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. Marie-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!
In 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.”
Malachy 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 Development & 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 in 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 librarianship 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.
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.