Heather Beirne

Heather Beirne
Eastern Kentucky University | EKU · Libraries



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Citations since 2017
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2 Citations
Heather Beirne serves as a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries.
Additional affiliations
December 2011 - present
Eastern Kentucky University
  • Education Librarian
August 2008 - May 2010
University of Kentucky
Field of study
  • Library Science
September 2004 - May 2008
Transylvania University
Field of study
  • English


Publications (21)
Utilizing Google Apps in library instruction can help librarians easily incorporate digital literacy into their information literacy lessons. This chapter, informed by the experiences of three Eastern Kentucky University reference and instruction librarians, will cover the basic functionality of Google Apps such as Google Drive (including Google Do...
The article presents information on archive reference transactions at the John Grant Crabbe Library at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). The author discusses the chat reference platform LibraryH31p², faculty and staff support for library innovations, and systems to organize feedback from library patrons on services and collections.
Situating librarians as information literacy experts and leaders in pedagogical best practices, presenters led a professional learning community (PLC) to create purposeful campus-wide conversations centered around the ACRL Framework and its place in teaching and learning. PLC faculty participants from across campus partnered with liaison librarians...
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Two EKU librarians and an Education faculty member will discuss an ongoing collaboration, in which Elementary Education students perform required service learning hours in the library’s Learning Resources Center. Learn what library service learning entailed for us, as well as the many ways in which the experience benefits both the library and stude...
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Do you ever long for access to that great education resource you used in college? Or just wish there was an easy to way to keep up with all the best electronic, education-related resources available to you? Come learn about a new, education-specific professional development portal for on-the-job K-12 educators and school media specialists, develope...
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Looking for an easy way to integrate technology into your instruction? Digital storytelling can quickly become a dynamic staple of your classroom, as it can be readily tied into all curricular areas. This session will present tips for K-12 classroom use of digital storytelling, as well as demonstrate free or very inexpensive tools and apps for digi...
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Join us for a workshop that will help attendees recognize the implications of participation in social media outlets, understand the importance of creating a positive digital identity (or “tattoo”), and learn to cultivate a virtual presence that will help you make valuable online connections, especially as they relate to future employment.
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Building a successful information literacy infrastructure in the academic library begins with the creation of an essential foundation of strong faculty-librarian relationships. Building relationships with faculty poses challenges to new and seasoned academic librarians alike. Hear from an experienced librarian and a new librarian who have worked as...
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From simple recording methods to specifically designed library software options, reference transactions are archived but rarely analyzed. Whether your system is sophisticated or basic, learn how to take the feedback that students are already providing in reference transactions and use it to improve your library instruction.
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Presenters will discuss how the Instant Message Reference stats collection process has evolved over time at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, with particular emphasis on the importance not only of quantitative, but also qualitative analysis of chat logs. The session will draw upon the recent experience of the presenters in analyzing IM Referen...
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This presentation explored the possibilities of utilizing programming as a promotional tool for academic libraries, a tool which serves to increase exposure and use of particular collections and services. Successful library promotion and outreach to an academic community was discussed by highlighting the promotional and programming endeavors (inclu...