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- PublicationPlaying Social Roulette: The Impact of Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland(University College Dublin, 2015-06)This scholarly research study explored gambling behaviour in Ireland, specifically the issue of problem gambling and its impact on the individual, the gambler’s relationships with social connections, and the wider impact of problem gambling behaviour on community and society. The project followed an exploratory, ethnographic approach to enable participants to express themselves fully from their perspective, to facilitate in-depth understanding of gambling behaviour, and to provide a foundation for future research projects in this area. The research was conducted as four work packages, involving data collection with critical stakeholders: 1) Addiction Service Providers, 2) Gamblers, 3) Gamblers' Social Connections, and 4) the Gambling Industry. Data were collected using semi-structured, in-depth interviews. Problem gambling not only affects the individual who participates in gambling opportunities, but also that person’s family members, friends, and wider community. There are multiple areas where stakeholders' needs can be facilitated, including regulation and policy development to protect those vulnerable to negative outcomes associated with gambling. Importantly, collaboration among all stakeholders should be initiated. Findings suggest that development of a regulatory framework and a social policy framework is urgently needed. A national strategy for service provision is essential. Further research into gambling behaviour and approaches and services is urgently needed in Ireland.
- PublicationDesigning a Digital Research Accelerator Programme for the Social Sciences at UCD: Preliminary results of a faculty-library collaborationAlongside calls in the literature for research skills development for undergraduates, University College Dublin’s College of Social Sciences and Law (CoSSL) has identified a need for research skills education for its new Bachelor of Social Sciences programme. In collaboration, academics and the library have created a new course, the Social Sciences Research Accelerator, designed to provide foundational learning of research skills for students transitioning to conduct research projects in their final year. Preliminary testing of the course, which included a small user-testing group of undergraduates who engaged with course activities and then completed a survey evaluation, has been positive. This paper details the partnership between academics and library staff toward a common scholarship goal, including the creation of learning materials, early testing of content, and future work.
- PublicationDevelopments in the Gambling Area: Emerging trends and issues supporting the development of policy and legislation in Ireland(Department of Justice & Equality, 2017-02-23)This report provides a summary of literature which has been published on developments in gambling since 2013, in addition to an analysis of the responses from consultation with gambling industry stakeholders and experts. The aims of the report are to highlight emerging trends and developments in gambling since 2013, with a focus on the following specific areas: international legislation, gambling industry mergers, services provided to problem gamblers and gambling technology.Examination of gambling legislation internationally looked at how international legislation has been dealing with emerging issues such as online gambling, sports betting, harm reduction, problem gambling and advertising.Gambling industry mergers, which have become increasingly common in recent years, are discussed with regard to the reasons for these mergers.Services which are available both in Ireland and internationally for problem gamblers 2and those affected by problem gambling were also examined. Issues which have arisen include service providers which are funded by the gambling industry itself and the usage levels of gambling services online versus land-based gambling support services as well as a lack of support services for families affected by problem gambling.The review of technological developments in the gambling industry covers both online gambling developments and land-based technological developments. New research into the risks of both online gambling and machine based gambling as well as aspects necessary for successful use of pre-commitment systems in managing the risks associated with both are summarised. The emergence and popularity of social media and social media gaming, and how the gambling industry is embracing this technology, was a common theme in much of the literature surrounding online gambling. An important factor that is looked at is the blurring of lines between online gambling and social media games which simulate gambling. This is a continually evolving area and as such requires monitoring.
- PublicationLibrarianship Students’ Perceptions of the Role of the Client Services LibrarianProspective librarians differ greatly in educational background, but a core part of their learning before starting their professional career is how to serve clients effectively. Before beginning the librarianship programme at University College Dublin (UCD) in 2017, students were asked to seek out the person in a library local to their area, who deals with client services and find out what their job entails. Upon completing UCD’s required module in information and client services, students were asked to describe the professional role again and to reflect on whether their perception of the client services role now differed from what they learned before starting the course. A majority of students initially believed their role as a client services librarian would be mainly administrative, potentially because they encountered paraprofessional working in client services positions. Upon completion of the module, the majority of students perceived a broader role for client services librarians. There may be opportunities for educators and the profession to assist students learning to take up the client services role.