Friday, May 29, 2020

Maynooth University Library Academic Writing Workshop

The annual Maynooth University Library Writing for Academic Publication Workshop for library staff who wish to write for publication will take place via Zoom on Wednesday June 10th. 

The presenters are Helen Fallon and Laura Connaughton              
There are two sessions.  It is possible to attend one or both sessions. Both are via Zoom.
The first session 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a practical workshop on writing for publication for library journals. Participants will carry out a number of writing tasks with the aim of drawing up an outline for an article (including title, keywords and abstract) and begin writing the article.  The session will conclude with advice on submitting to journals, dealing with peer review and publicising your published article. The second session from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. deals with poster presentations. Participants will learn practical, adaptable tips on how to design posters.

There is no charge for this event.  Places are limited to 20 and booking is essential.  It is possible to book one or both sessions. 
To book a place please e-mail  stating if you wish to attend one or both sessions. Please put Academic Writing Workshop in the title.
Closing date for bookings is Sunday 7th June.
Presenters:  Helen Fallon has published extensively and has presented academic writing programmes in Ireland, UK, USA, Sweden, Croatia and Malaysia. She is a member of the editorial board of New Review of Academic Librarianship (NRAL) and the creator of the Academic Writing Librarian blog
Laura Connaughton has published professional and peer-reviewed articles and  presented at national and international conferences.  She won the 2015 Academic and Special Libraries Conference Poster Competition and the CONUL Conference 2016 Poster Competition

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Early Career Research Award 2020 Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland’s Early Career Research Award 2020 has opened for applications. This Award grants a prize to an original piece of research (e.g. research done for Master’s or PhD thesis, article or publication) informed in whole, or in part, by objects/collections deposited in DRI. Unpublished research will also be considered, as long as the work is intended for eventual publication.

Submissions will be assessed by a panel that includes representatives from the DRI as well as an external assessor. The winner will be granted a bursary award of €500. This Award is open to early career researchers, including (but not limited to):

  • Senior undergraduates 
  • Master’s students
  • Those recently awarded a master’s degree 
  • PhD students or post-doctoral level researchers who do not hold an established academic post

Applications from social science students assembling data sets are welcome (more information on this is available on the DRI website, link below).

Further details on the award, for which the deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020, including instructions on how to enter, can be found here:

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Call for Contributions AISHEJ - Special Issue COVID-19 and Irish Higher Education

 The All Ireland Journal of Teaching andLearning in Higher Education (AISHE-J) invites colleagues to share experiences and responses and to reflect on the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19.

We are seeking:
1. Rapid Responses - short articles (1,000-2,000 words) that share practices developed in response to the COVID 19 situation OR present short case studies of responses OR consider specific issues and/or experiences. We would welcome rapid responses coauthored by staff and students.
2. Full papers (no more than 5,000 words) that reflect on and critically consider these changes in the context of the Irish higher education landscape and beyond.
3. The Student Perspective –short pieces (500 – 1,000 words) written by students that address the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on their learning and wider experience.

Key dates. The deadline for all submissions is 1st September 2020 for consideration for the Special Issue (31st October). Decisions to authors – 20th September 2020. Deadline for final revised submissions – 14th October 2020
Submissions should be made via the AISHE-J
We would be delighted to discuss any ideas you might have for a submission. Please contact or any member of the AISHE-J editorial team.
Please note, we can also consider Rapid Responses for inclusion in the June 2020 issue of the journal If you would like to submit a short paper for consideration for this earlier publication, please submit by 21st May 2020 and include a brief note to the editor indicating that you would like this to be considered for June.
More information