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A&SL Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016

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

Smashing Stereotypes: Librarians get Loud!


Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February, 2016

Conference Programme
Before you register, please have a look at the conference
programme on our new website (or click on the link below
which will take you straight to the programme) and take
some time to consider which parallel case studies and
workshops you would like to attend. You will be asked to
select your choices when you register.!asl2016-programme-/nlr8m

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Please select registration type:
  1. Poster Presenters: €100.00
  2. Lightning Session Presenters: €100.00
  3. Full Delegate Rate (Thurs & Fri) - Non-LAI-member: €235.00
  4. Full Delegate Rate (Thurs & Fri) - LAI-member/Non-A&SL-member: €190.00
  5. Full Delegate Rate (Thurs & Fri) - A&SL-member: €155.00
  6. Full Delegate Rate (Thurs & Fri) - Full-time-students/Unwaged/Retired: €75.00
  7. Day Rate (Thursday Only OR Friday Only) - Non-LAI-member: €165.00
  8. Day Rate (Thursday Only OR Friday Only) - LAI-member/Non-A&SL-member: €130.00
  9. Day Rate (Thursday Only OR Friday Only) - A&SL-member: €110.00
  10. Day Rate (Thursday Only OR Friday Only) - Full-time-students/Unwaged/Retired: €50.00

Click here to register:

Please email for the access code.



1) If you have any questions or concerns about your registration, or
if you are having difficulty accessing your detailed record through
the link above, please
contact Seán Hughes, the Conference Registration Secretary:

2) If you have any questions or concerns about payment for the
conference, or you are having difficulty accessing your invoice
through your registration record, please
contact the A&SL Section Hon. Treasurer, Laoise Doherty:

3) If you have general questions about the conference that are not
directly related to registration or payment, please contact the A&SL
Section Hon. Secretary: - please include 2016 Conference in the
subject field.

LAI Membership & Institutional Membership - Please Note Institutional Members of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) To avail of the LAI Member rate for attendance at LAI events, only the named representative from the Institution can avail of this rate. To avail of the LAI Academic & Special Libraries (A&SL) Section Member rate the institution, in the first instance, must be a member of A&SL Section and then only the named representative from the Institution can avail of this rate. Section 4. (iii) of the LAI’s Memorandum & Articles of Association covers Institutional Members of the LAI. Membership 4. (iii) An institutional member shall be entitled to nominate a representative who may attend meetings of the Association, and on behalf of the library, library school, corporate body, institution or society represented, shall enjoy all the privileges of a member, subject to the provision that such representative, unless he is also a personal member of the Association, shall not be eligible for election to the Council, or to the Office of Chairman/Chairwoman or Honorary Officer of any Section or Group within the Association.

Further information
You can find all the information and updates about the
conference on our website: and on Twitter #ASL2016



We are delighted to announce that Celine Campbell and
Saoirse Reynolds have been awarded the Sponsored Attendee
Bursary which will cover the cost of the conference
delegate fee (including meals) for the 11th and 12th
February 2016. After the conference the successful
sponsored attendees will provide a conference review which
will be disseminated to A&SL membership.


Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

Rare Books Group AGM - 17th February 2016

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 12:30pm

The AGM of the RBG will take place on 17 February 2016. The AGM commences at 12:30 and will be followed this year by a presentation from our guest speaker, Professor James Quinn.


Full details:

•  Time of AGM: 12:30, Wednesday, 17 February 2016;


•  Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2;


•  Guest speaker: Professor James Quinn, Adjunct Professor of History, UCD and General editor of the Dictionary of Irish biography;


•  Title of guest presentation: 'The genesis of 1916: Portraits and lives'.



David Meehan

Secretary of the Rare Books Group (LAI)


Western Regional Section LAI Spring Networking Afternoon

Saturday, 27 February 2016 - 1:00pm



The Western Regional Section of the Library Association are happy to announce our first event of 2016.


Our Spring Networking Afternoon will take place on the 27th of February 2016 in James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway from 1 - 4pm. 


For more information and to book your place, please see link below:  

LAI AGM 2016

Thursday, 24 March 2016 - 11:00am

The AGM of the Library Association of Ireland will take place at 11:00am on Thursday, 24th March 2016 in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Please click here for documentation which includes notice of AGM,  Nomination Forms for the Honorary Officerships of the Association and Nomination Forms for membership of the Council.


Motions for the AGM and Nomination Forms for the Honorary Officerships of the Association and for membership of the Council must be received by the Honorary Secretary not later than Monday, 4th January, 2016.


Dublin: One City One Book 2016 - Belfast and Dublin read Lia Mills' FALLEN

Friday, 1 April 2016 (All day) to Saturday, 30 April 2016 (All day)

@1city1book  #fallen2016

Dublin: One City One Book Festival teams up with Belfast for 2016

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is delighted to announce that Lia Mills’ novel Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016.

For the first time Dublin will team up with Belfast for a Two Cities One Book Festival.  2016 will see a partnership with Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) so that next April readers in Dublin and Belfast will engage with the same book at the same time. The initiative is being launched by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.

Fallen, which tells the story of Dubliners against the backdrop of the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916, is a literary contribution to Dublin City Council’s 1916 centenary programme.

An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said “I am delighted that as part of Dublin City Council’s 1916 commemorations, the Dublin: One City One Book Festival is joining with Belfast city through Libraries NI to celebrate the wonderful novel Fallen by Lia Mills. As a fellow Dubliner, I want to congratulate Lia on this, her third novel, and wish her every success with it.  Tá mé cinnte go mbeidh an-éileamh ar an leabhar  agus go mbainfidh léitheoirí Bhéal Feirste agus Bhaile Átha Cliath taitneamh as an úrscéal staire fíorthráthúil seo.  I congratulate Dublin City Libraries for this first time collaboration with Libraries NI.”

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said:

‘There are many ways to tell the stories of 1916. Historians will provide us with the factual accounts of the events of the Rising, but novelists like Lia Mills can add layers to that narrative. By focusing on personal stories, with which we can all identify, we can discover what daily life was like for the citizens who were caught up in a series of tumultuous events which changed this country forever. I am delighted that this book has been chosen for next year as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, the moment when we as a nation will commemorate the events of 1916.’

Commenting on the project, Irene Knox, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, said:

 “This is a great opportunity to encourage people in both cities to read and discuss the same book and the project supports one of Libraries NI’s core aims of promoting reading and literature. The timeframe and the chosen book is particularly relevant considering next year’s planned commemorative events for the Decade of Commemorations for World War One and for the Easter Rising, both significant historical events which form the backdrop of the novel.”

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes says “Dublin: One City One Book 2016 will be the eleventh year of this annual programme . Fallen is a novel which through its characters, plot and narrative tells the story of ordinary Dubliners caught up in the historic events of Easter 1916 and is a perfect choice for Dublin: One City One Book 2016. I am especially pleased that readers in Dublin and Belfast will jointly  explore this book and share their  reading experiences in a first time collaboration of ‘Two Cities, One Book’.

Lia Mills said, “I’m delighted that Fallen has been chosen for the Dublin: One City One Book festival in 2016. The festival is such a positive boost – for books and for readers. I wanted this novel to explore a fresh perspective, starting with the question: what would it be like to find your city taken over by forces you don’t recognise? The participation of Libraries NI adds a new and exciting dimension to the festival. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do."

Fallen is the third novel from Dublin author Lia Mills. Through the experiences of its central character Katie Crilly, the novel explores the challenges of day to day living in a conflict situation alongside contextual subjects such as education and votes for women.  It vividly depicts the various and conflicting allegiances faced by Irish soldiers in the First World War and those supporting the cause of the rebellion.

A full programme of events in both cities, offering opportunities to engage with Fallen in a range of contexts, will be announced in March 2016.

Since its inception in 2006, the Dublin: One City One Book Festival has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April. The initiative is led by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of Dublin’s  UNESCO City of Literature designation and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

Jane Alger, Director, Dublin City Libraries’ UNESCO City of Literature Office

M. 087 959 0010

Twitter: @1city1book     Facebook: /DublinOneCityOneBook

The announcement follows a highly successful Dublin: One City One Book Festival in 2015. The book choice was The BarrytownTrilogy by Roddy Doyle. Events booked out quickly and the books in the trilogy were among the most borrowed books from Dublin’s public libraries this year.

Previous books featured in are At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’ Brien (2006), A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry (2007), Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (2008), Dracula by Bram Stoker (2009), A Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (2010), Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (2011), Dubliners by James Joyce (2012), Strumpet City by James Plunkett (2013) and If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth (2014).

The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D., is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.


Full details of the Ireland 2016 programme is available at



Dublin and Belfast

LAI/CILIP Ireland Annual Joint Conference 2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 5:00pm to Friday, 15 April 2016 - 2:00pm

"Survive and Thrive": Strategies for Success

Annual Joint 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

HSLG Annual Conference 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, 13 May 2016 - 4:00pm


The 2016 HSLG Annual Conference will be held on 12 & 13 May 2015 in Dublin

The theme of this conference will be “Advancing Health Library Skill Sets ”. 

More details to follow soon

Athlone, Sheraton Hotel

Library Ireland Week 2015