Communication is at the heart of everything a LIS student or professional engages in. We like connecting people to content that helps them develop new ideas and support the research they are investigating.
Understanding the first question is never really the “question” users are seeking answers to is a part of this skill set. As students you are learning a combination of theory and applications of LIS principles. The more tacit knowledge you will obtain from guest speakers, conference attendance and work experience. This kind of knowledge is life long and it will evolve on a constant basis.
By creating this Student LIS centred blog you are well on your way to further developing your communication skills. Sharing your ideas and skills in this format will allow you to engage with the wider LIS community in Ireland and beyond, will keep you anchored to each other no matter where your paths take you and you will in a very real way be contributing to the body of knowledge of our profession.
As someone who has had the pleasure to be your teacher, I know what each you individually and collectively can achieve. From a professional point of view I am delighted that this initiative is emerging- it will benefit us all.
For all your current and future readers I offer this advice…”Watch this space- you will be amazed at what you will learn!”
All the best wishes for success with this endeavour!
Jane Burns, MBA,MLIS, MPhil, FLAI is a Library and Information Services professional with over 20 years’ experience developing and managing a range of knowledge solutions in different environments, including Universities, Government, Educational, Science, Digital Media and Medical Education. Jane serves on the LAI Executive Council and the CPD Group. She is the Research Officer in the Health Professions Education Centre at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is an Occasional Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at UCD.