The HSLG committee would like to thank all who attended and presented at HSLG 2018. It was a great event and a perfect opportunity to share ideas and network with library colleagues. As promised we’ve uploaded the presentations for your perusal.
Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, 12 January 2018
We will send out conference registration details shortly.
If you are looking for inspiration don’t forget Michelle Kraft’s keynote speech on change at last summer’s ICML + EAHIL conference. (If you missed it you can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkoCIvazQCs Michelle’s talk starts at about 35 minutes into the ceremony.)
Anne M O Byrne: Development of “Rotunda Birth of a Nation” ; 1916 Centenary Exhibition at the Rotunda.
Anne is Head Librarian in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. A graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she holds a BSc Econ in Information and Information Studies and an MSc Econ in Health Information Management. As a professional Librarian she is committed to the equal provision of information services to all categories of users and has a particular professional interest in developing outreach programmes and remote services to facilitate end-user training. She sees the role of librarians as being in partnership with lecturers, teachers and students in advancing learning and knowledge. Her role as custodian of historical memorabilia has progressed during her term as Librarian in the Rotunda Hospital, and in her development of the Bartholomew Mosse Tercentenary Exhibition to mark Mosse’s life as founder of the first “Lying-in Hospital”.
To coincide with the 1916 Centenary celebrations in Dublin, the Rotunda Hospital hosted an Exhibition entitled “ Rotunda Birth of a Nation” . This Exhibition acknowledged the role of five extraordinary 1916 medical women who supported the women and babies of Dublin at time of turmoil .
A group was formed in September 2015, comprised of a multi-disciplinary team headed by the Rotunda’s Head Librarian, Anne M O Byrne and assisted by Sinead McCoole, as Curatorial Advisor to the Group.
Over the period (October 2015 to February 2016), Committee worked with its various partners to develop high quality graphic displays to represent the role of each of these
women in the Rotunda. They became three medical doctors : Bridget Lyons Thornton, Kathleen Lynn, Dorothy Stopford Price and through collaboration with Abbeyleix Heritage Trust the life of Mary O Shea, nurse/Midwife. The final nurse was Albinia Brodrick whose connections became apparent through the joint research of the Historian and Librarian, a unique collaboration.
In addition to the physical Exhibition a serious of lunchtime talks were hosted during the
Exhibition. The Exhibition was well attended with a total footfall of 3053 visitors through the doors of the Rotunda. Work has already commenced on the future role of this Exhibition and its inclusion on the Rotunda Online Exhibition site at www.rotunda.ie
Kate Kelly: Putting it into Practice: applying the skill set
Kate is Director of Library Services at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).RCSI is currently building a new academic education centre incorporating a new library and has been recruiting for new positions over the last year. Kate has spent most of her library career in health sciences working in the USA and Ireland. She has an MSc in Health Services Research and is a fellow of the Library Association of Ireland (FLAI) and distinguished member of the US Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).
In support of its strategy “Growth and Excellence” RCSI is building a new medical education centre incorporating a new health sciences library. Planning for this building challenged library staff at all levels to consider and reconsider what it is we do, how we do it, and why we do it. What if anything differentiates a health sciences library and health sciences librarians from other libraries? Using RCSI Library as a case study this presentation will share some of the learnings from our benchmarking exercises as prelude to a restructuring and the thinking behind resulting new positions.
Fintan Bracken: Bibliometrics: Maximising & Assessing Research Impact
Fintan is the Research Services and Bibliometrics Librarian in the University of Limerick. In this role, Fintan is responsible for providing services to researchers in many aspects of the research process including bibliometrics, open access, publication strategy and maximising research impact. Prior to joining UL in October 2013, Fintan worked with IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary. He has also previously worked in the Marine Institute’s research library. Fintan completed a PhD in zoology in 2004 and has published research on various topics including bird biodiversity and usability studies. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fintanbracken.
In the last decade, the use of bibliometrics has become more mainstream in universities and research institutions throughout the world. Bibliometrics refers to the quantitative measures used to assess research output, in other words, publication and citation analysis. This workshop will provide:
An overview of bibliometrics and how they can be used;
An explanation of the main metrics used;
Details on how to find citations to articles and how to calculate the h-index of a researcher using the three main citation tools, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar;
Information on other methods and tools to assess the research impact of individuals and groups;
An explanation of the main journal metrics and instructions on how to find each.
This workshop will also highlight five key methods for optimising the impact of research including publishing in high impact journals (e.g. using ScimagoJR.com), ensuring a researcher’s outputs are easily identifiable (e.g. using ORCID and Google Scholar Profiles), increasing the visibility of publications (e.g. using Open Access), and promoting research (e.g. using social media).
Caroline Rowan & Stephanie Ronan: Advancing our skillset: building the Rudai23 e-learning course for information professionals
Caroline is the health librarian in St. Michael’s Hospital. She has several undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications including a Master of Arts and a Master of Library & Information Studies. An enthusiastic advocate for libraries, she is a Communications Officer for the Health Sciences Library Group, a co-editor of HINT: Health Information News & Thinking and a collaborator on HEAR: Health Evidence Awareness Report and on the Rudai 23 professional development course. Twitter – @librarianintown, LinkedIn – ie.linkedin.com/in/rowancaroline
Stephanie is an information professional, providing the library services to the Marine Institute in Galway. As a solo librarian, she manages all aspects of the library including the institutional repository and is quickly becoming a marine information expert. She is secretary for the WRSLAI, collaborator on Rudai23 and a founding member of the Repository Network Ireland. Twitter @StephanieRonan, LinkedIn https://ie.linkedin.com/in/sronan
Rudaí 23 is a free online course based on the original 23 Things format by Helene Blowers. It was developed by a collaboration comprising several members of the Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland and additional contributors from the library and education sectors. The primary aims comprised the provision of instruction in relation to web tools, advocacy and on legal, technical and professional topics. The course is the first online course to be certified by the Library Association of Ireland.
This presentation examines the skills needed to establish, develop, moderate and manage an online course with a team of eleven voluntary instructors. To initiate the course, team members became competent in design tools, policy writing, recruitment and social media marketing. The course was managed and run on-line thus the team worked without verbal and visual cues, honing communication and team-working skills. Rudaí 23 consisted of 23 modules; in producing these modules the team advanced their researching, writing, editing and design skills, as well as adhering to copyright laws. Finally the presentation examines the skills advanced through acquiring project feedback and the organisation of a certificate presentation ceremony.
Ann Wales: Something Old, Something New: Health Librarian Capabilities for the Knowledge Economy and the Digital Age
Since 2005, Ann has held the national role of Programme Director for Knowledge Management in NHS Education for Scotland, leading national strategic development of knowledge management across health and social care. This has included delivery of the national online Knowledge Network as a national gateway to evidence, information and learning resources for health and social care. Ann also worked with partners to design and operationalise a national service for translating knowledge into action in health and social care, with a strong focus on developing knowledge broker roles to facilitate that process The constant driving force behind Ann’s work is her commitment to translating knowledge into decisions and actions to improve health and care.
Drawing upon international research and upon the experience of the Knowledge into Action Strategy for Health and Social Services in Scotland, this presentation will explore the knowledge, skills, behaviours and mindsets required to realise the potential of the health librarian role in the 21st Century. It will highlight the need for librarians to respond to transformation of health and social care delivery; the “digital first” approach to public services, the growth of the knowledge economy, and the financial challenges underlying all these drivers for change. An overarching theme is the need to develop beyond the traditional librarian role in organising information to become knowledge brokers that facilitate the translation of knowledge into practice. Participants will be invited to debate the real-life challenges of evolving professional identity and skills in this changing context.
Jesse Waters: The Skill Set of a Health Science Library Assistant
Jesse is a 2015 graduate of the MLIS at University College Dublin, and also holds an MA in History from Mary Immaculate College. He has a great deal of experience in academic libraries, having volunteered at the library at Limerick School of Art and Design and the Glucksman Library (University of Limerick). He recently worked at the James Joyce Library (University College Dublin) and is currently a part time library-assistant at the Mercer Library (Royal College of Surgeons).
The Skill Set of a Health Science Library Assistant` highlights the core skills required from a library assistant, and those which are developed over time while working at the service desk of a health science library. From his own experience, he has identified three categories of skills that a library assistant should possess. First are the skills necessary before one enters the role, such as communication and research skills. Second are the skills which are realised when one becomes comfortable in their individual library, including knowledge of customer needs and library resources. Third are those which develop with experience in ones library, including specific subject knowledge such as health and medicine.