The first meeting of the new HSLG Committee took place in Dr Steevens’ Hospital on 21 June 2016.
We acknowledged, with thanks, the departing Committee members – Caroline Rowan, Diarmuid Stokes, Anne Murphy and Brian Galvin for their great work; and welcomed two new members: Mary and Shauna.
HSLG Committee Members 2016
– Michael Doheny (Chair)
– Bennery Rickard (Vice-Chair)
– Louise Bradley (Secretary)
– Louise Farragher (Treasurer)
– Mary Dunne and Shauna Barrett (Communication Officers)
We had a good discussion about the year ahead. Here are a few of the key points:
– The next issue of HINT is coming soon.
– The Committee agreed that we would take an in-depth look at continuing professional development for Irish health librarians over the next 12 months. We also hope to provide a very interesting one-day CPD course on 24 August 2016 – watch out for details coming soon!
– Because the International Congress of Medical Libraries (ICML), is taking place in Dublin next year (12-15 June 2017), we won’t be holding a HSLG conference. We will however have a session for HSLG members at ICML. An ‘open forum’ was suggested. ICML website: http://eahil2017.net/
We would be delighted to welcome new members to the HSLG Committee. If you would like to join us please get in touch at email@example.com
And don’t forget to visit the HSLG website for updates.
The HSLG Committee
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.
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.
Jane has been appointed an Altmetric Ambassador by Altmetrics.com 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. (https://www.altmetric.com)
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.
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: http://ie.linkedin.com/in/LibrarianMaryDunne
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mairea
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.
Aoife Lawton: Making Our Skills Visible Through Research
Aoife, 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.