Thing 3: Image Banks and Copy Right

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I found this task to be very informative. I chose to use Flickr  to source an image and was grateful that in regards to Creative Commons, images were sorted into categories and prior to this exercise we were provided with the descriptions of the different categories.

My mind raced a bit whilst scrolling for an image. Thoughts of what rights to people have to the pictures I have on Instagram; what about those on Facebook; as well as how often are photos shared by an abundance of people with zero regard to copy right laws. I think that it world wide web and all its components is so vast that it is nearly impossible to keep a close enough eye on the sharing, re-posting and using of images in reference to copy right. I would like to say that those serious and protective of their images have to be the ones monitoring for copy right infractions against themselves. And I can imagine that in itself would be a time consuming task.

Choosing an image from Flickr and downloading it was pretty straightforward and user friendly. As was uploading it to this blog. I chose a image within the classification of Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs and it specified that I must pay attribution to the creator, that the content may only be used for non-commercial purposes and that the content cannot be altered in any way. No cropping, no changing, no adding a logo or text or anything else. So I uploaded it and placed the web address to the image. I second guess that that is the correct information to provide to by attribution to the creator but think that it is the most straightforward and obvious piece of information about the creator to provide.

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Thing 2: Information Professional as Teacher and Collaborator

Here at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Aungier street, we have successfully completed Induction Week with the incoming students. Personally, on a professional level I was able to step out of my comfort zone and put to use some of the skills I learned during my Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at University College Dublin.

A bit of background information is necessary to paint a picture of my recent personal and professional growth. After 10 plus years of library work experience in the public libraries in British Columbia, Canada, I created the opportunity to broaden my horizons and librarian skill sets by moving abroad to Dublin, Ireland and completing my MLIS in 2016.

Information Professional as Teacher and Collaborator was one of the elective modules I chose to take during second semester. I believe that teaching and collaborating is a fundamental skill set of any librarian/information professional and welcomed the opportunity to gain some formal skills that will benefit me in any interaction or task required of me.

More specifically this huge life shift helped me last week when I volunteered to provide library induction information sessions to some of the incoming undergraduate students. I definitely felt like a fish out of water having no reference point for the task required of me other than what I could recall from my UCD module. After a dry run with a rough draft of a power point presentation and feedback from my supervisors I felt a little bit more capable of the task at hand. To further support and strengthen my resolve to do a good job I welcomed the opportunity to sit in and observe two of the Assistant Librarians during a session. Being a visual, hands on learner, I greatly benefited from learning from my colleagues.

Five induction sessions later and I survived. After the initial one, my fears and nerves became less and I was able to own what I presenting. Upon reflection of the whole experience I view where I am today as a domino affect of experiences and skills leading me to the present. Through my interactions with the public and my colleagues during my public library work in Canada, onto my transition to calling Dublin home and settling in to complete my MLIS and then securing work within my field after graduation.. all of these pivotal events have help to create the information professional that I am to date. The common thread throughout the past 12+ years of my library related life is that teaching and collaborating is at the core of who we are as information professionals. And it is great to see that as the library realm and it’s staff evolve, teaching and collaborating become further embedded in its community it serves whether it be public, academic or otherwise.

Reflection as Learning

Having come from a public library job where over the past few years I have worked in various positions of management, I figured this course would be a great addition to my already laid out management foundation. More knowledge and skills on how to relate and interact with co-workers while coming from a place of authority is always welcomed.

I was pleasantly surprised by Jane Burns’ approach to the teaching of this class. From the Scavenger Hunt to all the guest lecturers, this class had me excited and engaged to learn. I truly appreciate the variety of presenters we had the opportunity to observe. Hearing about their job roles and how they tackle management of tasks and staff provided us with a varied perspective on how to be successful at it. The range of backgrounds from which they all came from helped solidify my excitement of knowing that although the LIS job market is a competitive one, there is a diverse and large amount of potential areas I may be able to use my new skill set once I have completed my MLIS.

I have always enjoyed writing for pleasure and am not half bad at it according to some. I had contemplated starting writing a blog documenting my personal experiences and such while I am here in Ireland. To have this as a course requirement enabled me to get my juices flowing and use a different internet space than I had initially reviewed. The weekly blog also helped solidify that information being provided in class and I feel as if I have retained more because of the weekly reflections.

Although I have yet to decide in what new direction I would like my career to go, I feel that the knowledge gained from this class will enable to keep a wide and varied perspective which will allow for some new and exciting experiences to come my way!

Thank you Jane for a fabulous twelve weeks together. I truly enjoyed your teaching style, the stress-free environment in which you allowed us to learn and experience and wish all of my classes/instructors would follow suit!

Institutional Repositories and Librarians

Research repositories are a digital collection of open access scholarly research publications collected from the internal staff/contributors of whichever organization is collecting them. It is growing in trend. With its fast evolution there are few accurate and best suited models so it is a matter of setting policies and best practice guidelines best suited on an individual basis in accordance to each organization. There is a large cost involved but savings are being seen with “the centralizing functions that are currently occurring in a decentralized fashion throughout institutes (Benefits of an Institutional Repository, 2004)”.

An article by Diana L. H. Chan described to role of reference librarians in the development of the HKust Institutional Repository. With the ever advancing digital age it is important that the roles and skill set of a librarian change and evolve with the times in order to maintain their relevancy and efficacy. The skillset of a reference librarian is a great asset to to many off the facets that make up an institutional repository.

From a graduate student’s view, I see the value in an institutional repository having sat in on a information session about the PhD processes as well as attending a lecture given a current PhD student. UCD benefits from having all the scholarly research publications completed in their faculties assembled and accessible in one place. The library lends their expertise of knowledge in copyright and organization to make sure the repository is navigable. The role of librarians is evolving and changing with the times and their assistance within in institutional repositories is another avenue that keeps us relevant and working.

References

  1. American Library Association. (2004). Benefits of an Institutional Repository. (Library Technology Reports)
  2. Chan, D., Kwok, C., & Yip, S. (2005): “Changing roles of reference librarians: The case of the HKUST Institutional Repository.”
  3. http://researchrepository.ucd.ie/

Defining Success and Managing Work and Life

I have worked in a public library system for 10+ years. I started at the bottom as a library page working very part time whilst completing my undergraduate degree.  Opportunities to work on call in different, higher ranked positions enabled me to gain valuable experience, skills and seniority. A pivotal moment when accepting the promotion to role of Community Librarian in a rural library forced me to relocate from a city I had called home for past 7 years. Groysberg discusses traveling or relocating selectively. For myself, the job promotion was the next new and big chapter of my life, both professionally and personally and relocating was possible because my support network still remained a short commute away.

My first taste of success was solidified the day I received business cards for my new position. I felt as if I had arrived, and that this new role would be the catalyst for something even bigger when the timing was right. Thanks to my years of varied work experience, I sat on an ILS selection committee. The selection process entailed working closely with the heads of IT, Cataloguing and Circulation and reviewing similar libraries contortions. I was like a kid in a candy store. The new found knowledge of the array of possible career opportunities and job markets solidified my desire to commit to LIS profession and complete my MLIS. It became a non-negotiable and I had to remain convicted through the disappointment of several unsuccessful applications.

Thinking outside of the box and Canada let me here to UCD. Upon acceptance a conscious choice to liquidate my physical belongings allowed me to go forth into this new chapter leaving as many doors open in trust of securing a job in a new to me LIS field. Demers talks about defining success for yourself and allowing it to be unique. Success for me is celebrating the steps along the way, both professionally and personally, that allow me to get to my bigger picture which is forever changing and evolving as life is lived and experienced.

References

Convissar (2014)

Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life
https://hbr.org/2014/03/manage-your-work-manage-your-life Groysberg (2014)

Demers (2015)
Define Success: A Professional’s Guide to Finding Purpose
http://www.inc.com/jayson-demers/define-success-a-professional-s-guide-to-finding-purpose-and-motivation.htmlDemers

UCD LibGuides: Bibliometrics and Copyright

Thanks to other classes, Information and Reference Services and Foundations of Information Studies, I am a bit more familiar with the Bibliometrics and the UCD LibGuides. I had to critically analyze Chapter 7 Symbolic Capitalism by Blaise Cronin. Was quite enlightening to learn how Bibliometrics measure impact not quality and how these statistics help one make decisions about where to publish their research and the impact of published research. I used the LibGuides when needing more information regarding Copyright in reference to sourcing pictures that could be used in a school display project.

These LibGuides are fantastic. Such a great resource to have access to concise, easy to understand information all in one area. It is a great reference resource to use to assist with gaining background knowledge of areas and answer questions of other areas. Each tab with in a single LibGuide provides detailed and specific information pertaining to specific areas of the larger topic. Recommendations of other sources to consult are given to widen one’s network of resources. According to the Bibliometrics Libguide it was last updated on October 14, 2015 which makes it very current and up to date.

Copyright varies from country to country and Canada’s which I am familiar with are different than those followed in Ireland. The content of the Copyright LibGuide was laid out in a simple and effective manner. One which allowed the user to fully understand what they are reading as well as select further tabs and links to be able to dig deeper in the areas they are needing guidance in understanding.

Overall I think UCD LibGuides are a very valuable resource and I will be sure to consult them when working on my assignments over the next ten months.

References

Copyright. LibGuides. University College Dublin. Retrieved October 26th, 2015 from http://libguides.ucd.ie/copyright.

Bibliometrics. LibGuides. University College Dublin.Retrieved October 26th, 2015 from http://libguides.ucd.ie/bibliometrics

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

I found the topic of last week’s class to be very interesting and informative. Having worked as a community librarian in a small rural library, I was in charge of a bi-annual revamp of the periodical selection in the branch.  The model of EBLIP came into practice as I looked at multiple areas to assist in selecting the new year’s selection. I reviewed the previous year’s statistics, the annual allotted budget in hopes to maximize its coverage (as many titles as possible), as well as results from a consultation of the patrons to garner reader advisory input. A system wide document including the 29 branches showcased which magazines were on each other’s shelves helped paint a picture of what was popular in bigger and smaller communities. I feel like this experience directly correlates with Eldridge’s definition that “EBL seeks to combine the use of the best available research evidence with a pragmatic perspective developed from working experiences in librarianship. (2006, p. 342)”. All of viewed statistical points helped facilitate an educated decision for a reinvigerated periodical selection.

The guest lecturer, Michelle Dalton, did an excellent job in putting into layman’s terms what Eldridge and Brophy discussed in their papers. The informal group exercise requesting us to problem solve some scenarios was a great way in helping to cement the newly absorbed knowledge of her six steps of EBLIP into my every growing bank of information. As an information professional Dalton stresses that we need to constantly be a part of the culture of questioning things (2015). No matter what project you are working on, be it a term paper, a budget revamp, a reference question or something else that requires assessment and a final outcome, following the stages of EBLIP will help facilitate a well rounded qualitative and quantitative outcome.

References

Brophy, P. (2007). Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Open Access p. 149-158. Retrieved from https://elearning.ucd.ie/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?content_id=_890251_1&course_id=_48096_1&navItem=content_lesson_plan&mode=quick

Eldredge, J. (2006, May 35). Evidence-based librarianship: the EBL process. Library Hi Tech, 4, 3. p. 341 – 354. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/07378830610692118

Michelle Dalton, (2015, October 8). Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Retrieved from https://elearning.ucd.ie/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?content_id=_890251_1&course_id=_48096_1&navItem=content_lesson_plan&mode=quick