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Introduction to RDA

Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 10:00am

Introduction to RDA 


The Cataloguing and Metadata Group of the LAI and the Western Regional Section of the LAI are delighted to announce a joint training session on RDA(Resource, Description and Access). The training session will take place on:


Thursday, the 24th of September

Glucksman Library

University of Limerick

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to RDA, to establish the identity of the new approach to matters bibliographic then examine the modifications made to MARC 21 to accommodate these changes. The focus will be on RDA type 1 Entities (Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item) and MARC 21 Bibliographic format. A full description and schedule is available online here.

The training session will be lead by Keith Trickey. Keith is lead trainer with Sherrington Sanders and was a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been involved in information work for over thirty years and he has been designing and delivering training for over twenty years.


You can access our Eventbrite page here: This course has proved to be very popular in the past so be sure to get in there early! 


Looking forward to seeing you there!
The CMG and WRSLAI Committees

AGM of the Public Libraries Group

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 10:30am

The AGM of the Public Libraries Group of the LAI will be held on Wednesday 30th September at 10.30am in the Conference Room, Pearse Street Library and Archive.

Before the meeting we have a guest speaker Maya Hanley to give a talk on ‘Now you have social media, what next?’ Maya will be talking on ways to continue to promote your library service through social media and look at Pinterest as a marketing and promotional tool for public libraries.

If you wish to attend this event please email Mary Murphy on

Pearse Street Library and Archive

LAICDG AGM15 Abstract to Audience

Friday, 2 October 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Committee of the LAICDG are delighted to announce our forthcoming AGM. Once again, we are hoping to offer a little more than the average AGM with a full day event, an opportunity for you to get involved in a library-related committee and the chance to meet with your peers and library professionals. This year we are planning to have a workshop about writing a presentation/a poster for a conference. The programme is currently being finalised and will be posted on the LAI website and the LAI CDG social media shortly.

It will be held in the National Library Ireland on Friday 2nd October.

National Library Ireland

The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour - networking event

Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The A&SL are delighted to invite our members to join us for our latest networking event:


The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour on Thursday 08 October from 6:00 – 8:00pm.


The tour visits relevant sites of the 1916 Rebellion around Dublin 1 and 2.

Lorcan Collins, one of the authors of the book The Easter Rising , will be our guide and we will meet at the front entrance to Trinity College at 6:00pm.

This is a free event and open to all A&SL members but ticket numbers are limited so book asap.

The event URL is

Further details of the tour can be found here:

Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2

LAI Public Libraries Section Annual Conference

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 (All day) to Friday, 13 November 2015 (All day)

*Save the date*

The Public Libraries Section Annual Conference will take place in Cork this year from 11th - 13th November.

The programme is currently being finalised and will be posted on the website shortly.


Library Ireland Week 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015 (All day) to Sunday, 22 November 2015 (All day)

**Save the date**

Library Ireland Week will take place this year from week beginning Monday 16th November.

The overall theme is 'literature in libraries'.

More information will be provided over the coming months.


Developing as a Professional: Attaining a Library Association of Ireland (LAI) Award of ALAI and FLAI

Friday, 20 November 2015 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Save the date!

Friday 20th November ... LAI CPD Seminar - Developing as a Professional: Attaining a Library Association of Ireland (LAI) Award of ALAI and FLAI.

This half-day seminar, will provide an insight into the awards of Associateship of the Library Association of Ireland (ALAI) and Fellowship of the Library Association of Ireland (FLAI).  Past recipients of the awards will share their experiences and give insights into the preparation of a portfolio and other aspects of the process.  The mentoring scheme available to applicants will be outlined and there is also an opportunity for mentors and those who have an interest in mentoring, to learn about best practice in mentoring. Full programme TBC.

This event is organised by the LAI  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee.

Pearse St. Library

A&SL Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, 12 February 2016 - 8:30pm


Academic & Special Libraries Section Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016

Smashing Stereotypes: Librarians get loud!

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016 Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8


We all agree that the information profession has changed radically, so what does it mean to be a Librarian in the 21st century? Join the A&SL Committee in 2016 as we explode the myths about Librarianship and celebrate the amazing range and diversity of the information profession. Let’s tell the world who we are, what we do and why we’re needed more than ever before. We want to hear about your unusual career path, your unexpected skills, your hidden talents and your expectation-defying information service. Come on, Librarians – it’s time to get loud! The 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition will run over two days encompassing plenary and parallel sessions, with case studies, workshops, posters and lightning presentations. Join the A&SL Committee and our delegates as we explore the topics, which affect us today, share best practice, and celebrate the innovation of information professionals.

We are welcoming submissions that address any of the following ideas:

• Working in non-traditional roles / sectors

• Embedded Librarianship

• Information jobs of the future

• Skills development and transferable skills •

Promoting your skills

• Advocacy & marketing

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and all submissions that relate to the theme“ SMASHING STEREOTYPES: LIBRARIANS GET LOUD! are welcome.

You can contribute to the conference in one of the following formats

• Case studies

• Workshops or Learning Sessions

• Lightning Presentations

• Posters

Please email for submission forms for Case Studies, Workshops or Learning Sessions, Lightning Presentations and Posters. They include further details and useful information with regard to making a submission.

Closing date Friday 11th September 2015

Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Annual Conference 2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 (All day) to Friday, 15 April 2016 (All day)

Description: Joint Annual Conference for members and non-members - with an interesting mix of speakers, suppliers' exhibition and networking opportunities in beautiful County Kerry

Registration: Opens early 2016 (save the date!)


Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Library Ireland Week 2014 Sponsors