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Past Events of the A&SL Section – 2007

Academic & Special Libraries Section, Government Libraries Section & Health Sciences Libraries Group

held a Joint Christmas Networking Evening in the Royal Irish Academy on Tuesday, 11th December 2007 with a drinks reception from 6 p.m.

Siobhán Fitzpatrick gave a talk on her role as Librarian in the Royal Irish Academy and the evolving/changing role of Librarians and Information Professionals at 6.30 p.m.

The aim of the Informal Network Evenings is to provide members with opportunity to meet other librarians and information professionals to share niews, views and experience.


The Academic & Special Libraries Section and Meitheál Oibre na Gaeilge held a half-day seminar on Thursday, 8 November 2007:

An Gaeilge sa Leabharlann / Promoting the Use of Irish in Libraries in the Green Room, Mercer Hotel, Lower Mercer St, Dublin 2

Presentations in pdf:

An Gaeilge sa Leabharlann & an tAcht Teanga/The Use of Irish in Libraries & the Impact of the Official Languages Act by Seán Ó Suilleabháin, Meitheál Oibre na Gaeilge Committee & Leitrim County Librarian

Cnaipi Riomhaire/WebOPAC buttons in Irish by Niamh Walker-Headon, Meitheál Oibre na Gaeilge Committee, Secretary Cataloguing & Indexing Group and Systems Librarian, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Cataloguing Documents in Irish by Monica Crump (Head of Bibliographic Services) & Patricia Ffrench (Assistant Librarian), NUI Galway


Guided tour of Marsh’s Library on Thursday, 23rd August 2007


We met afterwards in the Lord Edward pub.

The aim of the Informal Networking Evenings is to provide you with the opportunity to meet other librarians and information professionals, to share news, views and experiences.

Where & When: Thursday, 23rd August 2007 at 6.00pm. Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8. Cost €5 (were donated to Marsh’s Library)


The Annual General Meeting of the Academic and Special Libraries Section took place on Thursday, 7th June 2007 at 6.30pm in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.


Terry O’Brien delivered a presentation (PowerPoint) on the

LAI Working Group on Information Literacy (WGIL).

Terry is the Secretary of WGIL & Deputy Librarian in Waterford Institute of Technology.

The A&SL Committee hosted a reception at 6pm.

The agenda for the AGM was as follows:

1. Drinks reception

2. Welcome/Introduction

3. Keynote Speaker

Terry O’Brien, Secretary of the LAI Working Group on Information Literacy (WGIL) delivered a presentation about the work of the Group to date.  WGIL was established by the LAI to recommend strategies for the development of information skills education at both a theoretical and practical level in the Library and Information Services sector in Ireland.  Terry is the Deputy Librarian at the Waterford Institute of Technology.

4. Review of the Year

5. Financial Report




6. Q&A Session


ANNUAL SEMINAR   Shifting Sands: Experiencing Change in the Library & Information Environment   Thursday, 19 April 2007   National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street



ABOUT THE SEMINAR   Libraries today exist and operate in a rapidly changing environment. These changes affect all librarians and information professionals, and it is widely recognised that change is important to the survival and success of any library. On a daily basis we deal with new technologies, organisational restructuring, budget cuts, personnel shortages and the changing information needs of our customers. Some librarians are at the receiving end of change while some are responsible for managing change and its impact on others. This seminar provided an opportunity for librarians and information professionals from all sectors to consider the effects of change on both our professional development and on the environments in which we work. The speakers looked at the theories and models of change, and case studies were presented on how change management processes had been implemented in two different library settings. The workshops focussed on a typical change situation and delegates had a chance to discuss what can be done to facilitate change and what competencies are needed to survive in this changing environment.  

The speakers’ presentations:            Prof. Sheila Corrall, Head of Department and Professor of Librarianship & Information Management, University of Sheffield: Achieving change: theory and practice [corrall, pdf, 99kb]  

Dr. Philip Cohen, Head of Library Services, Dublin Institute of Technology: Grangegorman: A case study of change? [cohen1, pdf, 480kb; cohen2, pdf, 160kb; cohen3, pdf, 480kb; cohen4, pdf, 416kb; cohen5, pdf, 256kb]


Jane Clavin, Knowledge Centre Manager, A&L Goodbody Solicitors: Redesigning and Branding a Special Library [clavin, pdf, 352kb]



A meeting in the series of informal networking evenings was held in Cork on Monday, 12th March 2007 in the Imperial Hotel.

Cronán Ó Doibhlin, Head of Special Collections, Archives & Repository Services at the Boole Library, UCC, gave a talk on George Boole and his papers at 7pm, and the A&SL Committee hosted a Reception from 6.30pm.

The aim of the Informal Networking Evenings is to provide you with the opportunity to meet other librarians and information professionals, to share news, views and experiences.

Where & When: The Duchess Room, Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork

Cost €5 (paid on the night)



Thursday, 8th March for Librarians in Accountancy, Tax & Legal firms- 8.30am

Hosted by the Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI and sponsored by the Irish Taxation Institute. Held in the offices of the Irish Taxation Institute.

Invitation only



Wednesday, 7th March for students in UCD SILS – 8.30am-10.30am

Hosted by the Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI and sponsored by Arup Engineering.

Invitation only