In 2018, the HECA Library Committee responded to the Consultation led by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to inform its new Strategy, highlighting the need for the Strategy to incorporate the learning environment and its impact on teaching and learning into its high level objectives. The HECA Library Committee also recommended the recruitment of post doctoral researchers to capture and publish in the teaching and learning literature on the impact of Forum initiatives.
In 2018 the following facility upgrades took place across the HECA Library Group:
In 2018, the following staff members undertook the following professional development:
In 2018, the HECA Library Committee authored a chapter of an open access book which is being published jointly by the Technological University, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology on the National Forum’s Professional Development Framework for all Those Who Teach in Higher Education (2016). This book will be launched imminently at an event which will be held at the Royal Irish Academy.
The chapter by the HECA Library Committee explores the impact of leading and participating in a National Forum pilot of the aforementioned National Forum’s Professional Development Framework. The pilot explored the suitability of the Framework for librarians. Using a qualitative research approach, the HECA Library Group found that the Professional Development Framework for All Those Who Teach in Higher Education was effective in capturing the professional development of librarians. Additionally use of the Framework made HECA Librarians feel more connected to the wider library and educational community.
In 2018, NCI Library published the 5th Edition of the NCI Cite it Right Guide (http://libguides.ncirl.ie/ld.php?content_id=31934117)
In 2018, DBS Library launched the DBS Library Press at: https://libguides.dbs.ie/dbslibrarypress/aboutus
The DBS Library Press houses peer reviewed journals published by DBS Library which are indexed on the Directory of Open Access Journals and EBSCO and Proquest databases. Librarians are ideally positioned to publish high quality academic journals for academic institutions and this skill set exists within the HECA Library Group. Journal publications are a significant enhancement to the research profile of HECA Colleges.
In 2018, DBS Library successfully secured the hosting of two international library events. 1. The International Federation of Library Association’s Library Publishing Conference for 2019 and 2. Kohacon (beating the University of Stockholm) for June. A review of the Library Publishing conference at DBS can be found at: https://librarypublishing.org/reflections-on-ifla-midterm-2019/
All HECA Library Committee members have participated in quality assurance exercises entailing programmatic review, validation and reengagement pilots and processes.
CCT College attended the annual Conference of the Student Engagement Programme. NCI Library also conducted a Student Engagement Project to elicit feedback to strengthen engagement with the service.
In 2018, Griffith College launched an open access repository (https://go.griffith.ie/) containing student projects and research. Faculty research and content is being added to this platform and will also inform online staff profiles. In 2018, NCI Library also produced institutional staff profiles showcasing the research and professional development interests of faculty. HECA Library services have a pivotal role to play in collating and showcasing institutional research and professional development activity by faculty and students, enhancing the HECA Brand and strengthening its position during QQI reviews and validations.
Objectives for 2019
Objectives for 2019 are built around the following pillars:
Professional Development: The HECA Library Committee will conduct a half day professional development day on a range of its activity to support the professional development activity of all HECA library staff.