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Digitisation of Special Collections

Friday, 27 November 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

This year's LAI Rare Books Group Seminar on 'Digitisation of Special Collections' takes place in the Chester Beatty Library on 27 November 2015. The full line up and schedule is set out below.


10:00 – 10:30      REGISTRATION

10:30 – 11:00      ‘Digitising the Abbey Theatre Archive: a 110 year journey through Ireland’s National Theatre’
Aisling Keane (Archivist, NUI, Galway)

11:00 – 11:30      ‘Down Survey Project’
Dr. Micheál Ó Siochrú (Department of History, TCD)

11:30 – 11:40      Q&A

11:40 – 12:10      COFFEE (provided)

12:10 – 12:40      ‘UCD Digital Library: selection/niche collections’
Julia Barrett (Research Services Manager, UCD) and Eugene Roche (Assistant Librarian, Cultural Heritage and Special Collections, UCD)

12:40 – 12:50      Q&A

12:50 – 14:00      LUNCH (own arrangement)

14:00 – 14:30      ‘The NLI Web Archive’
Joanna Finegan (Assistant Keeper, Digital Library & Information Systems, NLI)

14:30 – 15:00      ‘Teresa Deevy Digital Archive’
Padraic Stack (Digital Humanities Support Office, Maynooth U) and
Barbara McCormack (Special Collections Librarian, Maynooth U)

15:00 – 15:20      Q&A and closing comments

15:20                     CLOSE OF SEMINAR


Attendance costs are €30 for LAI members, €35 for non-LAI members and €15 for students and retirees. There is a special rate of €25 per person for 3 or more bookings from the same institution.

Four free places are reserved for unemployed LAI members on a first come, first served basis.


Please note that tea/coffee will be provided during the morning break. Lunch will not be provided, and attendees are invited to make their own arrangements.


To reserve a place, please email me at

Chester Beatty Library

Youth Library Group AGM

Friday, 4 December 2015 - 11:00am


Youth Library Group AGM


The YLG AGM will be held at 11am on Friday 4th December in Carrickmacross Library, Civic Centre, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.


The group meets approximately 3-4 times per year, including seminars/talks and AGM.


Ø  The group organises an annual Seminar/Talk in relation to Library Services to young people.


Ø  The group has been involved with the annual Children's Book Festival for many years.


Ø  Members of the committee are involved in other national committees/task forces relating to young people.


Ø  If you are interested in Library Services for young people and would like to get involved with the Youth Library Group, please come along to the AGM by contacting the YLG Secretary at before Wednesday 2nd December.


Ø  If you are unable to attend but wish to be on the YLG committee please forward your nomination to the YLG Secretary before Wednesday 2nd December at 5pm


Please pass this email to staff in your organization who maybe interested in the Youth Library Group

Carrickmacross Library, Civic Centre, Carrickmacross, Co.Monaghan


Monday, 14 December 2015 - 11:00am

The Western Regional Section will host their AGM & networking morning on 14th December 2015, 11am- 12.30pm, in the Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway. 

All are welcome to attend, especially anyone interested in joining our vibrant and active committee, and of course any of our Rudaí 23 participants.

Niamh O'Donovan will present an update and synopsis on Rudaí 23.

If you would like to attend please email us on

Expect some tea, coffee and festive treats. Christmas jumpers/Santa hats are optional attire. 

Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway

A&SL Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016 - SPONSORED ATTENDEE BURSARY

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.

This year we’re offering a special Early Bird rate for the
month of November 2015!!!

Thursday & Friday     €140
Thursday OR Friday   €100

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.

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


Academic & Special Libraries Section Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016

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.


The Academic & Special Libraries Section (A&SL) of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) is pleased to offer a bursary to cover attendance at the 2016 Annual Conference.

For the successful applicant, the bursary will cover the cost of the conference delegate fee (including meals) for the 11th and 12th February 2016.  Travel costs up to a maximum of €100 will be reimbursed upon production of receipts.  Please note accommodation costs will not be covered. All expenses claims must be submitted to the A&SL Hon. Treasurer by 1st March 2016.


After the conference, the successful sponsored attendee will be expected to provide a conference review of approximately 300-500 words which will be disseminated to A&SL membership.


Applicants must be available to attend on both days of the conference.

Committee members and previous recipients are not eligible to apply.

Applications will be reviewed and judged by the members of A&SL Committee.

Please email for submission forms for the attendee bursary. Please put "2016 Conference Sponsored Attendee Bursary" in the subject field of the email.

Closing date Friday 20th November 2015

Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

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 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 2015