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Previous seminars on attaining a Library Association of Ireland (LAI) Award

Description: These half-day seminars, certified by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) provided an insight into the awards of Associateship of the Library Association of Ireland (ALAI) and Fellowship of the Library Association of Ireland (FLAI).  Past recipients of the awards shared their experiences and gave insights into the preparation of a portfolio and other aspects of the process.  The mentoring scheme available to applicants was outlined and there was also an opportunity for mentors and those who have an interest in mentoring, to learn about best practice in mentoring. 

These events were organised by the LAI Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee. Presentations from these events are available below.



Friday 20th November 2015, 10:00 – 13:00

09.45-10.00 :  Registration and Coffee

10.00-10.10 :  Welcome Address
Dr Philip Cohen, President, Library Association of Ireland

10.10-10.25 :  First Steps on the Journey towards Professional Qualification
Deirdre Ellis-King, ALAI, FLAI, Past-President LAI will give the background to LAI Awards

10.25-11.15 :  One Organisation’s Experience of Supporting the ALAI & FLAI Process
Staff of Maynooth University will speak from an organisational and personal perspective on the benefits of  undertaking LAI Awards - Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian , Barbara McCormack, Librarian, Special Collection & Russell Library and Hugh Murphy, Senior Librarian, Collection Management Services

11.15-11.30 :  Break

11.30-12.15 :  Developing a Submission for the Award of FLAI & ALAI
Gillian Kerins, Librarian, Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Mary Murphy, Executive Librarian, Ashbourne Library, Meath County Library and Laoise Doherty, Assistant Librarian, Royal Irish Academy of Music, shared their personal approach to attaining an Award

12.15-12.45 :  Mentoring: A Shared Experience
Jane Burns, FLAI, RCSI and Leona Burgess, Assistant Librarian, Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety, N.I. told us about their shared approach to mentoring as Mentor and as Mentee 

12.45-13.15 :  Mentoring for FLAI: Best Practice for Mentors
Dr Eva Hornung, CDETB Curriculum Development Unit/TCD  practical experience of mentoring in the field of professional librarianship

13.15-13.30 :  Roundtable Discussion and Close 




The Role of the LAI in my Professional Development, Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian, Maynooth University.

Experience of the ALAI Process, Aoife Lawton, HSE, Grace Toland, Irish Traditional Music Archive, Laura Connaughton, Maynooth University. Chaired by Deirdre-Ellis King, ALAI, FLAI, Past-President LAI.

Developing as a Professional:Attaining the LAI (FLAI) Award - Completing a submission for the award of FLAI, Jane Burns, FLAI, RCSI and Dr Eva Hornung, CDU/TCD.

Library Association of Ireland Developing as a Professional: Attaining an LAI Award : Support on the Journey via the Mentoring Scheme for ALAI & FLAI, Deirdre Ellis-King, ALAI, FLAI, Past-President LAI.

Mentoring for FLAI:Meeting candidate needs, a model of best practice, Trevor Peare, FLAI, Keeper (Readers’ Services), Trinity College Library Dublin.