#npdi16 – Panel discussion


The panel discussion was moderated by Caroline Rowan our MC for the day.

Caroline is a latecomer to the world of information management. Prior to completing her MLIS in 2013, she worked in financial services for 13 years, in a variety of roles including branch and business banking, legal and compliance, business strategy and website development. After graduation, she worked as a librarian in the University Hospital in Limerick and then in the University of Limerick. She has been a solo librarian in St. Michael’s Hospital since November 2014.

Caroline is an active advocate for the information profession. She is Communications Officer for the Health Sciences Library Group of the LAI, and was also actively involved in the development of Rudai23, a 23 Things Collaboration.

Advice and a variety of perspectives from our experienced panel of information professionals was the highlight for the day. Click on the presentation title to view their slides. Thanks again to each of our fantastic speakers for all the work they put in.

Lorna Dodd, Senior Librarian, Learning, Research and Information Services at Maynooth University

Presentation: Applications, Interviews and First Impressions

Lorna Dodd is Senior Librarian for Learning, Research and Information Services at Maynooth University. She previously worked in UCD Library as User Services Manager and Liaison Librarian supporting various disciplines within the Social Sciences and Science. In 2015, Lorna was awarded a Maynooth University Teaching Fellowship for the GAeL (Graduate Attributes eLearning) Project.

Sheila Kelly, Divisional Librarian, Continuing Professional Development, Dublin City Libraries

Presentation: Interview advice

Sheila Kelly works in Dublin City Public Libraries as a Divisional Librarian. Her current responsibilities include CPD and Equality & Social Inclusion. She spent 5 years working in HR as a Senior Librarian and since then has been a member of a number of interview boards. She would be delighted to share her experience of these and her personal experiences of being interviewed.

Marie O’Neill, Head of Library Services, Dublin Business School

Presentation: Four Interview Tips for the Newly Qualified Librarian

Marie O’Neill is Head of Library Services at Dublin Business School since 2006. Marie has worked as a library professional for over twenty years and has held positions in the libraries of the Oireachtas, Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, the South Eastern Health Board, the Welsh Office and King’s Inns.

Marie has a keen interest in library innovation and the shape that academic libraries will take in the future. Other areas of interest include library leadership and strategy, open source software, library services for researchers and open access library publishing. Marie is particularly passionate about postgraduate library education and initiated the development of an MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School. She continues to support the strategic development and promotion of this programme and is an active mentor within the library profession to new graduates.

Marie has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geography from University College Cork, a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin, a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin and a Masters of Arts in Information and Library Management from the University of Northumbria.

Caitriona Sharkey, Associate Director, Ernst & Young Knowledge

Presentation: The Corporate Librarian View

Caitriona Sharkey holds a BA (Hons) in Business & Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies from UCD, and a MSc in Strategic Management from Dublin Institute of Technology. Caitriona has worked in academic and special libraries in Ireland for over 15 years including Dublin City University, National College of Ireland and RTE. She previously worked as Librarian in Dublin Business School (DBS), before moving to EY where she has worked since 1998 as Information and Knowledge Manager with responsibility for library and research services, as well as knowledge management activities. In more recent years Caitriona has worked for Ernst & Young Global as part of their global Knowledge Management group. She has been actively involved in the Library Association of Ireland for many years, and was a committee member of the Academic& Special Libraries group for 13 years, holding the position of both Treasurer and Chairperson. She has also contributed to the LAI journal An Leabharlann. Caitriona has lectured in DBS since 2009 on both the MBA and MSc Library and Information Management programmes.

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