ItemA Case Study of Two County Libraries' Motivations in Archiving/Collecting Local Irish History and Folklore(Dublin Business School, 2019) O'Leary, Lisa; Isabelle CourtneyThe aim of this dissertation is to investigate the motivation behind why local Irish history and folklore is being archived/collected in two example county libraries. This study employed an inductive, qualitative research approach utilising a three-case case study methodology. The primary data was gathered via three semi-structured interviews with open-format questions, interviews were transcribed, and subsequent coding and analysis was thematic in nature. This research found that a fundamental motivating factor for archiving/collecting lies in the power and social memory of the archive/collection which embodies the significance of its existence and cultural identity which impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, the material type often affects whether material is archived/collected, and while there are relationships between the libraries, libraries and the NFC, and archivists and librarians, connections are informal and inconsistent. In conclusion, much evidence of a complex motivation and collection of material, with informal but nonetheless interconnected relationships was established. ItemA sense of sexual community and history across time: Irish Queer and LGBT archives(Dublin Business School, 2020-08) Morgan, Gerard; Thornley, ClareThis study examines the status of LGBTQ+ archives in Ireland, conducting qualitative semi-structured interviews with 4 people involved in such archives, in various capacities over several years; founding and maintaining archives, negotiating partnerships with state institutions and continuing to consult with these, or working within institutions, where there have been efforts to expand upon collections or initiate projects to increase LGBTQ+ representation. The results illustrate difficulties encountered by community archives, often volunteer-run and lacking resources, and the value of creating networks locally and internationally, to develop practices and establish models for access and preservation. Findings also reveal frictions that can result from community archives entering relationships with institutions, highlighting a need for continued engagement to avoid misrepresentation and misinterpretation, and ensure continued accessibility, while also identifying limitations within institutions themselves. The results were analysed in the context of a literature review which examined the experiences of such archives in other countries. The research expands the knowledge and understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ+ archives in Ireland. ItemEthical Cataloguing: exploring a potential role for the academic librarian in the promotion of social justice(2021) Berbig, Christopher; Haugh, TrevorThe aim of this study is to evaluate the manner in which information is organised by academic libraries in Dublin. The researcher undertook this qualitative research by conducting in-depth, semi-structured interviews with academic librarians from private, third level colleges in Dublin. Invitations to participate in the research, interview questions, a Participant Information Sheet, and Interview questions were emailed to each of the librarians before the interview. Interviews with each librarian were conducted online and saved to the researcher’s personal computer. The interviews were manually transcribed. The researcher adopted an inductive approach and the researcher’s objectives were based on a review of the literature on the topic. The results indicated to the researcher the manner in which academic librarians in Dublin implement cataloguing ethics. The researcher concluded that there is an overall awareness amongst academic librarians of ethical principles and that academic libraries could benefit from developing an ethical framework. ItemAn Investigation into the Value of Children's Reading Programmes from the Perspective of Irish Public Librarians(Dublin Business School, 2021) Corcoran, Eimear; Sharkey, CatrionaThe aim of this research is to investigate the value of children’s reading programmes in Irish public libraries specifically ‘Spring into Storytime’, ‘Family Time at Your Library’ and ‘Summer Stars’. This research focused in particular on the perspectives of Irish public librarians whose expertise lie within the area of children’s reading programmes. A qualitative methodology was applied focusing on semi structured interviews with this key group followed by a thematic analysis of the data acquired. This research found that Irish public librarians value the children’s reading programmes as they facilitate collaboration and outreach with primary schools and positively engage children with the library services. Even though deemed as highly valuable the research identified ways in which the value of the children’s reading programmes could be improved. These findings resulted in several recommendations which have been made. These recommendations include, a directive to be developed and implemented by the Department of Education in relation to the participation of schools in the reading programmes, the children’s reading programmes should be improved to target marginalised groups and children who may require literacy supports, the re-evaluation of the programmes to address several issues that were discovered, the adoption of a qualitative analysis of the reading programmes to compliment the quantitative measures that are already in place. ItemTo what extent does digital literacy service differ across public libraries in the Republic of Ireland?(Dublin Business School, 2021) O'Brien, Conor; Browne, AndrewDigital literacy is an area relatively understudied within public libraries. This study investigated the level and types of digital literacy service in place across public libraries in the Republic of Ireland, and to ascertain whether there an urban/rural divide exists. This research entailed a census, namely a survey sent out to all public libraries in Ireland. The research was quantitative in nature to handle the large amount of data, and employed a deductive, positivist approach. Results show regions across Ireland differ greatly, though some regions such as South-East and Midlands have higher levels of informal and formal DL service respectively, whilst the West has the most wide-ranging types. Most libraries, however, did not teach other digital literacy skills such as eSafety and website evaluation. The research could also not correlate whether an urban/rural divide exists, opening future research possibilities.