10
Book review: You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce by Elaine Peppard p.11
LITE Reading (Library, Information, Technology & Evidence) by Mary Dunne p.12
Upcoming events p.18