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5th International Summit of the Book

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 (All day) to Thursday, 3 November 2016 (All day)

The 5th International Summit of the Book will take place in Limerick from the 2nd - 3rd November 2016. Booking details are available at


***Call for papers*** The closing date for submissions is the 30th September 2016. Full details are avaialble:


The International Summit of the Book is a US Library of Congress initiative which is supported by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Libraries Northern Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the Society of National, College and University Libraries (SCONUL), the Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) and other partners.


The International Summit of the Book is one of the important initiatives launched by the US Library of Congress to emphasize the key position of the book and libraries in preserving national cultural identities and human civilization. The inaugural Summit took place in Washington D.C. on 6–7 December 2012. Every year, the Summit is held in a city that has a global cultural impact—namely Washington, Singapore, and Paris in the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively. Last year this important cultural event was held for the first time in Africa and the Arab world- in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt under the theme “Books, Reading, and Technology”.


Taking inspiration from Samuel Beckett- one of our most eminent writers, the theme for this year’s Summit is ‘Words are all we have,the Book: history, knowledge and technology, the Voyage.  International eminent figures, intellectuals, and library professionals from around the World will participate in this event.


The Summit will discuss key issues on technology and manuscripts, including the role of translation in the preservation and transmission of culture, and the book as an important tool in cultural exchange. The Summit will also discuss the development of books into electronic formats, and its impact on reading; the challenges facing books and the publishing industry and the role of books and reading in societies.



LAI Public Libraries Conference

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 (All day) to Friday, 11 November 2016 (All day)


*** A date for your diary! ***


This year's LAI Public Libraries Conference will take place from 9th -11th November in the Faithlegg House Hotel, Waterford

The theme of the conference is ‘Innovators and Creators: Public Libraries as Evolving Architectural, Technological, Social and Community Spaces’.

Information on the conference programme and on booking your place will be made available closer to the date.




LAI Public Libraries Section AGM

Thursday, 10 November 2016 - 4:00am


The AGM of the LAI Public Libraries Section will be held on 10th November at Carrickpherish Library, Waterford at 4pm.

New members of the committee are welcome.

If you would like more information, please contact Mary Murphy at 01 8358185.


Rare Books Group Annual Seminar

Friday, 25 November 2016 (All day)


'Book Collecting in Ireland and Britain, 1650-1850'


Friday, 25 November 2016


Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2


*This event is organised by the Rare Books Group in conjunction with the British Book History Research Network and the Edward Worth Library, Dublin.




10.00: Registration


10.30-11.30: Ireland:

  • Dr Bernadette Cunningham (Royal Irish Academy): ‘Manuscripts and books in the lives of Tadhg Ó Rodaighe and Roderic O’Flaherty’
  • Barbara McCormack (Maynooth University): ‘The Otway-Maurice collection: Ecclesiastical collecting in late seventeenth to mid eighteenth-century Ireland’


11.30-12.00: Coffee break


12.00-1.00: Scotland and Wales:

  • Dr Karen Baston (University of Edinburgh): ‘Two Eighteenth-Century Scottish Lawyers’ Libraries: Lord Tinwald, Lord Alva, and their Book Collections’
  • Thomas Lloyd: ‘Country House collecting in eighteenth-century Wales’


1.00-2.00 Lunch


2.00-3.00: England:

  • Dr David Pearson (Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries at the City of London Corporation): ‘Motives for book collecting in late seventeenth-century England’
  • Dr Rebecca Bowd (Special Collections, Leeds University Library): ‘Lending Libraries in Georgian Leeds, 1768-1815’


3.00-3.30: Coffee break


3.30-4.30: Keynote Lecture:

  • Professor Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen (University of St. Andrew’s): ‘The Library as a Weapon of State. The Fagel Collection in Dublin’
  • Respondent: Professor Michael Brown (Chair of Irish, Scottish and Enlightenment History, University of Aberdeen)


5.00: Launch of Dr Karen Attar’s The Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (London: Facet, 2016)


Seminar fee: LAI members €40; non-LAI members €50; Students/retirees: €20; Four free places for unwaged LAI members on first-come, first-served basis.

Registration: Please email the RBG Secretary at (please indicate your fee status).


Library Ireland Week 2016

Monday, 28 November 2016 (All day) to Sunday, 4 December 2016 (All day)

*Save the date*

Academic & Special Libraries Section Annual Conference & Exhibition 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017 (All day) to Friday, 17 February 2017 (All day)


Academic & Special Libraries Section Annual Conference & Exhibition 2017

The Sociable Librarian: Connecting & Creating Communities 


Thursday 16th (half day) & Friday 17th February, 2017

Radisson Blue Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8
In 2016, we smashed the stereotype of the lonely
librarian. Join us in 2017 as we celebrate the sociable
Traditionally the role of the librarian was to connect
people with information but our role has evolved to now
include connecting people with people. The library
profession is full of sociable and socially-minded people
who care about their user communities and who often create
new ones. We build communities by communicating and
connecting people within our organisations and beyond. We
network with each other which strengthens and enriches us
as a profession. Being sociable is an integral part of
being a librarian today.
The A&SL Committee invites submissions on the following
topics or any others that may be relevant to the theme:
Communication skills
Communities of practice
Supporting and empowering communities
Marketing and promotion of resources and services
Social media
Journal Clubs
Event Management/Exhibitions
Sociable library spaces
Professional networking
Training and Facilitating
“Great libraries build communities.” R. David Lankes
You can contribute to the conference in one of the
following formats
•       Case Study
•       Workshop or Learning Session
•       Lightning Presentation
•       Poster
Please find email for submission forms for Case Studies,
Workshops/Learning Sessions, Lightning Presentations, and
Posters.  They include further details and useful
information with regard to making a submission.
Closing Date: Friday 16th September, 2016
Radisson Blue Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8