Upcoming and past events organised by LIR


Past Seminars

The LIR Annual Seminar has been the foremost single-day event in the Irish academic library sector for over ten years. 

2000 Annual Seminar


Annual General Meeting 2000

Thursday February 24th, Room 4050A Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin.


  • 2:00 The Builder Project
    Ruth Jenkins, Birmingham University will talk about this eLib Hybrid Library Project
  • 2.45 The Institutes of Technology MIS project
    Ann Cleary, MIS Project
  • 3:30 Discussion, questions
  • 3:45 Tea / Coffee
  • 4:00 AGM, Election of new committee members
    Discussion on future of LIR

2001 Annual Seminar


From a Distance: Web based information management (followed by AGM)

Friday 27th April - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


2002 Annual Seminar


Strategies for quality retrieval in the web environment (followed by AGM)

Ussher Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Tuesday 26th March, 2002


2003 Annual Seminar


The Hybrid Library: Dream of Reality?

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 14th February, 2003


2004 Annual Seminar



Digital Library Directions: Current Initiatives

Davis Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. Friday 26th March, 2004


2005 Annual Seminar

Digitally Challenged: Recent Trends in Academic Libraries

Mont Clare Hotel Dublin-Friday 25th February, 2005


  • 10:30 Coffee & Registration
  • 11:00 Chairperson's Welcome
  • 11:05 Virtually Irrelevant: the digital library conundrum.
    Prof. Derek Law Librarian & Head of Information Resources Directorate.
  • 11:45 SPARC Europe
    Paul Sheehan, Director of Library Services, Dublin City University.
  • 12:15 Google Scholar
    Tony Eklof, Information Skills & European Documentation Centre Librarian. University College Dublin.
  • 12:35 Questions & Debate.
  • 12:45 Lunch (not provided).
  • 2:00 IReL e-resources
    John Fitzgerald, Librarian, University College Cork.
  • 2:45 Link Resolvers: Serials Solutions
    Aine Finucane, Acquisitions Librarian, University of Limerick.
  • 3:10 Link Resolvers: SFX
    Niall McSweeney, Sub Librarian, Information Services, NUI Galway
    Monica Crump, Sub Librarian, Bibliographic Services. NUI Galway.
  • 3:40 Questions, Comments, Close
  • 3:45 LIR AGM

2006 Annual Seminar


In cyberspace no one can hear you scream: managing electronic resources

Joly Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin - Tuesday 14th March 2006


2007 Annual Seminar


The Virtual User: Are You Being Served?

Organised by LIR HEAnet user group for libraries

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Trinity College Dublin
24 D'Olier Street, D2 (Map) : Thursday 29th March 2007

Draft Programme

2008 Annual Seminar


Empowering Our Users

Organised by LIR HEAnet user group for libraries

Liberty Hall, Dublin : Monday 14th April, 2008


2009 Annual Seminar


YouTube video of David's talk divided into 4 sections: Part1Part 2Part 3Part 4

2010 Annual Seminar


Speaker Title
Ronán Kennedy, LIR Chairman  Seminar Opening
Nicky Whitsed, Director of Library Services, The Open University  The Future is mobile; A View from the OU Library,
Glenn Wearen, HEAnet Mobilising at the Campus Border
Liam Earney, JISC  When is an access management issue not an access management issue?
Deirdre Judge, IADT  RFID Tag Project at IADT
Peter Reilly, UL  23 Things @ UL: Navigating Learners through the Web 2.0 Universe
David Kane, WIT  SMS Integration With OPAC,
 Fiona McGoldrick & Rita Pinhasi, IRIS IReL Delivers: experiences of an Irish consortium,
 Niamh O’Sullivan, IBTS  Recessionista Research
Tony Eklof, UCD The European Library and other freesources
Aoife Lawton, HSE  Lenus – The Irish Health Repository


2011 Annual Seminar

The 2011 LIR Annual Seminar was titled 'E-Books: Caressing The Divine Details'

It was held on the 25th of March at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin.

The programme for the seminar was as follows.


2012 Annual Seminar

Collaboration in the cloud: Blue Skies or Grey?

March 30th, 2012; Liberty Hall, Dublin.


09:15 – 10:10 Coffee & registration
10:10 – 10:20  Seminar opening,  Brendan Devlin, Chair LIR group (slides / video)
10:20 – 11:05 

Knowledgebase+: Building a shared service to support the management of e-resources by UK academic libraries Liam Earney,  JISC (slides / video)

11:05 – 11:35 

IUA LMS project,  Peter Corrigan,  NUI Galway (slides / video)

11:35 – 11:45  Questions & discussion (video)
11:45 – 12:00  Short interval
12.00 – 12:15 

QR Codes: Engaging library users at NUI Maynooth,  Elaine Bean,  NUI Maynooth (slides / video)

12:15 – 12:30 

Mendeley: Warts and all,  Peter Reilly, University of Limerick (slides / video)

12:30 – 12:45 

The LIR website, which cloud?  Glenn Wearen, HEAnet (slides / video)

12:45 – 13:00

Teachmeets:  What they are and why they are gaining popularity with librarians Alison Sharman, University of Huddersfield (slides / video)

13:00 – 13:10 Questions & discussion (video)
13:10 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)
14:00 – 14:30

Strategies for cloud mobility,  Eoin Kenny, HEAnet (slides / video)

14:30 – 15:00 

Is the future secure?,  Brian Honan, Cloud Security Alliance (slides / video)

15:00 – 15:30 

An arrow in the cloud: Outsourcing an IR, Yvonne Desmond, DIT (slides / video)

15:30 – 15:40 Short interval
15:40 – 15:55

Delivering services to mobile constituents,  Peter McKiernan, UCD (slides / video)

15:55 – 16:05 Questions & discussion (video)
16:10  Close followed by LIR AGM



2013 Annual Seminar

Publishing, Partnership and Innovation:
the imperatives for the 21st Century Library

March 22nd 2013: Liberty Hall, Dublin



E-support for research
David Groenewegen (Monash University) and Martin Borchert (Queensland University of Technology)


One card - Six libraries
Jamie Ward (Dundalk Institute of Technology) and Amanda Branigan (Louth County Library)

(video, slides)

Gender, Sexuality & Feminism; Lessons in starting an Open Access Journal
Joseph Greene (University College Dublin)

(video, slides)

A Libguides pilot at UCD Library: aims, plans and progress to date
Ros Pan (University College Dublin)

(video, slides, slides on slideshare)

Internet Librarian International 2012: Re-imagine, Renew, Reboot: Innovating for Success
Marie Cullen – Bursary Presenter (NUI Maynooth)

(video, slides)

Adventures in Augmented Reality
Peter Dudley, Siobhan Dunne, Paraic Elliot (Dublin City University Library)

(video / slides)

On becoming an author
Helen Fallon (NUI Maynooth) and Anne Murphy (Tallaght Hospital Library)



Q&A Session Recording for the morning session

Sharing our practice: the Northants experience
Miggie Pickton (University of Northampton)



Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching
Nancy Graham (Birmingham University)


MyRI: the development and use of an RLO
Ellen Breen (Dublin City University) and Michael Ladisch (University College Dublin)






2014 Annual Seminar

Pride and Prejudice: the Challenges with Open Access and Open Source

Friday, March 21st

Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery

D'Olier Street Dublin 2 (map and venue location)

Follow us on Twitter #LIRHEAnet

09:15 – 10:10 Registration
10:10 – 10:20  Seminar opening: Peter Reilly interim Chair LIR group
10:20 – 11:00

Morning Session Keynote: Niamh Brennan, TCD

"Open Access a European Perspective"

11:00 – 11:20

The Power of 3: CUA pools academic research (video)

Jim Foran, Institute Librarian IT Sligo and Meave Mc Cauley, Acting Institute Librarian LYIT.

11:20 - 11:30 Q&A
11:30 - 11:50

opensource@HEAnet (video)

Glenn Wearen, HEAnet

11:50 – 12:10

The NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive: Creating an Open Access Archive in Soundcloud   (video)

Helen Fallon, NUI Maynooth and Anne O’Brien, Kairos Communications

12:10 – 12:30

Portals in the context of open access  (video)

Yvonne Desmond, Dublin Institute of Technology

12:30 - 12:40 Q&A followed by lunch (provided)
13:45 – 14:25

How to buy free software (video)

Scott Wilson, OSSWatch, Oxford University.

14.25 - 14.45

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway! (video)

Niamh Walker Headon, ITT Dublin : Institute of Technology Tallaght

14:45 – 15:00

Writing your own open source software  (video)

David Kane, Waterford Institute of Technology

15:00 - 15:10 Q&A
15:10  - 15:25

Using Omeka for a Special Collections. (video)

Hugh Murphy and Padraic Stack, NUI Maynooth

15:25 - 15:40

Open Educational Resources: Nuts and Bolts of Developing an Online Plagiarism Tutorial.  (video)

Jennifer Collery, University College Dublin

15:40 – 15:55

Lightning talks

Deirdre Judge  (slides) IADT / David Kane (slides) WIT  / Michael Ladisch, UCD (Slides)

15:55 - 16:00 Q & A
16:00 Seminar close followed by LIR AGM



2015 Annual Seminar

Uncharted Territory? What Next for Webscale Discovery

Monday 30 March 2015
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin 

9.30-10.10 Tea/coffee & Registration
10.10-10.15 Seminar Opening (video)

Transitioning a Vision to Reality: The Wales Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF) Shared Library Project 
Gareth Owen & Mark Hughes, Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum



Creating Engaging Web Scale Library Discovery for a Google Generation.
Hilary Kenna, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

(slides / video)

11.30–11.40 Q&A (video)
11.40-12.00 Tea/coffee Break

Bursary Winner's Report
Niamh Walker Headon, IT Tallaght

(slides / video)


Discovery Tools - Walking the Tightrope between Complexity and Simplicity
Ronán Kennedy, NUI Galway



Making Sense of the Data Jumble - Trinity College Library Dublin's Discovery Solution Experience.
Arlene Healy & Charles Montague, Trinity College Dublin

(slides / video)

13.00-13.10 Q&A (video)
13.10-14.00 Lunch (tea/coffee and sandwiches provided)

Thinking the Unthinkable: A Library Without a Catalogue.
Dorinne Raaimakers, Utrecht University Library

(slides / video)


Implementation and Impact of the Introduction of Summon at Maynooth University Library.
Valerie Payne & Laura Connaughton, Maynooth University

(slides / video)


Library Resource Discovery Service - is Instructional Help Necessary?
James Molloy, University College Dublin

(slides / video)


One Size Fits Small? A Few Thoughts on Web Discovery
Simon Perry, IT Carlow

(slides / video)

15.30-15.40 Q&A  (video)
15.40 Seminar close followed by AGM

Programme is subject to change


2016 Annual Seminar

"Envisioning Future Library Innovation of Tech Services and Tech Spaces"

Thursday, November 24th 2016, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin


09.30-10.10 Tea/coffee & Registration
10.10-10.15 Seminar opening

The re-invention of library spaces: the impact of technology
Karen Latimer, Queen's University Belfast



Security in the cloud
Brian Hickey, Dublin Business School


11.30-11.40 Q&A
11.40-12.00 Tea/coffee break

Study Space Hogging, towels on deckchairs syndrome
Alan Elkes, Telepen



Reliability in the cloud
Anna Wilson, HEAnet Ltd


12.50-13.00 Q&A
13.00-13.50 Lunch (Tea/coffee & sandwiches)

Designing Stockwell Street Library @University of Greenwich
Róisín Heneghan, Heneghan Peng Architects



The Challenge of Re-Imagining Contemporary Spaces in TCD Library
Peter Dudley, Trinity College Dublin



The Maker Space in the Library at NUI Galway – What is it and how is it being used?
Connell Cunningham, NUI Galway


15.20-15.30 Q&A
15.30-15.40 Seminar closes, followed by LIR AGM - all welcome to attend



2017 Annual Seminar


LIR Annual Seminar 2017 Friday November 24th

Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Cultivating Libraries in a Post Digital Learning Ecosystem

Keynote Speakers: David White, University of the Arts London and Lee O’Farrell, UCD


Going beyond the algorithm: learning and libraries in a post digital age (video / slides)
David White, University of the Arts London
ICLA HE Licence and the Digital Content Store (video / slides Samantha Holman / slides Meghan Mazella )
Samantha Holman ICLA & Meghan Mazella, CLA
LIR Bursary Award Winner’s Conference Report from Internet Librarian International 2017 (video / slides)
Niall O’Brien, UCD
Evolving technologies in online information literacy provision: the experience of developing the LIST Online project at Maynooth University Library. (video / slides)
Áine Carey, MU
Data: an invaluable tool, not a magic wand (video / slides)
Lee O’Farrell, UCD
Squaring the circle: implementing a Reading List Management System in NUI Galway (video / slides)
Hugo Kelly, NUI Galway

Koha – Tender Process and Implementation of a Library Management System at the Irish Institutes of Technology (video / slides)
Fionnuala Lambert, Educampus, Áine Meehan, IT Sligo & Maura Stephens, GMIT 






Upcoming events


Library Carpentry: Introduction to Data Workshop, Waterford February 2018

Library Carpentry is software and data skills training aimed at the needs and requirements of library professionals. Training takes place in face-to-face workshops where one or more of the ‘stable’ lessons are taught. Lessons are also made available online (CC BY, published via GitHub Pages) for self-directed study or for adaptation and reuse by library professionals. The lessons have been developed by the Library Carpentry community and delivered around the world.

Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians to help you:
• automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks
• create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data
• work effectively with IT and systems colleagues
• better understand the use of software in research

The LIR Group plans to run a series of the Library Carpentry workshops with the first one "Introduction to Data" planned for February 2018 in Waterford.

If you are interested in getting involved with Library Carpentry either as an instructor or participlant, contact Breeda Herlihy, UCC Library or David Kane, WIT Library, for more information.

Text used here adapted from Library Carpentry  CC-BY 4.0 International License

Library Carpentry Workshop

Past Workshops/Symposiums

LIR Workshop Series: Web-site troubleshooting with web-browsers

Dublin City University Library (training room 1), Tuesday 7th of June 2016, 10am - 12:30pm.

Facilitator: Glenn Wearen, HEAnet.

This workshop was for library staff involved in the delivery of electronic content to end-users, including staff in systems and e-resources roles.

Modern web-browsers have made it easier to troubleshoot web-site issues than ever before. Library e-resources supplied and hosted by publishers should render content correctly, whether delivered by the library proxy or direct. This workshop equipped library staff with the skills to diagnose web site issues which can then be reported to suppliers or resolved on-campus.

The workshop contains the following components:

  • HTTP Overview (HTTP Response codes/Header & Body content)
  • Cookie handling
  • Page elements (CSS/JS/IMG/
  • Proxied content.
  • JavaScript (client rendering and server requests)
  • Emulating mobile devices and off-campus users.

Slides from this workshop are here

Workshop: Troubleshooting and monitoring library web sites & e-resources


This workshop took place at Cork Institute of Technology  (Lab IT.1.1 Berkeley Center, Bishopstown Campus) on Wednesday the 18th of January 2017, 11:30am - 1:15pm.

Facilitator: Glenn Wearen, HEAnet.

This workshop was for library staff involved in the delivery of electronic content to end-users, including on-campus library web applications and e-resources.

Modern web-browsers have made it easier to troubleshoot web-site issues. Library web-sites  and e-resources hosted by publishers should render content correctly, whether delivered by the library proxy or direct to the users browser. This workshop helped equip systems librarians and e-resrouces Librarians with the skills to diagnose web site issues which can then be reported to suppliers or resolved on-campus.

The workshop covered the following:

  • HTTP Overview (HTTP Response codes/Header & Body content)
  • Cookie handling
  • Page elements (CSS/JS/IMG/
  • Proxied content.
  • JavaScript (client rendering and server requests)
  • Emulating mobile devices and off-campus users.
  • Monitoring web-resources

This workshop was preceded by an introduction to Shibboleth access to e-resources at 10:55.