10 Apr 2015

Open access and research data management: Horizon 2020 and beyond

Guest post by Breeda Herlihy, manager of Cora, The Institutional Repository of UCC 





This week sees the running of a two day training event at UCC Library which will introduce attendees to the concepts of open research and research data management within the context of Horizon 2020. The event has been organised jointly by UCC Library together with UCC Research Support Services, Teagasc and the Repository Network Ireland (RNI). The hosting of the event in UCC Library was made possible through funding from the FP7 funded FOSTER project. FOSTER aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to foster open science in their daily workflow. 
Both days of the event are aimed at different audiences and bring speakers from across Ireland and the UK to Cork to share their experiences with research data management and all it entails. The second day will be of particular interest to librarians since it is designed for staff who support research data management in research performing institutions. This day has been accredited by the Library Association of Ireland for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Registration for the event has closed but proceedings can be followed via Twitter using the hashtags #rdmucc and #fosteropenscience. Slides and recorded presentations will be made available after the event on the FOSTER website. 
Day 1. Tuesday 14th April. Open research in H2020:  how to increase your chances of success 

The first day is targeted to researchers and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) interested in developing Horizon 2020 proposals and will provide: 
An overview of open science and open data in Horizon 2020 
Case study from a research project successfully using research data management principles 
Case studies from current Irish services engaged with research data management including the Environmental Protection Agency and the UCC Clinical Research Facility

Day 2. Wednesday 15th April. Research data management – institutional needs, targets and training
The second day is aimed at institutional support staff including library staff, IT services, research support staff and project managers and will provide: 
An introduction to research data management 
Case studies of existing institutional research data management services including University of Edinburgh, University of East London, Loughborough University, Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin. 
Information on how to support researchers at research performing institutions

A detailed programme for both days is available here 
For more information please contact cora@ucc.ie 

Using LibGuides: from simple online guides to complete library websites (ANLTC - UCD 25th March 2015 - Report)

Guest post by Maura Flynn Health Sciences Librarian at UCC Library

As a novice LibGuides user I was very keen to attend the ANLTC training on LibGuides.   The training course had been organised for both regular users and prospective users in mind.  For anyone who is unfamiliar with LibGuides, it is a content management system which enables libraries to develop, reuse and share their content and library resources via an easy-to-use interface.  More information is available here at the Springshare site.

Some academic libraries in Ireland have been using LibGuides for a number of years while others are just embarking on the journey.  The morning session featured a number of case studies from individual libraries about their experiences implementing LibGuides and their future plans.

The afternoon session was divided into two streams to accommodate existing users and new users.  I attended Track B for newcomers.  Because a lot of common themes were explored throughout the day I will provide a brief overview of these, outlining:

  • development and implementation; 
  • experiences of the users (advantages and disadvantages); 
  • possible uses and future directions.

Development and Implementation
Speakers described how long they have been using LibGuides, for example:
Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT): 2010
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT): 2012
University College Dublin (UCD): 2013
University of Limerick (UL): 2014
Maynooth University: 2014

Accordingly there was an interesting mix of experiences presented by the speakers.  Different processes were used to develop LibGuides within the institutions.  For example, UL employed a co-op student to get the project up and running, while in Maynooth University, one staff member (Celine), was instrumental in developing the project.  Other Universities employed a team approach, such as UCD which developed their LibGuides using a pilot team.
The importance of collaboration among many different members of library staff to make LibGuides a success was also evident. For example, the important contribution provided by Digital and Technical colleagues was highlighted by Anne McMahon from UL.  Josh Clark, UCD, emphasised the importance of ensuring that you are using the correct links for everything and involving your colleagues in the library to do so.   Similarly, most universities engaged with Subject Librarians to develop subject specific guides.
Interestingly Una O’Connor (AIT) pointed out that the Subject Librarians in AIT are responsible for their own creative content but that initially the staff were keen to have a template of sorts to follow when getting started.

Libguide from AIT



Ric Paul from the University of Southampton Library also provided a fascinating presentation about using LibGuides to replace their Library Website. This presentation demonstrated the immense possibilities afforded by LibGuides, particularly version 2.  Some institutions, such as UCD and University of Southampton are currently using the upgraded version of LibGuides, version 2, while other speakers are planning to upgrade.
Anne McMahon (UL) provided an excellent overview of the UL experience of migrating to version 2, which was quite positive with good support provided by the company, Springshare.  Version 2 seems to provide enhanced functionality, such as enhanced mobile appearance and greater flexibility when adding content.
Another perspective is provided in the JMLA by Coombs (2015).

UL Libguides



Experiences of users
 The experiences of using LibGuides shared by the speakers was overwhelmingly positive.  Some frustration was evident that the release of version 2 was delayed, but those who have upgraded seem happy with the process and interface. Some advantages of LibGuides include: 

Prolific usage worldwide, which means that guides exist on a huge number of topics 
LibGuide users, by and large, operate as a community of practitioners who willingly share their content. Sharing, customisation and re-use of content. E.G. Maynooth University developed their Bibliometrics guide with the help of Michael Ladisch from UCD. While the UCD Data Management LibGuide was developed by reusing content from the University of Queensland and elsewhere with acknowledgement.

The vendor, Springshare, provides good online support with speedy response to queries. 
The guides are easy to update.
Significant customisation and enhancement is possible, if desired, by using Java script and cascading style sheets (CSS) coding. 
Useful features of version 2 such as the Asset Manager, which makes sharing and reuse of content such as PDFs, images etc. easier.

Ease of obtaining usage statistics, which can be enhanced with Google Analytics.
Professional and aesthetically pleasing appearance LibGuides provide.
Ease of integrating other SpringShare and non Springshare products into LibGuides.  For example, UCD integrate an RSS feed with UCD Library News, UCD Library Twitter Feed and LibCal (another Springshare product to showcase training activities). LibSurvey is another product that was also mentioned.
James Molloy, UCD emphasised the scope to partner with Academics to embed relevant content for users and the ease of editing LibGuides enhances this.  


Possible disadvantages include:
There is an annual fee for LibGuides and the fee for version 2 is slightly higher than that of version 1.  One must question the likely future costs associated with this product and whether Libraries may feel, having migrated the majority of their Web content onto the platform, that they may have to continue using it even if it no longer serves their purposes in the future or indeed pay more for an improved system.  A couple of speakers raised the issue as to the longevity of LibGuides, which raises the question as to whether it is a sustainable long term platform or a current fad?   
There seems to have been a significant wait time for the release of version 2.

Longer term users of LibGuides, such as Una O’Connor (AIT), expressed a strong desire to migrate to version 2 to explore new possibilities and perhaps being strongly aware of the limitations of version 1. 
Java Script/CSS coding skills are required to make significant customisations and enhancements. Coding skills offer huge potential to transform the content.  While many of the current users felt that coding skills were a desirable skillset for a member of staff to have, others also questioned the benefits of a package which is “easy to use” if coding is essentially required to create an enhanced look and feel.  
Claire Fox, DkIT, questioned how interactive LibGuides really are, even with the possibility of including surveys/quizzes.  It may be a challenge for Libraries to glean meaningful feedback if students aren’t encouraged to communicate with us via LibGuides. 
The impact of LibGuides was also queried.  One pertinent issue is trying to determine if the usage is primarily by people outside of the institution and possibly even other Libraries assessing other offerings from across the globe.  It was also noted that if LibGuides are used in hands-on IL sessions this will immediately cause a spike in usage, but may not be indicative of value or benefit afforded to students.


Possible uses and future directions
The scope to use LibGuides in many different ways is a hugely attractive feature.  Suggestions made include: 
Instructional tool and platform for orientation and IL purposes
Showcase collections, as UCD have done with their Map Collection which is a very popular LibGuide
To promote Library roles in Research Support and Outreach and specialist services

Replace Library intranet, as UCD have done  
Project site (password protected access is possible)
Work with Academics to embed content in Blackboard

Use for short periods to promote campus wide events, as Maynooth University have done
For news, marketing and promotional purposes 
Replacing the entire library website with LibGuides, which Ric Paul explored and which Leeds Beckett University have done


Popular Libguide for UCD Students


The training day was very useful and provided a good introduction to LibGuides for a novice like myself.  As aforementioned the afternoon session was divided into two tracks, so I would be very interested to hear the thoughts of more experienced users who attended the other session.   
My take home messages from the event are: there is a wealth of knowledge amongst colleagues about LibGuides and that many institutions both in Ireland and abroad are happy to provide permission to share content.  LibGuides afford Librarians immense possibilities to shape and customise their web offerings while providing a user friendly interface and scope to embed lots of different kinds of content.  
The annual costs associated with the product are a serious consideration however.  Similarly, if this is something that is invested in we need to develop very meaningful feedback loops to ensure value for money and an excellent user experience.  

Thanks to all of the speakers and other attendees who shared their experiences and expertise so freely, links to their LibGuides are below.  Thanks also to ANLTC and UCD for organising and hosting the event.   

Some examples.
Dundalk Institute of Technology LibGuides:  
Athlone Institute of Technology LibGuides
University of Limerick LibGuides: 
Southampton University Library LibGuides:  
Maynooth University LibGuides: 
Leeds Beckett University LibGuides
UCD LibGuides


References:
Coombs, B. (2015), 'LibGuides 2', Journal Of The Medical Library Association, 103(1), 64-65. 


8 Apr 2015

Using Twitter in the classroom – a Library special


Guest post by Craig Kemp, an Educator from New Zealand. This post, in an earlier version, was published on his site 

As an educator who is addicted to Twitter I have always read about students getting introduced to Twitter and wondered how it would work. After reading and reading I finally decided to give it a go with my students, just over a year ago. This is my personal story of utilizing it with my students. I would encourage educators around the world to do the same. I especially would encourage librarians to do the same with a specific focus on books and authors. It is a great way to connect with parents to encourage them to LOVE books and promote a LOVE of reading in their homes.

Here is my introduction to Twitter in my classroom.

It was a Tuesday afternoon, the day started like any other. Roll call, discussion, introduction to an activity and a bit of a laugh with my Year 7 and 8 Technology class. We had been discussing the importance of being an active online user and being a positive digital citizen (the students were preparing some presentations for Year 2-3 children later in the term). The conversation moved into learning environments and we discussed the small and “un-student friendly” (their words) environment that they were currently sitting in.

“Take the teachable moment and run with it” my inner, energetic teacher yelled from my shoulder. So there we were talking about the “Ultimate Learning Environment“, when one of my students asked me “Why is social media so big?”. Good question I thought, why is it ‘so big’. So we unpacked that question and broke it down. We talked about Social Media and what it was and how it worked, they gave me excellent examples and we tied it back into our discussion about digital citizenship.

From this point, as a class, we decided we would use social media to help us with our learning. The students had no idea how it could work. I suggested twitter and how I use it. We pulled up my profile and saw how it worked (discussion only). The decision was then made –> Let’s ask the twitterverse to help us!!

We decided that tomorrow would be the day, we would ask twitter for their advice on “What makes a GREAT learning environment?”. The students already had some fantastic ideas and a plan of where they wanted to see their environment heading but they needed some depth to their plan and some other opinions outside of their little bubble.

The day of our debut - The students run in with excitement written all over their faces. Up on the interactive whiteboard is my twitter profile with the hashtag #AGSLE up on the stream. Last night I had asked some of my amazing PLN to share their thoughts, ready to inspire the students in live time. The session began and the students led the hour. They decided they would post questions and respond to answers in their own words, using their initials. The discussion continued for an exciting hour and the students were engaged and focused. They saw a new post appear and the next student hopped up to respond. While this was going on the rest of the class were using their 1:1 device to continue researching learning environments. They are now putting together a plan of what it might look like (first draft to present to Head of School) and using links and ideas to engage their imaginations as they were shared by my amazing PLN. They were sent links, images of classroom spaces and ideas that made my mind spin – what an opportunity!

All in all, one of the most engaging and exciting lessons of the year so far. New ideas, new learning and new ways of engaging an audience and gathering information. The students are now (4 hours after our first twitter experience) putting together a proposal to have a class twitter account – so watch this space! Exciting stuff and true learning at it’s VERY best.



You can check out our twitter feed from this session and see what ideas were discussed:

As an educator, Twitter has opened up my world and broken down the 4 walls of my classroom. I can’t recommend this enough – give it a go.


For more information visit my blog or contact me on twitter @mrkempnz.

1 Apr 2015

OA in the Humanities. Three useful librarian webinars in April/May

Below is this year's first round of recommended librarian webinars.

The first webinar considers how liaison librarians can improve their partnerships with faculty. The second suggestion covers young adult literature of 2015 (particularly useful for public libraries). The last one is most interesting as it discusses the barriers and possible solutions around green/gold open access publishing in the Humanities.

Breaking Barriers: How Academic Librarians Can Communicate More Effectively with Faculty
Tuesday, April 7th, 9pm IST
Every aspect of the higher education ecosystem is changing—from libraries, to faculty, to administration, to publishers. Breaking down the barriers between these groups will inform a more collaborative partnership focused on managing change together. Through engagement with both librarians and faculty, some key themes appear to be emerging, such as a need for on-campus task forces, a realignment of the library’s role as resource center, and the increased responsibility of librarians to advise faculty on matters, such as copyright and various publication processes. Understanding these developments will allow librarians and faculty to communicate more effectively with each other and collectively achieve their institution’s mission.

Panelists:
Wayne Bivens Tatum - Philosophy and Religion Librarian, Princeton University
Bonnie Buchanan - Associate Professor of Finance, Seattle University
Kim Leeder Reed - Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho
Eric Schwartz - Marketing Manager, North America, Emerald Group Publishing, Inc.

Moderator:
Colleen Theisen - Special Collections Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Library Journal

What’s New in Young Adult Literature 2015 Update
Friday, May 1st, 9pm IST
• Are you familiar with the latest trends in young adult literature?
• Are you looking for new authors?
• Do you need a list of the latest “hot” YA books?
• Do you want recommendations for the best adult and New Adult titles for YAs?

The world of young adult literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation.

Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000 + new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collections.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be familiar with:
• Trends in YA literature and publishing
• New YA fiction that comprises “first purchases”
• Nonfiction for both recreational and classroom use
• Graphic novels and comics
• Adult books for young adults and New Adults

This webinar will be of interest to both public and school library staff with young adult collection development responsibility.

Presenter: Michael Cart

Open Access in the Humanities
Friday, May 1st, 6pm IST
The open access (OA) movement has broad support within the library community, and it is increasingly embraced by researchers, granting agencies, and publishers. Why, then, are many graduate students, faculty, and professional associations in the humanities advocating measures such as embargoing access to dissertations in digital repositories? Why are some humanities faculty skeptical of accepting peer review requests from OA journals? In this session, Professor Jonathan Senchyne will explore some of the issues that differentiate OA conversations in the humanities and the sciences. The conversation will explore the pros, cons, and gray areas of OA in the humanities from different stakeholder perspectives while seeking common ground and increased collaboration between students, faculty, publishers, and librarians within the scholarly communication ecosystem.

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Senchyne
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30 Mar 2015

CONUL Annual Conference 2015 - Call for Papers

Guest post by John McManus on behalf of Conul Conference '15 Committee




CONUL Annual Conference 2015
Innovation and Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century
Academic and Research Libraries


CALL FOR PAPERS

The inaugural annual Conference of the Consortium of National and University Libraries will take place on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th of June 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.
The overall aim of the conference is to consider the broad challenges facing academic and research libraries in Ireland. The conference will identify and debate these challenges and provide an opportunity for staff to network, learn, discuss and share their expertise and best practice.


CONFERENCE TOPICS
CONUL invites papers and posters which address the following areas:
The Digital Library; Diversity and Internationalisation; Open Data, Open Scholarship;
Emerging Roles and Skills Sets; New/Emerging Services; Library Space; Resource Discovery;
Building Successful Partnerships (within and between institutions); Value and Impact of Research Libraries ; Unique and Distinctive Collections (UDCs)


SESSION TYPES
ü  Papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A)

ü  Lightning Talks (10 minute presentations)

ü  Roundtables (10 minutes each, with 2 sessions of each and a 10 minute feedback session afterwards)
These roundtables will provide an opportunity for staff to learn about a particular subject or area which falls outside of their current roles.  Participants will join a host at the table and receive a clear and concise overview of the latest developments and practices in a particular area. The title for the Roundtable should be:  “Everything you need to know about x but were afraid to ask”.

ü  Poster (A1 size)


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please email your proposal abstracts to abstracts@conul.ie on or before 13th of April, 2015 and include:

ü  Title of the Paper / Poster
ü  Name, Affiliation and Title
ü  Abstract (300 words for all talks; 100 words for posters)
ü  Session Type
ü  Theme(s) addressed
ü  Contact Email Address
ü  Short Biography


KEY DATES
Monday 16th March, 2015                        Call for papers opens
Monday 13th April, 2015                           Call for papers closes at 5pm
Monday 27th April, 2015                           Notifications issued



SPEAKER INFORMATION
Please note that conference speakers will be required to register for the full residential conference.

26 Mar 2015

Useful Web tools to support literacy - @Libfocus Special version

Guest post by Craig Kemp, an Educator from New Zealand. This post, in an earlier version, was published on his site

As a global educator I am connected with some of the finest librarians in the world. Librarians are some of the hardest working people I interact with. They work with hundreds of students and adults on a daily basis and are knowledgeable about all literature and its contents.

Librarians inspire me in the way I integrate technology in my classroom. My interactions with librarians from all over the world have given me these tools to support literacy in the classroom. These tools might be of particular use and interest to those of you working in Children's Libraries.

Into The Book is a FREE reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers.

Reading Eggs is an exciting addition from the team at 3P learning (creators of Mathletics). It is a paid subscription but covers all forms of literacy with a focus on comprehension. An amazing tool for ALL classrooms, I can’t recommend it enough.

Angrybirds,com ia free online tool that allows children to learn through play. It is a cool way to inspire children to tell the story / inspire them to think what could happen next / tell stories from the point of view of the birds / pigs etc.

Wordle is a common and frequently used tool in any classroom. A great way to use this as a tool for the editing stage of writing is to copy and paste the story into Wordle to see how many times they use words. This could help them make changes / make it more exciting for their audience - be great as a focus on synonyms

Story Jumper is the perfect tool to create an e-book fro. It is FREE and you can upload your own art or use their images – unfortunately you can’t embed. It is best to screenshot them and add them to YouTube video / iMovie.   You can also use this as a resource during planning stage to see what props there are to help them write their story.

Screencast-O-Matic is a free online video screen recorder.

Chrome Awesome screenshot – great tool for capturing and recording and circling and typing over text easily.

Use YouTube for reading. Most books are online and free – e.g. the very hungry caterpillar

Tumble Books – online books for kids. Go through Hamilton libraries link so that it is free

We Tell Stories is a FREE online story creation tool

International Children’s Library is another FREE story book's online. It is awesome to use during reading session's.

Speakaboos is a site with several stories that are read to you from a variety of authors.

Rotorua East Lakes Learning Community  contains hundreds of literacy resources

Lit Works contains a variety of resources / links for literacy for a variety of levels.

If you have your own links / literacy tools please post them below with a short description.

Craig Kemp
www.mrkempnz.com
craig@mrkempnz.com
Twitter: @mrkempnz

18 Mar 2015

New Professionals Day Ireland 2015: The Open Source Library

Picture courtesy of Marie-Therese Carmody 
Guest post by Damien Wyse, Librarian & Information Officer at An Bord Pleanála

On Saturday 7th March 2015, New Professionals Day (NPD) Ireland held their annual Spring event in the impressive surroundings of Maynooth University Library. The title of the event was New Professionals Day Ireland 2015: The Open Source Library, and throughout the day attendees were treated to a range of workshops and demonstrations of open source technologies for the library.

NPD Ireland were fortunate to have the ever engaging Jane Burns as MC for the day and Jane kicked off events by introducing one of NPD Ireland’s very own and newer members, Shona Thoma, to give a live demonstration of the library’s Ultimaker 3D printer. As the printer whirred into action so too did Shona, demonstrating how to use Cura, the open source software needed to process 3D designs and prepare models for printing. As this software is open source and freely available, attendees were encouraged to download it themselves at a later date if they wanted to investigate the 3D printing process more closely. Shona gave an interesting example of the application of 3D printing in the university, where a printed replica of a Celtic cross was reproduced. Students can examine similar replicas of fragile objects without risking damage to the original artefacts. For her demonstration Shona had opted to print a little elephant instead of a Celtic cross and explained that the elephant would take over four and a half hours to print. The printer was left to whirr softly, providing a pleasant background hum while the workshops began.

Picture courtesy of Marie-Therese Carmody 
The first workshop of the day was given by David Hughes, Systems Librarian with Dublin Business School (DBS). David discussed Koha, a web-based open source library management system, and how this was successfully implemented in DBS in 2013. Before he delved too deep into the benefits of Koha however, David highlighted that open source software may have drawbacks such as being complicated to install or providing haphazard technical support. But the strengths of open source technologies; cost, no contracts or licences, and the potential for customisation far outweighed the weaknesses from DBS’s perspective. As he began his presentation David invited the attendees to log on to a Koha demo installation, so they could investigate some of the aspects of the software while he spoke.

Picture courtesy of Marie-Therese Carmody 
David focused on a number aspects of Koha which he found particularly useful. The ability to enter Authorised Values is used primarily for cataloguing but by customising Koha, DBS has added shelving location information specific to their own libraries, improving their services. Management of Patron Data was administratively more simple with Koha by allowing the library to connect to and import from the student management system. Additionally, by defining custom fields associated with patron records, the library was able to capture data that would otherwise not be stored in patron records, enhancing the scope for reports. The extensive reporting capabilities of Koha was another aspect emphasised by David and again, this is an aspect of the software which has a large capacity for customisation. Finally, as a web-based platform, DBS had to consider the impact a loss of connectivity would have on their library service and as it turns out, Koha had also considered this and provided an offline circulation module to mitigate against such an eventuality.

In closing, David mentioned other pieces of open source software used by DBS; Loughborough Online Reading List Software (LORLS) and Zotero for reference management. He used these three pieces of open source software to skilfully demonstrate how open source applications can work seamlessly together in the library. It was an excellent closing statement in David’s argument for the open source library.

After a break for lunch and for some networking, NPD Ireland’s second workshop was given by the excellent Padraic Stack, Digital Humanities Support Officer for Maynooth University. Padraic’s workshop was on Omeka, a web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions. Before setting the eager attendees loose on Omeka, Padraic provided some useful context to the software by using a digitisation project case study published through Omeka; The Teresa Deevy Archive.

Picture courtesy of Marie-Therese Carmody 
Teresa Deevy was an Irish playwright whose work was featured in the Irish Literary Theatre (later the Abbey Theatre) during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Teresa Deevy Archive features 18 of her plays, short stories and essays, correspondence, theatre programmes, manuscripts and other assorted works. The goals of the project were to make Deevy’s writing available and to implement Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to index documents for search retrieval. In this regard, Omeka would compliment the archive with other resources available online. For example, Omeka allowed the Teresa Deevy Archive to link to resources held by Radió Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the National Library of Ireland, University College Dublin (UCD), and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) among others.

Picture courtesy of Marie-Therese Carmody 
Padraic also discussed the application of 15 Dublin Core metadata elements to the Teresa Deevy Archive. This would be an important part of his workshop on Omeka during which attendees would create an Omeka site of their own. David helpfully guided the attendees through this process making it clear how user-friendly Omeka is. He recommended several plugins which are used by Omeka to add functionality including a Dublin Core Extended plugin, which adds the full set if needed. It was quite impressive to see how quick and straightforward it was to learn the basics of Omeka but Padraic noted that a greater appreciation of the depth in Omeka would require a greater investment of time. As he closed, Padraic reiterated David’s thoughts on the cross compatibility of open source software using examples of sites where Omeka had been integrated with other platforms. 

With the workshops finished, the attendees returned to the 3D printer where Shona’s elephant was about to be born. As it was teased reluctantly from its nest, the baby elephant unfolded its movable legs and stood for the first time, delighting everyone in attendance. Perhaps for some, New Professionals Day Ireland 2015: The Open Source Library was a similar first step into an exciting new world.

Picture courtesy of Caroline Rowan