HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #9

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:


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, 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).


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 #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 #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.


The Librarian as Researcher

We’re delighted to bring you this excellent CPD workshop at an equally excellent price.

This custom-made workshop, “The Librarian as Researcher”, will provide healthcare librarians with a practical guide to undertaking research.  It will get you well on the way to carrying out your own piece of research, big or small, and provide useful information on supporting research within your organisation.  Use the day to identify research partners with similar interests from among your colleagues.  The afternoon session, based on a case study by the presenter, comprehensively covers all the key steps in the publishing and dissemination process.

And don’t forget the two big events in Dublin in 2017 (12th International Congress of Medical Librarianship and EAHIL Workshop) – the host nation should be well represented, so now’s the time to get in touch with your inner researcher!

All for the incredible price of €30 – an early Christmas gift from HSLG!  We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to attend.

Book your place: Booking Form Librarian as Researcher

The presenter is Rosarie Coughlan who has a very impressive track record in the area of research.  Rosarie is Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (since August 2014 to present).  In this role she manages the University’s Journal Hosting Service, a facility provided by the Library to enable University staff, students and faculty to publish their own journal or conference proceedings.  She also manages the institutional research repository –QSpace, home to Queen’s University’s peer-reviewed open access research. She also coordinates library support to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Before joining Queen’s Rosarie was Information Literacy Librarian at Concordia University, Montreal, coordinating support for teaching and learning via the Library. Prior to this she worked as Research Support Librarian for Science, technology and medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway supporting research units across the university in key areas of research performance measurement, scholarly communications, open access publishing and Information literacy.

Date:                                       17th December 2015

Venue:                                    UCD, Belfield – exact room to be advised.

Price:                                      €30

Outline schedule (you’ll find the full outline for the day at the bottom of the page):

Registration and coffee:         10.30 (This later start is to facilitate those travelling)

Morning session:                     11.00 – 12.30

Lunch:                                     12.30 – 13.15  (Lunch isn’t provided but there will be café facilities on campus.)

Afternoon session:                  13.15 – 16.00


Note: this workshop will fill very quickly.  Anyone wishing to attend should notify the undersigned as early as possible – Booking form is attached.  LAI Certification is being requested for this Workshop.

Workshop Outline

This workshop will explore the evolving landscape in research and dissemination, both for librarians as researchers undertaking research in any setting from hospitals to Health Boards and as publishers within academia.  The session will be highly practical and interactive, drawing on participants own research and shared experience through group discussion and exchange.

Part 1: Doing Research – Librarians as Researchers

This session will explore key areas of research planning and dissemination within the field of Library and Information Science, including:

  • Getting started: forming effective research questions
  • Research methodologies
  • Research process planning
  • Research dissemination – methods and approaches.

Part 2: Enabling Research Dissemination – Librarian as Publisher, a Case Study

  • The Library and publisher: opportunities and challenges
  • Journal Hosting Service at Queen’s University Library, Ontario, Canada:
    • Managing a journal hosting service using Open Journal Systems
    • Supporting the publication workflow, from submission, peer review, editing, online publication, indexing and exposure.
  • Beyond the scholarly journal – evolving models in digital scholarship and the role of librarians – what’s next?