Library Assistant Award

CONUL T&D LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD

CONUL T&D LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD – Previous Awards

CONUL T&D LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD 2021

CONUL Training & Development have launched the 2021 Library Assistant Award which is open to all staff at library assistant and equivalent grades in the CONUL member libraries. The award prizes are:

1st prize           €200

2nd prize         €150

3rd prize          €100

To apply for the award, you must submit an article on a library related theme in the form of a blog post.  You could opt to write about any aspect of your work, a topic of interest, a project you have worked on or are working on, a project the library team is engaged in, a new service idea or maybe an idea you have for improving current services.  The post should be written in a lively style and be visually appealing to engage readers.  The word count for the post is 500-800 words, excluding links and references. Sources should be cited correctly.

Only one application per person will be accepted.

The article should be saved as a PDF file and emailed along with your entry cover sheet to your CONUL T&D representative by 5.00pm 19th July 2021.

Publicity Poster

Submission Cover Sheet

Blog Writing Resources

Judging Criteria

 

CONUL T&D LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD – Previous Awards.

Previous Awards

2019 CONUL T&D LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD

The 2019 CONUL Training & Development Library Assistant Award required entrants to submit a blog post on any library related topic.  Entrants could opt to blog about any aspect of their current work for example training activities they undertook; a development in their own library or an item in their library’s collection.  The prize winning and highly commended entries will be published on the libfocus blog.

Award winners 2019:

1st Prize:

Dabbling with the demonic:  Creating embedded learning experiences in the library by Emma Doran, Maynooth University.

2nd Prize:

The challenge of student engagement: a sloth’s perspective by Susan Murphy, TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus.

3rd Prize:

A fantastic photographic find: Countess de Markievicz by Saoirse Reynolds, NLI.

4th Place:

On the Road: Maynooth University Ken Saro-Wiwa Travelling Exhibition by Louise Walsworth-Bell, Maynooth University

Highly Commended Entries:

“Doing the Needful” -Language and cultural challenges in work at the Irish Social Science Data Archive by Ali CoxUCD.

Emergency Response: Learning from Disaster by Sarah Graham, Maynooth University.

Health and Happiness: Wellbeing in Academic Libraries by Emma Devlin, Queens University Belfast.

2018 CONUL T&D LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD

The 2018 CONUL Training & Development Library Assistant Award required entrants to submit a blog post on any library related topic.  Entrants could opt to blog about any aspect of their current work for example training activities they undertook; a development in their own library or an item in their library’s collection.  The prize winning and highly commended entries will be published on the libfocus blog.

Award winners 2018:

Joint 1st Prize:

A Tale of Heartbreak:  The Day I Lost the Inter Library Loans by Victoria Archer, Queen’s University Belfast.

Lessons in Invention from a Medical Archive, by Ronan Kelly, RCSI [Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland].

2nd Prize:

Cleaning shellac records in the DIT Conservatory Library by Sharon Hoefig, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Joint 3rd Prize:

Library Anxiety by Maolsheachlann O Cellaigh, University College Dublin.

Preserving Irish Voices:  The Irish Poetry Reading Archive by Laura Ryan, University College Dublin.

Highly Commended Entries:

Poetic Outreach: Facilitating Poetry Workshops in DCU Library by Eilis Ní Raghallaigh, Dublin City University (DCU).

The Digital Butterfly:  Managing our Social Media Presence in a time of change by Emma Boyce, Maynooth University.

If you snooze, you don’t lose-introducing EnergyPods at Maynooth University library by Maureen Finn, Maynooth University.

Conservation of a Gaelic manuscript at Maynooth University Library by Sarah Graham, Maynooth University.

Developing Snapchat at Maynooth University Library: The Story So Far by Edel King, Maynooth University.

2016 ANLTC LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD

The 2016 ANLTC Library Assistant Award required entrants to submit a blog post on any library related topic. Entrants could opt to blog about any aspect of their current work for example training activities they undertook; a development in their own library or an item in their library’s collection. Prize winners were announced at the CONUL Conference on the 2nd June 2016. The prize winning and highly commended entries were published on the libfocus blog.

Award Winners 2016:

1st Prize                Tradition and Technology and The Glucksman Library, UL by Seán Cafferkey, University of Limerick

2nd Prize               A Captive Audience by Bernie Gardiner, Maynooth University 2 nd Prize The Kelmscott Chaucer by Helen McGinley, The Library of Trinity College,                    University of Dublin

3rd Prize                Facing the Open Access Challenge – The experience of a University Open Access Team by Megan Corrigan, Queen’s University Belfast

3rd Prize                Brian O’Higgins/Brian Ó hUigínn (1882-1963) by Olive Morrin, Maynooth University

Highly commended entries 2016

  • An Extraordinary Life: Discovering the Legacy of Professor Kevin Boyle on CalmView by Bernice Walsh, NUI Galway
  • Creating the MU Library Treasures Blog by Mary Robinson, Maynooth University
  • Ever wondered why students always go to the same study seat in the library? by Cara Toner, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Summer Time…Something Different! By Helen O’Connor, Maynooth University
  • Transformational Collaboration: A reflection on the process of creating an academic poster.by Jesse Waters, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

2014 ANLTC LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD 

The 2014 ANLTC award required entrants to create a library themed blog in Wordpress. The winning entries were:

1st Prize – Bernadette Gardiner, NUI Maynooth. http://Librarystaffdevelopment.wordpress.com

Joint 2nd Prize  Emma Boyce, NUI Maynooth http://libinfoservices.wordpress.com/

& Mary Crickard, Queen’s University Belfast http://carricklass.wordpress.com/

3rd Prize – Brendan Duffy, NUI Galway https://jhldigitisation.wordpress.com/

2012 ANLTC LIBRARY ASSISTANT AWARD

To promote and support staff development, ANLTC offered the Library Assistant Bursary to an individual library staff member at Library Assistant or equivalent grade.  An award of up to €1,500 could be spent on travel, study, attendance at a conference or seminar or other relevant activities.  Recent winners were:

 2012: The ANLTC Poster competition attracted entries on a wide variety of library related topics.

Joint first prize was awarded to Louise Saults, NUI Maynooth and Emily Doherty and Debra McCann, UCD.
The judging panel described Louise’s poster Kindles: Mobile Technology for Your Library
as “an excellent poster with high visual impact.”  (Available at http://eprints.nuim.ie/3639/)

Emily and Debra’s poster, “What do you need to know today?”  UCD Library Roving Service was awarded joint first place. This was described, by the judging panel, as ““an excellent poster with a high information content.” ( Available here)

Joint second prize was awarded to Helen O’Connor, NUI Maynooth  Self-service laptops at NUI Maynooth  (Available at http://eprints.nuim.ie/3642/ )  and Bernie Gardiner and Della Webb, NUI Maynooth  Motivating Library Staff in Recessionary Times: Some Initiatives at NUI Maynooth
(Available at http://eprints.nuim.ie/3640/)

Third prize was awarded to Bernie Mellon, NUI Maynooth  Disability Awareness Course in the Library, NUI Maynooth.   (Available at http://eprints.nuim.ie/3641/ )

2009:   Maud Conry, National University of Ireland Galway –  E-book Update in Irish Academic Libraries – an Overview

2007:  Marie Cullen, National University of Ireland Maynooth – The British Library Digital Object Management Programme

2004:  Petra Shurenhofer, University College Dublin (report); joint runners-up, Andrea Mullen, St. Angela’s College, Sligo (constituent college of National University of Ireland Galway) and Louise Walsworth-Bell (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

2001:  Avril Patterson, University College Dublin; runner-up, Cecilia Kehoe, National University of Ireland Maynooth

1997:  Irene Hennigan, Dublin City University