New Project: Embedding Digital Literacies in HEIs

I recently began a new position as the DARIAH Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher. I am based in the discipline of digital arts and humanities in University College Cork. The project, Embedding Digital Literacies in HEIs, is headed by Dr Orla Murphy, director of the digital arts and humanities programmes in UCC. DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for … Read more

Finding Your Stephen King and Your Way Around the Paywalls when the Academic Library is Out of Reach

A few months ago I was invited to speak to the #PhDchatUCC group in University College Cork about my experience of finishing a PhD and what comes next. I focused mainly on time management and self-care because I really believe that these issues need to be brought into sharper focus. Having heard many junior and … Read more

A Domain of One’s Own: Taking Control of Digital Selfhood

I attended Jim Groom’s talk in Cork (31st march 2017) and want to say a few words while it’s fresh in my mind. For those of you unfamiliar with Groom’s work, he is a co-founder of Reclaim Hosting, a company that provides domains and web hosting to students and educators. Groom was here to talk … Read more

Staffless Libraries in Ireland: A Brief Appreciation of Librarians

Former minister Mary O’Rourke penned an open letter to Simon Coveney regarding plans to roll out staffless libraries across Ireland. It’s worth a read, and I certainly think it’s worth putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and writing Minister Coveney a few more letters to complain about what most certainly is a daft idea. … Read more

Much To-Do about Organsing My Time: Managing the Mess of Schedules and Lists

As the tasks and deadlines of the new year loom I find my eyes drawn to any tweet, post, update and article that refers to being organised. I am not someone who deliberately makes New Year Resolutions due to the fact that I know I will not stick to them. I am, like many people, … Read more

#AcWriMo Update: Explorations in Peer Review, Data Collection, and Losing Myself in the Chthulucene

Unfortunately, I have not been able to maintain the kind of momentum I was so optimistic about at the beginning of the month in terms of blogging on a weekly basis. Part of this is due to the demise of my beloved old laptop. It went out with a whimper instead of a bang and … Read more

#AcWriMo 2016 Goals

It’s about that time of year again when us #AcWriMo devotees declare our intentions for the month ahead (and when newbies are about to discover the simple joy of writing as part of a global community of researchers sharing goals, tips, resources and ideas). I’m juggling a number of projects at the moment, so my … Read more

Talkin’ about an Academic Publishing Revolution

“Why aren’t we all just publishing our stuff open access?!?!” This question was asked by a frustrated scholar during a dinner I recently attended following a rant about the perils of dealing with academic publishers. A number of people in the room had decades of experience in publishing their work in book form, and nostalgically … Read more