Support for
Academic Staff

Library staff are committed to collaborating with the academics to ensure that collectively they create the best learning environment for IT Tralee’s students.

Academic Staff Support

A service offered to staff, researchers/research teams to assist them to carry out searches and the organisation of search results more efficiently and effectively.

Lecturing staff can avail of these services to support course development and to find multi-format material to support their teaching.

Management staff interested in supporting their decision making with an evidence-based information approach could also avail of a number of the services below or the complete package.

A one-to-one session with a client asking a series of open and closed questions that encourage the client to clarify their subject and put boundaries on it. The purpose of the reference interview is to allow the library staff member to gain as much understanding of the client’s view of a subject that will enable them to carry out a Subject Analysis. It is also a useful exercise in helping the client clarify the subject area for themselves.
Following on from the reference interview, library staff would consult general reference material to put flesh on a subject and also define its boundaries, such as currency or geographical area. The result of the subject analysis is a brief description of the subject with a list of keywords, alternative keywords, names, phrases, companies and other relevant labels that can then be turned into a search strategy.
Taking the results of the subject analysis and turning them into a search strategy using truncation, Boolean operators, wildcards etc.
List of recommended resources, including:
• Library subscribed-to Online Resources
• Social Networks
• News outlets
• Specialised search engines
• Blogs
• Podcasts
• Image, video and Slide presentation databases
• Devising a list of recommended resources that the client should apply the search strategy to. An indication of what would be on this list would emerge from the subject analysis and then be added to with more searching.

One-to-One, small group or large group sessions on using referencing applications that would include, setting up accounts, importing citations, exporting citations and referencing style.

One-to-One or small group sessions, with follow up sessions, on setting up and manipulating search alerts and rss feeds and how they can be incorporated into a private web site or fed to an email account.  This task may require some monitoring over time as alerts and feeds need to be altered and developed with experience of the results they produce.
One-to-One, small group or large group sessions offering assistance in ensuring that content used, especially from shared or open sources, complies with copyright. This would be of particular use to lecturers using online material to support online teaching.
Following on from the subject analysis, search strategy and list of references, applying the search strategy to that list of references to compile initial findings and present them to the client, who would then be responsible for updating such content.
Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for more details:
Catherine Murray
Room U103
+353 66 719 1675

Angela O’Connor Desmond                                                                                                                                             Room U102
066 719 1837

Donal O’Sullivan
Room U102
+353 66 719 1838