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Professor John Dean Public Debate (#jdd2017)
Wed 15 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:30 GMT
Debate Title: 'This house believes that invisible librarians have contributed to the post-truth era'. (#jdd2017)
The Professor John Dean Annual Public Debate
Moderator: Professor Kalpana Shankar.
Debaters: Ms Aoife Lawton (proposing) and Dr Philip Cohen (opposing).
Date & Time: Wednesday March 15th, 6 - 8:30pm.
Location: The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Dr Philip Cohen- Head of Library Services at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Philip has been Head of Library Services at Dublin Institute of Technology since 2004. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years in various University libraries in the UK. Philip is President of the Library Association of Ireland (until 9th March) and serves on a number of national library-related Committees. He speaks in this debate in a personal capacity only.
Ms Aoife Lawton - National Health Services Librarian, HSE Library, Dr Steevens Hospital.
Aoife is National Health Services Librarian overseeing a National Health Library & Knowledge Service for the Health Service Executive. With over 17 years experience in the library and information sector, she is currently responsible for the consolidation of all HSE libraries into a national service. She previously managed Lenus the HSE’s Irish health repository. She is a member of the HSE Open Access Research Advisory group and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Health Science Libraries Group. Her professional interests include: emerging technologies, open access, health information literacy, continuing professional development, consumer health and advocacy for librarians. Aoife holds an MLISfrom University College Dublin and a BA from Trinity College Dublin. She is an Associate of the Library Association of Ireland and holds professional membership to the Medical Library Association and CILIP. Previously she worked as a technical librarian for a major library systems supplier and as a product specialist in IBM technical support. Contact details @aalawton. She speaks in this debate in a personal capacity only.
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