WST21: Programme – Wednesday 10th March

Detailed Programme – Wednesday 10th March

Description Presenters
10.00-11.00:  Guest Speaker Session: Minding You

Breda McCague is an ex-Military Officer, Co-Founder of Lean In Ireland, a Cultural Transformation Specialist and an Emotional Intelligence coach. Breda’s session is Minding You,  an inspiring talk on tools, tips and coping techniques to help us manage – and make the best of –  this time of remote working. You’ll find more on Breda’s YouTube Channel

Breda McCague, Motivator, Empowerment and Transformation Specialist.

Over the years Breda has educated and empowered herself and others in the area of emotional intelligence, the subconscious mind and the art of Self Mastery and Introspection.
An accredited ECR coach in Emotional Intelligence; Breda uses both her personal experiences and her observations of the behavioural patterns she sees across the thousands of people she has coached to inspire others.
Using her authentic trademark humour she delivers fascinating motivational talks to hundreds of people at events and a variety of seminars.

11.30-12.00: Digital Transformation in Practice – Working Smarter with Google Workspace.

This presentation will focus on the practical impact of digital transformation. The session will showcase how we can use the Google Workspace Suite of Applications to streamline our day to day administrative and communication tasks. The theme of the presentation will be on technology enabled solutions rather than technology driven solutions. We will highlight the communication and collaboration tools currently available to you and how they can be used to transform your virtual office experience.

Peter McKiernan, Rachel Hickey and Aidan Curran. Enterprise Applications Group. IT Services.
12.00-12.30: Keeping the doors open: reinventing library services online and on campus

Monica Glynn Presentation

Avril Patterson Presentation

Debra McCann Presentation

This presentation tells the story of how UCD Library’s front facing service adapted to maintain services to the UCD community during the pandemic. Viewed through the lens of space, people and services, it will also highlight the collaboration with other university units to achieve this.

Monica Glynn, Library Services Officer (
Avril Patterson, User Services Manager (
Debra McCann, Senior Library Assistant, Information Desk Services (
1.00-2.00: Google Currents – Networking opportunities and view Posters    
3.00-4.00: Becoming a Manager while working remotely – A panel discussion.
We are all familiar with the experience of pivoting, adapting and adjusting what we do since the move to remote working last year. Often this takes the shape of re-imagining what we used to do, using the tools we now have access to. But what happens when you can’t re-imagine because you’ve never imagined in the first place? There are now a growing number of people taking on a role of “Manager” for the first time in this new remote world. Without the foundations of “how I used to manage”, they have built their own approaches, found their own methods and created their own solutions. This session is a discussion among a group of these newly minted remote-managers who share different perspectives on taking up their roles during this challenging time.
Jeremy Britton, Project Manager Unified Support Model with panelists: Paula McGarry (Director, UCD China Joint Colleges), Elena Keany (Deputy Team Lead, Student Desk, Registry), Sarah Butler (Deputy Team Lead, Curriculum Team, Registry)