Subscribe to Syndicate

CDG and A&SL present: Library Leadership Workshop

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 (All day)
The LAI’s Career Development Group (CDG) in collaboration with the Academic & Special Libraries Section (A&SL) are pleased to announce a 
Library Leadership Workshop
taking place on Wednesday March 29th, with Andy Priestner as trainer and facilitator:
“A one-day course for emerging or new leaders in librarianship designed to explore what effective leadership involves and to open up discussion and debate on different approaches. The course focuses specifically on what is required of leaders in libraries based on the current state of the industry and the opinions of library directors from all over the world.”
Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Date and times: Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Ticket prices: €65 for LAI members and €85 for non-members. Lunch and tea/coffee included.
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

LAI/CILIP Annual Ireland Joint Conference 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 (All day) to Friday, 31 March 2017 (All day)

Dynamic Innovative Libraries: Connecting with the User: LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Conference and Exhibition Dates: 29th March – 31st March 2017


The Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, County Offaly

Connect with us #LAI2017


The LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Conference will be held this year in Tullamore, County Offaly.

The programme this year explores our connection with users.  Should we watch rather than listen?  We are facing unprecedented technological change and our speakers will challenge us to be dynamic and innovative delivering quality services with our users central to the development of our services.

Speakers include Andy Priestner, Librarian/Freelance Consultant in UX, teambuilding and leadership,Jukka Relander (Finnish Library Service) President EBLIDA and Kate Kelly, Director of Library Services, RCSI.

The draft programme is available /sites/default/files/documents/DRAFT%20conference%20programme.docx


Delegate rates start from €100.  

To book accommodation: Please contact the Tullamore Court hotel, Tullamore Co. Offaly at 057 934 6666, or contact us via email:

The reference/code for booking rooms is: The Library Association of Ireland Conference


To book the conference please follow link:


We are also delighted to announce a Poster competition. Further details are here: 

POSTER Competition

Dynamic Innovative Libraries: Connecting with the User: LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Conference
29th March – 31st March 2017
The Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, County Offaly

The Conference Committee invites you to submit a poster presentation regarding the themes of this year’s conference. Perhaps this could be a chance for you to highlight a service your library does, or distill your knowledge on one topic into a poster. Possible themes include:

- Dynamic Libraries
- Libraries and Change
- Innovation in Libraries
- Innovative Library Services
- Connecting with the User
- User Experience (UX)
- User-oriented libraries/library services

If you wish to submit a poster and your theme is not listed, please feel free to contact Mark at to discuss further.

- Deadline for the receipt of the hard copy poster is Thursday 23rd March
- Posters should be A0 (84.1 x 118.9cm, 33.11 x 46.81 inches)
- Posters should be laminated
- Posters may not have been exhibited previously
- Multiple people may collaborate on one poster
- Posters must be the entrant’s own work and the services of commercial graphic designers cannot be used
- The prize for best poster is a €100 One-For-All voucher

To submit, please contact Mark at with POSTER Sub LAI Conf 2017 in the subject line.

When submitting, please make sure to include the title of your poster, your contact details, and whether or not you will be attending the conference in person.




Public Lecture

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 2:30am

Free Library Event: Guest Lecture by Alan Carbery “Fake news is an Oxymoron, and a LibGuide won’t cut it”

Location: Dublin City Library, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Date: April 6th, 2:30pm. Refreshments served from 2:00pm


The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) in association with the CONUL Teaching and Learning Group and the LAI Taskforce on Literacies are delighted to host a guest talk by Alan Carbery, Associate Director, Champlain College, Vermont, USA, with an introduction from Dr Claire McGuinness.



Please register before April 1st at


Lecture Abstract: The pollsters got Brexit and the US Presidential election very wrong and a sitting president wages war on freedom of the press with claims of “alternative facts” and fake news. It’s time for us to reimagine information literacy away from a library-centric approach, towards a real-world, information-centric model for informed citizenship. This talk will posit a new approach for our profession that draws upon critical theory and social justice for real-world information literacy. Alan will frame his approach to information literacy instruction that places filter bubbles and echo chambers, gender inequality, and racism and social activism before the library catalogue.


About Alan: Alan is the Associate Library Director in Champlain College, a private college in Burlington, Vermont (home of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream and Bernie Sanders). Champlain College was awarded ACRL's Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, in part because of its innovative information literacy teaching. Alan oversees the College's programme of information literacy instruction, which is embedded in college curriculum, and reaches every single  student seven times throughout their undergraduate studies. Alan has lived and worked in Vermont since 2013. Before packing his bags for the US, Alan worked in Waterford IT Library for seven years, helping to embed information literacy in the nursing and engineering programs using a problem-based approach to teaching. He also worked in libraries in the Food Safety Authority and Bord Bia - the Irish Food Board. Alan's work involves innovative teaching practice, reflective practice, assessment and positive organization development. Alan is the incoming chair of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries Committee, as well as a member of the editorial board ofCollege & Research Libraries.