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Past Events of the A&SL Section – 2014

Newsletter Writing Workshop

This workshop was fully booked.

Thursday, 27th November, 10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Irish Writer's Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Facilitator: Katy Egan, an experienced copy writer:



Networking event: A&S Little Museum of Dublin tour

The Little Museum of Dublin on Stephens' Green was launched in 2011 aiming to paint a picture of cultural, political and social life in Dublin in the 20th Century.


Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 6 p.m.


This was a private visit organised by A&SL. We had refreshments in Buswells Hotel on Molesworth Street afterwards.

Thanks to all who attended!





The Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI along with the Career Development Group held the Second Library Camp Ireland!


Saturday 28th June 2014

1pm - 5pm

Wood Quay Venue


Check out pictures and tweets on Library Camp Ireland 2014


We also had yummy sweet AND savoury snacks to fuel all the great discussions we had!

We headed to the Bull & Castle for post #irelibcamp14 drinkies!


Annual General Meeting


Our Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 6 p.m.

Our guest speaker was Grace Toland, librarian at the Irish Traditional Music Archive. She gave an inspiring talk - and finished with a beautiful song!


Annual Conference & Exhibition 2014


The Academic & Special Libraries Section (A&SL) of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) held its 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition on 27th and 28th February 2014 at the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin. A very big thank you from the A&SL committee to everyone who joined us for ASL2014 Information Innovators: librarians evolving in the digital environment. Special thanks to our very generous sponsors for the event - IEEE, EBSCO, ProQuest, The Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), The Royal Society of Chemistry, Innovative interfaces, Swets, Burgundy Information services, Taylor & Francis, Institute of Physics (IOP) publishing, Dawsonbooks and Interleaf. Thanks also to the team at the Radisson for once again providing us with our great venue.

Extra special thank you to Marie and HEAnet for providing the live streaming for the event. Videos of presentations will be posted on our conference blog:

Our thanks and praise to our two wonderful keynotes Fionnuala Croke of the Chester Beatty Library and Ben Showers from Jisc and to all of our amazing 'information innovators' who delivered case studies and workshops and to the fantastic poster presentations.

Our speakers showcased the range and depth of innovative projects going on in libraries and information services around the country and truly demonstrated how much we have to be proud of.

We had a lively following on twitter through the two days (and beyond) allowing the conversation to be taken outside the walls of the Radisson and to librarians around the world. You can look back on tweets from the day HERE.

Finally, thanks to our delegates, you came, you listened, you joined in, you shared and hopefully you went away inspired. Friendships were formed, plans were hatched, ideas were shared and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Our Keynote Ben Showers was right 'This is the best time to be a librarian'.

The conference blog:


Joint Christmas/New Year Networking Evening

The Joint Committees of the Academic & Special Libraries Section (A&SL) & Health Sciences Libraries Group (HSLG) held a Joint Christmas/New Year Networking Evening in the
Royal Irish Academy on Tuesday 28 January 2014 at 6pm.
We were delighted to have Nicola O'Shea, formerly of University of Limerick and now in Trinity College Library, as our speaker on the night. Nicola’s talk was entitled
From Storage to Flickr: the UL40 digitisation project
As part of University of Limerick's 40th anniversary celebrations, the Glucksman Library wanted to digitise a selection of photographs to document the history and development of the University. The talk will cover the UL40 project to organise and rehouse UL's photographic archive and the different steps involved in preparing items for digitisation. It will also look at the use of Flickr as a tool to collect information about the photos to facilitate the creation of records for the library.