Guest post by Helena Byrne, SLIP Ireland.
Helena tells us a little more about SLIP Ireland who are hosting their first conference on Wednesday 10th February in the UCD School of Information & Communication Studies. Tickets are booked out but you can read more about the event below, including details of the twitter hashtag #slip2016.
Who are we?
SLIP Ireland (Students, Librarians & Information Professionals Ireland) is a group formed and run by postgraduate students studying library and information studies. The SLIP Ireland blog evolved from the need for more dialogue on all things theoretical and practical for students, librarians and other information professionals.
What do we stand for?
We aspire to create an open dialogue between students, academics and professionals.
There are three core elements to the blog:
1. Monthly Student Blog Posts
2. Guest Blog Posts
3. Spotlight on the workplace
There is also a separate tab to keep visitors up to date with the SLIP Ireland conference news. We hope that this will become an annual event.
How you can get involved?
Students: Write a short reflective blog post on a topic of your choice based on LIS literature. (Link to guidelines http://slipireland.blogspot.ie/2015/04/posting-guidelines.html)
Participate in the live Twitter chats and engage with our social media content.
Librarians/Information Professionals: Submit a guest blog post or a spotlight report on your work place.
SLIP Ireland is delighted to announce the first ever SLIP Student Conference!
This informal conference will take place in UCD on the evening of Wednesday 10th February from 17:00 to 20:30.
The theme is “The Best Thing I Have Learned at Library School” and the evening will feature: special guest speakers, presentations from current student and recent graduates, and a fantastic poster presentation. The conference is accredited by the LAI and all attendees will receive a CPD certificate.
The conference was organised as a platform for current students and recent graduates to gain experience and confidence in presenting at conferences with the hope that they will then go on to present at future professional development workshops and conferences throughout their career. The SLIP Ireland conference is an informal conference with lightning and poster presentations covering a wide range of topics. Tickets for the conference have sold out but keep an eye out on the Twitter and Facebook page if any more tickets become available.
You can follow the event on Twitter #SLIP2016
Call for action
In order to deepen our understanding of LIS literature, we are calling on all student librarians and information professionals to engage in active debate. This practice is importance as it allows us to learn from the experience of others.