#npdisocial15 – presenters

New Professionals Day Ireland’s Autumn event, The Social Librarian will feature four excellent speakers covering a diverse range of topics.

First up is Ann O’Sullivan from the Houses of the Oireachtas with her presentation,
logo ‘Networking: linking, learning and laughing with your library colleagues.’ Ann is the Acquisitions and Research Librarian with the Houses of the Oireachtas Library & Research Service. She is also the Ambassador for the Committee of the Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI (Library Association of Ireland) and is a member of the LAI Taskforce on Information Literacy.

We then go straight into University College Cork’s Martin O’Connor’s talk, ‘Why should I be a Social Librarian? What’s actually in it for me? – a personal narrative.’ Martin is a moderator with the popular LibFocus blog and the moderator of The Blackpool Sentinel blog as well as being one of the curators of The Sir Henrys Exhibition at UCC. His presentation will be followed by a short break and a chance for attendees digest the first half of the day.

After the break we welcome Maria O’Sullivan to the NPD Ireland stage to give her presentation, ‘Beyond the Library Walls: let’s BEE social!’ Maria is the Senior Librarian in South Dublin County Council and the South Dublin Mobile Library Service. Her presentation will focus on the Summer Reading Buzz Initiative of which she was a project member. Maria is also a member of the LGMA Reading and Literacy Working Group.

Closing out the event will be Niamh O’Donovan from Galway County Council with her presentation entitled, ‘Follow Your Own Path – making social media work for you.’ Niamh works as a Library Assistant with GCC and is the Treasurer of the Western Regional Section of the LAI. She is also a Facilitator with Rudaí 23, Ireland’s very own 23 Things.

And as no event is complete without a composed MC, we are also delighted to welcome Health Services Librarian, Caroline Rowan to keep everything on track for the day. Caroline works in St. Michael’s Hospital and is an enthusiastic advocate for libraries. She is also Communications Officer for the Health Science Library Group and a co-editor of HINT: Health Information News & Thinking as well as a collaborator on both, HEAR: Health Evidence Awareness Report and the online course for information professionals; Rudaí 23.

Thanks so much to Caroline and our four great presenters for agreeing to take part in NPD Ireland’s Autumn event, The Social Librarian.

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