Poster Presentations 2023

Embedded data stewardship supporting discovery and sustainability of arts and humanities research data: A pilot at University College Cork Library

Deborah Thorpe, Dr Aoife Coffey, Dr Darren Dahly, Dr Brendan Palmer, Christine Allan

University College Cork

Deborah is Research Data Steward at University College Cork, supporting and working directly with researchers in research data management and sharing. She was previously Education and Outreach Manager for the Digital Repository of Ireland, a research performing organisation and national trustworthy digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, cultural heritage, and social sciences data. She holds a PhD in Medieval Studies and has over a decade of research experience in the areas of material culture studies, digital cultural heritage, and the digital humanities.

This poster presents a pilot project at University College Cork (UCC) Library that examines the practicalities of embedded data stewardship to enhance the discoverability and sustainability of research data, beginning with the arts and humanities, and a comparative study in health research. The aims are to a) get to know researchers with humanities data and their data-related needs; b) establish the Research Data Steward as a go-to person for domain specific advice relating to management, preservation and sharing of research data; c) generate information about the cost of embedding data stewardship; d) developing an evidence base for a costed embedded data stewardship service at UCC.

ILL and sustainability for Interlibrary Loans

Clare Dwyer, Kyle Christy, Maeve Shanahan

University Of Limerick

Clare Dwyer, Library Assistant with the University of Limerick Glucksman Library. Working in ILL and at the Information Desk.

The Interlibrary Loans (ILL) department of the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick has invested in increasing the number of ILL fulfilled/satisfied but also reducing the time it takes to address these requests.  With more digitalisation it is now possible to answer ILL queries more quickly/increased access while reducing printing costs/materials.  The poster will outline how ILL requests and DCS for Reading Lists are managed in the library born out of a need during COVID for more digital access.


A Sustainable Exhibition: Life beyond the physical

Catherine Ahearne, Alexandra  Caccamo

Maynooth University

Alexandra Caccamo is the Special Collections Librarian at Maynooth University. She is responsible for overseeing the collections in the historic Russell Library, St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and the special collections and archives of Maynooth University.

Catherine (MLIS, ALAI) is a Senior library assistant in Special Collections & Archives at Maynooth University Library. She has experience working in special, public and academic libraries. She also worked in the private sector for EY as an Information Officer. She is interested in supporting those returning to learning, and improving user experience.

2022 saw Special Collections & Archives at Maynooth University host its first exhibition and symposium since the Covid-19 pandemic: “The Second Reformation and Catholic–Protestant Relations in Pre-Famine Ireland: Bicentennial Perspectives’. 

This poster will outline,  our experience of facilitating and coordinating a symposium and co-curating an exhibition with an academic. We will guide the reader through the process, and demonstrate how we considered sustainability in relation to display, promotion etc. This poster will assess how sustainable these efforts were and reflect on the key learnings. It will be of value to people considering running a similar event at their institution. 

Sustainability All Abuzz: how bee colonies can model UN SDG elements for libraries

Sarah Timmins

RCSI, University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sarah Timmins is a library assistant in RCSI Library and a member of the Heritage Collections team. Currently completing a Library & Information Management Masters. Secretary of the Rare Books Group of the LAI. Interests include conservation (both heritage and environmental) and beekeeping.

An infographic poster exploring Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability in Libraries by highlighting aspects of sustainable development models and ‘sustainability culture’, using analogies between bee colonies and libraries.

As mapped to the Five Key Elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the fundamentals are:

People – bees/librarians, their roles, skills & behaviours

Planet – hive/library, design, function & internal/external impacts

Peace – harmony & balance, operations & communications

Prosperity – supply & demand, needs & benefits 

Partnership – symbiosis, pollination & pollinators

Promoting Collections using Digital Engagement at Maynooth University Library

Heidi Campbell, Yvette  Campbell

Maynooth University

As Digital Engagement Curator at Maynooth University Library Heidi works collaboratively to harness engagement opportunities provided by the MU Library makerspace. Using 3D printing, Virtual Reality experiences, 3D filming and stop-motion animation, Heidi is developing immersive digital experiences. Heidi has PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (Trinity College Dublin). Twitter: @DrHeidiCampbell


Yvette is Collections and Content Librarian at MU Library working with world-renowned unique and distinctive collections. Her main professional interests lie in the areas of descriptive bibliography, codicology, book history, digital preservation & discovery. She was awarded Associateship of the Library Association of Ireland in 2018. Twitter: @RareBookYvette

This poster will outline the innovative ways we use digital engagement tools to promote the collections of Maynooth University Library and St Patricks Pontifical University. Utilising virtual and stop motion software, we have created our first virtual experiences including tours, exhibitions, a collections-based advent calendar and a claymation cat for engagement on social media. There is potential to review data of these platforms to inform future planning and guidelines for making the Library more accessible.

This poster will outline the forms of digital engagement that were undertaken in the last 12 months and evaluate their impact on enhanced collection sustainability.


Sustainable Library Appraisal on a Portugal Library

Celine Larracas, Mingli Gong, Francisca Silva, Subbalakshmi Sindhu

Dublin Business School


Celine Larracas: Graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science. Worked as an academic librarian at the Asian Institute of Management and a faculty librarian at Assumption College. Achieved 2nd place in the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture Series (MGDLS) 2019 Philippine Association of Academic / Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL). Currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information and Library Management in Dublin Business School.

In this study, the Cascais Municipal Libraries Network (RBMC) is appraised for its potential to be a sustainable library. A case study approach is conducted with primary data gathered through virtual interview, questionnaire, and email inquiries to the library director, Ångela Santos.

The RBMC does exhibit features of a sustainable library, however, improvements in training, programmes, and collections should be noted. RBMC is a community-based institution, therefore it is involved in the Cascais Municipality’s programmes and objectives. The findings in this study will be helpful to determine its potential to shift towards sustainability and enhance its role in future libraries.

Sustainable Good Practice in Journal Publication

Paul Davidson

University College Cork

Digital Library Developer for UCC Library. Working in this instance with PKP OJS

UCC has hosted journals across various research areas for many years.These are an important research output and add significantly to UCC’s research standings.

As many of these began when the software for handling such journals was in it’s infancy, a lot of the papers were published using bespoke applications and were spread across a multitude of URLs and hence various servers. Time took its toll on these journals and unfortunately some became defunct, making the risk of losing them higher year on year. Now UCC has a diamond open access model of free for everyone to submit and access these journals in the most sustainable way possible.

The Evidence is where it's at...

Liz Dore, Pattie Punch

University of Limerick

As Librarian for Health Research Methods, I lead on supporting methodologies for evidence synthesis and advanced searching skills through an evidence-based approach to research.

The strength of the evidence base is not always checked which is leading to much research waste which can occur at any stage in the systematic reviewing process beginning with setting the question, the accessibility to or the reporting of the evidence.

The research landscape is ever evolving with an increased focus post covid on the quality of the evidence and robust methodologies for review types.

Liz and Pattie are designing a Library service for Evidence-Based Research which can be defined as:

“the use of prior research in a systematic and transparent way to inform a new study so that the research is answering questions that matter in a valid, efficient and accessible manner.” (EVBRES 2018).

The poster will tell the story so far!

The Library as a Client in enhancing student industry-oriented learning

Israel Chidavaenzi, Silvia Onder

TU Dublin

Israel is the Business Faculty Liaison Librarian, he supports the learning and teaching needs of the Faculty. Israel offers help to students and Faculty staff to enable them to make effective use of the huge range of business resources available in the Library.


Silvia is a library assistant in the Client and Faculty team at TU Dublin Library Services. She also works as part of the library’s communications team, creating library displays and social media posts promoting the library collection and library events. Her collaboration in this project has stemmed from an interest in business studies and digital media, combined with previous experience in teaching and learning. 

This poster outlines how TU Dublin Library Services worked in partnership with the School of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in giving the students the experience of carrying out a substantial industry-oriented digital marketing project. The library acted as a client for a 10 ECTS Credits professional project that the students took responsibility of in terms of producing an agreed set of deliverables. One of the projects was creating a social media campaign promoting library resources that support the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). In this poster we showcase the journey that the Faculty, the Library and the student took to arrive at the common goal of giving the student the desired learning experience.

TUS Library OER index and its alignment to sustainability goals

Saoirse Mahon, Celine Peignen

Technological University Of The Shannon, Athlone

Celine is the Deputy Librarian for TUS Library Midlands, she has a particular interest Deputy Librarian at TUS Midlands with a particular interest in Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, T&L and everything OER.

Saoirse is a Senior Library Assistant in TUS Library, she assists in the day to day maintainance of library systems and is involved in various projects in the library including OER and assisted in developing and maintaining the OER index.

This poster will outline how TUS Library has developed and maintained an Open Educational Resources index relevant to courses within the University. It will show how the library through OER has aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and how it will continue to align going forward by developing the role of OER within the library and expanding the knowledge and understanding around OER to students and staff.


UCD Library Outreach: Sustainability Workflows and Projects

Joshua Clark

University College Dublin

Josh is currently the Outreach Librarian for UCD Library, and has held this role for over 10 years. Prior to this he was a UCD liaison (subject) librarian mainly for the sciences. He is currently responsible for maintaining and updating the Library’s websites and social media channels. He also works on the design and dissemination of various library promotions. He creates and oversees the Library’s LibGuide platform. His interests include social media marketing for academic libraries and mobile technologies as they pertain to Library services.

Sustainability is woven into the fabric of the everyday workflow of UCD Library’s Outreach and Communication Unit. Some examples of day-to-day practices include always choosing eco-friendly and recyclable paper when printing promotional materials and signage, reusing and repurposing obsolete printed banners, helping the wider UCD community by donating out of date posters to the UCD Creche for children’s art activities and promoting via social media and other channels the Library Green Group’s efforts towards sustainability and reduction of our carbon footprint. This poster will convey these efforts and will also include the Unit’s work on eco campaigns such as the UCD Library Green Ideas student project.

Exploring the SDGs through Special Collections - 'Life on Land: Trees and Birds from the 17th to 21st Centuries'

John Rooney

University College Cork

John Rooney is a Senior Library Assistant in Special Collections & Archives at UCC Library.

The poster will focus on the exhibition ‘Life on Land: Trees and Birds from the 17th to 21st Centuries’ developed by the UCC Library Special Collections service. The exhibition drew on material from across five centuries to explore stories, discoveries, and ideas about birds and trees as a means through which to introduce the SDGs and communicate the themes and goals of SDG 15: Life On Land. In addition to a physical exhibition, the project included an online exhibition, show & tells events, and a colouring book. It has also acted as an impetus for further SDG led initiatives.