Virtual Academic Writing: The Maynooth University Library Experience



This "rapid response" piece explains how, due to Coronavirus, Maynooth University Library shifted from face-to-face academic writing workshops for librarians to delivery via Zoom. The operation and elements of the one-day workshop are presented. Participants were surveyed using Survey Monkey and their responses are given. The piece concludes that Zoom offers a viable way to deliver academic writing workshops and may have advantages such as inclusivity, that go beyond what a face-to-face workshop can offer.


Author Biographies

Helen Fallon, Maynooth University

Helen Fallon is Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University. She has previously worked at Dublin City University and the University of Sierra Leone. She has published extensively and presents workshops on writing for academic publication nationally and internationally. She edited (with Íde Corley and Laurence Cox) the death row correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa, published as Silence Would be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. She created, Dr Anne O’Brien, the Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive.  

Laura Connaughton, Maynooth University

Laura Connaughton is Head of Academic Services in Maynooth University Library. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin and a Languages with Computing from University of Limerick. She has presented at national and international conferences and published widely in the area of Library Service Provision. She was the recipient of the 2016 CONUL Conference Poster Award and presents workshops on designing posters regularly.