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Virtual Events at NUI Galway Library


Kristopher Meen


National University of Ireland Galway


Open education, open scholarship, webinars


The lockdown in Ireland began March 12, and of course presented a range of challenges in terms of trying to carrying on delivering some kind of library operations and service at NUI Galway Library. As it became apparent that we would not be returning to work for many weeks, attention turned to the events that we had planned to offer in our events calendar. Some were simply cancelled. For others, however, we decided that one of the opportunities that the lockdown presented was to explore how events could be delivered in a virtual environment. Among these were two that were centered on open scholarship and open education, however, and it was decided by the organisers of these respective events to shift them to a virtual environment as the ‘open’ aspect of these events seemed particularly suited as virtual events. Part of the experiment in doing this was to see to what extent our events could engage an audience beyond our own local campus — although the campus community remained as an important target audience. This poster will outline how the events were envisaged before the lockdown, then how they were reenvisaged for a virtual, lockdown audience. It will provide some detail as to the level of success of these events, as well as suggest lessons for future virtual events held by the Library at NUI Galway. Keywords: open scholarship, virtual events, community engagement


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