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Past Events of the A&SL Section – 2006

The Academic & Special Libraries Committee invites you to the A&SL Christmas Networking Evening in the Royal Irish Academy on the 5th of December 2006.

Eibhlín Ní Oisín, the Information Manager from the RTÉ Reference Library will give a talk on her role and the RTÉ Reference Library service at 6.30pm, and the A&SL Committee will host a Drinks Reception from 6pm.

The aim of the Informal Networking Evenings is to provide A&SL members with the opportunity to meet other librarians and information professionals, to share news, views and experiences.

Where & When: Tuesday, 5th December 2006, 6pm. The Royal Irish Academy of Ireland, 19 Dawson St., Dublin 2. 

RSVP to Ann O’Sullivan (Secretary) by Friday, 1ST December 2006.


The Academic & Special Libraries Committee invites you to join us on a visit to the Yeats Exhibition at the National Library of Ireland, & also for drinks & chat in Buswells Hotel.

This will give you a chance to visit the National Library, experience the Yeats Exhibition & to meet other librarians & information professionals, including the A&SL Committee, over a drink to share news, views & experiences.

Where & When: Wednesday, 18 October 2006 The National Library of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin 2. 6.30pm & Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St., Dublin 2. from 6pm Cost: €5.

The guided tour of the Yeats Exhibition is LIMITED to 15 places to BOOK a place on the TOUR please e-mail Ann O’Sullivan (Secretary) by Friday, 13th October

Everyone is welcome to join the Committee in the Bar in Buswells Hotel from 6-8pm.

Academic & Special Libraries Section Committee Chairperson: Áine O’Connor Secretary: Ann O’Sullivan Treasurer: Erin O’Mahony Members: Caitriona Sharkey Eva Hornung Kathryn Smith Olivia Fitzpatrick Patrick Hughes

National Library of Ireland -

Buswells Hotel


The Academic & Special Libraries Committee invites you to an informal networking evening, a number of these evenings are planned for the coming year, and we are delighted to announce that the first one will take place in July.

The theme of the evening is: “All about the LAI – an overview of the association: the executive board, the committees, the professional qualifications etc and what it means for you”

This will give you a chance to meet other librarians and information professionals, including the A&SL Committee, over a drink and to share news, views and experiences.

Where & When: Thursday, 20 July 2006 – 6-8pm The Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2 (Private room reserved off the main bar) No booking required – just turn up!


The 2006 AGM of the Academic & Special Libraries Section was held on Thursday 22 June 2006 in The Glass Room, TCD School of Nursing & Midwifery, D’Olier Street.

We were delighted to welcome Ruth Flanagan, President of the Library Association of Ireland ,who spoke to the meeting about “The LAI and the importance of Continuing Professional Development for Information Professionals.” She gave an interesting account of the history and role of the LAI in promoting professional Librarianship in Ireland since 1928, and spoke about the ways in which the LAI was now looking to promote continuing professional development. An initiative has been undertaken by the Education Committee to promote the scheme of Associateship, and members have all been sent a promotional leaflet explaining the benefits of the scheme and how to participate. Employers have also been notified and are encouraged to facilitate their staff in completing Associateship. Ruth concluded by encouraging participation by members in the LAI, in whatever way they felt they could contribute – the LAI is the sum of the activities of all its members.

The committee presented their report on activities for the past year, and a summary of the sections’ income and expenditure.

The new committee for 2006 / 2007 were announced – full details are listed above. The evening concluded with a lively discussion, assisted by great food and drink! Many thanks to all who attended.


27 April 2006- Seminar

Promoting professional practices: continuing skills development for information professionals

Our recent seminar proved to be a very interesting day, with much debate about the current and future role of all information professionals. We were fortunate to have a range of excellent speakers who challenged us to reflect on the significance of career and skills development in a changing environment. Our afternoon panel discussion provided an opportunity to get insight into the career experience of professionals from across the sectors. The speakers’ presentations may be accessed below:

Prof Niels Ole Pors: Information behaviour and perceptions of libraries and information resources: A challenge for future skills and competencies in the library sector [Powerpoint, 165kb; Niels Ole Pors presentation]

Jessie Kurtz: It’s a small world after all: an international perspective on current issues in library skills development [Powerpoint, 60kb; Jessie Kurtz presentation]

The role of professional associations in librarianship: a discussion of membership and participation Marjorie Sliney Presentation [Powerpoint, 60kb] Marion Khorshidian Presentation [Powerpoint, 696kb]