#SLIP2019 Conference Schedule

We are delighted to announce the schedule for the 4th annual SLIP Ireland Student Conference, which is happening next Saturday 23rd February!

Tickets are still available on Eventbrite (they’re free!)

Want to learn more about our speakers? Check out our Lightning Presenter bios here.

10:00 Registration

10:30 Welcome Remarks

10:45 Lightning Presentations

  • Lisa Gardner Reflective writing for professional practice and publication
  • Emma Doran Packing A Punch: Publishing Poster Presentations
  • Michael Kurzmeier One Team, many Authors – Types and Translations of Authorship
  • Niki Naponse Indigenous Knowledge Management

11:35 Break

11:45 Sponsor Presentation

11:50 Academic Panel Discussion

  • Claire McGuinness UCD
  • Jessica Bates Ulster University
  • Tony Murphy DBS
  • Elizabeth Mullins UCD

13:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 Lightning Presentations

  • Pete Hicks Making Content Marketing Work for Your Library and Your Career
  • Lauren Sneyd My experience as an intern in UCD and my introduction to the library world
  • Aisling Smith & Olga O’Laoghaire Three Centuries in Patents: Books and Blogs of a Patent Librarian
  • Nuala Roche Kilkenny Digital Collection: re-framing theatre content for a general audience 

14:50 Break

15:00 Sponsor Presentation

15:05 Practitioner Panel Discussion

  • Jane Burns AIT
  • Orla Fitzpatrick Jacolette
  • Fiona Kearney IRMS
  • Niamh Ni Charra ARA Ireland

16:15 Closing Remarks

For abstracts of lightning presentations read more after the jump!

Lisa Gardner

Reflective writing for professional practice and publication

This presentation will explore how Lisa’s experience of reflective writing on her postgraduate course has highlighted skills development, training needs and improved her reflective professional practice. It will show how it helps Lisa to develop as a more effective practitioner. Reflective writing and practice means that she can provide evidence for the development of new ways of working in teams, improve the library service and therefore leads to better relationships with library patrons and partners. Over the past year Lisa has published three pieces in professional library publications, all of which have involved reflection via reflective writing and practice. She will also demonstrate how personal reflective writing supports the development of writing for publication and contributes to the wider library profession.


Emma Doran

Packing A Punch: Publishing Poster Presentations

Posters are often used to distribute research/information and are often hold an important place at many conferences, seminars and exhibitions. They may be used to display or present quite complex material, research or significant projects, and so it is crucial that the information on them is well laid out, legible and attractively presented. Emma knows the idea of presenting or speaking at a conference can be very daunting to new professionals and she advises publishing a poster as a means of dipping your toe in the publishing pond. Emma’s presentation today will aim to guide you through this process and hopefully give you the confidence and tools to make your own mark in publishing visual research content and take the first steps in presenting professionally.


Michael Kurzmeier

One Team, many Authors – Types and Translations of Authorship

If you work as an information professional in an academic setting, you are likely to be the author of many different types of objects, such as research papers, grant applications, reports and proposals, to name just a few. You take on these different types of authorship because you know that different texts have different target audiences. If you are working with virtual objects such as datasets, 3d models or programs, you are likely going to find that those types of authorship are harder to translate especially to a non-expert audience. Still this is crucial when trying to communicate your work. In this presentation, Michael is going to show a 3d recording project he completed as part of a team in 2018. His focus will be on different types of authorship within the project and their relations. In this
part, special attention will be paid to opportunities and challenges arising from combinations of different author roles. As Michael has successfully used this project in a proposal, he will then dedicate the second part of the presentation to the communication of “digital authorship” to a lay audience. This second part will focus on evaluation and translation of those roles in order to successfully use them in a grant or work application.


Niki Naponse

Indigenous Knowledge Management

Indigenous knowledge is often defined differently depending on the researcher’s field of study, Indigenous community connection, educational background, and type of research being done. The management of this knowledge is varying depending on what field you are looking at and, in some cases, there are no distinct Indigenous knowledge management policies or significant Indigenous community involvement. By examining the current research on ethics and indigenous knowledge, Niki will look at the deficiency of policies and guidelines that academic institutions have regarding Indigenous knowledge management. The research regarding the ethics around Indigenous knowledge management that affects Indigenous scholars and the resources that they create and access will be examined. If policy and guidelines are not developed with meaningful indigenous participation, indigenous resources and scholars will not have a fair knowledge management system. The key areas that will be examined are; Indigenous knowledge, the processes for storing this knowledge and the ethics surrounding the policies of Indigenous knowledge management. This literature review will help illustrate the lack of research regarding the ethics around Indigenous knowledge management and how this affects Indigenous scholars, Indigenous communities and the resources that they create and access.


Pete Hicks

Making Content Marketing Work for Your Library and Your Career

Every library has its challenges – be they budgetary, staffing, or client related – but one proven way to safeguard your institution and your value as a librarian is to invest in a robust content marketing strategy. And getting started is more straightforward than you’d think. This presentation combines best practices from the world of business with research insights from practicing information professionals to provide an outline of key considerations for proposing, creating, and refining a content marketing strategy in a library context. From establishing project value and achieving management buy-in to determining audience segmentation and making time for iterative analysis, you’ll leave this presentation knowing everything you’ll need to begin your journey toward becoming your organization’s marketing expert. Further, you’ll gain an appreciation for the unique obstacles libraries face as they engage with digital marketing techniques in order to better prepare yourself to combat these issues.


Lauren Sneyd

My experience as an intern in UCD and my introduction to the library world

Lauren is a postgraduate student in UCD and works part-time in the James Joyce Library. This presentation will discuss how Lauren got started in the library world from the perspective of someone with little knowledge regarding the type of work that takes place. Her internship opened her eyes to the world of an academic library and taught her an invaluable amount of information about how libraries actually function. Lauren went into my internship with an open mind and tried not to project the typical stereotypes of a librarian onto my experience and was pleasantly surprised to find out they do not apply in the slightest. The James Joyce library is a diverse place with many different types of librarians. This experience also led Lauren to think about the identity of a librarian and the difficulty in labelling the work that is done as it is an evolving field that continues to grow and change with the needs of students and academic staff in mind as well as new developments in technology.


Aisling Smith and Olga O’Laoghaire

Three Centuries in Patents: Books and Blogs of a Patent Librarian

Olga first came across Stephen van Dulken’s book, “Inventing the American dream : a history of curious, extraordinary & just plain useful patents”, in Ballywaltrim library and was fascinated that a librarian wrote a book based on his collection. That book is partly responsible for Olga’s career change. Stephen van Dulken worked as a patent librarian in the British Library. He has four books published – all available in the Irish public libraries, was publishing a professional blog, and after retirement was publishing a personal blog about patents. The books show the development of technical thought, along with curious and useful inventions that were entertaining human minds and influenced the events of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries (“Inventing the 19th century”, “Inventing the 20th century”, “Inventing the 21st century”). History of technology is mixed with explanations of how the patents work and complex inventions are clearly explained to a lay person. Olga and Aisling have interviewed the author and he has told us how the books and the blogs have been received by the readers and also gave some advice for the new authors.


Nuala Roche

Kilkenny Digital Collection: re-framing theatre content for a general audience 

Kilkenny Library’s Local Studies department recently launched its Kilkenny Digital Archive. It comprises three visual collections— photographs of Kilkenny bridges; Graiguenamanagh community photographs and historic postcards featuring Kilkenny.
Barnstorm Theatre Company is a professional children’s theatre company based in Kilkenny. It is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Kilkenny County Council. Its productions tour nationally and internationally. Over 500,000 children in Ireland have seen a Barnstorm production, mainly through their school attending a local theatre/ arts centre. The company has contributed significantly to the cultural diversity of Kilkenny.
Barnstorm’s archive features a wealth of visual material from the last 28 years – posters, brochures, leaflets, Teacher’s Packs, and production photographs.
A sampling of 100 items from this archive will be digitised and added to the Kilkenny Digital Collection. This will make for a visually interesting exhibition with broad appeal.
Nuala has started working with Barnstorm to assist in selecting the best range of items for this collection. These items should ‘tell a story’ about Barnstorm’s work, and highlight its relationship with the local and national community through schools, youth theatre and community projects.
Text descriptions, metadata and the sequencing of the items play a role in creating the ‘narrative logic’ of this collection, on Kilkenny Digital Collection’s Omeka platform. Nuala will present on the process in selecting and describing some of this collection.

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