#npdi2013 – Links

New Professionals Day Ireland – Links

Links provided by David Hughes from his session at New Professionals Day Ireland #npdi2013


@Libfocus           Librarians in Ireland

@PhilBradley     Various Librarian Lists – UK, US other

@libraryfuture 10+ Librarian Lists

125 librarians to follow on Twitter  (no Irish librarians, sadly)


LAI – If still a student – check the student rate & the membership application form is in your #npdi2013 Welcome Pack. Please join the LAI and attend their section networking events, these are advertised on their website

Keep an eye on @LibraryEvents

Library Blogs and other sites

Library Blogs Ireland wiki  (doesn’t look like it’s been updated in a while)

Top 25 library bloggers (by the numbers)

Libfocus – Irish library blog

Library Success Stories wiki

iLibrarian   (News and resources on Library 2.0 and the information revolution).

Musings about Librarianship (Keeping track of interesting and cool ideas that might be used by libraries for benefit of users)

Open Source

Library Open Source Software Registry

SourceForge – Open Source Repository

What I Learned Today (Library /Open Source blog)      

The open source software that formed one of Saturday’s exercises:

Drupal  Content management system for organising your website.

Koha      Library management systems

MRBS    Meeting room booking system

VuFind Discovery Service (bring together all your resources & collections in one place)

Zotero Reference management system – available as a stand-alone package or as an add-on for Firefox

While these form viable alternatives to commercial-off-the-shelf systems, they may require some assistance from your IT department to get started.


The accidental systems librarian / Nicole Engard & Rachel Singer Gordon Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc (2012)

Library mashups : exploring new ways to deliver library data. / ed. Nicole Engard London: Facet Publishing. (2009)

Crash course in web design for libraries / Charles P. Rubinstein Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, (2007)

Mailing Lists

Members of the A&SL section of the LAI can join their mailing list by sending an e-mail to


Members can post to the list by sending an e-mail to


The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee maintains a large number of mailing lists, arranged by category e.g library or information resources

Web4lib is a good list that deals with web systems in libraries.  It’s a bit techie at times

The C-word     

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a fairly recent and welcome web development.  There’s an extensive list linked to from here which includes a section on engineering and computer science.

Code Academy is a great place to start dipping your toes into the ocean of computer programming.  I heartily recommend this site.

Codordojo is a global initiative to provide free and open teaching in programming to young people, which maintains a good list of starter resources (and it’s Irish)

Web 2.0 tools and applications

The five tools & applications mentioned in one of the exercises were:

delicious               A social bookmarking site.  

Flickr                     Photo curation

Google Calendar  Time management application

Issu                       Online publishing service

Pinterest                Object sharing: “pin” things to your pinboard

Many Web 2.0 tools and applications are free – merely requiring setting up an account.  A lot are, frankly, rubbish but you should approach them thinking “can I use this in the library?”  We use delicious on our subject portals to curate useful web links.  We have a flickr page for displaying photographs of e.g. library events, open days etc.  We use Google Calendar to display our opening hours (here’s a neat use of Google Calendar to display today’s opening times on a library homepage [which requires JavaScript] and our schedule of library classes.     Issuu can be used to display library guides and newsletters, while there are several ways to use PinterestPhil Bradley’s Web 2.0 application blog is a good place to look for tools.

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