SLIP Ireland Student Conference 2019


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

Lightning Presentation Abstracts & Biographies of Speakers

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.

Lisa is a final year e-learning PGDip Library and Information Management student at Ulster University. Her library career spans twenty years. She currently works for Imperial College London, specialising in teaching information literacy skills and supporting research needs of healthcare practitioners. Lisa’s principal research interest is in information literacy in relation to the transition from healthcare student to healthcare professional.

Lisa is also a qualified teacher, a seasoned academic researcher and an experienced community health and social care manager. Her unique skills set is valuable in her present role, enriched by her postgrad studies which develop her reflective professional practice.


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.

Emma Doran is a Special Collections & Archives Library Assistant at Maynooth University and a 2016 graduate of the MLIS at University College Dublin. She published her first poster and placed first in the 2017 LAI/CILIP Conference and has continued to publish posters since. Emma is also a committee member of the Information Professionals Network, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland media Literacy group and the Chairperson of the LAI Career Development Group.


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.

MK is a second-year PhD student in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University. His research interest is in the fields of Hacktivism and public memory. Michael has recently finished a score and ephemera digitization project with the Contemporary Music Centre. He can be reached at or @mkrzmr


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.

Niki Naponse is a proud member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, which is located in Northern Ontario Canada. Niki is an MLIS student at UCD and previously worked for a non-profit specialty library that focused on Indigenous resources in health, healing and family violence. Research interests include: research ethics in Indigenous communities and Indigenous classifications in the library.


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.

Pete earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and history from Salisbury University before starting in a marketing role for an international software company. After three years in the industry, he moved from the U.S. to Ireland where he received a M.Phil in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin and is now pursuing an MLIS degree from University College Dublin. He concurrently works as a freelance marketing writer and his portfolio and contact info can be found at


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.

Lauren is a student in UCD currently on the MLIS course. She also completed an internship during the previous summer in the James Joyce library and continues to gain experience working on the circulation desk weekly.


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.

Aisling Smith and Olga O’Laoghaire are mature MILS (UCD) students. Aisling has been a full-time mother of four children for some time, two of whom have special needs, so has been involved in support organizations for children with autism and mental health difficulties. Aisling has a psychology degree and a post grad diploma in management marketing. Olga, a linguist and a mother of two, is in the process of changing her career from a manager of large localisation projects with information management component to that of a fully-qualified information professional.


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.

Nuala Roche is a Library Assistant at Kilkenny County Library, currently based in Local Studies. Former careers include film & television postproduction, multimedia project management and theatre admin/ PR. She holds a B.Sc. in Computing, a Pg.Dip. in Adult & Further Education from Maynooth University and is a current Ulster University M.Sc.student. Nuala is a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland (Further Education). She also writes poetry and fiction, including a speculative fiction novel about the digital dark ages which involved research into digital obsolescence and digital preservation.


Academic Panel

Jessica Bates

Ulster University

Dr Jessica Bates is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an experienced lecturer and researcher in the School of Education, Ulster University where she is Course Director for the Library and Information Management programme and undertakes research across Library and Information Science and Education. She is currently leading a series of Community Conversations with local communities across Northern Ireland about education provision in their area, and has developed a Community Conversation Toolkit for use in this work (which she would like to see used for work with library communities). She regularly reviews for a number of academic journals and is on the Editorial Board of the New Review of Academic Librarianship.


Claire McGuinness

UCD School of Information & Communication Studies

Claire McGuinness is an assistant professor and the current Deputy Head of School in the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS). She has authored several publications on information & digital literacy, e-learning and academic librarianship, and is currently the coordinator of the Thesis and Capstone modules for MLIS and MSc students in ICS. Claire has a strong interest in professional identity and career development for LIS students and professionals, and in 2016 oversaw a complete revamp of the MLIS Capstone module to incorporate reflective writing, practical career planning and professional socialisation, in order to prepare graduates for the workplace.


Tony Murphy

Dublin Business School

Tony is the Head of Quality Enhancement and Innovation in Teaching and Learning at DBS and is currently teaching on DBS’s MSc in Information and Library Management. Tony has worked in academic and public libraries and also spent a number of years working as a abstract writer and assistant editor. The majority of his library career was spent as a Systems Librarian at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. Tony research interests include the cost of open access publishing.


Elizabeth Mullins

UCD School of History & Archives

After completing a BA in History and German in University College Cork, Elizabeth specialized in medieval history under the supervision of Dr Jennifer O’ Reilly. She finished her PhD on the Insular reception of the Eusebian canon tables in 2001, having divided her doctoral research between University College Cork and Universitat Konstanz, Germany. Following an Irish Research Council post-doctoral award, Elizabeth completed a Higher Diploma in Archival Studies in University College Dublin. She spent a year working in the Irish Jesuit Archives before joining the staff of the School of History in 2005. Since this time, Elizabeth has worked with colleagues to introduce a range of archives and records management programmes at certificate, masters and doctoral level. Her teaching and research interests reflect the two strands of her academic and professional life with modules and publications in both archivistics and medieval history. She works closely with archival professionals on both professional committees and collaborative projects. Elizabeth also enjoys working occasionally as an archival consultant, particularly in the context of religious archives. She is currently the Head of Subject for Archivistics and the Director of the MA in Archives and Records Management programme.


Practitioner Panel

Niamh Ni Charra

Niamh Ní Charra is a professional archivist, graduating from UCD’s MA course in 2016, and is Communications Officer for ARA,I. She is currently working as contract archivist on the Conradh na Gaeilge archive in NUIG, having previously worked in the Military Archives, the National Archives, on private commission for playwright Tom Murphy and as an intern at The Irish Architectural Archive, The Irish Traditional Music Archive, The Abbey Theatre and The National Gallery.


Jane Burns

Jane Burns is the Institute Librarian at Athlone IT. Jane is also a part time Lecturer at the School of Information Studies at University College Dublin. She has been a member of the Executive Council of The Librarian of Ireland. She is a published author in both Academic and Creative Writing genres. Jane presents regularly at conferences nationally and internationally. Jane is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin in the School of Education. She is an Editorial Reviewer for the British Medical Journal (BMJ), International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance and the New Review of Academic Librarianship.


Fiona Kearney

Fiona Kearney, a qualified Archivist & Records Manager, has worked in archives and information management for over twelve years in both the private and public sectors in the UK, Ireland and North America. Fiona has been on the IRMS Executive since 2013 and has been Secretary since 2015. Fiona is currently working for a local authority where she is working in FOI, Data Protection & Records Management.


Orla Fitzpatrick

Orla Fitzpatrick has worked in librarianship since 1994. She started her career as a library assistant in the Library Council (an advisory body on public libraries) and also worked in the National Library’s Photographic Archive and the Department of An Taoiseach. She has been librarian at the National Museum of Ireland since 2003 and writes about photographic and design history.