Reflection blog 4 – Dr Howard’s Lecture

alessandro-viaro-94370As the term coming closer to an end, the tension is omnipresent. You can see it on our pale faces, you can sense it in the room. I felt like the atmosphere in the room was somehow tense, as we are fast approaching looking for jobs and networking is such an essential part of this.

I had enjoyed Dr Howard’s lecture on Thursday, although I could find myself having to concentrate extra hard. There were several topics that spoke to me in Dr Howard’s lecture.

Dr John B. Howard

Language. Dr Howard was talking about growing up in a bilingual family and how with different language you adopt a whole slightly different personality. I can agree with this wholeheartedly. When I switch to Czech my voice changes significantly, my tone is lower and slower.  Different language create a slightly different persona. And funnily enough, I tend to be more inclined to like and miss everything Czech when in Ireland and vice versa.

Dr Howard spoke how he had to deal with letting significant part of a team go. He spoke with such bitterness, that reminded me that managers take the bitter pill of having to make those decisions, that will have devastating effect on many families. It truly moved me. I think it is very had to completely separate being personal and professional in a workplace. When you are let go, it effects you personally whether you like or not, your ability to create income and affect your sense of self worth. I would like to believe that such decision does affect both the employee and the manager, like it did Dr Howard when he was asked what was his worst management experience. It wasn’t not meeting important deadline, or losing a grant, but affecting large number of families by having to let go of half of his employees.

Evelyn Flanagan, Eugene Roche, John B. Howard, Ursula Byrne





Reflection blog 3 -LibGuides

Introduction from the University of Arizona

UCD Libguides                                                                                                                 

I had used  UCD LibGuides before, during my summer internship in UCD Library we were shown how does the modular system works and how to utilize it. They are also easy to create, and do not require coding skills. This allows any member of staff to be able to easily produce a guide on their expertise, without requiring in-depth technical skills. As a UCD MLIS student, I had used several UCD LibGuides, particularly Academic Integrity, EndNote, Research Data ManagementGIS, Literature Review and Open Access for Research Impact.

I was assigned Bibliometrics and Irish, Celtic Studies & Folklore.


Irish, Celtic Studies & Folklore included a lot of general information, such as how to use the library, or search a topic. The author of the LibGuide is Jenny Collery.  Actually, I would say that only 30% of the content is specific to the subject, the rest is related to general use of library resources and academic writing advice. I felt like these information were redundant, but it might be helpful particularly for undergraduate students to have all needed information at one stop.


The other LibGuide that everyone was given to review was Bibliometrics. I now understand why. I believe this LibGuide should be given as an example how well you can get the best of this type of content. The guide covers several types of users, from beginners to experienced researchers. I liked the testimonial videos, links to training and on several places explaining how the library can help the schools and researchers raise their profile. Feel like the author is saying: “this is what bibliometrics is, this is what it means for you and this is why you need the library to help you with it”. Excellent, well done Michelle Dalton!! (2017). LibGuides: Bibliometrics. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 Mar. 2017]. (2017). LibGuides: Irish, Celtic Studies & Folklore. [online] Available at: [Accessed 26 Mar. 2017].