Posters 2017

1. ‘It’s not easy being green: supporting implementation of an open access to publications policy at University College Cork’

Siobhan Bowman, Gillian Cotter, Breeda Herlihy & Elizabeth Noonan, University College Cork


In an effort to increase deposits of publications to the UCC institutional repository, CORA, UCC approved a green Open Access to Publications policy in late 2016. A survey of UCC researchers the previous year found that there was overwhelming support for the principles of open access. However, this hadn’t translated into wholesale engagement with open access archiving. The survey also found that the main reasons for poor engagement were lack of time and confusion over copyright. This presentation will describe the efforts undertaken by the recently formed Research and Digital Services team at UCC to assist researchers with open access archiving, and to manage the process of implementing the Open Access to Publications policy.

Supporting researchers required a change of approach in how publications were collected for the repository. Instead of waiting for authors to submit to the repository, the team began an ‘early intervention’ method by tracking newly published materials via pro-active monitoring of Google Scholar and Scopus alerts for UCC affiliated publications. Following identification and profiling of copyright status, we requested submissions from authors and offered mediated deposit. This method makes it as easy as possible for authors to comply with UCC’s Open Access to Publications policy and provides reassurance around copyright issues. It also supports researcher compliance with funder Open Access mandates, for example, open access to scientific peer reviewed publications has been anchored as an underlying principle in the Horizon 2020.

Ultimately we hope that archiving in the repository will become embedded in researchers’ minds as an automatic part of the publication lifecycle. During the presentation, we will also elaborate on how the method has evolved over time as we seek to streamline our process and how the process itself has had the effect of promoting awareness around open access.


Breeda Herlihy
Breeda Herlihy is manager of the institutional repository and member of the Research and Digital Services Team at UCC Library.

Elizabeth Noonan
Elizabeth Noonan has been a member of the UCC Library Research and Digital Services team since September 2015. Her previous roles included serials acquisitions, particularly focused on legal deposit of serials published in Ireland.

Siobhan Bowman
Siobhan Bowman has been a member of the UCC Library Research and Digital Services team since January 2016, working with CORA, UCC’s institutional repository. Her previous roles included academic and student engagement, particularly focused on subject support for the sciences.

Gillian Cotter
Gillian Cotter is a member of the UCC Library Research and Digital Services team, working with CORA, UCC’s institutional repository. Before this she worked in UCC’s Health Sciences Library, Customer Services & Special Collections.

2. ‘Attention researchers: MU goes paperless to improve access to ALCID, SCONUL and Music Pal schemes’

Emma Boyce, Maynooth University


I propose to present a poster outlining a new initiative which I undertook to aid researchers access to Maynooth Library and other institutions in a more efficient and streamlined way by creating online forms for ALCID, SCONUL and MUSIC PAL.

The poster will show the forms, describe the process involved and the advantages to both the researcher and the library. It will showcase how this initiative has raised the awareness of the access schemes to a new level by making forms available online to MU staff and students and visiting researchers.

It will outline

  • the value for visiting researchers who can apply from anywhere and anytime.
  • that no paperwork frees up valuable library desk staff time which can be further dedicated to library users.
  • the additional benefit of automatically recorded statistics which provides more user information that can inform the library to enhance future researcher experience.


Emma Boyce works in the Library Information Services (LIS) section at Maynooth University Library. She manages library access and is responsible for the library’s digital signage. She is currently undertaking a degree in Visual Communications with the Open College of Arts.

3. ‘The road to ULIR and beyond: One author’s experience’

Anne Butler & Sinead Keogh, University of Limerick


UL authors are interested in making their research available in the Institutional Repository of the University of Limerick however many do not know where to start.

Since the establishment of the repository the Glucksman Library’s Digital Services Unit has worked with library, faculty, Graduate Studies and Research Office staff to streamline processes for archiving research material.

This poster charts the journey of one author as she has learned to utilize ULIR to promote and preserve her research.  We start with her first contact with ULIR and end with her departmental publication list which includes the ULIR links to her publications. 


Anne Butler is Senior Library Assistant working in the Digital Services Unit of the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.

4. ‘MyRI: Supporting research through online bibliometric training’

Lisa Callaghan, Dublin City University, Michelle Dalton, University College Dublin & Ciaran Quinn, Maynooth University


Originally launched in 2011, MyRI (Measuring your Research Impact) is an online tutorial and set of learning resources (videos, datasheets) created for librarians delivering bibliometrics support and training. The initial project phase, funded by the Irish National Digital Learning Resource (NDLR), was developed by a cross institutional library project team with members from University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Maynooth University. In 2016, with support from CONUL, MyRI moved to a new web address at and continues to attract a substantial amount of traffic. Over the years the tutorial has been used or adapted by a number of institutions internationally and in May 2017 a revised and updated version of the tutorial will be available. This poster will give an overview of the tutorial and resources available and will highlight how the resources can be used in practice.


Lisa Callaghan is Science Librarian at DCU Library, and works with the schools of Biotechnology, Chemical Sciences, Health and Human Performance, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Before joining DCU Lisa held positions in a number of special libraries including Enterprise Ireland. Lisa is currently a member of CONUL Teaching Learning group and the MyRI group.

5. ‘National dance archive of Ireland takes centre stage at the University of Limerick’

Judy Carmody & Justine Bennett, University of Limerick


The poster will outline how the Glucksman Library at UL managed the process of curating donated collections to produce The National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI).

The NDAI archive is comprised of 78 individual and unique collections, consisting of over 20,000 items and aims to preserve the physical archive as well as creating an online open access platform.

The NDAI was pioneered by the Library at UL along with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.  NDAI aims to forge links with dancers, scholars, choreographers, companies and organisations of dance in the wider community.

A cross-departmental team organised and digitised the NDAI, containing a comprehensive range of material including posters, programmes, brochures, flyers, photographs and multimedia material.


Judy Carmody
Judy Carmody is a Senior Library Assistant,Cataloguing and Metadata Department, Technical Services, at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick, having previously worked in Reader Services and Acquisitions, and more recently in Digital Services. 

Justine Bennett
Justine Bennett is the Librarian, Cataloguing & Metadata at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.  She began her career in libraries at the University of Humberside and the University of Lincoln, holding roles such as Academic Liaison Officer, Learning Support Advisor and Cataloguing Librarian.  She has held her current role in UL for 16 years during which time she has overseen many great and exciting changes in the world of cataloguing, such as the implementation of shelf ready processes, a new LMS, new standards including RDA and MARC21, and most recently the shift to the content description of the digital library.

6. ‘Academic writing librarian: Supporting librarians as researchers’

Helen Fallon, Maynooth University & Megan Guthrie


The Academic Writing Librarian blog provides information on national and international publishing/presenting opportunities in library-related areas. The blog also offers guidance on writing, from published authors and journal editors, and a resources section linking to articles and presentations. It currently has approximately 10,000 hits per month.

The poster will demonstrate – through statistical analysis of page views, most popular posts, user location and other data analytics – how this online resource supports librarians to develop as researchers and academic authors. Giving the evolving role of librarians in research support, it is important to also support librarians as researchers/academic writers.

Presenter Biography:

Megan Guthrie
Megan Guthrie obtained her MLIS from UCD in 2016 and a B.A. in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. She is currently a member of the desk services team in Maynooth University Library and in the past has worked as part of Client Services in UCD Library.

She is also a research assistant with the School of Information and Communication Studies in UCD, currently designing e-tutorials for undergraduate courses. She has a particular interest in open access, information literacy, and human-information interaction.

Helen Fallon
Helen Fallon is Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University. Her blog Academic Writing Librarians aims to support library staff who wish to write for publication. She has published extensively, runs programmes on academic writing in Ireland and internationally and is a member of the editorial board of New Review of Academic Librarianship and SCONUL Focus.  She is passionate about professional development for library staff and served as Secretary of the LAI CPD Group and chair of ANLTC.

7. ‘Inspiring Ireland: Preservation, the public and collaborative collection’

Dr Natalie Harrower, Dr Caroline McGee & Kevin Long, Digital Repository Ireland


Inspiring Ireland is collaborative project by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) to curate and make openly available Ireland’s digital cultural heritage, and to provide rich themes, compelling narratives and expert commentary to contextualise this heritage. Built on a Trusted Digital Repository, Inspiring Ireland uses the DRI’s API to access selected digital objects in the repository. This model allows for agility and aesthetic flexibility of a changing exhibition space, while also ensuring that the digital heritage objects that power the exhibitions follow best practices in Open Access, are subject to trusted long­-term preservation, and are offered with persistent access to the research community, as befits a trusted archive.

As part of the Ireland 2016 commemoration programme, Inspiring Ireland built a series of new exhibitions that combined cultural heritage objects from National Cultural Institutions in Ireland with content from partners at the National Library and Museum of Wales, as well as ‘digitally donated’ items from members of the public. This new approach to collection development was strategically developed to weave together public and private narratives of 1916, contributing ‘found’ objects to the available pool of publicly stewarded research objects, and providing scholarly context for the interplay between public and private objects. The exhibitions were built through an ongoing series of macro- and micro-partnerships between institutions and individuals, which led to serendipitous research findings as well-worn historical narratives based on known primary sources were encouraged to dialogue with newly ‘discovered’ sources.

As such, Inspiring Ireland pursued a new hybrid mode of digital scholarship, pushing the boundaries of metadata richness while also integrating ‘broad picture’ essays from experts with ‘close reading’ blogs that illuminate the historical value of particular objects. Inspiring Ireland demonstrates the benefits of partnering across institutions, opening research to the public, and encouraging new analyses that enrich historical research. 


Natalie Harrower
Natalie Harrower is the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy, and the Principal Investigator on Inspiring Ireland 1916. She contributes to international networks in digital preservation and digital arts and humanities via groups such as ALLEA (as chair of the E-Humanities Working Group) the Digital Preservation Coalition (Advocacy and Communications committee) the Research Data Alliance (Board of Directors of RDA Europe), and the OECD (via the OECD Global Science Forum expert group on Sustainable Business Models for Data Repositories). She is the founding Chair of DPASSH, the international conference in digital preservation for the arts, social sciences and humanities.

Kevin Long
Kevin Long is the Digital Archivist at the Digital Repository of Ireland. He worked as the Digital Data Curator for the Inspiring Ireland 1916 Project. His work at the DRI involves contributing to policy, digital collection building, and workflow design for digital archiving processes.

8. ‘Embargoing or Embarstaying’

Sinead Keogh & Denis Garvey, University of Limerick


In 2010, the University of Limerick established an open access mandate that requires all PhD and research Masters candidates to submit their thesis in both hard and soft copy. Provided no embargo is granted, the physical copy is then made available for consultation within the library while the electronic version of the thesis is accessible via the open access institutional repository (ULIR).  This poster looks at the levels of embargoes put on research theses across the disciplines over 10 years, and whether the mandate in 2010 impacted upon these rates at the point of submission or retrospectively. 


Sinead Keogh
Sinéad is the Digital Services Librarian at the University of Limerick. She manages the Institutional Repository (ULIR) and the Digital Library.

Denis Garvey
Denis is a library assistant at the University of Limerick. He has recently joined Digital Services to work in the digitisation unit and with the new digital library. He is also half time in the Reader Services department.

9. ‘Using Social Media to promote digital cultural heritage’

Claire Lanigan, Digital Repository Ireland


This presentation will show how social media platforms can be used to disseminate and raise awareness of digital cultural heritage collections, with particular reference to the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). The use of social media, particularly Twitter, has been useful for DRI’s outreach programme, by drawing attention to and encouraging new users to engage with the collections. Examples of coordinated social media campaigns will be presented, including tie-in with the launch of commemorative exhibitions (in particular the Inspiring Ireland 1916 initiative launched by DRI in 2016), significant historical anniversaries and collaborative initiatives such as Explore Your Archives week.

Particular methods of social media sharing proved in increase user engagement will be explained, and figures showing how this engagement leads to increased awareness of DRI will be presented. The presentation outlines an effective and easily reproduced model for effective social media engagement with digital collections focusing on cultural heritage.


Clare Lanigan is Education and Outreach Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). She is responsible for the DRI’s outreach and engagement programme, including media engagement, social media outreach, engagement with the public and other external communications. She also runs DRI’s Training programme, which guides existing and potential members of DRI in preparing and adding their digital collections to the repository.

From 2015-2016, she was also responsible for communications and outreach for the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Programme Her professional interests include digital and web archiving, legal and copyright issues in web archiving, audiovisual collection management and digital collection access policies.

10. ‘IReL: Supporting research everyday’

Shona Thoma, Irish Research eLibrary


In 2015 there were over 16 million article downloads, database searches, and e-book uses recorded for IReL Resources. This poster will illustrate “IReL by numbers” for a typical day. The consistently strong usage of resources and the variety of subject areas served by IReL will be demonstrated. The poster will give a visual insight into the vital role that IReL resources play in supporting research across the Higher Education sector in Ireland.


Shona Thoma graduated with an MLIS from UCD in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Youth and Community Work from UCC. Shona is the IReL Officer at the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL). She is a member of the team behind New Professionals Day Ireland, and Social Media Officer for the Library Association of Ireland.

11. ‘Support academic research by improving interlibrary loan services: a front line perspective’

Colleen Tierney, Queens University Belfast


This presentation will demonstrate how staff at the Library in Queen’s University Belfast support academic research through their interlibrary loans service.

As the library strives to provide an excellent level of customer service, this session will look at how front line staff are developing new techniques to improve and establish a fast and effective interlibrary loan service with the customer at the centre.

The presentation will explore these strategies which range from collating and sharing information on lending libraries with other Queen’s Library branches to keeping the requester informed of the progress throughout the interlibrary loan journey. 


Colleen Tierney is a library assistant in Borrower Services at the McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast.  Her role incorporates the majority of front-lines services.  She is also a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Ireland (CILIP).