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    Dublin Business School Library: supporting research and scholarly activity
    (Sconul, 2017) Buggle, Jane; Kouker, Alexander
    Dublin Business School (DBS) is the largest independent third-level college in Ireland, with over 9,000 students. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and professional accountancy and executive education programmes. Disciplines covered include arts and humanities, business and law. All framework programmes are validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the state agency established by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills (Government of Ireland, 2012).
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    Faculty Perceptions of Loughborough's Online Reading List System (LORLS) at Dublin Business School (DBS)
    (Routledge, 2016) Musto, Lara; O'Neill, Marie
    This article explores faculty perceptions of Loughborough’s Online Reading List System (LORLS) at Dublin Business School (DBS), where it was installed in 2014. Data generated by the study will inform, advocacy, marketing and training initiatives to promote the platform. LORLS provides library users with access to online reading lists with live links to library catalogue records, e-books, e-journal articles, e-journals titles and websites. A mixed methods research style, comprising qualitative and quantitative approaches was carried out for the purposes of this study. Data was gathered from full-time and part-time lecturers from the Business, Law and Arts faculties. The study concludes with a number of deductive and inductive findings. The first is that although DBS faculty are highly predisposed to using LORLS, there are a number of variables that impact its use. Non-arts faculty who were teaching part-time and for a shorter period of time tended not to be as aware of LORLS. These variables must be considered in the context of advocacy, marketing and training initiatives in relation to LORLS implementation. Grounded theory analysis of the focus group data also revealed that faculty would like LORLS to have greater interoperability with the virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle which is used at DBS. A key output of the study is a LORLS Process Implementation Chart for proposed inclusion on the LORLS developers’ implementation blog to assist other organisations with LORLS adoption. The chart synthesises the key findings of the literature review and of the data generated in this study. Author keywords: Reading List Management Systems, reading lists, Higher Education, reading strategies, resource lists
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    Developing the professionals of the future. Views from experts in ‘library schools’
    (Sconul, 2016) O'Neill, Marie
    Academic staff on the MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School (DBS) are active practitioners as well as experienced lecturers. Programme faculty members include well-known industry experts such as Dr Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, Dr Clare Thornley, Dr Marta Bustilo, Mark Farrell and Caitriona Sharkey. This infuses the teaching and learning experience on the programme with real world industry insights and knowledge. Guest speakers from the library and information sector are also an integral element of the programme. The incorporation of a three-week work placement further strengthens ties with personnel working in the sector. Placements have been secured in the libraries of Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Dublin Institute of Technology and many others. Students are also taken on site visits. In the academic year 2015–16, students visited the National Archive, the National Library of Ireland and the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department of the Library of Trinity College Dublin (TCD). DBS Library runs an annual library seminar, which is described in more detail in the article by Marie O’Neill in this issue. The MSc in Information and Library Management is accredited by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI). Library Association of Ireland personnel come in to talk to students
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    Continuing professional development opportunities at Dublin Business School
    (Sconul, 2016) O'Neill, Marie
    Dublin Business School (DBS) was founded in 1975 and is the largest independent third-level college in Ireland, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional degrees in business, arts, law, IT and more, to 9,000 students. DBS degree, postgraduate higher diploma and masters programmes are validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). DBS’s accreditation partners include ACCA, King’s Inns, the Commercial Institute of Ireland, the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Psychological Society of Ireland. DBS has been offering an MSc in Information and Library Management since 2009. This is accredited by the Library Association of Ireland and validated by QQI. DBS also provides a range of CPD opportunities to library professionals via the following mechanisms: - DBS Library annual seminar; - MSc in Information and Library Management – library professionals can now study individual modules for CPD purposes; - The hosting of external library workshops and seminars.
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    Information literacy and employability
    (Library Association of Ireland, 2016) O Keeffe, Colin
    Information Literacy (IL) and its relationship to third level graduates’ employability has gained more attention in recent years. This article examines how IL has evolved from skills initially associated with academic libraries into a key workplace skill set of the knowledge economy. It outlines the challenges interviewees encounter when selling IL to employers, how IL can be utilised when preparing for upcoming interviews and suggests a distinction between workplace IL and employability IL. It describes measures that Dublin Business School (DBS) and its Information Literacy Librarian have undertaken in order to enhance graduates employability, with a focus on the use and transferability of IL into the workplace.