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SLIP Ireland Student Conference 2017

Saturday, 25 February 2017 (All day)


We are delighted to announce the second annual SLIP Ireland Student Conference!

The theme this year is "Connecting the Dots: From Study to Practice" and we have a great line-up including presentations and posters from current students and recent graduates, not one but two panel discussions about library school, research and practice, and of course time for tea, coffee & refreshments. We welcome all those working in or interested in the broad field of library & information studies.

Please join us in Dublin City Library & Archive on Saturday 25th February and register for a free ticket on our Eventbrite page here:

SLIP Ireland blog:

Twitter: @SLIPIreland

Facebook: @StudentLibrariansIreland

Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

LAI AGM 2017 and event

Thursday, 9 March 2017 (All day)
The Library Association of Ireland AGM will be held in the Pearse Street Public Library, Dublin 2 on Thursday 9th March, starting at 11am.  Tea and biscuits will be available from 10.30am.
Immediately following the formal business, Caitriona Sharkey, Associate Director, EY and part-time lecturer, Dublin Business School will speak on the changing role of librarians and the skill sets they require.  This will be of particular interest to anyone curious about the future of libraries and of librarianship itself.
The addition of a speaker at the AGM is a new departure for the Association and we hope it will encourage more members to attend.
All are welcome.



The Professor John Dean Annual Public Debate

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 6:00pm
Aoife Lawton and Philip Cohen will launch the 'Professor John Dean Annual Public Debate'  from 6pm to 8.30pm on 15th March:
Hashtag for the night - #jdd2017 (John Dean Debate)
The event promises to be both entertaining and thought-provoking.
All are welcome.  Attendance is free but booking is required.
The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Your Professional Knowledge and Skills Base - LAI CPD PKSB Event

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Library Association of Ireland Education CPD Committee are delighted to invite you to attend a PKSB event

on Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 in the Pearse Street Library 2pm-4pm.

Thinking about applying for ALAI/FLAI and don't know where to start?
Need help with your performance review at work and don't know how to structure it?
Wonder what the "Professional Knowledge and Skills Base" (PKSB) is all about?
Then come along!

Join colleagues within the Library and Information field for an afternoon of lively discussions and workshops sharing expertise and knowledge on PKSB.

Confirmed speakers - Neil Kettles, Mairea Nelson and Laura Connaughton.

This event is free, but please register here:

View and download a brochure here:


LAI/CILIP Annual Ireland Joint Conference 2017

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

*** Save the date! ***


The LAI/CILIP Ireland Annual Joint Conference will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from the evening of Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st March 2017.


More information to follow.


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.