EAHIL 2024

Welcome to the first European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Conference being held in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, from 11th to 14th June 2024.

 

The Conference theme “Small Step and a Giant Leap: Reorienting Towards a New Environment” captures the need for libraries to adapt and thrive in an evolving landscape by embracing both incremental changes and significant advancements. We are excited to announce the conference theme has been carefully crafted to build upon the inspiring ideas of the 2023 theme.

The Conference theme addresses various questions, such as:

  •     How can libraries serve as catalysts for innovation, facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, and empower users to actively participate in the creation and sharing of knowledge?
  •     How will libraries and librarians support research in their new environment in the foreseeable future?
  •     How can technology be leveraged to support and engage users of health-related information and data?

Let’s contribute and create an environment where libraries are not just repositories of knowledge, but agents of change in the quest for supporting research and innovation!

We look forward to offering you a warm welcome with opportunities for engaging discussion and a chance for librarians and friends from around the world to meet here in Riga!

  •     Abstract submission opens: September 2023
  •     Deadline abstract submission: end October 2023
  •     Notification of acceptance: December 2023
  •     Authors confirm final versions of abstracts: January 2024
  •     Authors confirm attendance: March 2024

 

 

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

Journal club meetings

HSLG Virtual Journal Club 21 April 2021 – Wikipedia Q&A

HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 21 April 2021, 11am – 11.45am

Wikipedia Q&A

Wikipedia version of “Librarian”, available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Librarian

Suggested questions by Anne Madden:

  1. Does this Wikipedia entry feel like it was written by a librarian? See also the “Talk” tab – any comments? Does it feel neutral or do pro or con librarian views come across?  If you were considering librarianship as a career, would this piece encourage or deter you?
  2. Are librarians still “custodians” or keepers of knowledge or has this role now passed to publishers? If so, where does that leave librarians?
  3. Looking at the ownership or sponsorship of the earliest libraries, how much credence should we give any surviving texts from this era? What may have been the driving force for creating these libraries?
  4. In the 1870’s, librarian tasks were considered to be “”Eminently Suited to Girls and Women.” Do you think this was based on convenience or related to the position of women in society at the time? Or for some other reason?
  5. “The CDC had earlier named librarians as key public health staff to support COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing. What librarian skills would have led them to that conclusion? What image does it seem to portray of librarians?  Is it an image we should promote?
  6. Copyright isn’t mentioned either. In fact, in the 17th Century, a librarian was seen as a “scribe, one who copies books”.  Do librarians need more legal skills to address copyright and publisher licencing issues, and should they be the first port of call for these issues?
  7. If you were to add a section on Health Librarians, what additional roles or skills would you include? What non-typical skills are you called on to provide in your service?
  8. Looking at the list of “additional responsibilities”, are the core roles of librarians still intact? What does this list suggest about assumptions on librarian values?
  9. When it comes to librarian education, there is very little consensus across the globe. Steve McKinzie argues that an academic qualification is required for e.g. reference interview and doesn’t rate “special training”.  In our own experience, what has been the role of any academic qualification and of CPD/special training?
  10. Technology: “librarians must continually adapt to new formats”. Instead of adapting, should we be leading or collaborating in developments in this field?
  11. Librarian stereotypes – help! Is this seriously still true?  Anyone have any personal experiences of any of this?  Do we inspire fear – timidly??