Items of interest to the LIR community

Tech Tools for Teaching

Our most recent workshop ‘Tech Tools for Teaching’ took place in DCU and was the first national event to bring together learning technologists, lecturers and library staff to share experiences of using technology to inform teaching. Attendees experimented with authoring tools, head mounted cameras and debated best practice in e learning design. The volume of questions and discussion that was generated was indicative of a very strong interest in this area within the profession. One attendee commented “Excellent content on a subject that I wanted to learn more about”, whilst an attending lecturer tweeted “had such a great day at  #lirtechtools …the knowledge transfer (between librarians and academics) worked both ways I think!” Further reading, resources and presentations now available.

LIR Bursary

Congratulations to Niamh Walker-Headon: winner of the 2014/15 LIR Bursary!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the LIR Bursary is Niamh Walker- Headon of ITT Dublin.  Niamh will be using the bursary to attend a Digital Marketing event in December.
We will get an overview of this event at the annual LIR seminar in March 2015 and Niamh will also post her findings on the LIR website – which we’re sure will be of benefit to many in the LIR community.
Congratulations Niamh!

The LIR Bursary valued at €500, is to be offset against attendance at a national or international conference which considers emerging technologies in libraries. The bursary will be awarded to a maximum of €500 and can be used to defray costs such as conference registration, travel and accommodation.The recipient will be required to write a conference report for the LIR website and deliver a presentation on their conference experience at the annual LIR seminar.

Closing date for receipt of proposals: 20/10/2014
Winner announced: 10/11/2014
Submission of conference report: 09/03/2015


IReL the Irish Research eLibrary is a nationally funded electronic research library, initially conceived to support researchers in Biotechnology and Information Technology in mid-summer 2004, and following on the success of this, expanded in 2006 to support research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. IReL delivers quality peer-reviewed online research publications journals, databases and index & abstracting services, as well as ebooks – direct to the desktop of researchers wherever they are located.

The Edugate federation is comprised of Irish Higher Education Institutions and Research Organisations that have agreed upon a standard procedure for exchanging information about users and resources to enable access and use of those resources and services. Edugate builds a trust relationship between Identity Providers (IdP) and Service Providers (SP). It devolves the responsibility for authentication to a user’s home institution using their home institution access credentials and establishes authorisation through the secure exchange of information (known as attributes) between both IdP and SP. User privacy is built into the core of the Edugate federation, with privacy preserving identifiers and consent prompts supported by members.


A collaborative project of four Irish academic libraries producing a set of materials to support bibliometrics training. The project was funded by the NDLR,  all materials are available on Open Access under Creative Commons license, enabling you to select, edit and re-package them to suit your local needs.

The Library Association of Ireland (LAI)

The LAI is the professional body representing libraries and librarianship in Ireland.  The objectives of the Library Association of Ireland are to promote and develop high standards of librarianship and of library and information services in Ireland, and to secure greater co-operation between libraries.