Library Annual Seminar - June, 2014

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    The opportunities and challenges of hosting on the cloud
    (Dublin Business School, 2014) Hickey, Brian
    The idea of the presentation is to present at a high level the benefits and pitfalls of using Cloud Computing within a Library setting. As budgets within libraries are becoming further squeezed, more and more of the daily operations are either being automated or migrated to the cloud. The benefits are clear, the potential for hassle free computing, cheaper to run, easier to scale, the provision of test environments, reliable archiving functions, open source software, etc.. However there are large potential pitfalls that need to be avoided, regarding governance issues, security, data protection and retention, licensing, potential for vendor-lock in, etc.. These all need to be understood before an informed decision can be made re migration to the Cloud, in the hope of avoiding Gartner’s “trough of disillusionment”. Web Link to video…
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    Migration to the Koha open source LMS : the DBS Library experience
    (Dublin Business School, 2014) Hughes, David
    As the Library Management System (LMS) sits at the heart of the library, it is important that both staff (desktop interface) and users (OPAC) are happy with the LMS that is in place. In 2013 after a period of growing dissatisfaction with the LMS in use in the library of Dublin Business School, a decision was made to migrate to the open source LMS Koha. This presentation seeks to explain the rationale for the move and give some detail of what was involved during the migration.
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    The role of the librarian in measuring research impact
    (Dublin Business School, 2014) Thornley, Clare
    In recent years there has been a greater emphasis by research councils, and other bodies, on measuring the impact of research. This presentation examines the different ways in which impact can be measured and discusses the advantages and disadvantages impact measures such as citation analysis, bibliometrics and altmetrics. The role of the librarian in the assessment of impact factor is also discussed.
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    The reading list challenge : implementing Loughborough Online Reading List Software (LORLS)
    (Dublin Business School, 2014) Brewerton, Gary; O'Neill, Marie
    This presentation explores the importance of reading lists in the higher education sector asserting that they are integral in transitioning students from ‘dependent to autonomous learners.’ The presentation opens by exploring reasons why reading lists are not afforded the importance that they should be within the higher education sector. The key benefits of reading lists for students, academics and librarians are elucidated. The presentation suggests that paper reading lists are incongruous with today’s digital learning environment. The role of reading list software in transforming paper reading lists into a ‘scaffolded learning experience’ is explored. DBS Library’s collaboration with Loughborough University regarding their open source reading list management system LORLS is discussed. Business case construction and implementation of LORLS software at DBS is elaborated upon. The history and features of LORLS software are outlined. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the positives that have arisen from the Loughborough-DBS Library collaboration.
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    Assignment planner and reference tracking
    (Dublin Business School, 2014) Kouker, Alexander
    This presentation describes and demonstrates two tools that support and inform the delivery of education services to higher education students. 1) A customised online tool, that can help improve understanding of the library's role in information literacy and provides opportunities for librarians and faculty to collaborate. Statistics and a survey can yield information on usage and usefulness; 2) A re-purposed online tool (Google Forms) to track library patron’s reference interactions via various contacts points including IM, phone, Email and the reference desk. The purpose of tracking reference services is to inform the efficient design of library and information reference services to library users.