Thursday, September 22, 2016

Academic Librarians Communicating in the 21st Century Seminar at Maynooth University Library

Communication has been a significant interest of mine in my career in libraries over the past 35 years.  I’ve worked in three Irish university libraries, in a health sciences library in Saudi Arabia,  as a lecturer in librarianship at the University of Sierra Leone and have carried out short assignments in Namibia, Tanzania and Malaysia. Despite different cultures and contexts both myself and the people I have been fortunate to encounter in my career, have shared the desire to communicate effectively.  I was pleased in 2014 to be invited by Dr Graham Walton to be the guest editor of the themed issue of New Review of Academic Librarianship for 2016 and following discussion it was agreed that the theme would be the academic librarian as communicator. Following the call for abstracts there were 46 submissions from librarians from 11 countries spread over four continents. Following a double blind peer review process, 24 abstracts were accepted; 18 articles made the final volume.  11 of these articles are the subject of short papers and discussion session at the seminar Academic Librarians Communicating in the 21stCentury which will be hosted at Maynooth University Library on the 20th of October. We have 11 short presentations (involving 17 speakers from Ireland, UK, Sweden, Abu Dhabi and the US) and we’ve factored in discussion time. Below is some brief information about the topics and speakers.   The event is free but booking is essential.   

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John Cox (NUI Galway) will speak on the new and emerging roles digitisation and digital scholarship bring; Jane Burns (RCSI & UCD) will explore roles in the context of the digitisation of the Mary Martin Diary;  Melssia Minds VandeBurgt ( Florida Gulf Coast University) will talk about her Library’s outreach activities to digitally preserve local cultural heritage. Zelda Chatten and Sarah Roughley (University of Liverpool) will share the library’s experience of developing a social media presence. Sassa Persson and Maria Sveningsson (Linköping University Library) will speak about their survey of how researchers at their university are using social media. Librarians play an active role in curating, promoting and creating the research output of Faculty but their role as researchers is sometimes overlooked. Terry O’Brien and Kieran Cronin (Waterford Institute of Technology) will speak about the the academic publishing output of Irish librarians. Ian Rowland (University of Leicester)  will share approaches to strategic marketing at the University of Leicester Library. Pablo the Penguin, who has his very own twitter handle, will be introduced by David Bennett and  Paula Thompson (University of Portsmouth)  and we’ll hear how  Pablo links the Library and students.  James Barnett & Stephen Bull (University of Bermingham) will talk about a Pop-Up Library initiative at the University of Birmingham, while Justin Parrot (New York University in Abu Dhabi) will present some of the challenges of operating library services across continents. Neil Smyth (University of Lincoln) and Tony Simmonds (University of Nottingham) will share the Strategic Engagement Cycle as a new model for librarian communication.

The seminar will finish with a wine reception and the launch of the MU/NRAL/T&F  Academic Writing Award, sponsored by MU and Taylor and Francis.

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Helen Fallon
Guest Editor, New Review of Academic Librarianship

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