Work, Job Applications, and Professional Development: My First Year Out of Library School
This presentation will reflect on my experiences as a recent graduate of the MLIS. It has been a very busy year and involved working multiple jobs, completing many job applications, attending conferences, and committing to professional development. All while maintaining a positive mental attitude and trying to find a balance between work and leisure.
Jesse Waters 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 has also been employed at the James Joyce Library (University College Dublin) and Mercer Library (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland), and recently took a new position as a part-time library assistant at the John Stearne Medical Library (Trinity College Dublin) on the campus of St. James`s Hospital.
Anne Marie McInerney
Prison Libraries and Prisoners’ Information Needs.
Prison Libraries and Prisoner Information Needs: This presentation would attempt to provide a concise rundown of the role and importance of prison libraries and the various facilities they provide to inmates. This would include a brief description of the various information needs catered for within these libraries, in terms of literacy, foreign language needs, self learning and I.T. skills. This presentation will seek to highlight the crucial role played by prison librarians in these facilities and how various institutions (particularly in Europe) have sought to improve their services over the last two decades. This will specifically highlight the use of prisoners’ reading groups, support services and educational programmes run within the prison libraries as a means of providing inmates with additional skillsets (in preparation for their release). Therefore, the primary areas covered in this presentation would be:
The role of the prison library and librarian
The facilities available within prison libraries
How they meet prisoners’ information needs and prepare them for release.
The research will be primarily drawn from international literature and reports on prison libraries and government documentation regarding prisons.
This presentation is based on a thesis in progress on Prisoners’ Information Needs in Dublin Prisons for the MLIS in UCD.
Anne Marie McInerney is presently studying for a MLIS at UCD 2016-17. She completed a PhD in Modern Irish History entitled ‘Internment of the Anti-Treaty IRA 1922-24’, in Trinity College Dublin in 2015. Anne Marie previously worked as both a researcher and a teaching assistant at Trinity College Dublin. She is presently employed by Dublin City Public Libraries. Her major research interests include the Irish Revolution 1916-1923, penal history, prison reform and civil wars.
From study to practice and back again: how both experiences shaped my current research
This presentation will trace my transition from an LIS student to an Assistant Librarian, and describe how both of these roles led to my undertaking of a PhD focusing on prison library services. Through a combined discussion of research carried out during my Masters, and practical skills gained in a professional post, I aim to show that it can take time and a range of experiences to uncover our strengths and interests.
The wide range of sectors within the LIS profession are all connected and share many common goals and values. Learning from the experience of others is one of the best ways to discover your own passions and how you can best give to the profession. For this reason, I want to highlight the importance of continued networking, even when you have landed your first professional post. I hope my journey will encourage others to be open to discovering new skills and interests, and possibly following an unexpected career path.
Jayne Finlay is a first year PhD student at Ulster University, researching the impact of prison library services on the lives of inmates in Northern Ireland. She qualified with a Masters in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield in 2015, where her dissertation focused on family literacy programmes in UK and US prisons. Jayne then worked as an Assistant Librarian in a higher education institution in London for two years, before returning to Northern Ireland to undertake her PhD.
A librarian’s perspective on the importance of presenting
In many ways presentation is the cornerstone of academia. While a lot can be learned through the visualization of text on a page it is presentation through which continued investment in scholarly analysis is stimulated. As the method of communication by which the most influential theories are persuaded it comes with a high level of responsibility, but by extension it is a demonstration for the command of academic expertise. An effective presenter can be a source of inspiration to the listener. For the librarian their status as an information provider offers a sense of integrity that can be of benefit to the listener. This presentation will highlight some of the key competencies required for a librarian or student of library and information studies to make confident, compelling presentations on their own. The key to creating a great presentation and making that presentation in a competent manner necessitates the need to confront personal anxiety, but it is also a worthwhile endeavour for the benefits to their own self-esteem if the subject matter and performance is interesting, engaging and an overall rewarding experience for the listener.
Michael Arnold is a voluntary Cataloguing Assistant at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Library. Having completed his Masters in Library and Information Studies Michael is currently seeking full or part time work in libraries. Michael has extensive experience in both presenting and supportive capacities with library conferences, including, but not limited to SLIP 2016, LILAC, and Open Repositories, and has worked in Leixlip Public Library as well as Maynooth University Library as an intern. Michael’s research interests include information literacy, digital libraries, social media, and the sociology of librarianship.
Today libraries aim to provide services that promote a wide variety of literacies- digital literacy, computer literacy, information literacy, traditional literacy, etc. Experience teaching these literacies can be invaluable when searching for a job as an information professional and can often come from unexpected or unconventional places. It is also through this experience that students and pre-professionals can become exposed to some of the core ideals of library and information science. This presentation will explore two experiences promoting literacy outside the library and draw connections between the skills learned and skills needed in the library and information science profession. The first example will explore the effects of an internship with the Google Community Leaders Program teaching digital literacy classes in a local community. The second example will detail work with the English Support Programme in Dublin primary schools through New Communities Partnership.
Rachel Hludzinski is a current MLIS student at UCD from Philadelphia, PA, USA. She is passionate about digital inclusion through public services, particularly in urban settings. She hopes to work in public libraries to promote digital literacy.
Networking as Critical Disengagement: Crisis in the Information Profession
The over-emphasis on networking in our profession is causing a crisis in the industry. Rather than critically engaging with fellow professionals, we like, retweet and compliment so as to demonstrate good networking skills, which in turn are a main focal point in job seeking and career development. As a result, we fail to challenge ideas properly resulting in poor decision making and a dumbing down of our profession as it moves increasingly towards automation. Drawing on examples from my own progression from MLIS to professional academic and public library experience, this talks aims to discuss the negative impact that networking is having on the library and information profession.
Gary LaCumbre is a Library Assistant at Laois Libraries, former English Language, Literature and Research skills teacher at Maynooth University & UCD. MLIS Graduate from UCD 2015. LIS Blogging at information narratives.com
Three Phases of Understanding: The Job of a Librarian
I intend to design a poster to illustrate how my understanding of the job of a librarian has developed and changed. I aim to articulate a transition between three phases of my own understanding. These three phases will be identified as symbolic, practical, and theoretical. The symbolic stage will represent the period of time before I gained practical work experience in the field or started the MLIS and will encompass what I symbolically believed the job of a librarian entailed. The practical stage will represent the time of my first experiences of working at a library and will encompass how this exposure completely altered and reshaped my understanding of the job of a librarian. Finally, the theoretical stage will represent my current and future understanding of the job which is a combination of the practical work experience and the theoretical knowledge I am learning during MLIS.
Sarah Connaghan is a student of University College Dublin’s MLIS programme. Her previous academic qualifications include a BA in English Literature (UCD) and a MA in Renaissance Literature (Queen’s University/UCD). Sarah has spent the last few years working in animation and illustration in London before returning to Dublin this year to follow her dream of becoming a librarian. She interns weekly at Marsh’s Library while obtaining her degree. Her previous area of literary research include constructions of childhood in Shakespearean literature, and her current research interests are strongly guided by her experiences working at a rare books library.
Éanna O’ Keefe, Enda Kehoe, and Stephanie Chen
From Cupboard to Cloud: How a Small Organization Carries Out a Large Scale Digitization Project
This poster will outline the three steps involved in digitizing the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland’s Glass Lantern Slide Collection. The RSAI (rsai.ie) is a small organization that has been carrying out this ongoing digitization project as part of the Discovery Programme’s LoCloud Project (www.discoveryprogramme.ie/research/locloud) since 2013.
These slides, dating between 1880 to 1930, are quite fragile and a number are badly cracked, highlighting the need to preserve them in a digital format.
The work comprises three steps:
Scan Lantern slides
Type Metadata into an Excel Spreadsheet
Upload Metadata Spreadsheet to the cloud server (LoCloud)
The poster aims to show how creating metadata is not merely a case of putting the correct information in the correct field. Certain information may not be readily available from the material itself, such as spatial coverage and historical information. Depending on the items being catalogued, considerable research could be required to locate accurate information for specific fields. This step most acted as a bridge between theory and practice.
Éanna O’ Keefe received his Masters in Library & Information Studies from University College Dublin in 2015. He can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/eanna-o-keefe.
Enda Kehoe received his Masters in Library & Information Studies from University College Dublin in 2016.
Stephanie Chen received her MSc in Information and Library Management from Dublin Business School in 2016. She can be found on Twitter @iam_stephaniec.