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Review of the ALAI award

Dear Member,

Having completed a review of the Fellowship award, the Professional Standards committee consider it timely to review the ALAI in the context of members’ professional career paths.  How does it fit?  Where should it be positioned?  Is there a need for a third award, e.g. a first-level, early career award as distinct from a later award for candidates with a significantly more developed career and/or contribution made to the profession. 

LAI CMG training workshop with Owen Stephens on MarcEdit and OpenRefine, November 3rd, 2017 DBS

The Cataloguing and Metadata Group of the Library Association of Ireland is organising a one day training event on November 3rd, 2017 in DBS, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Owen Stephens will  deliver a workshop on MarcEdit and OpenRefine.

It should be of interest to cataloguers, repository managers and systems librarians.

CMG Networking evening and AGM - 23 November 2016

Join us for some networking, delicious canapés, wine and soft drinks: we'll have an exciting speaker, some AGM business, some announcements, and the usual informal conversations with cataloguers connecting ideas, collections and people.


Keynote speaker: Jenny O'Neill (Data Manager, UCD Library Research Services)

Title: "When cataloguing becomes metadata"


5.30 - Welcome

6.00 - Keynote

6.45 - AGM

7.00 - Reception


Library Success Stories Day

Thursday 16th June - Ballyfermot Library, Dublin


10.00am    Registration  

10.30am    Introduction   

11.00am    Workshops

12.00pm    Workshops

1.00pm     Lunch & Tour of library

2.15pm     Open Forum workshop

3.15pm     Finish/ Evaluation Forms


Aim of the Day:

A forum for the exchange of ideas and good practice.

Shona Thoma appointed as Social Media Officer

At the Council Meeting of the 25th June 2015 the appointment of Shona Thoma as Social Media Officer was approved. Shona is the IReL Officer at HEAnet and a member of the team behind New Professionals Day Ireland. Having held previous information roles with Trócaire and Maynooth University Library, Shona brings her experience and enthusiasm for social media as a Third Space to this role.  

Annual General Meeting 2015

The AGM of the Library Association of Ireland took place on Thursday 19th March in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Approximately thirty-five members attended.


Officers and Council elected at AGM

The following members were elected as officers at the AGM:

President:                  Philip Cohen, Dublin Institute of Technology