Connecting Librarians: The HECA Library Group Pilot of the Professional Development Framework
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Marie O' Neill works as Head of Enhancement at CCT College Dublin. Her role involves working with institutional staff to implement enhancements to Teaching and Learning, the Learning Environment and Research. Previously, Marie worked as a professional librarian in the libraries of the Technological university Dublin, UCD, the Oireachtas, King's Inns and Dublin Business School. More on Marie at: https://works.bepress.com/marie-oneill2/
Justin has managed the Hume Library at CCT College Dublin since 2014, working closely with faculty, management and students alike to provide a comprehensive library service to all teachers and learners. He holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin, in addition to an M.Phil in Textual and Visual Studies and a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin. He is interested in the challenges and opportunities facing libraries in the wider education sector, and represents Hume Library CCT's interests on a number of committees in private higher education in Ireland. More on Justin at: https://works.bepress.com/justin-smyth/
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The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) represents the interests of fifteen private higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Its Committees include a Teaching and Learning Committee and a Library Committee (also known as the HECA Library Group). The Library Committee was invited by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to pilot the Forum’s Professional Development Framework for all Those Who Teach in Higher Education to test its suitability for librarians. This chapter reports on the six-month pilot of the Framework, using feedback collected from two focus groups conducted in June 2017 at the close of the pilot and in April 2018. A significant finding is that use of the Framework has made private college librarians feel more connected to, and less “siloed’ from, other professionals in the higher education sector. The chapter explores the implications of this feedback for private college librarians, and librarians generally, in terms of their professional identity, professional practice and professional development.
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O' Neill, Marie and Smyth, Justin, "Connecting Librarians: The HECA Library Group Pilot of the Professional Development Framework" (2019). Faculty Books. 4.