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    "What Would I Tweet?": Exploring New Professionals' Attitudes Towards Twitter as a Tool for Professional Development
    (Journal of Library Innovation, 2013-10)
    Twitter is a relatively common platform through which libraries can connect with their user communities. However, it also represents an innovative tool for professional development by allowing library and information sciences (LIS) professionals to communicate and share information across distance and time. Using data gathered from a workshop activity, this article explores the attitudes of new and emerging professionals towards Twitter, including barriers to usage and how these can potentially be reduced. The results indicate that some librarians are still reluctant to fully utilize it as a continuing professional development tool for a variety of reasons. Promoting strategies that specifically address these concerns may help to increase the level of engagement with Twitter by the LIS community as an innovative learning and development resource.
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    A dissemination divide? The factors that influence the journal selection decision of Library & Information Studies (LIS) researchers and practitioners
    (CILIP, 2013-10)
    With increasing volumes of research output and the continued emergence of new publishing venues, scholarly publishing has become a crowded landscape. This study analyses the factors that influence LIS authors when selecting a journal for submission, and in particular the significance of open access (OA) options and bibliometric indicators in this decision-making process. An online questionnaire with Likert scales was used to collect and rank the preferences and attitudes of LIS professionals. As part of the analysis, two separate sub-groups were examined using inferential statistical tests to explore if the research-practice divide so often cited in the LIS literature is also replicated in journal selection. It is concluded that choosing a journal for LIS research is a complex decision for both faculty members and librarians. Whilst some commonality exists between both groups, many variables show evidence of a divide in practices and preferences in consonance with the existing research.
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    Information Literacy Journal Club
    (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences, 2014-04) ;
    The Information Literacy Journal Club ( is an online discussion group that focuses on information literacy and other aspects of user education. The journal club was originally set up on the Blogger platform in December 2012 by Niamh Tumelty (University of Cambridge) and Sheila Webber (University of Sheffield), and since then the community involved has grown to include a range of professionals interested in the area.
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    Open Access Publishing Survey
    This aim of this survey is to better understand your level of awareness, perceptions and use (or non-use) of the various Open Access channels. The results will help to feed into future training and other activities to support your requirements in this area.
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    Snakes or Ladders? Evaluating a LibGuides pilot at University College Dublin Library
    Online subject guides are commonly used by libraries to provide information support to students. LibGuides (a cloud-based commercial product launched in 2007) represent one of the latest incarnations of the traditional subject guide or portal, and are widely used across American academic libraries. In Ireland however, library subject guides of entirely local design and hosted on a local web server still dominate. This paper outlines the project management process involved in implementing a LibGuides pilot at University College Dublin Library, including the planning, design and implementation of a new range of subject-related guides. The pilot nature of the project necessitated a strong focus on evaluation, particularly in assessing the effectiveness and suitability of LibGuides as a platform for delivering information literacy support, both from an administrative and end-user perspective. A two-stranded approach was used in this review process, incorporating quantitative web statistics and analytics alongside qualitative feedback from students, academic staff and Library staff.  Feedback that was gathered suggested that the LibGuides subject guides were generally viewed very positively by both staff and students. Notwithstanding this, awareness (as indicated through usage statistics) remained moderate during the pilot, pointing to the importance of the visibility, positioning and promotion of guides. 
      708Scopus© Citations 26
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    How individual consultations with a librarian can support systematic reviews in the social sciences
    (CILIP Information Literacy Group, 2019-12)
    The use of systematic review as a research method has become increasingly prevalent in the social and human sciences. However, the role of the librarian in delivering library and information skills (LIS) support in this area remains relatively undocumented, in contrast with the health sciences where systematic review support is often highly visible and embedded. This exploratory study uses qualitative survey data collected from researchers who attended an individual consultation with a librarian and aims to identify the potential role and impact that LIS support can have. The results indicate that both the skills and confidence of researchers increased as a result of the interaction, and that the personalised nature of the consultation provided additional value. However, awareness of the service was relatively low, indicating the need for additional marketing and promotion, as well as increased liaison and engagement with academic and research staff. These findings provide a foundation for further research into the design and delivery of LIS support to those undertaking systematic reviews in the social sicences.
      184Scopus© Citations 3
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    Many voices: Building a Biblioblogosphere in Ireland
    Blogging has been associated with the Library and Information Science (LIS) community for some time now. is an online blog that was founded in 2011. Its goal was to create a communal communication space for LIS professionals in Ireland and beyond, to share and discuss issues and ideas. The content of the blog is curated by an editorial team, and features guest bloggers from across all sectors and experience levels. Using a qualitative methodological approach, open-ended surveys were conducted with twelve previous guest bloggers, in order to explore how and why Irish-based LIS professionals choose to communicate through blogging. It is hoped that this evidence will provide a greater understanding of both the value and effectiveness of blogging as an outreach and communication tool within the profession, helping both libraries and librarians to be more strategic in their use of it as a medium.
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    Open Access Publishing Survey: Research Managers / Administrators
    The aim of this survey is for the University Research Managers and Administrators Network (URMAN) Open Access Group to better understand the level of engagement of URMAN members and other research managers/administrators who work with their PIs/researchers on the topic of Open Access and Open Data. The results will help to feed into future training and other activities to support your requirements in assisting researchers in this area.