Consortium of National and University Libraries

Events Archive 2016

Using multimedia tools to present information

Course:                       Using Multimedia tools to present information

Course Code:              ANLTC 2016/01

Date:                           Thursday 21st January 2016                         1000-1630

Description: Library staff are often faced with the task of presenting information. Students use digital tools in their daily lives and are used to exchanging information in a non-textual way. Would you like to try new ways to create, present and share information? If so, then this course is for you!

Course Outline:

This one-day, hands-on workshop explores tools that can be used to present information in ways that are not purely textual.  Delegates will have plenty of opportunity to practice throughout the day. They are encouraged to bring along their own images to play with, and if they wish to try out their own cameras or smartphones, they are welcome to do so.

 Programme includes:

  • Graphics – exploration, practical work to include manipulating images, creating content, photographic slideshows
  • Image sound and video search – options and exploration
  • Sceencasting software – overview, options, exploration
  • Presentation software -overview, examples, exploration to include speaking avatars, stickynote software, chat facilities
  • Creating podcasts
  • Recording video
  • Pinterest
  • Other tools

Training documentation and links to useful websites will be provided on the day.


The course is directed at library staff who regularly present information to others as part of their role or who are involved in any type of training.

Prior knowledge of the subject matter is not required or expected.

Note:                                Numbers are limited on this course

Host library:                    Ulster University

Course Location:        BA-03-019 (Board Room), Belfast Campus, Ulster University

Presenter:       Phil Bradley


Developing a Marketing and Promotion Focus in Irish Academic Libraries

Developing a Marketing and Promotion Focus in Irish Academic Libraries: what is it and are we really doing it

Course Code:             ANLTC 2016/03

Date:                           Tuesday April 19th 2016                         09.30 – 16.00

Description: Marketing, Communication and Promotion are essential for libraries, particularly at a time when we are under pressure with regard to justifying our share of available funds, and when our place is in an information environment where users have many choices, not all involving the library.

There is tendency to use terms interchangeably but this day will be split into two halves and make a firm distinction between the concept of strategic marketing, and publicity and promotion efforts.

Course Outline:

The day will include an externally facilitated half day workshop led by Ned Potter in the morning, followed by an afternoon of short talks on publicity and promotion from Irish library practitioners. There will be plenty of time to network and socialise during the day.

The morning workshop will be on strategic marketing and will be led by Ned Potter – this will be a hands-on session, working in small groups.

The afternoon will switch focus to case studies on publicity and promotion. There will be a couple of short talks on student involvement in library production and pop up libraries followed by brief discussion. The final hour will be quick talks in a choice of 2 tracks, on focused on cultural heritage promotion.


The course will be of interest to all types of library staff in all types of library, particularly those who need to implement a marketing approach to planning and those who promote services and resources to users using print and online channels.

Note:                              Numbers are limited to 25 for this course (plus the presenters)

Host library:                 University College Dublin

Course Location:          Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Details and Map can be found at


Digital Marketing Toolkit

Course:                       Digital Marketing Toolkit

Course Code:              ANLTC 2016/04

Date:                           Friday 29th April 2016                        0930-1630

Description: Are you interested in using new technologies to market your library? Library users engage with digital tools in their daily lives and are used to using new technologies for communication. If you would like to try new ways to market your library services this course is for you!

Course Outline:

This one-day, hands-on workshop explores tools and concepts that can be used to market library and information services using new technologies. Delegates will have plenty of opportunity to practice throughout the day.

Programme includes:

  • Marketing with video
  • Online publishing platforms, including Microsoft Sway
  • Blogs and Tumblr
  • Augmented reality
  • Mobile Apps
  • Geolocational platforms
  • Increasing (and measuring) impact with Social Media
  • Other feely available online tools

The platforms and themes covered in the training are all available right now – this is not a workshop about ‘future trends’. The idea is that you’ll be able to implement changes and new ideas as soon as you return to your desks the following Monday…

Training documentation and links to useful websites will be provided on the day.

Audience:                   The course is directed at library staff who would like to use new technologies to market their library services. Although an awareness of social media would be an advantage, prior knowledge is not required.

Note:               Numbers are limited on this course

Host library:               Dublin Institute of Technology

Course Location:        Training Room 1, DIT Library, Aungier St. Dublin 2.

Presenter:       Ned Potter

Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, and a Trainer for various organisations in the UK including the British Library and the Bodleian in Oxford, as well as running workshops for PiCS in Australasia. His book The Library Marketing Toolkit was published by Facet in 2012. Ned can be found online at and on Twitter at @ned_potter.


Advanced Search Strategy Design

Course:                       Advanced Search Strategy Design

Course Code:              2016/02

Date:                           Tuesday 3May 2016      10.30 – 16.30

Description: This course provides an overview of some of the more advanced approaches to search strategy design.


By the end of the day participants will know about:

  • The situations where advanced search strategy design is required
  • PICO and beyond PICO: more advanced conceptual approaches
  • The role of text mining in search strategy design
  • Locating and using methodological search filters (including a practical exercise)
  • The challenges of documenting and reporting advanced searches

Audience:This course is aimed at library and information professionals who have some experience of designing search strategies and want to become more advanced in this area.


The course includes an opportunity to test out some of the resources presented and demonstrated and we therefore recommend that attendees bring their own laptops or other suitable devices. Mobile phones will not be suitable for this! For those who cannot arrange access to a suitable device, we shall be proposing that you work in pairs / small groups with others who have brought a device.

Host Library: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway

Course Location: Seminar Room G010, Foyer, Hardiman Research Building/James Hardiman Library.

Presenters: Carol Lefebvre & Julie Glanville

Carol is an independent information consultant and was previously the Senior Information Specialist at the UK Cochrane Centre from 1992 to 2012, where she was involved in founding The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993. She is a Co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group, serves on the Cochrane Methods Executive and is lead author on the searching chapter of The Cochrane Handbook.

She is a health sciences librarian by background and was the deputy librarian at the University of Oxford Medical School Library before joining Cochrane. She was awarded a M.Sc. in Library and Information Science from the University of Loughborough in 1985 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 2007.

Since starting her own company in 2012, she now focusses on teaching and consultancy in information retrieval for evidence synthesis, such as systematic reviews, health technology assessment and guideline development.

She is a member of the InterTASC Information Specialists’ Sub-Group (ISSG), a group of information professionals who support research groups within England and Scotland providing technology assessments to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Carol is one of the editorial team that maintains the InterTASC ISSG Search Filter Resource. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Research Synthesis Methods. Carol’s research interests include search filter design and the efficient identification of research evidence for systematic reviews, health technology assessments and guidelines, especially in the form of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

Julie is Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), University of York, UK.

She is a qualified librarian who has been working in the field of systematic reviews for more than 20 years. Since 2008 she has co-ordinated YHEC’s information and review services to customers who require literature searches and reviews of all types. Julie manages reviews ranging from rapid reviews to systematic reviews to inform submissions to reimbursement agencies such as NICE. Julie also manages indirect and mixed treatment comparisons.

Before joining YHEC, Julie was Associate Director and Information Service Manager at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York for fourteen years. In this role Julie managed information support for systematic reviews and technology assessments within CRD and to external customers, and managed CRD’s NHS Economic Evaluation Database.

Julie is also a Co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group, a co-author of the searching chapter of The Cochrane Handbook, co-manager of the SuRe Info resource and is also one of the editorial team that maintains the InterTASC ISSG Search Filter Resource. She has contributed to the development of systematic review guidance for several organisations including the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and the European Food Safety Authority. Julie is also an Associate Editor for the journal Research Synthesis Methods. Her research interests are in search filter design and appraisal, text mining applications in systematic reviewing and the efficient identification of research evidence for systematic reviews, economic evaluations and models and health technology assessments.


CONUL Conference 2016

Theme:                     Going Further Together: Collaboration in Irish Academic and Research Libraries

Date:                         1st – 2nd June 2016

The second annual Conference of the Consortium of National and University Libraries will take place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June 2016 at the Sheraton Athlone hotel.

The overall aim of the conference is to consider the broad challenges facing academic and research libraries in Ireland. The conference will identify and debate these challenges and provide an opportunity for staff to network, learn, discuss and share their expertise and best practice.

Keynote Speakers


Collection Management in CONUL libraries – Sharing Experiences

Course:                       Collection Management in CONUL libraries – Sharing Experiences

Course Code:              ANLTC 2016/05

Date:                           11.15 – 16.00, Monday 21st November 2016 (Registration from 10.30)

Description:                Collection management activities are core to the services libraries provide.  There are unique challenges and opportunities in the selection, acquisition, deselection and storage of our collections.  Current areas of development include proactive management of open and stored collections, responsiveness to curriculum needs, utilising available technologies to enhance workflows and born digital collections.  This event provides an opportunity for Library Assistants and Senior Library Assistants to explore current collection management issues.

Objectives:                 This one day seminar:

  • Provides participants with an opportunity to discuss collection management issues
  • Through sharing experiences participants will have an opportunity to reflect on practices in their home institutions
  • Provides an opportunity to develop connections and network with colleagues with shared interests

Course Outline:          The day includes a keynote presentation from Neil O’Brien, NUI Galway, on redesigning acquisition and cataloguing workflows and a number of institutional snapshots from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, Maynooth University and University College Dublin around the themes of a) Selection & Acquisitions and b) Deselection & Storage.

Programme:               Topics covered include; redesigning acquisitions and cataloguing workflows; patron driven acquisition and evidence based selection for electronic book collections; reading list management; electronic legal deposit; managing a major stock move of 8km of collections; and a stock taking and deselection/weeding project.

Audience:                   The course is directed at Library Assistants and Senior Library Assistants with a Collections Management remit.

Note:                                       Numbers are limited on this course

Host libraries:             Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin

Course Location:        TR2/3, Ground Floor, RCSI, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Access is via the Main Entrance on York Street

Presenter:                               Various presenters from CONUL libraries – see programme


The changing role of the Subject Librarian

Course:            The changing role of the Subject Librarian

Course Code:  2016/06

Date:                Wednesday 7th December, 2016, 10:30am – 4:00pm

(Registration from 10:00am to 10:30am)

Description: Many university libraries in Ireland and internationally are currently struggling to define the role of subject librarian. The landscape for libraries and higher education is changing and the role of the subject librarian now encompasses a diverse range of new and emerging areas.

Many are asking how we can become more effective in reaching and supporting the needs of all students and academic staff while promoting the continually evolving services of the library. Some libraries, particularly in the UK, have reviewed the role of the subject librarian and shifted  from the traditional liaison model to a function based model where teams of librarians support specific activities such as teaching support, research support and academic engagement, while others have separated the collection development function from the subject librarian role. However, there appears to be no ideal model or best practice in this area.

This seminar will explore these changes and present the perceived benefits and drawbacks of both a functional and subject librarian model.

Course Objectives:

This one day seminar will:

  • Explore the current and future role of the subject librarian
  • Inform participants of research which explores the replacement of subject librarians with functional models
  • Provide insights from institutions that have moved away from a subject/liaison librarian model and those that have retained the subject librarian model
  • Explore how institutions liaise with off campus students
  • Provide a forum for discussion on how different institutions around Ireland have changed their models for subject support

Course Outline: The seminar includes keynote presentations from Dr Stephen Pinfield, Professor of Information Services Management, University of Sheffield & Rosie Jones, Director of Library Services, Open University. A number of librarians from CONUL-member libraries will share their experiences.

Audience:  This course is aimed at staff who are involved with supporting and liaising with students, researchers and academic staff including those who are currently in subject/liaison roles, those in teaching and/or research support roles and those managing academic support services

Host Library:                     Maynooth University Library

Course Location:              Whiteboard Room, JPII Library, Maynooth University


Speed Reading

Course:                                   (Academically Valid) Speed Reading

Course Code:                                     2016/07

Date:                                                     Friday, 16th December, 2016

Host Library /Course Location: DCU Library, (Glasnevin Campus), Maths Learning Centre

Course Description:
In order for professional (as opposed to recreational) reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This interactive workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

The course will focus on improving four key areas:

  • Absolute speed – some simple techniques to help you (with practice) increase your reading speed and efficiency.
  • Strategic focus – questions and techniques to help you consider what to read and how to read it.
  • Habitual consistency – tactics to help you work more effectively, process your material and avoid re-work.
  • Criticism and Comprehension – questions and techniques to help you criticise and comprehend what you are reading.

Please note:  In advance of the course some pre-work will be sent to participants

Audience:           All Library staff

Presenter:          Dr Steve Hutchinson, Hutchinson Training and Development

Innovation Day 2016: The National Library of Ireland


Innovation Day 2016: What’s New @ The National Library of Ireland.

Course Code: 2016/08

Date: Monday 12th December 2016, 11am – 4pm (Registration and refreshments from 10.15am)


Innovation Day 2016 provides a unique opportunity to learn about what’s innovative at the National Library of Ireland (NLI).  Participants will hear the NLI Director and leading NLI staff share on the NLI’s Strategy 2016-2021, the €10m building project, collection development, digital innovation, and learning and outreach initiatives.  After lunch, participants can attend guided tours of all of the NLI’s exhibitions, and visit the famous domed Reading Room.

Innovation Day Objectives:

The NLI Innovation Day will:

  • Explore the working of a National Library, focussing on the NLI
  • Support your learning opportunity, facilitated by leading NLI staff members
  • Inform participants about the current and future strategy of the NLI
  • Outline key NLI achievements
  • Provide a unique forum in Ireland for networking and discussion
  • Enable participants to experience guided NLI exhibitions

Innovation Day Outline:

This innovation day is action packed.  It includes a welcome from the NLI Director, Sandra Collins, who’ll talk about the NLI’s Strategy 2016-2121. The Head of Estates will talk on the NLI’s radical building plans for rehousing the Irish printed collections, and the redevelopment of the Main Library in Kildare Street.  The Head of Special Collections will share recent developments in the Departments of Manuscripts, Prints and Drawings, the National Photographic Archive (NPA), and in the Office of the Chief Herald, and Genealogy.  The Head of Digital Collections will share on NLI’s award-winning digital initiatives and on plans to make the NLI a leader in digital collecting and delivery.  Participants’ will learn about Poetry Aloud 2016, and the results of the NLI’s Exhibitions Evaluation Survey 2016.  After lunch, participants can opt to join the free, guided tours of the NLI’s exhibitions and Reading Rooms, including a visit to the NLI’s National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar.


Innovation Day 2016 is aimed at CONUL staff wishing to learn more about the current key achievements and the future plans of the National Library of Ireland, those who wish to learn about and experience NLI learning and outreach activities, and those interested in Library innovation wishing to network across the broad CONUL spectrum.

Host Library:

The National Library of Ireland (NLI)

Innovation Day 2016 Location:

Seminar Room, Main Library, The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.