Fellowships and Associateships awarded at the AGM
was awarded to
was awarded to
Val Payne, BA, DipLib, MLIS, MCLIP, ALAI, FLAI
Val’s application records her experience across a range of library and information environments throughout her career and a progression in technical and managerial roles that includes leadership of professional teams and membership of inter-agency working groups where she represented her university library employer. Ms. Payne is active at committee level across a range of community organisations in her locality and as such seems to be an engaged, proactive citizen. She has contributed to the work of the professional Association through her contribution on committees of several special interest Groups and Sections.
Because of her commitment and her continuing engagement with the sector and the profession, it is recommended that she be awarded the FLAI.
Citations for ALAI
Vaughan Birbeck, MA, MPhil, MCLIP, ALAI
Vaughan Birbeck meets the criteria for Associateship of the Library Association of Ireland. The applicant is a personal member in good standing of the LAI and holds a recognised qualification in Library & Information Studies from Manchester Polytechnic. He is also a Chartered member of CILIP.
Vaughan has provided evidence of over twenty years of professional post-qualification experience in a range of library and information posts. Continuing interest in professional development is evidenced by completion of ASLIB courses in both social media and knowledge management and the knowledge gained from these courses has clearly translated into practice as evidenced by the Development Report.
Further evidence of contribution to the profession is demonstrated by the applicant’s willingness to take part in CPD opportunities, and involvement in professional networks such as Eurolib and SALIS, notably taking on the chairmanship of the latter in 2015.
Leona Burgess, BSc, Dip ILS, MCLIP, ALAI
Ms. Burgess holds an approved qualification, i.e. Postgraduate Diploma in Information & Library Studies, awarded in 2007.
She has more than 6 years’ appropriate post-qualification experience in a professional post, as Assistant Librarian in the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety in Belfast. She has an impressive record of involvement with professional activities, in particular the HSLG, and is a Chartered Member of CILIP.
Mary Dunne, MSc Econ, MSc, ALAI
A very well structured presentation, with essential content laid out in an informative way. CPD was clearly demonstrated, over time and in varied and relevant contexts. A sharing and educational role with fellow LIS professionals is to be commended. There is an engagement with practical enterprise and involvement in a large number of activities such as presentations, publications, blogs, articles, participation in working groups etc. The candidate’s special interest topics of value and impact, and of perceptions of librarians, are shown to be well researched, developed and disseminated.
Descriptions of activities and learning objectives were well set out and reflected on. The candidate’s contribution to health sciences librarianship in particular, but also in the wider arena of library and information services is clearly evidenced and to be highly commended.
Caitríona Honohan, MSc ILM, MA, BMus, ALAI
Following a review of: Caitriona's range of practical experience; her ongoing commitment to excellence in the profession through further education, training and conference attendance, and her practical committee involvement in professional library organisations, the assessors have no hesitation in wholeheartedly endorsing her application for election to the Register of Associates. She demonstrates ongoing professionalism and commitment to the Library & Information sector and to her own career development.
Genevieve Larkin, MA, DipLIS, MScILS, ALAI
Genevieve has over 7 years’ experience in the libraries of Marino Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s College and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
She has shown great commitment to professional development by attending conferences and workshops, presenting at SLIP Ireland’s 2016 conference, participating in online courses including Rudai 23, writing for library blogs, engaging with international colleagues via the International Librarian's Network and Erasmus Plus and by acting as secretary of the LAI Career Development Group. She has been an excellent advocate for librarians abroad and at home, presenting in Prague, and winning awards - "Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award" and grants from the Quality Promotion Unit and Teaching & Learning Committee.
Sue Miller, BA(Mod), HDipLis, ALAI
The candidate is a highly experienced professional as evident from her list of current and previous positions. She has sought out opportunities for CPD in all of these roles and has demonstrated her interest in a wide variety of activities. For many years, she volunteered on the SLARI (School Library Association Republic of Ireland) committee, acting as Chair and Secretary, thus showing commitment to the profession. She is a member of the steering group of Bringing2Book, an Arts Council and Children's Books Ireland initiative. This is further evidence of her passion for the community she serves.
Elizabeth Murphy, BA, HDipLIS, ALAI
Elizabeth Murphy has had a very solid career as an Assistant Librarian in the John Paul II Library at Maynooth for two decades. During that time, she has enjoyed a wide range of responsibilities, including managing projects, teams of colleagues and controlling significant budgets.
Her ongoing commitment to Continuous Professional Development is commendable and has given her additional skills to apply to her varied responsibilities. Apart from committee membership of various LIS bodies, she has also written articles in publications such as the New Review of Academic Librarianship and SCONUL Focus.
The assessors are confident that Elizabeth will continue to contribute to the work of the LAI she as an Associate member
Niamh O’Donovan, BA, HDipLIS, ALAI
Niamh has extensive experience working in public libraries since 2003. Her duties have been wide-ranging from branch work to working for an Education and Training Board as a School Librarian. She has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to her own CPD and to the assistance of colleagues’ CPD through presentations and podcasts. She has presented at numerous conferences focusing on information literacy and social media.
The recipient of bursaries to attend events abroad, she has put her attendance to good use.
She demonstrates commitment to the profession in its wider context by her active participation in WRSLAI. In 2015 she was project manager with the WRSLAI for the online learning course for Information Professionals called Rudaí 23.
Órna Roche, MA, MLIS, ALAI
Órna’s application for Associate Membership of the Library Association of Ireland demonstrates: her cumulative work experience; her education qualifications relevant to the profession of librarianship; her CPD, her membership of relevant committees; and her contributions to publications, reports, and Committees.
Her deep involvement with digital librarianship — including cataloguing in non-MARC formats — along with her experience in working with older materials adds value to her application. Her experience in making formal presentations to CONUL, to colleagues, to students, and to conference delegates adds weight to her application.
The assessors felt that the application documentation was well presented, and its content leads them to have no hesitation in recommending that she be awarded ALAI membership.
Stephanie Ronan, MA, MLIS, ALAI
The candidate has been working in the Library and Information Sector since 2011. She has valuable experience from Loughrea Public Library, Gluckman Library (UL), and in the Marine Institute. As a solo librarian at the Marine Institute, the candidate has experienced many facets that encompass the role of the librarian today. These include managing the institutional repository, accounts, cataloguing, management, information literacy. Earlier evidence of training and outreach is impressive.
There is admirable proof of a dedication to CPD over a number of years. Her involvement and commitment to WRSLAI is excellent – from attending her first AGM in 2012 to hosting the event in 2015 and taking on the responsibilities associated with being a committee member, treasurer, and secretary. Not content with her regional work the candidate also sits on the communication board of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres, and is Ireland’s representative in the European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres.
She has helped organise, host and present numerous LIS-related events – most notably her heavy involvement with Rudaí 23. She has also contributed by way of publications and presentations, and helped establish the Repository Network Ireland with Aoife Lawton and Máire Caffrey.
Caroline Rowan, MA, LLB, MLIS, ALAI
Caroline’s post-qualification experience includes roles as Assistant Librarian in the University of Limerick, and as a Librarian in two medical libraries, in Limerick and Dún Laoghaire. She has also contributed to the development of the library profession through working as a Student Tutor/Grader to the School of Information Studies, UCD.
Her record of involvement with professional activities is especially impressive: she was one of the co-developers of Rudai23, and one of the team who established HEAR: Health Evidence Awareness Report, and is active in the HSLG. She shares the role of Communications Officer and as part of this role, she edits and publishes HINT: Health Information News and Thinking, the HSLG newsletter.
Caroline has published and presented extensively and generously shares her knowledge and learning with colleagues.
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