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Public Libraries Conference 2015

Press release: Public Libraries Conference 2015

The Public Libraries Conference runs from the 11th – 13th November in the Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton, County Cork.
The theme this year is ‘Enlighten, Enrich, Engage: Learning, Culture and Community in Public Libraries’
The theme ties in with many of the issues raised in ‘Opportunities for all’ and includes a panel of speakers on library and arts funding,
a literary awards panel which includes speakers from the IMPAC award, The Bord Gais Book Awards and the Greenaway Award.
Other speakers include a representative from the Europeana Library speaking about the work of the library and the online cultural archive.
There will also be talks in the refurbished Cobh Library which includes an update on the Offaly Open Libraries initiative.
The winner of the Public Libraries Section Project Prize will also be announced. The Conference concludes with the popular ‘My Life in Books Panel’ where authors discuss their favourite works.
Draft Programme (Subject to change)
Wednesday, 12th November
6pm - Arrival, Registration and Dinner
8pm - Dinner
Followed by Table Quiz
Thursday 12th November
9.00-10.00    “How to Enlighten, Enrich and Engage: Who Says Nothing Ever Happens in Libraries!”, Richard Bealing, Wigan Libraries    
10.00-1015   Exhibitor Lightning Sessions   
10.15-11.00 Europena/Richie Farrell  
11.00-11.30  Coffee    
11.20-11.35  Exhibitor Lightning Sessions
11.30-12.30  Funding..The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Discussion Panel   
12.30 1.15  3 Shortlisted Projects from the LAI Project Prize    
1.15-1.30 Exhibitor Lightning Sessions
1.30pm - Lunch
2.15pm - Visit to Cobh Library, including
                Marjorie Sliney “Writing for An Leabharlann”
                Sandra Turner “Update on Open Libraries” in Co. Offaly
                Eileen O’Brien “The Year of Light”
4pm – Visit to Middleton Distillery
7.30pm – Pre-dinner Drinks Reception
8pm - Conference Dinner
Friday 13th November
9.30am – 10.00am Ann Phelan, Junior Minister (TBC)
10.00am – 10.45am “ Book Awards: The Power and the Glory” Major Books Awards Panel Discussion
10.45am – 11.00am  Exhibitor Lightning Sessions  
11.00-11.30  Coffee    
11.30am – 12.15pm One to One Digital/Age and Opportunity
12.15pm – 1.00pm My Life in Books Panel with
                                Tara Flynn
                                Louise O’Neill
                                Padraig O’Ruairc
1.00pm Lunch

Rates for the conference are as follows:

Full conference Delegate: 299.00 Euro

This includes B&B on Wednesday & Thursday evening, dinner and Gala Dinner on Wednesday & Thursday evening, lunches on Thursday & Friday and teas and coffees.

Thursday & Friday Delegate rate: 179.00 Euro

This includes Thursday evening B&B, Gala Dinner, lunches on Thursday & Friday with teas and coffees.

Day Delegate Rate: 69.00 Euro

Includes lunch with teas and coffees.

Gala Dinner Rate: 45.00 Euro.

Please contact Melanie Cunningham  or call 051 849601 to book a place.

Twitter: @LAIpublic

Public Libraries Committee 2015/2016 

Chairperson: Mary Murphy, Meath County Council Library Service

Vice Chair: Emer Donaghue, Galway County Council Library Service

Treasurer –Pat Lonergan, Kildare County Libraries, Jackie McIntyre Laois Library Service

Secretary – Melanie Cunningham, Waterford City Libraries

Members of the Committee 2015/16

  • Jo Vahey
  • John Shortall

ActivitiesThe Public Libraries Section of the Library Association of Ireland represents all library grades from Branch Librarian to Senior Executive Librarian. The Section’s Committee, which meets a number of times a year, is made up of members from across the country and aims to be as geographically representative as possible.

It concerns itself with matters relevant to all the afore-mentioned grades, but is particularly interested in the provision of ongoing training for library staff. To this end, the Section organises an Annual Conference, open to all library grades, every Autumn, which this year is to be held in Cork.

The Section also endeavours to arrange occasional seminars and visits at other times of the year, when possible. In order to continue to provide these activities, the Public Libraries’ Section urgently needs new and interested members for our committee.