Researchers at UCD


Claire McGuinness

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Information & Comms Studies
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168398


I am assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies, (ICS), Ireland. I have been teaching and researching information and digital literacy for more than a decade, and was awarded a PhD in Library & Information Studies in 2005. I am also module designer and coordinator of two information & digital literacy modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of ICS, in which I endeavour to combine theory with practice, and to use active and e-learning methods to engage my students and encourage them to learn. I am particularly interested in instructional training for information professionals, and since 2004 my advanced instructional module has aimed to prepare trainee information professionals on the Masters and Graduate Diploma programmes for the teaching work that they are often expected to undertake in the workplace. I am also the coordinator of the Capstone module in the MLIS programme and the Thesis module in the MLIS and MSc Information Systems programmes in the School of ICS. I also currently serve as the Director of Undergraduate Programmes (BA, BSocSc Information & Social Computing). I have published a number of articles and book chapters on information and digital literacy, information professionals as teachers, and academic-librarian collaboration; my first book, Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians, was published in 2011. You can see a preview of my book here. My most recent book from Chandos Publishing, which was written in collaboration with Dr. Crystal Fulton, entitled Digital Detectives: Solving Information Dilemmas in an Online World was published in February 2016.

I am also a qualified librarian, and received my MLIS degree from UCD in 1995.



Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: Information Literacy Irish Award 2010 (Highly Commended)
Year: 2006.
Title: 2nd Annual Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards - Highly Commended
Year: 1999.
Title: IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship 1999-2002

Conference Contributions

Fulton, C. and McGuinness, C. (2014) Seeking the perfect blend: Creating innovative digital learning spaces with e-tutorials in three information literacy modules. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Facing the Future: Librarians and Information Literacy in a Changing Landscape, IFLA Satellite meeting, Limerick, Ireland , 14-AUG-14 - 15-AUG-14.
McGuinness, C. (2014) Hitting the moving target: The transformation of information literacy instruction for First Year students over a decade of change. [Invited Oral Presentation], Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) Information Literacy Seminar, Demonstrating the Value of Information Literacy to Staff and Students, Institute of Technology, Tallaght , 11-JUN-14 - 11-JUN-14.
McGuinness, C (2012) The teaching librarian in education: Strategies for skills development. [Invited Oral Presentation], LAI/CILIP Ireland Annual Joint Conference, Belfast, NI , 19-APR-12 - 19-APR-12.
McGuinness, C.; (2011) Writing an Academic Book: From Pitch to Final Manuscript. [Invited Lecture], ANLTC Seminar: The librarian as academic writer: a seminar on getting published, Maynooth, Ireland , 24-FEB-11 - 24-FEB-11.
McGuinness, C. ; (2010) Teaching Librarians or librarians who teach? - Exploring aspects of teacher identity among academic librarians. [International Refereed Conference], Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), Limerick , 29-MAR-10 - 31-MAR-10.
McGuinness, C.; (2009) Teaching Librarians: Ten Concepts for the Future. [Keynote Address], British Business Schools' Librarians' Group Annual Conference 2009, Irish Management Institute, Sandyford, Dublin , 01-JUL-09 - 03-JUL-09.
McGuinness, C.; (2009) Journals for Teaching, Journals for Learning: Using student accounts of the research process to improve an Information Literacy module. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), Cardiff University, Wales , 30-MAR-09 - 01-APR-09.
McGuinness, C.; (2008) Information literacy instruction workshop. [Other], Academic & Special Libraries Section (LAI) Annual Seminar 2008, Clarion Hotel, Dublin 2 , 08-MAY-08 - 08-MAY-08.
Claire McGuinness; (2006) Collaborating for Information Literacy Development (ILD): Exploring the Dynamic Effect of Academic-Librarian Relationships on Information Literacy Development Programmes in Undergraduate Education. [National Refereed Conference Paper], LILAC (Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference), University of Leeds, UK , 27-MAR-06 - 29-MAR-06.
Claire McGuinness; (2006) Working with Academics for Information Literacy Development: Deconstructing the Faculty Problem. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], CONUL Information Literacy Seminar, Dublin City University , 02-FEB-06 - 02-FEB-06.
Claire McGuinness; (2002) Environmental Factors in Academia that Influence the Attitudes and Strategies of Teaching Staff in the Implementation of Information Literacy Education: A Context-Based Study. [National Refereed Conference Paper], 1st International Conference on IT and Information Literacy (Ilit 2002), Glasgow, Scotland , 20-MAR-02 - 22-MAR-02.
Claire McGuinness; (1996) An investigation of the paradigm shift from ownership to access in the electronic library. [National Refereed Conference Paper], ELVIRA 3: Third Conference on Electronic Libraries & Visual Information Research, Milton Keynes, UK , 30-APR-96 - 02-MAY-96.


Committee : Task Force on Information Literacy (Library Association of Ireland)
Committee : Working Group on Information Literacy (WGIL) - Library Association of Ireland (2006-2009)
Committee : Teaching & Learning Committee - 2008-9


Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Part-time (occasional) lecturer
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Post-doctoral research fellow (half-time)
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College lecturer (half-time)


Year 1993 Institution: Dublin City University
Qualification: BA Subject: International Marketing and Languages (German & French)
Year 1995 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MLIS Subject: Library and Information Studies
Year 2005 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Library and Information Studies



Fulton, C., McGuinness, C. (2016) Digital Detectives: Solving Information Dilemmas in an Online World. Oxford: Chandos Publishing/Elsevier. Available Online [Details]
McGuinness, C.; (2011) Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians. Oxford: Chandos Publishing Limited. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

McGuinness, C.; (2007) 'The Use of Reflective Research Journals in a 1st Year Information Literacy Module' In: McGuinness, C.; (eds). Case Studies of Good Practices in Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education. Dublin: AISHE. Available Online [Details]
McGuinness, C.; (2003) 'Attitudes of academics to the library's role in information literacy education' In: Martin, A. & Rader, H (eds). Information and IT Literacy: Enabling Learning in the 21st Century. London: Facet Publishing. , pp.244-253 Available Online [Details]
McGuinness, C.; (2003) 'Information literacy in Ireland: A hidden agenda' In: Basili, C (eds). Information literacy in Europe: A first insight into the state of the art of information literacy in the European Union. Rome: Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche. , pp.151-177 Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Georgiadou,E; McGuinness,C; Siakas,K; Koukourakis,M; Repanovici, A; Khan, N; Rahanu,H (2017) 'The QUAIL Framework: Quality Assurance for Information Literacy Project'. International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, 8 (2):94-107. [DOI] [Details]
Russell, P; McGuinness, C; Burns, J; Carey, B; Crump, M; Young, K; Ryan, K; Toibin, M. (2015) 'The Library Association of Ireland Task Force on Information Literacy: An Overview of Objectives and Progress'. An Leabharlann: The Irish Library, 24 (1):20-24. [Details]
Corcoran, M, McGuinness, C (2014) 'Keeping ahead of the curve: academic librarians and continuing professional development in Ireland'. Library Management, 35 (3). Available Online [Details]
Flynn, M.G. and McGuinness, C.; (2011) 'Hospital clinicians' information behaviour and attitudes towards the clinical informationist: An Irish survey'. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28 (1):23-32. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
McGuinness, C. ; (2009) 'Information skills training practices in Irish higher education'. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 61 (3):262-281. Available Online [Details]
McGuinness, C. & Brien, M.; (2007) 'Using reflective journals to assess the research process'. Reference Services Review, 35 (1):21-40. Available Online [Details]
McGuinness, C.; (2007) 'Exploring strategies for integrated information literacy ' From 'academic champions' to institution-wide change'. Communications in Information Literacy, 1 (1):26-38. Available Online [Details]
McGuinness, C.; (2006) 'What faculty think: Exploring the barriers to information literacy development in undergraduate education'. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32 (6):573-582. Available Online [Details]
Burke, M. A. and McGuinness, C. M. .; (1997) ''An investigation of the paradigm shift from ownership to access in academic libraries''. Electronic Library Research, 1 (1):1-24. [Details]

Conference Publications

Georgiadou, E; McGuinness, C; Siakas, K; Koukourakis, M; Repanovici, A; Rahanu, H; Khan, N. (2015) A Framework for Quality Management of Information Literacy Programmes 12th International Scientific Conference Western Balkan Information Literacy Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, , pp.59-69 [Details]
Georgiadou, E., McGuinness, C., Repanovici, A., Koukourakis, M., Khan, N., Regneala, M. (2014) Integrating Project Plan, Quality Plan and Sustainability Plan: The RINGIDEA Case Study . In: Knezevic, R., Findrik, n eds. 11th International Scientific Conference @Western Balkan Information Literacy Una River, Bihac, Bosnia Hertzegovina, , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14 , pp.77-97 [Details]
McGuinness, C.; (1996) An investigation of the paradigm shift from ownership to access in the electronic library . In: K. Arnold and M. Collier eds. ELVIRA 3: Third Conference on Electronic Libraries & Visual Information Research Milton Keynes, UK, , 30-APR-96 - 02-MAY-96 [Details]


Webber, S. & McGuinness, C; (2007) "Uk and ireland" in Lau, J., Information Literacy: An International State-of-the-Art Report. Consultancy Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

Current Research Interests:

  • 21st century literacies - concepts, definitions and models; instructional strategies & learning activities; tools and resources; assessment & evaluation; impact & relevance in everyday life
  • Professional identity, reflective practice and continuing professional development for information professionals
  • Outreach and collaboration for information professionals
  • Theories of Learning (behaviourist, constructivist, social learning), student-centred learning, enquiry-based & problem-based learning, eLearning
  • Uses of social networking applications for teaching and learning
  • Information behaviour in educational contexts
  • Qualitative Research Methods, especially Phenomenography

Research Projects

Project Title
: Creating e-Practicums to Enhance Undergraduate Learning
Funding body: NDLR
Project Dates: May 2010-January 2011
Collaborators: Diane Sonnenwald, Crystal Fulton, Claire McGuinness, Jessica Bates.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Embedding Digital Research Skills in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-17 / 31-AUG-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : A Perfect Blend for Digital Literacy Skills: Exploring student engagement with e-tutorials in a blended learning environment
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-17 / 31-DEC-18

Recent Postgraduates



Teaching Philosophy

I employ a blended learning strategy in my teaching, combining face-to-face delivery with the use of online and social media tools, encouraging students to use online wikis, research journals, blogging applications, online tutorials, videos, websites, and a range of presentation tools to enhance their learning experience.

Modules Coordinated

201600   IS40480     Information Studies: Info Professional as Teacher
201600   IS40720     Information Studies: Capstone Project (25 Credits)
201600   IS10050     Information Studies: Digital Judgement
201600   IS40710     Information Studies: Thesis (25 Credits)