HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #8

Caroline Rowan & Stephanie Ronan: Advancing our skillset: building the Rudai23 e-learning course for information professionalsrudai23

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 –

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


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.


HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #7

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.


HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #6

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.


HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #5

Jane Burns: Why and What to Measure? Understanding & Using Altmetrics to evaluate impact.

Jane joined RCSI in 2012 with over 20 years’ experience in Library & Research Environments in Ireland. Jane’s role as Research Officer is the management of pan-European Systematic review in the area of Communication Skills for Medical Students and providing research support for the HPEC team. Jane is also a Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at University College Dublin.

Her areas of expertise include Library & Information Management particularly in the area of Health Librarianship, Research Skills, and Development of Digital Resources, Online Narrative Tools, Meta Data Development, Taxonomy Development. Jane’s research interests include the harnessing of new technologies and new service models to enhance access to information and the development of online interactive learning environments  and Medical Humanities..

Jane is a Fellow of the Library Association of Ireland and is a member of its Executive Council where she serves on Continuous Professional Development Committee.

Twitter: @JMBurns99


Jane has been appointed an Altmetric Ambassador by since 2015. As part of this program she has undergone extensive training and have developed a good understanding of the strength and limitations of these tools in understanding different types of impact for research. (

A single research output may live online in multiple websites and can be talked about across dozens of different platforms. The use of Altmetrics provides for the collecting and collating all of this disparate information to provide users with a single visually engaging and informative view of the online activity surrounding scholarly content.

Defining what altmetrics are, how they work and how they can be integrated into the library role in the research and dissemination processes are central to this presentation. The link between traditional research and social media platforms will be explored to demonstrate the rapid, engaging and connected online environments for research.

A review of the benefits of joining the Altmetric Ambassador program as well as the training provided will be explored and steps on how to get involved will be explored.


HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #4

Joanne Callinan: Learning from e-learning in other organisations

Joanne has a Bachelor of Science (Hon Biochemistry) from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin. In 2005, she received a HRB Cochrane Research Fellowship to undertake a  systematic review with the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group. She has many years experience working as a Health Sciences Librarian as well as undertaking research in information needs, bibliotherapy and e-learning. She is currently the Librarian in Milford Care Centre and co-ordinates activities on Milford Care Centre’s e-learning website. Joanne was project officer involved in setting up and evaluating a virtual learning environment to support candidates studying the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care (distance learning course) in Milford Care Centre. She has experience designing, developing and evaluating e-learning programmes and has a Graduate Diploma in Digital Media Development for Education from the University of Limerick. She obtained a Clinical Research Fellowship in Palliative Care from the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care to conduct research on the barriers and facilitators to using E-Learning in palliative care education in Ireland. She is one of the librarian’s involved with editing HEAR Bulletin. Her other main interests include information literacy, critical appraisal skills and open access.


The purpose of the Education Fellowship was to visit different healthcare organisations in the UK involved in delivering e-learning courses and to observe and gather information about the processes and methods utilised to develop online programmes in those organisations. The sites Joanne visited were Hospice UK, Macmillan UK, Loros Hospice and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

In May 2015, Joanne visited Hospice UK to learn more about how they have used Moodle to deliver their courses. The CLiP programme (Current Learning in Palliative Care) gives professionals, carers and teams from a variety of health and social care settings the knowledge and skills needed in their daily work.

In October 2014, The RCGP Essential Knowledge Update and Challenge Programme won the Gold Award in the Best e-learning Project in the most competitive sector (third sector). This is no more evident than by the fact that they have a dedicated team of e-learning professionals and authors. RCGP offers a wide spectrum of E-Learning courses specifically for GPs.

As part of the presentation, Joanne will outline the following what she learnt from the visits such as:

  1. Different approaches to developing e-learning courses
  2. Learning about some of the software and technology used to develop online courses.
  3. View examples of reflective learning as well as how e-learning can be made engaging for learners.
  4. Knowledge of the course development process
  5. How quality control can be ensured during course development
  6. Outcomes achieved as a result of the visits

HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #3

Mary Dunne and Mairea Nelson: Advancing skills: from ‘lovely librarians’ to knowledge ninjas

Mary Dunne is a Chartered Information Specialist in the HRB National Drugs Library, Dublin. She has a keen interest in the future of librarianship, in particular: how we are perceived by stakeholders and how we communicate our value. She co-Chaired the jury selection for the ‘Demonstrating value: what’s your impact?’ theme at the CILIP conference 2015. She is also a member of the working groups for both the CILIP and HEE Libraries impact toolkits, and a member of the Lenus working group. Mary has presented at numerous conferences, and authored articles for library and drug-related publications. Her qualifications include a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Information and Library Studies (Distinction). Linkedin:

Mairea Nelson is an Information Officer in the HRB National Drugs Library, a position she has held since 2010. She has written articles and presented at many national conferences. Her professional interests include social media and library value and impact. She has a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin. In 2015 Mairea applied for Certification, however CILIP upgraded her portfolio and she was awarded Chartership. Mairea was the first candidate to have their submission upgraded to the higher level of professional registration by CILIP. Linkedin:

Twitter: @hrblibrarians


The modern (Oxford) definition of ninja is a person who excels in a particular skill or activity. Known for their speed, stealth and precision, the ninja is viewed as a respected, efficient professional. As librarians and information professionals we adapt to constantly changing expectations, yet perceptions of us as passive, support-staff persist. In this challenging environment it is more important than ever that we display our abilities and skills. But how do we decide what to focus on? And, importantly, how do we then promote our skills and expertise to those who need to know?

One useful way to audit our skills is through professional registration. Through its Professional Knowledge and Skills Base, CILIP encourage a process of self-reflection in the areas of professional expertise, generic skills, and contribution to the wider library, information and knowledge sector context. This structured process helped us prioritise areas of change and advancement, and understand how we can better reveal our professional brilliance. From fairy-tales to facts – this is our story.


HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #2

Aoife Lawton: Making Our Skills Visible Through Research

aoife lawtonAoife, MLIS, ALAI works as a systems librarian for the Health Service Executive. Based in Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, she is responsible for managing Lenus the Irish Health Repository, electronic resource management and is involved in system reform projects. Aoife is the author of “The Invisible Librarian” a book published in 2015 to raise the profile, visibility and impact of the work that librarians do. She is the IPC chair for ICML/EAHIL/HSLG 2017 conference. Her interests include: evidence based librarianship, emerging technologies, open access and continuing professional development. Twitter: aalawton


Research, Analysis and Interpretation is one of the seven competency areas outlined by the Medical Library Association as conducive to professional success. The Standards for Irish Healthcare Library & Information Services (2004) include several references to the importance of research skills for librarians under several criteria: User Education, Systematic Review skills, Needs Assessment and Library & Information Service Staff Training. Paying attention to the external environment is equally important for health science librarians and information professionals. One of the three strategic recommendations that emerged from the SHeLLI report included “Staff and service development”. From this, a specific recommendation was “Health librarians should identify clinical research opportunities in all sectors, and offer their information and knowledge skills to the research team”.

One of the main benefits of carrying out research is that it increases the visibility of the skills of a librarian to a broad audience. This is achieved by working with health care professionals, collaborating on research projects and publishing. This presentation will focus on the experience of one health science librarian’s writing and publishing journey with the intention of inspiring others to get writing and get publishing.


HSLG 2016, meet the presenters #1

Anne Madden headshot (2)Anne Madden: Building value into a core skill

Anne is Assistant Librarian in St. Vincent’s University Hospital with responsibilities for providing training to a range of staff and students on expert searching, health literacy, critical appraisal etc. She also provides an alerting service, and a bi-monthly evidence bulletin, and is founder and contributor to “HEAR” (Health Evidence Awareness Report). Anne is the HSLG CPD Officer and assists the National Cancer Control Programme as expert searcher.


A standard role for health librarians is to deliver training to staff and/or students in their organisation. In a hospital setting, librarians deliver training to healthcare professionals in different disciplines – nursing, medical, physiotherapy, pharmacology, occupational health – to name but a few. Conflicting demands on limited staff time can mean that training offered by the library can be poorly attended and/or shortened to the extent that it is virtually pointless. To address this, Anne is investigating what is required to deliver courses that will qualify for CME/CPD points from the relevant national bodies – RCPI, NMBI etc – thus increasing the attractiveness and take-up of the service.
This presentation examines the investigation process and lessons learned, including critically assessing the content and quality of training delivered to hospital staff, adapting delivery methods and timings to meet user requirements, challenges arising from the physical and electronic environment, adapting content to suit accrediting body criteria, tracking what works or doesn’t work, and identifying any gaps in our own skill sets required to deliver clinically relevant training.

Conference · Events

HSLG 2016 Conference programme now available.

The programme for the HSLG 2016 Conference “Advancing health library skill sets” has been finalised and can be viewed below. This year the conference will be held in the Camden Court Hotel on Camden Street, Dublin 2 on 12-13 May 2016.

Book your place for the conference at


Day 1, 12 May 2016

09.30-10.00         Registration

10.00-10.10         Opening words from Chair

10.10-11.00       Keynote speech: Something Old, Something New: Health Librarian Capabilities for the Knowledge Economy and the Digital Age by Ann Wales

11.00-11.15         Q & A for Ann Wales

11.15-11.45         Coffee/Sponsors

11.45-12.15         “Building value into a core skill.”

Anne Madden, St. Vincent’s University Hospital,

12.15-12.45         “Advancing our skillset: building the Rudai 23 e-learning course for information professionals”

Caroline Rowan, St Michael’s Hospital and Stephanie Ronan, Marine Institute

12.45-13.00         Questions

13.00-14.00         Lunch/Sponsors

14.00-14.30         Making Our Skills Visible Through Research

Aoife Lawton, Health Service Executive

14.30-15.00         Advancing skills: from ‘lovely librarians’ to knowledge ninjas

Mary Dunne & Mairea Nelson, Health Research Board,

15.00-15.20         Learning from e-learning in other organisations

Joanne Callinan, Milford Care Centre,

15.20-15.30         questions

15.30-16.00         Coffee/Sponsors

16:00-16:30         Putting it into Practice: applying the skill set

Kate Kelly, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

16.30-16:45         Posters

16.45-17.15         Why and What to Measure? Understanding & Using Altmetrics to evaluate impact.

Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & School of Information & Communication Studies, University College Dublin

17.15-17.30         Questions

17.30-18.00         AGM

18.00-19.30         Drinks/Canapes


Day 2, 13 May 2016

9.15-09.30           Registration

09.30-11.15         Bibliometrics

Fintan Bracken, University of Limerick

11.15-11.45         Coffee/Sponsors

11.45-13.30         Bibliometrics

Fintan Bracken, University of Limerick

13.30-14.00         Closing comments

14.00-14.30         Lunch


Call for papers for HSLG 2016

This year’s theme Librarian Skillsfor the HSLG Annual
Conference, is “Advancing health library skill sets”.

We’re looking to hear about the skillsets required for 21st century Health Librarians and how librarians are acquiring them. If you are interested in letting your Health Librarian community know what you are up to we’d love to hear about it.

You can choose to go for a:

  • Case study (30 and 20 minute presentation slots available)
  • Lightning presentation (10 minute presentation)
  • Poster (may include 5 minute presentation – TBC)

The conference will be held in the Camden Court Hotel on  Camden Street, Dublin 2 on 12-13 May 2016 and the closing date for submissions is Friday 11 March 17:00.

If you are interested in presenting at the Conference, please fill out our Submission Form and email it to hslgevents at with HSLG2016 Presentation or HSLG2016 Poster in the subject line.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities with the HSLG conference please contact Louise Farragher at