Autumn Event Speakers

Our Autumn Event takes place on Saturday 21st September and to get you all prepared for the day we’ll update some information on our speakers here.

As a team the three of us behind NPD Ireland are all interested in the Digital Humanities. digital humanities1Marie-Therese and I have been working now for a year at the Hurdy Gurdy Radio Museum out in Howth on a cataloguing/digitisation project that reflects this interest. We feel that the Digital Humanities field offers a wealth of opportunity and development for New Information Professionals here in Ireland. We approached Danielle O’Donovan and Niamh Brennan to present our keynote at ‘Info Pro: a day in the life’.

Danielle O’Donovan works in the fields of art history, e-learning/digitisation and heritage. Her main areas of interest are digital educational and dissemination tools for cultural heritage institutions… and Irish late medieval architecture, politics and culture!

Danielle holds a Ph.D., M. Sc. and B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin. Her recent projects include Dublin Tenement Experience, Decipher, The Strokestown and Fota Learning Zones and Gothic Past.

GothicPast2In October she will begin an Irish Research Council Enterprise Fellowship with Trinity’s Centre for Research in IT and Education and Irish Heritage Trust on the subject of “a pragmatic, research informed model for 21st century learning in Irish secondary schools: the Learning Zones and their potential for students, teachers and heritage.”

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager for Research Informatics in Trinity College taraLibrary, Dublin. Niamh works on the development of Trinity’s Research Support System, its integrated institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive) and related scholarly communication/epublishing initiatives.
Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include Ireland’s National Steering Group on Open Access Policy, DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), OpenAIRE and OpenAIRE Plus (EC FP7 eInfrastructure).
3816471_300She is a member of the management councils of two key Irish journals in economics and social sciences and has partnered in a number of research projects in digital humanities, international development and social sciences including the Irish African Partnership for Research Capacity Building, Gothic Past and Bridge-IT (Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives). In recent years, Niamh’s work has taken her to far-flung places on five continents, from Ljubljana to Lilongwe, from Turrialba to Taipei.

To ensure that our day covered as many aspects of the profession as possible we wanted to include an archivist within our panel of speakers. Special collections and archives require specialist skills but these are also transferable into the wider information professional field. We approached the team at RTÉ Archives and happily Malachy agreed to be a part of our panel of speakers for the Autum Event.

RTE-LogoMalachy Moran is the manager of RTÉ’s Sound Library and Archive, having previously worked as the head of the national broadcaster’s Reference Library. He qualified as a librarian in 1998, before which he worked as a radio and TV journalist.

Not only does our day cover special collections and cataloguing, we’ve also added a bit of systems and legal eagle into the mix, in the guise of John Duffy, the Sub-Librarian for the Bar Council Law Library.

John Duffy has worked in technical services for Irish libraries since 2000. He is currently Sub-Librarian (Collection logoDevelopment & Systems) at the Bar Council Law Library in Dublin, a position he has occupied since 2007. Prior to this he was eServices Librarian in the Oireachtas Library & Research Service and has also held positions in ITT Dublin and Trinity College Library. His work with the Law Library has focussed mainly on online services to members of the Bar, and in particular the design and development of bespoke solutions to streamline access to third party electronic resources and deliver exclusive digital content to an increasingly dispersed user base.

Introducing our dynamic cataloguing duo John McManus and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian who both work in the Bibliographics Department at Trinity College, Dublin.

John has over 14 years’ experience of the library and information sector and has worked accessin a number of academic institutions including All Hallows College, Griffith College and the University of Ulster at Coleraine. After studying Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002 he subsequently went on to take up a position as a cataloguing librarian in the Bibliographic Data Management Department of Trinity College Library Dublin in  2004, where he has worked ever since. He has a keen interest in professional development and plays an active role in the LAI. He is currently Chair of the Cataloguing and  Metadata Group which runs regular training events and workshops, most recently on FRBR and RDA.

Christoph Schmidt-Supprian did research in Modern History before turning to plainRDA_200x300librarianship in 2005. As a trainee in the National Library of Ireland, he made the strange discovery that cataloguing was fun. Since then, he has catalogued and classified digital collections, early printed books, maps, and modern print publications, mainly in Trinity College Library, Dublin. Christoph is passionate about promoting the core library skills around cataloguing and metadata. He has lectured on information organisation in UCD and DBS, and he is an active member of the Library Association of Ireland’s Cataloguing & Metadata Group.

First up on the day is Barbara McCormack from NUI Maynooth.

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Russell Library, NUI Maynooth

Barbara is a Special Collections Librarian with experience in a wide range of public and private institutions including The British Library, Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Taxation Institute and Fáilte Ireland.

Barbara has completed courses relating to ‘The Medieval Book’ and ‘Letterpress Printing’ at the London Rare Books School. Barbara has also presented at numerous conferences and library-related events, including the 2012 Rare Books Group Seminar at the Royal Irish Academy and the Fourth International Mobile Libraries Conference at the Open University.

Her current role involves the management of a special collections service across two service points at the Russell Library and the John Paul II Library, NUI Maynooth.


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