Consortium of National and University Libraries

Communication & Outreach

Membership 2017-2020

Chair Martin O’Connor (UCC)

Deputy Chair: Greg Sheaf (TCD)

Secretary: Carole Connolly (Maynooth University)

Communications Officer Sarah-Anne Kennedy (DIT)

Janice Hill (DCU)

Evelyn Bohan (NUIG)

Josh Clark (UCD)

Michelle Breen (UL)

Purpose:

To communicate on behalf of CONUL (Board and Committees) and to work with the Board to:

  • promote CONUL and its work both nationally and internationally;
  • engage with various stakeholders on behalf of CONUL;
  • promote best practice in terms of communications and outreach within the CONUL group and CONUL libraries.

Aims of Group:

  • Identifying the communications channels and platforms for CONUL to employ.
  • Providing expert advice to CONUL Groups on communications and outreach.
  • Delivering CONUL’s key messages to core external audiences, including academic and other stakeholders.
  • Promoting CONUL and its work as appropriate, and with due regard to pre-existing roles and responsibilities, within member institutions.
  • Developing case studies and other material for use by CONUL members, in liaison with Group Communications Officers.
  • Developing and updating media toolbox for use by CONUL Institutions and CONUL Groups.
  • Receiving initial contact from the media and referring as appropriate.
  • Working with the CONUL Board to ensure that the branding and positioning of CONUL is carried out effectively, systematically and strategically.
  • Building communications capacity across the full CONUL membership.
  • Scanning Communications and Outreach horizons.

Terms:

  • The group will exist for a three-year term with allowances to ensure continuity;
  • Meetings will be quarterly;
  • Meeting with CONUL Communications Officers of sub-groups, to ascertain changing needs, to take place biannually;
  • Meetings venues will rotate;
  • To input, via Chair, into CONUL Strategy Implementation Group;
  • To input into CONUL Training and Development Group.

Reporting:

  • Minutes will be kept of meetings. To be archived at the end of term;
  • Reporting will be to CONUL Board as required;
  • A CONUL Communications & Outreach Annual report will be provided each year for inclusion in CONUL Annual Report;
  • The CONUL Communications and Outreach Groups section of the webpage will be kept up-to-date to record activities of group.