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  • Library Association of IrelandCumann Leabharlann na hireann


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  • The Library Association of IrelandCumann Leabharlann na hireann

    53 Upper Mount StreetDublin 2

    Annual Report 2010The Library Association of Ireland 2011

    ISSN: 0791-6248www.libraryassociation.ieDesign by David CookePrinted by Dual Print

    Cover: Seamus Heaney launches Library Ireland Week.

  • Honorary Officers and Executive Board 2010/2011 4Foreword 5Annual General Meeting 2010 7

    Resolutions passed at the meeting for actionby the Executive Board 8

    Special Resolution to effect change to the Memorandumof the Library Association of Ireland 9

    Presentation of ALAI and FLAI Certificates 10Presentation of LAI pins to Past Presidents 10

    LAI/cilip Ireland Joint Conference 2010 11Library Ireland Week 14

    The Tree of Knowledge has Many Branches 2010 14Smart People use Smart Libraries 2011 15

    Dublin Libraries welcome Regional LibraryDirectors from the Czech Republic 16

    Information Literacy Award 17Reports on work of Task Forces 18

    Business Development Plan 2011 2014 18Employment Support 19Information Literacy 20Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Library

    Association of Ireland 20Website 21Membership of Task Forces 21

    Committees and Panels of the Executive Board 22Education Committee 22European and International Panel 22Finances and General Purposes Committee 22North South Liaison Committee 22

    Representing the Association 23

    Reports on Submissions and Representations 24Submission to the Local Government

    Efficiency Review Group 24Your Country Your Call: Library Research Skills

    Proposal 24Response to The public library and the school

    research report 24Irish Blue Shield Committee 25

    Groups and Sections 26The Academic and Special Libraries Section (A&SL) 26Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) 26County and City Librarians Section (CCLS) 27Genealogy and Local Studies Group (GenLoc) 28Government Libraries Section (GLS) 29Health Sciences Libraries Group (HSLG) 29Meitheal Oibre na Gaeilge 30Munster Regional Section 31Prison Libraries Group (PrLG) 31Public Libraries Section 32Rare Books Group (RBG) 32Western Regional Section (WRSLAI) 33Youth Libraries Group (YLG) 34

    Obituary 35Membership Statistics 35Acknowledgements 35Membership List 36

    Personal Members 36Institutional Members 39

    Register of Library Association of IrelandAward Holders 40


    COLICO Committee for Library Co-operation inIreland

    DCU Dublin City UniversityHRB Health Research BoardHSE Health Services ExecutiveNUIG National University of Ireland GalwayNUIM National University of Ireland Maynooth

    NLI National Library of IrelandTCD Trinity College DublinUCC University College CorkUCD University College DublinUCD SILS University College Dublin,

    School of Information & Library Studies UL University of Limerick

    \ Contents

    \ List of Abbreviations

    The following abbreviations are used within the text of the report:

  • Honorary Officers 2010/2011

    President: Siobhn Fitzpatrick, Librarian, Royal IrishAcademy

    Vice-Presidents: Fionnuala Hanrahan, County Librarian,Wexford County Library ServiceJane Cantwell, City Librarian, Waterford

    City Council Library ServiceHon. Secretary: Kieran Swords, Acting Senior Executive

    Librarian, South Dublin County LibrariesHon. Treasurer: Catherine Gallagher, Acting Executive

    Librarian, South Dublin County Libraries(co-opted at April meeting of the ExecutiveBoard)

    Hon. Auditor: Gerard Maher, County Librarian, LaoisCounty Library Service

    Executive Board 2010/2011

    Jane Cantwell, Waterford City Council Library ServicePhilip Cohen, Dublin Institute of TechnologyAisling Donnelly, Kildare County Council Library and Arts ServiceJoseph Donnelly, Judges LibraryDeirdre Ellis-King, Dublin City Public Libraries (retired May

    2010)Louise Farragher, Health Research BoardSiobhn Fitzpatrick, Royal Irish Academy (Chair)Ruth Flanagan, Retired ( formerly Cork County Library and Arts

    Services)Fionnuala Hanrahan, Wexford County Library ServiceMargaret Hayes, Dublin City Public LibrariesSen Hughes, Trinity College DublinPat Lonergan, Kildare County Council Library and Arts ServiceMary Murphy, Meath County Council Library ServiceEmer OBrien, Tipperary LibrariesGobnait ORiordan, University of LimerickHazel Percival, Wexford County Library ServiceMichael Plaice, Cork County Council Library and Arts ServiceLiam Ronayne, Cork City Council Library ServiceMarjory Sliney, Fingal County Libraries

    executive board meetings

    The Executive Board met eight times during its term ofoffice:7 April, 2010,13 May, 2010,17 June, 2010,9 September, 2010,14 October, 2010,16 December, 2010,6 January 2011,and 3 February 2011.


    Jane Cantwell 6Philip Cohen 6Aisling Donnelly 5Joseph Donnelly 4Deirdre Ellis-King 5Louise Farragher 2Siobhn Fitzpatrick 8Ruth Flanagan 1Catherine Gallagher 8Fionnuala Hanrahan 7Margaret Hayes 5Sen Hughes 8Pat Lonergan 1Mary Murphy 5Emer OBrien 5Gobnait ORiordan 2Hazel Percival 5Michael Plaice 5Liam Ronayne 2Marjory Sliney 7Kieran Swords 8

    Development Manager, Jane Clavin, attended meetingsof the Executive Board.


    \ Honorary Officers and Executive Board 2010/2011

  • On New Years Eve when men were all asleep the snowcame flying a fairly unusual occurrence in Ireland,or so we thought then. Hardship and suffering ensued.In late spring, a volcanic eruption in Iceland resulted inmayhem for air travel, forcing many to cancel their trav-el arrangements. As the year wore on, the recession bitdeeper, the countrys credit ratings wobbled massively,the IMF and the EU came to the rescue, and snow andarctic temperatures returned to our shores. All of theseevents were outside of our control the common reac-tion was what next?; like the snow they impacted on all- the individual citizen, on institutions, businesses, andon libraries like the snow hiding difference, makingunevenness even. The remarkable thing is how wellpeople adapted to changed and changing circumstances.The show must go on.

    There is hardly a library or information service inthe land which has not suffered cuts either in terms offunding, of staff or of services. Significantly, our publiclibrary services have witnessed phenomenal increases inusage and in lending during the past two years and ouracademic and research libraries are catering for greaternumbers of students and postgraduate researchers. It

    will be important as time goes by to safeguard core serv-ices and to optimise the delivery of quality services toour stakeholders. As we face the challenge of managingdelivery with fewer resources our creative abilities willbe tested to the maximum. Developing and honing ourskills and critical thinking faculties will be more impor-tant than ever.

    During the past year, through our joint conference,organised in conjunction with our colleagues in cilipIreland, and through the work of our interest groups,the Association has delivered a wide range of CPDworkshops, courses and seminars. Many of these haveattracted cross-sectoral attendances which augurs wellfor the future. For collaborative working must be theway forward if we are to remain relevant and deliverquality product. As you read this report, you will notethat some courses had to be cancelled due to undersub-scription. This has been the experience of other associ-ations over the past year and it is likely to continue. Itwould be timely to review strategically the training andCPD provision of the key providers in our professionand to bring some joined-up thinking to these issues.

    As our year draws to a close, we can report that the



    Pictured at the launch of theJoint Conference by Ministerfor the Environment,Heritage and LocalGovernment, John Gormley,T.D., l to r: Georgina Byrne,County Librarian, SouthDublin County Libraries;Norma McDermott,Director, An ChomhairleLeabharlanna; John Gormley,T.D., Minister for theEnvironment, Heritage andLocal Government; SiobhnFitzpatrick, President;Councillor Mick Duff, Mayorof South Dublin County; JoeHoran, County Manager,South Dublin CountyCouncil and FionnualaHanrahan, Vice-President.

  • work of our task forces is beginning to come to fruition.The Task Force on the Memorandum and Articles ofAssociation has almost reached completion and hasencompassed a review of the structures upon which theAssociation is based, how these might be made morerobust, more interactive and more relevant for the 21stcentury. It is intended that, harnessing the deliberationsof this task force and the Task Force on the BusinessDevelopment Plan, we shall be able to bring proposalsto the membership during 2011, in order to advance thework of the Association. It is imperative that theAssociation should contribute in a timely and focussedway to policy at national level. We believe that astronger Association will be better placed to respond topolicy documents and to initiate strategic policies.

    In developing the core Association I believe thatmembers will be enabled to contribute, to learn and toincrease their own potential as librarians and informa-tion professionals. On that memorable occasion lastMarch when Nobel laureate and consummate poet,Seamus Heaney, spoke at the launch of Library IrelandWeek, he cited Czeslaw Milosz

    What is pronounced strengthens itself. What is notpronounced tends towards non-being and later addedit is worth pronouncing on behalf of libraries andlibrarians.

    We must be proud of the achievements of ourlibraries, of our new builds, of our consortial develop-ments, of our continual striving to develop our own

    skills and those of our users, and of providing resourcesto meet their needs. Seamus Heaney, as a user oflibraries across the spectrum, understands more thananyone how much libraries count Libraries especiallyare there for the common good, to serve the wholepopulation. What greater accolade could be bestowedon librarians and libraries than the wonderful analogyHeaney drew between the stringing of Odysseuss bowand his sure aim in the archery competition forPenelopes hand and the

    eager purpose and sensation of ongoing revela-tion which the mind of the library userexperiences as he or she advances advances notjust through the stages of his or her reading list orresearch project, but through the different agesand stages of his or her life as a reader, enteringthe doors of the school library, the college library,then the local authoritys library, the city library,the university library, the research library, theprofessional library, the national library, theforeign library.

    These words should encourage us to go forwardhopefully on our journey of understanding and ofenabling our citizens to rebuild our economy and ourcountry.

    Siobhn FitzpatrickPresident


    Pictured at the launch ofLibrary Ireland Week, l to r:Norma McDermott, Director,An Chomhairle Leabharlanna;Seamus Heaney and SiobhnFitzpatrick, President.

  • The Annual General Meeting took place on 11 March inthe Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin.Siobhn Fitzpatrick, Librarian, Royal Irish Academy wasreturned as President. Fionnuala Hanrahan, WexfordCounty Librarian and Jane Cantwell, Waterford CityLibrarian were returned as Vice-Presidents. KieranSwords, Acting Senior Executive Librarian, SouthDublin County Libraries was returned as HonorarySecretary. No nomination had been received for the postof Honorary Treasurer.

    Following confirmation of her second term of office,the President addressed the gathering. She reflected onthe Association in light of her year as President, identi-fying strengths and weaknesses and suggesting somestrategies for the advancement of the Association.

    The Association is a respected body, longestablished, with nominating rights to Seanad ireannand An Chomhairle Leabharlanna and representationon a range of other bodies, including COLICO. Itproduces a regular, modern journal , An Leabharlann: theIrish Library. There is a solid membership base whichfeeds into sectoral and thematic interest groups, whichin turn provide focussed CPD activities inter al. The

    Association can call on a wide range of expertise ineducational matters; information provision; legal infor-mation; the regulatory environment; curatorialfunctions; health information and so on. There is muchgoodwill and a concern to collaborate, as well as todevelop the profession within Ireland.

    Areas identified as requiring attention were asfollows: " the Associations groups needed to identify more with

    the main body and individuals should be encouragedto engage with task forces and working groups

    " the Association should work towards being moreproactive in terms of policy

    " knowledge management was weak and needed to beaddressed in a variety of ways

    " the Associations website needed to contain a lot morehard information, historic content, current informa-tion, policy documents, interactive membership areas

    " inadequate funding.Ideally, a better-funded Association would be in a

    position to provide better membership services, animproved, interactive website, more CPD activities andto commission reports if necessary. The Association


    Annual General Meeting 2010

    Some members of the ExecutiveBoard pictured at the Royal IrishAcademy, Dawson Street after theAGM. Front row, l to r: MargaretHayes, Dublin City PublicLibraries; Deirdre Ellis-King,Dublin City Librarian ; SiobhnFitzpatrick, President, ; JaneCantwell, Vice-President, ;Marjory Sliney, Fingal CountyLibraries; Back row, l to r: MichaelPlaice, Cork County CouncilLibrary and Arts Service;Catherine Gallagher, SouthDublin County Libraries; SenHughes, TCD; Louise Farragher,HRB; Liam Ronayne, Cork CityCouncil Library Service; PhilipCohen, Dublin Institute ofTechnology; Kieran Swords, SouthDublin County Libraries; JoeDonnelly, Judges Library.

  • needed to harness the strengths and goodwill of themembership and to work on the weaker areas.

    Specifically, a flexible strategic plan, based on membersinput, clearly distinguishing between the procedural andthe strategic/developmental foci should be a priority.

    \ Resolutions passed at the meeting foraction by the Executive Board

    1 That this Annual General Meeting requests that theExecutive Board of the Library Association ofIreland should be mandated to progress andcomplete discussions with SILS, and/or otherappropriate bodies as required, towards gainingaccreditation for LAI-approved CPD courses.Proposed by the Education CommitteeProposed by Deirdre Ellis-King, seconded by Marjory Sliney.

    Carried by the meeting.

    2 That this Annual General Meeting requests theExecutive Board on behalf of the Library Associationof Ireland, as the main representative body for libraryand information professionals in Ireland, to set up atask force to create a formal network to providesupport in the form of communications, advice, andfacilitation of unpaid work experience, in order tosupport recent graduates and others unable to findrelevant work, and members and colleagues who havebeen made redundant.Proposed by the Academic and Special Libraries SectionProposed by Aoife Connolly, seconded by Eva Hornung. An

    amendment was proposed by Ann OSullivan, seconded byKathryn Smyth that the word unpaid be removed from themotion. The amended motion was carried by the meeting.

    3 That this Annual General Meeting requests theExecutive Board to call on the appropriate authorities,namely, the Minister of Finance, the Minister ofEducation and Science, and the Higher EducationAuthority (HEA), to provide continued funding forthe Irish Research Electronic Library (IReL).Proposed by the Academic and Special Libraries SectionProposed by Kathryn Smith, seconded by Ann OSullivan.

    Carried by the meeting.

    4 That this Annual General Meeting requests theExecutive Board on behalf of the Library Associationof Ireland to consider a reduction in the membershipfee, especially in the current economic climate. Proposed by the Youth Libraries GroupProposed by Catherine Gallagher, seconded by Orla Kane.

    Carried by the meeting.

    5 In recognition of the role of the school library ineducation and its potential (1) in teaching and learn-ing and (2) its potential in the development of a posi-tive attitude towards reading, this Annual GeneralMeeting requests the Executive Board on behalf ofthe Library Association of Ireland to urge theDepartment of Education and Science to restore tolocal library services the annual grant for schoollibraries which enables public library services to guideand assist in the development of school libraries.Proposed by Pat McMahonProposed by Pat McMahon, seconded by Mary Murphy. Carried

    by the meeting.

    6 That this Annual General Meeting requests theExecutive Board to call on the Minister for theEnvironment, Heritage and Local Government toimprove (1) the Capital Funding Programme forPublic Libraries in the case of both new buildings andrenovations and (2) leasing support grant for publiclibraries, as communities need libraries even more ina time of recession. This investment would bring areturn not only in employment within the construc-tion industries in the short term but also long-termto the cultural capital of the State given the multi-cultural remit of the public library service.Proposed by the Executive BoardProposed by Jane Cantwell, seconded by Joe Donnelly. Carried

    by the meeting.

    7 Libraries are both essential to and a consequence of aprogressive society. The Irish library community ismulti-faceted and supports the development of allaspects of Irish life through information organisationand positioning, through collection and e-services ofits academic, specialist and public library sectors.This Annual General Meeting calls on the ExecutiveBoard on behalf of the Library Association of Ireland


  • to call on central government to acknowledge andpromote at international level the role of its nationallibrary network as a resource supporting innovation,enterprise and the development of the KnowledgeEconomy both domestically and with other countriesand the requisite funding to carry out this remit.Proposed by the Executive BoardProposed by Fionnuala Hanrahan, seconded by Jane Cantwell.

    Carried by the meeting.

    8 In relation to the implementation of Branching out:future directions the 2nd national development plan for publiclibraries, 2008 2012, this Annual General Meeting callson the Executive Board on behalf of the LibraryAssociation of Ireland to call on the Minister for theEnvironment, Heritage and Local Government topublish a report on the achievements to date and onprioritisation for this second period of the Plan.Proposed by the Executive Board. Proposed by Fionnuala Hanrahan, seconded by Deirdre Ellis-

    King. Carried by the meeting.

    \ Special Resolution to effect change tothe Memorandum of the LibraryAssociation of Ireland

    As a result of a review of licences to dispense the wordlimited from a Company name pursuant to section 24of the Companies Act, 1963 as amended by section 88of the Company Law Enforcement Act, 2001, theMinister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment hasapproved an amendment to the Memorandum of theLibrary Association of Ireland, subject to its ratificationby a Resolution of the Library Association.

    It is thus resolved that paragraphs 5 and 6 of thecurrent Memorandum of the Library Association ofIreland, viz

    5. No addition, alteration or amendment shall be madeto or in the regulations contained in the Articles ofAssociation for the time being in force unless thesame Memorandum shall have been previouslysubmitted to and approved by the Minister forIndustry and Commerce.

    6. The fourth and fifth paragraphs of theMemorandum contain conditions on which a licenceis granted by the Minister for Industry andCommerce to the Association in pursuance ofSection 20 of the Companies Consolidation Act1908.

    be replaced by a new paragraph:

    5. No addition, alteration or amendment shall be madeto the objects of the Company, such that there wouldbe non-compliance with the requirements of section24(1) (a) and (b) of the Companies Act 1963, asprovided for in the provisions of this memorandumof association for the time being in force unless thesame shall have been previously submitted andapproved by the Registrar of Companies.and subsequent paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 berenumbered to 6, 7 and 8Proposed by: Jane Cantwell, Siobhn Fitzpatrick, Fionnuala

    Hanrahan, Liam Ronayne, Marjory SlineyThe motion was carried by the meeting.


    Louise Farragher, HRBand Jane Cantwell, Vice-President, pictured at theAGM

    President, SiobhnFitzpatrick makes a

    presentation to outgoingHonorary Treasurer,

    Hazel Percival, WexfordCounty Library

  • \ Presentation of ALAI and FLAICertificates

    The President presented a Fellowship of the LibraryAssociation of Ireland Certificate to Deirdre Ellis-King(Dublin City Public Libraries) and Asssociateship ofthe Library Association of Ireland Certificates toGillian Kerins (Institute of Technology Tallaght) and toKathryn Norris (TCD). She congratulated the recipi-ents on their achievements and wished them well forthe future.

    \ Presentation of LAI pins to PastPresidents

    The President presented LAI pins to Past PresidentsDeirdre Ellis-King (Dublin City Public Libraries) andLiam Ronayne (Cork City Council Library Service).


    Siobhn Fitzpatrick, President, presents Deirdre Ellis-King,Dublin City Librarian with her certificate of Fellowship of theLibrary Association of Ireland at the AGM.

    Siobhn Fitzpatrick, President, presents Gillian Kerins, Institute ofTechnology Tallaght with her certificate of Associateship of theLibrary Association of Ireland at the AGM.

    Siobhn Fitzpatrick, President,presents Kathryn Norris, TCDwith her certificate ofAssociateship of the LibraryAssociation of Ireland at theAGM.

  • The LAI/cilip Ireland Joint Conference 2010 tookplace in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin from 21 to23 April 2010. The conference, entitled SmartLibraries attracted more than 100 delegates from allsectors across the island including 14 trade exhibitorsfrom a wide range of library suppliers. A number of UKdelegates and speakers were forced to cancel due to theeffect of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud on airlineschedules.

    The conference was opened by John Gormley, T.D.,Minister for the Environment, Heritage and LocalGovernment who reminded the audience of his use ofsocial media as communication tools. The keynoteaddress was given by Martin Curley, Global Director, ITInnovation, Intel Corporation. Entitled Digital library:evolution or revolution? this was a thought-provokingpaper which exhorted the delegates to think creativelyand imaginatively in relation to the digital tools and the 3)))))#11

    LAI/cilip Ireland JointConference 2010

    Mr. John Gormley, T.D.,Minister for the

    Environment, Heritage andLocal Government opens the

    Joint Conference

    Martin Curley,GlobalDirector, ITInnovation,IntelCorporationspeaking onthe topic ofDigital library:evolution orrevolution?

    Promoting Music PAL at the Joint Conference. Front row l to r: Miram Leonard, Dublin City Public Libraries;Sheila Kelly, Dublin City Public Libraries; Linda Houston, LISC NI; Siobhn Fitzpatrick, President; DeirdreEllis-King, Dublin City Librarian; Breda Gleeson, Kildare County Librarian; Eimear McGinn, Kildare CountyCouncil Library and Arts Services. Back row: Austin Vaughan, Mayo County Librarian; Michael Molloy, Dublin

    City Public Libraries; Robin Adams, Librarian, TCD and Kieran Swords, South Dublin County Libraries.

  • Joe Horan, South Dublin County Manager; South DublinCounty Mayor, Councillor Mick Duff and Georgina Byrne,

    South Dublin County Librarian, at the Joint Conference.

    Loretto Marr, High Performance PR; Domitilla Fagan,An Chomhairle Leabharlanna and Paul R. Smith, presenter,

    at the Joint Conference.


    Jane Cantwell, Vice-President; Diane Sonnenwald, UCD SILSand Siobhn Fitzpatrick, President, at the Joint Conference.

    Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Public Libraries; SiobhnFitzpatrick, President, and Jane Cantwell, Vice-President

    Eva McEneaney and Joan Ward, both fromAn Chomhairle Leabharlanna, pictured at

    the Joint Conference.

    At the presentation of the of the UCD SILS Public Library Research ProgrammeMedal to Enda Leaney, l to r: Fionnuala Hanrahan, Vice-President; Professor Diane

    Sonnenwald, UCD SILS; Enda Leaney; Norma McDermott, Director, AnChomhairle Leabharlanna and Dr Mary Burke.

  • media at our disposal. Brendan Teeling, AssistantDirector, An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, delivered a paperon behalf of Peter Griffiths, Immediate Past President,CILIP, on the topic,Smart libraries, smart librarians:innovation and development in library and informationprofessionalism which drew on UK and Irish experience.

    Members Day was well attended. Papers includedthe annual COLICO lecture, a reflective paper deliveredby Brian Trench, DCU, on the subject More infor-mation, smarter society? The smart aspects of collabo-rative working, exemplified by the PALs (Pathways toLearning initiatives), were the subject of TCD Librarian,Robin Adamss paper Fresh pathways and newharmony: cross-sectoral initiatives in library services.

    A highlight of the morning was the presentation byMarketing Consultant, Paul Smith Using Web 2.0:social media to create smart libraries which wasfollowed up by two workshops on creative thinkingtechniques, also delivered by Mr. Smith.

    Workshops proved very popular with sessions on:" Smart collaborative working Diane Sonnenwald

    (UCD SILS)" Smart writing techniques Helen Fallon (NUIM)

    and Marjory Sliney (Fingal County Libraries)" Digital projects at the National Library of Ireland

    Katharine McSharry (NLI)" Health repositories in Ireland Louise Farragher

    (HRB) and Aoife Lawton (HSE):" Recessionista research: managing and promoting e-

    resources in a small specialist library NiamhOSullivan (Irish Blood Transfusion Services Board)

    " Web portals for public libraries Eddie Byrne andGillian Colton (Dublin City Public Libraries) andGiada Gelli (NLI).

    " Young Kildare peoples engagement with libraryservices Eimear McGinn (Kildare County CouncilLibrary and Arts Services)An additional feature on Members Day was the

    presentation of UCD School of Library andInformation Studies Public Library ResearchProgramme Medal to Mr Enda Leaney.

    The President thanked South Dublin Libraries forhosting the conference so efficiently and enthusiastical-

    ly. Mayor,Councillor Mick Duff, the County Manager,and the Director of Services had all contributed toensuring the success of the conference and had extend-ed a warm welcome to the delegates.

    At the conference dinner, sponsored by Sord DataSystems, the President presented Mayor Mick Duffwith a set of Francis Elrington Balls, A history of the countyDublin. South Dublin Libraries were presented with anumber of Royal Irish Academy publications. To markthe retirement, planned for autumn 2010, of BobMcKee, Chief Executive of CILIP, stalwart of the jointconferences and friend to Irish libraries, the LAI andcilip Ireland presented him with a signed, first editioncopy of Seamus Heaneys Beowulf.

    Library visits were facilitated by the County Library,Tallaght and by the Institute of Technology Library,Tallaght.

    The Joint Conference Organising Committeeconsisted of: Mary Burke, Louise Farragher, SiobhnFitzpatrick, Catherine Gallagher , Elga Logue (cilipIreland), Hazel Percival and Kieran Swords.

    The Association is sincerely grateful to managersand staff of South Dublin County Libraries, the spon-sors and exhibitors, the speakers and workshopproviders and to all of those who worked so hard toensure the success of the conference.


    Norma McDermott,Director, An ChomhairleLeabharlanna andFionnuala Hanrahan,Wexford CountyLibrarian at the JointConference.

    Mary Farrell, WestmeathCounty Librarian and

    Martin Maher, TipperaryCounty Librarian at the

    Joint Conference.

    Siobhn Fitzpatrick, President, and Louise Farragher, HRBat the Joint Conference

  • \ The Tree of Knowledge has ManyBranches 2010

    Library Ireland Week 2010 ran from 8 to 13 March. OnThursday 4 March, Library Ireland Week 2010 waslaunched by Irish poet, playwright and Nobel laureate,Professor Seamus Heaney. Addressing over 60 attendeesat the Wood Quay Venue in Dublin, Heaney spokeemphatically on the importance of libraries and the keyrole that librarians play in enabling access to knowledgeand information. The full text of his speech wassubsequently published, by kind permission, as S. Heaney,In praise of libraries and librarians, An Leabharlann: theIrish Library, vol 19(1), 8-9.

    Library Ireland Week events took place in venuesacross the country. In excess of 300 events were listed onthe Library Ireland Week website ranging fromscriptwriting workshops and internet classes to art exhi-bitions and poetry readings.

    As part of the week, Music PAL ,an initiative of the Committee on Library Co-operation

    in Ireland (COLICO), was launched simultaneously inthe Royal Irish Academy, Dublin and in UCC on 9March. This cross-border, cross-sectoral initiative aimsto facilitate access to music information, media andfacilities available across a broad range of libraries andarchives throughout the island of Ireland.

    Under the scheme, library users will be able to applyfor a Music PAL Access Card at their local library, whichwill then allow them to visit and make use of facilities atother libraries around the country. Thirty-two institu-tions are involved in the scheme, including TCD, theContemporary Music Centre in Dublin, the CorkSchool of Music, Cork City Council Library Service, theRoyal Irish Academy of Music and the RT SoundLibrary and Archive.

    Promotional material for Library Ireland Week wasproduced and circulated and sponsorship in the form of50% grant aid in respect of funding for advertising wasobtained through the RT Supporting the ArtsProgramme. The Association gratefully acknowledgesRTs support.


    Library Ireland Week

    Marjory Sliney, Fingal County Libraries and KateKelly, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

    Philip Cohen, Dublin Institute of Technology; Seamus Heaney and SiobhnFitzpatrick, President, at the launch of Library Ireland Week

  • \ Smart People use Smart Libraries 2011

    A cross-sectoral Task Force was formed to develop and co-ordinate the programme for Library Ireland Week 2011.

    The theme for LIW 2011 is Smart People UseSmart Libraries and it is hoped that the week willoffer an opportunity to highlight how technologicaldevelopments are being utilised in our libraries to raiseawareness of services and to maximise access to and useof resources.

    The Task Force is examining a number of ideas forlinking libraries by using technology during this week.The Library Ireland Week website will be updatedand Library Ireland Week pages will be set up on

    Facebook and Twitter for information andcommunication purposes.

    The Library Association of Ireland sees this week asan opportunity to promote libraries and librarianshipacross all sectors. The purpose of Library Ireland Week is:

    1. To celebrate librarians and to promote librarian-ship and libraries across all sectors andemployment areas

    2. To showcase excellence in service delivery andincrease awareness of the full range of typical workin all types of libraries

    3. To demonstrate the contributions libraries maketo all sectors economically and socially.

    Library Ireland Week 2011 (the 6th year of thisevent), will take place from 7 to 13 March.


    Susan Downes,Magalie Guigon,Katy Byrne andJosephineOConnor, allfrom the BarCouncil LawLibrary picturedat the launch ofLibrary IrelandWeek

    Josephine Brady, CavanCounty Librarian; SeamusHeaney and Eileen Burgess,Donegal County Librarian atthe launch of Library IrelandWeek.

  • In response to a request from Ing. Ale Broek, Directorof the Severoeska Vedecka Knihovna (North BohemianResearch Library), the President with the enthusiasticco-operation of Dublin-based library directors, organ-ised a programme of visits for a delegation of regionallibrary directors from the Czech Republic. The visit wasoriginally scheduled for 24-28 April but had to be post-poned due to the havoc caused to flight schedules by thevolcanic ash problem.

    The six directors arrived in Dublin on 9 October andtheir tour began with a visit to Dublinia on Sundaymorning, 10 October. The President met the group atthe Chester Beatty Library in the afternoon and extend-ed a warm cad mile filte to our Czech colleagues. Thegroup was given a wonderful guided tour of the libraryand the afternoon was rounded off with refreshments,courtesy of the Library.

    On 11 October our visitors had the opportunity ofvisiting Trinity College Dublin Library where the visit

    was hosted by Deputy Librarian, Jessie Kurtz and hercolleagues. Apart from a tour of the Book of Kells exhi-bition and the library, presentations on library activitieswere provided and the visitors engaged in livelydiscussions about legal deposit procedures, IT and othermatters. Later the same day, the National Library ofIrelands Assistant Keeper, Gerry Long, hosted our guestswho enjoyed tours of the current exhibitions as well as anopportunity to discuss matters of mutual concern.

    On the last full day of their visit, the group visited theRoyal Irish Academy Library, where they expressedparticular interest in the Doegen Linguistic RecordingsWeb Project and issues relating to collections in theIrish language. Georgina Byrne, South Dublin CountyLibrarian, hosted a highly successful visit to the mainlibrary in Tallaght where many of the services aredelivered electronically.

    The Association formally acknowledges theco-operation of the Directors and staffs of the Chester


    Dublin Libraries welcome RegionalLibrary Directors from the CzechRepublic

    Jitka Hladkov, Petr Krnk,Eva Svobodov and LeaPrchalov.with Gerry Long atthe National Library of Ireland.

  • Beatty Library, the NLI, South County Dublin Librariesand TCD.

    The visiting delegates were:" Ing. Ale Broek, editel Severoesk vdeck knihov-

    ny v st n.L (North Bohemia Region)" Ing. Jitka Hladkov, editelka Krajsk knihovny

    Vysoina (Vysoina Region)" Petr Krnk, editel Krajsk knihovny v Pardubicch

    (Pardubice Region)" Ing. Lea Prchalov, editelka Moravskoslezsk vdeck

    knihovny v Ostrav (Moravian-Silesian Region)" Mgr. Eva Svobodov, editelka Studijn a vdeck

    knihovny v Hr. Krlov (Hradec Krlov Region)" PhDr Eva kov, editelka Krajsk knihovny v

    Karlovch Varech (Karlovy Vary Region).


    InformationLiteracy Award

    In recognition of, and to celebrate the holding of the2010 LILAC conference in Limerick, the LAI andCONUL (Consortium of National and UniversityLibraries) agreed to sponsor an Irish InformationLiteracy award. Nominations were invited fromindividuals or teams who had engaged in InformationLiteracy initiatives in the Republic. Sixteennominations were received from a range of academic,special and public libraries.

    The standard of the nominated programmes wasextremely high and showed considerable imagination,skill and expertise on the part of the teams involved.The winning nomination was the only entry from apublic library service the Library Skills Courseprovided by the Development and Teaching Team(Anne Griffin, Susan Kelly, Celestine Rafferty andYvonne Smith) at Wexford County Library Service.This 12-week, 30-hours contact course is a LeavingCertificate level course, provided by the library teamand externally assessed via FETAC which has alsoaccredited it. The course satisfied all of the assessmentcriteria; In addition it is transferable to other services,second-level schools, etc. Details of the Wexfordentry are available at

    The award was co-presented by Philip Cohen(CONUL Chair) and the Association President at agala dinner held in Dromoland Castle on 30 March.Susan Kelly accepted the award on behalf of thewinning Wexford team.

    James Joyces statue surrounded by visiting Czech librarians,l-r: Petr Krnk, Eva kov, Eva Svobodov, Jitka Hladkov,

    Ale Broek, Lea Prchalov

  • \ Business Development Plan 2011 2014

    The Task Force met on three occasions during the year.The Terms of Reference established were:" The establishment of a framework document for the

    work of the Executive Board" The production of a Business Development Plan for

    the Executive Board, covering the period 2011 2015, applying standard management methods andreporting before the end of 2010.Work was completed on 4 of 9 stages as follows [1]

    current business analysis, [2] audit, [3] SWOT review,[4] review of core objectives. Since further work on theprocess depended upon results from the Taskforce onMemorandum and Articles of Association, the planningwork was suspended pending completion of that project.

    However, work on the analysis of a Survey ofMembership which was undertaken over the summercontinued.

    Membership Survey

    The high level of response, 78%, has provided authorityfor findings that can influence the future direction forthe Association over the next few years. The full reportwill be made available on the Associations website.

    Briefly, the findings are:" Most members are in permanent, full-time, employ-

    ment in professional posts in the public service. Middleand senior managers predominate. Stability and experi-ence are strengths, with more than half of respondentsin their current posts for 4 or more years and morethan 25% have eleven or more years experience.

    " 79% of respondents were female and 21% were male,91% work in library and information areas, 87% areprofessionally qualified librarians and 47% are in the41-55 age range. A very high percentage has access toreliable broadband but only 60% use social media.

    " Membership is Dublin-centred with 83% working inthe greater Dublin area and no equivalent scale isevidenced elsewhere.

    " Membership is heavily dependent upon opportuni-ties in the public service with 82% working there.87% are employed in permanent positions. Middleand senior management involvement is strong at64%. 26.8% work in predominantly specialist infor-

    mation posts and 26.3% work in managerial posts." Collegiality at work is important and 41% work in

    information units of less than 10 staff. Within theparent organisation 82.6% work in organisationswith total employee numbers of 51 or more, of which43.4% work with more than 500 colleagues.

    " Membership of the Association is stable with 67% inmembership for four years or more and half of thosein membership for more than ten years. Personalmembership is dominant with Associateship consid-ered much more beneficial than Fellowship. Servicesare well used; 37% visit the website at least once amonth, 58% read the journal in total most of thetime, 68% usually read leabharlann-e and 50% readthe annual report. Almost 80% favour electronicrather than paper-based receipt of publications. 53%participated in Library Ireland Week in various waysthis year but almost half had no involvement at all.

    " Participation in leadership of the Association atExecutive Board level was predictably low at 10%with 26% of members attending the AGM at leastonce in the past five years. The greater participationwhich is possible across the groups and sections hasresulted in 53% participation in management withinthese structures and attendance at AGMs over thepast five years. However 35% have never attended anAGM. 76% have attended a seminar or CPD eventin the past three years. The main barriers to atten-dance were identified as relevance to current work,timing, costs and location/travel issues.

    " Benefits from membership were identified as maintaining contact with peers, professional devel-opment, networking and collegiality, CPD / up-skilling and the opportunity to contribute toprofessional development. Members felt that theAssociation was effective for individuals in the areasof networking, current affairs and CPD.Maintenance of their professional qualification,opportunities for collaborative working and oppor-tunities to influence the future direction of theprofession were appreciated, as were support incurrent and future posts. Provision of theCountdown membership / concessions card alonewas unvalued: it received 8% support.

    " 46% of members felt their level of engagement withthe Association was satisfactory. 18% found the main-


    Reports on work of Task Forces

  • tenance of their level of contribution was demanding.However almost 36% said they would like a greaterlevel of involvement. Most would like to contributevia a time specific, target-focused project and thesecond methodology of choice was via the existinggroup and section committee structure. 60% consid-ered time poverty inhibited greater participation butalmost one in three felt they didn't know how tobecome involved. That said, the skills most extensive-ly available to develop the Association ranged acrosswriting and publication, training and event organisa-tion, project management and various aspects of ITapplication and communications. A lesser but stillsignificant number expressed interest in essentialadministration and financial management areas.

    Survey results are analysed and are at a consultationstage. Additional information will be required.However the overview at this stage suggests a stable,experienced membership, heavily involved in anddependent upon the public service environment, using,and in general, appreciative of Association services,committed to the application of IT and interested inopportunities for deeper contribution to improveprofessional development. Research results have influ-enced the review of the Associations Memorandum,Articles and related structures throughout 2010.Results can be expected to challenge the Associationand its members to manage its development in its chal-lenging short to medium term future.

    \ Employment SupportThe Task Force on Employment Support was set up bythe Executive Board arising from the Academic andSpecial Libraries Section motion at the 2010 AGMThat the Library Association of Ireland, as the mainrepresentative body for library and information profes-

    sionals in Ireland, set up a task force to create a formalnetwork to provide support in the form of communica-tions, advice and facilitation of work experience, inorder to support recent graduates and others unable tofind relevant work, and members and colleagues whohave been made redundant.

    The Task Force met on 5 occasions in 2010.In 2010-2011 the following areas were proposed as a

    focus for the Task force: " to set up a support network for recent graduates who

    are having difficulty in securing full time employment" to explore the opportunities available to provide

    library and information professionals with workexperience, while looking for full time employment

    " to provide support to library and informationprofessionals, who are currently seekingemployment - as a result of redundancy, reducedworking hours or other aspects of the currenteconomic conditions

    " to develop material which will assist library andinformation professionals in dealing with aspects ofthe reduction of resources and services as part of thecurrent economic climate. A priority for the Task Force is to communicate its

    work to all members of the LAI and to seek feedback onan ongoing basis in an appropriate way.

    Preliminary research findings indicate that:" a variety of approaches and processes are used across

    the public, academic and special library networks ona spectrum from occasional volunteering to formalinternship and work placement programmes.Decisions are generally made on a case by case basiswith few formal articulated policies in place

    " library associations such as the ALA and CILIPhave no formal network for work experience, etc.Both groups offer job support toolkits on theirwebsites which contain helpful information forprofessional librarians.


    Task Force on EmploymentSupport members at the Investin your future: help us to helpyou workshop held at DublinCity Library and Archive on27 November, l to r: AnnOSullivan, Houses of theOireachtas; Margaret Hayes,Dublin City Librarian; ineCarey, UCD; Marie G.Cullen,NUIM and Miriam Leonard,Dublin City Public Libraries

  • Documented toolkits such as that of the UK Council forMuseums, Libraries and Archives were investigated.These offer documents of best practice and guidelinesfrom different library sectors in the UK including infor-mation on internships, volunteers and work experience.

    The Task Force hosted a very successful workshop atDublin City Library and Archive on 27 November2010 entitled Invest in your future: help us to helpyou. Twenty-five attendees braved it through the snowto take part in this interactive session. Two diverse andengaging presentations were given by Paul Mullan ofMeasurability ( and MiriamLeonard, task force member and Divisional Librarian,Dublin City Public Libraries. An interactive workshopsession followed, conceived and led by Task Forcemember, ine Carey.

    The Task Force is looking forward to producing afull report of the workshop outcomes together with thefull findings and recommendations of the Task Force inearly 2011.

    \ Information LiteracyThe Terms of Reference for the Task Force onInformation Literacy (TFIL) were agreed at the Aprilmeeting of the Executive Board:1. To review findings of the Working Group on

    Information Literacy report2. To prioritise its recommendations3. To progress those that appear easily achievable4. To propose an action plan for others5. To identify resource requirements for future work

    The reworked original report was presented to theSeptember Executive Board. It identified a number ofchallenges facing the spread of Information Literacy(IL) - both generally and specifically within Ireland -and then listed a number of short, medium and longterm recommendations.

    The first three short term recommendations areparticularly worthy of note:1. Formally adopt the CILIP standard and ANZIIL

    (Australian and New Zealand Institute forInformation Literacy) framework for IL

    2. Use the IL logo developed by IFLA in websites andliterature in order to help achieve recognition

    3. Continue to advocate information literacy/informa-tion skills amongst the profession and at policy levelwithin the LAIThe Executive Board received a detailed presenta-

    tion on the report at the October meeting. Followingthat, Board members accepted the report and itsrecommendations and formally thanked the originalWorking Group on IL for its pioneering work. It wasagreed that the CILIP standard and ANZIIL frame-work be accepted as the standards for Ireland.

    Since then, the report has been worked on further inpreparation for uploading to the Association website.Additional members have been recruited to the TaskForce and a prioritised action plan (including resourcerequirements) is to be completed by early 2011.

    \ Memorandum and Articles ofAssociation of the Library Associationof Ireland

    The Task Force on the Memorandum and Articles ofAssociation (TFMAA) met on five occasions. By yearend the memorandum and articles, which form theframework against which the Association works, havebeen thoroughly examined with the following in mind:" Legislative compliance and currency of legislative

    and departmental references" Updating the terminology and language of the docu-

    ment" Ensuring that the document is still fit for purpose

    In general, it has been agreed that the documentdoes not require major changes: the 1998 revision of theoriginal document catered for most eventualities andthe task force has considered it prudent to retain asmuch of the 1998 document as possible. Particularattention has been paid to updating the purposes andobjectives of the Association, to clarifying categories ofmembership and to streamlining the articles for thepurpose of clarity. Proposed revisions should befinalised by spring 2011 and will be put to an EGM ofthe Association for discussion and approval.

    The Task Forces review inevitably led to discussionsabout the modus operandi of the Association and theopportunity was taken to take a critical look at thecommittee structures. These were considered in terms


  • of whether they are still fit for purpose or need to bereconfigured; gaps in areas such as knowledge manage-ment, communications and so on, were identified. Adocument outlining proposed structures, building onthe current ones for the most part, but aiming tostrengthen these and to incorporate new ones, wasgenerated. This was presented to the Executive Boardfor discussion in December 2010.

    \ WebsiteThe Executive Board and the membership hadexpressed the view that the role of the LAI websiteshould be enhanced and the website developed so as tomeet the needs of the Association. Thus the Task Forceon the website was established in order to:" Review the existing LAI website and make long

    term and short term recommendations for theongoing management and development of the site

    " Consult with LAI members and other relevantstakeholders on the future development and use ofthe websiteThe Task Force considered feedback on the existing

    website from the membership-wide survey, fromgroups and section and from individual members. Italso studied websites of other professionalorganisations including fraternal organisations.

    The report recommends that the website shouldbecome the hub for external and internal communica-tion for the LAI and is tuned to integrate with andsupport the findings of the Task Forces onMemorandum and Articles of Association and on theBusiness Development Plan 2011-2014.

    \ Membership of Task ForcesBusiness Development Plan

    2011 2014

    Convenor: Fionnuala Hanrahan (Wexford County LibraryService)

    Jane Cantwell (Waterford City Council Library Service),Aisling Donnelly (Secretary, Kildare County Council Library andArts Services ), Louise Farragher (HRB), Siobhn Fitzpatrick

    (Royal Irish Academy), Catherine Gallagher (South DublinCounty Libraries), Sen Hughes (TCD), Emer OBrien(Tipperary Libraries), (Hazel Percival (Wexford County LibraryService), Kieran Swords (South Dublin County Libraries)

    Employment Support (TOES)

    Convenor: Margaret Hayes (Dublin City Public Libraries)Aoife Connolly (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Marie G. Cullen

    (NUIM), Miriam Leonard (Dublin City Public Libraries), MaryMurphy (Meath County Council Library Service), ine OConnor(UCD), Ann OSullivan (Houses of the Oireachtas) and CaitrionaSharkey (Ernst & Young)

    Information Literacy (TFIL)

    Convenor: Philip Cohen (Dublin Institute of Technology)

    Library Ireland Week

    Convenor: Jane Cantwell (Waterford City Council LibraryService)

    Georgina Byrne (South Dublin County Libraries), JenniferCollery (UCD), Louise Farragher (HRB), Conor McCabe(Office of the DPP), Mary Murphy (Meath County CouncilLibrary Service), Emer OBrien (Tipperary Libraries)

    Memorandum and Articles of Association of the LibraryAssociation of Ireland

    Convenor: Siobhn Fitzpatrick (Royal Irish Academy)Jane Cantwell (Waterford City Council Library Service),

    Joseph Donnelly (Judges Library), Catherine Gallagher (SouthDublin County Libraries), Fionnuala Hanrahan (Wexford CountyLibrary Service), Sen Hughes (TCD), Hazel Percival (WexfordCounty Library Service), Liam Ronayne (Cork City CouncilLibrary Service), Marjory Sliney (Fingal County Libraries ),Kieran Swords (South Dublin County Libraries)


    Convenor: Kieran Swords (South Dublin County Libraries)from June 2010; Louise Farragher (HRB) to June 2010

    ine OConnor (UCD); Jane Clavin (Development Manager,LAI), to December 2010; Brendan Teeling (An ChomhairleLeabharlanna).


  • \ Education Committee

    Mary Burke (to September), Philip Cohen, Joseph Donnelly,Deirdre Ellis-King (Chair), Siobhn Fitzpatrick, Mary Murphy,ine OConnor, Marjory Sliney (Secretary) and DianeSonnenwald ( from November).

    The Committee met five times during the year.Representatives from Dublin Business Schooladdressed the committee on the MSc course inInformation and Library Management. It is thecommittees intention to invite representatives fromUCD SILS and the University of Ulster to present inthe next twelve months.

    Much of the work of the committee dealt withpreparing various items for the Associations website.The LAI Research Policy is available at:

    Details of the Fellowship of the Library Associationof Ireland (FLAI) award are available at:

    The committee continued to promote and encourageapplications for Associateship (ALAI) and Fellowship(FLAI). Arrangements were put in place to form apanel of assessors for the Associations Fellowshipapplications. One Associateship and one Fellowshipwere awarded in 2010.

    \ European and International Panel

    Jenny Aston, Jane Cantwell, Joseph Donnelly, Siobhn Fitzpatrick,Liam Ronayne, Marjory Sliney (Convenor) and Brendan Teeling.

    The business of this Panel is conducted electronical-ly. Two responses were prepared for EuropeanCommission consultations:1. Green Paper: Unlocking the potential of cultural

    and creative industries

    2. Future European Union Culture Programme

    International Federation of Library Associations(IFLA)

    Gothenburg was the venue for this years World Libraryand Information Congress and the IFLA Assembly.The congress theme was Open access to knowledge -promoting sustainable progress. Irish delegates whoattended included the Associations President, SiobhnFitzpatrick, Gerry Long (NLI), John McManus(TCD), Colette OFlaherty (NLI), GobnaitORiordan (UL), Fiona Ross (NLI), Marjory Sliney(Fingal County Libraries) and Barbara Traxler-Brown(UCD SILS).

    \ Finances and General PurposesCommittee

    Jane Cantwell, Deirdre Ellis-King, Louise Farragher, SiobhnFitzpatrick (Chair), Ruth Flanagan, Catherine Gallagher,Fionnuala Hanrahan, Sen Hughes, Michael Plaice, Marjory Slineyand Kieran Swords. The committee met eight times in theperiod May 2010 to February 2011.

    The main purpose of the committee is to manage thefinances and business of the Association. The latter included: " consideration of the membership fees" issues relating to the Associations archives" issues relating to digitisation or electronic delivery of the

    Associations journal.Policy documents recommended to the Executive Board

    included:" policy document on task forces " review of the Prison Libraries Group rules and procedures

    and their recommendation to the Executive Board" initiation of a policy on requests for funding from groups

    and sections

    \ North South Liaison Committee

    Formal collaboration between this Association and cilipIreland had reduced in recent years. However on theinitiative of the President, at a meeting in Newry, Co.Down in November, cooperation arrangements were


    Committees and Panels of theExecutive Board

  • renewed with a focus initially on the established cross-border activities of the joint conference and the jointjournal.1. Arrangements for the joint conference were

    confirmed with the event taking place in NorthernIreland every third year. It was noted that the jointconference would be held in Northern Ireland in2012. cilip Ireland agreed to update the ConferenceManagement Guidelines.

    2. cilip Ireland expressed interest in participating againin the provision of the journal, An Leabharlann: the IrishLibrary and undertook to nominate at least onemember to its Editorial Board.Management and financial arrangements to

    progress this work were agreed.

    \ Representing the AssociationNominees and Members of External Committees

    Advisory panel to SILS UCD: Ruth Flanagan, Deirdre Ellis-King.

    Age and Opportunity, Bealtaine Festival OrganisingCommittee: Helen Walsh.An Chomhairle Leabharlanna: Deirdre Ellis-King (to May

    2010), Fionnuala Hanrahan, Pat McMahon.Committee on Library Co-operation in Ireland

    (COLICO): Philip Cohen.European Bureau of Library, Information and

    Documentation Associations (EBLIDA): MarjorySliney.

    EBLIDA Expert Group on Copyright: Jennefer Aston.Euro-Focus on the Cultural Heritage: Ruth Flanagan.Irish Committee of the Blue Shield: Siobhn Fitzpatrick,

    Colette OFlaherty.An Leabharlann: the Irish Library Editorial Board: Helen

    Fallon, Kate Kelly, Michel hAodha, Marjory Sliney (editor),Brendan Teeling.

    Local Government Anti-Poverty Learning Network:Brendan Martin, Austin Vaughan.

    Newsplan: Marjory Sliney.North-South Liaison Committee: Siobhn Fitzpatrick,

    Fionnuala Hanrahan, Marjory Sliney.Membership for cilip Ireland: Adrienne Adair, Elga Logue.

    Standing Committee on Public Library Staff Trainingand Development: Pat Lonergan, Austin Vaughan.

    EBLIDA World Trade Organisation General Agreementon Trade in Services (WTO/GATS): Liam Ronayne.


    EBLIDA Council, Helsinki, 67 May: Marjory SlineyWelsh Libraries, Archives and Museums Conference,

    Llandridod Wells, 13-14 May: Fionnuala HanrahanCILIP Scotland Annual Conference, Glasgow, June 79:

    Jane CantwellInternational Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

    General Assembly, Gothenburg, 15 August: SiobhnFitzpatrick

    Functions at which the LAI was represented

    LILAC 2010 Conference, Limerick, 30 March: SiobhnFitzpatrick

    Retirement of Dublin City Librarian, Deirdre Ellis-King, City Hall, 11 May: Siobhn Fitzpatrick

    International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award,Mansion House, Dublin, 17 June: Siobhn Fitzpatrick

    Functions attended by the President, SiobhnFitzpatrick

    Western Regional Libraries Section Seminar,Tuam, 28 June

    Youth Libraries Group Seminar,Tallaght, 23 September

    Public Libraries Section Conference,Cork, 4 November


    Annual Report 2009. Dublin: Library Association ofIreland, 2010, ISSN 0791-6248.

    Leabharlann-e: 11 issues published in 2010.Library Ireland Week, Posters and Bookmarks.An Leabharlann: the Irish Library 2 issues: Vol. 19 (1)

    and (2).


  • \ Submission to the Local GovernmentEfficiency Review Group

    The Library Associations submission addressed therole of library and information services within LocalGovernment services. Two of the four areas identifiedfor review were considered. These were: [1] the effec-tiveness of the library programme within local govern-ment and particular programmes and [2] optimalefficiency in the way programmes are delivered.

    In the area of effectiveness, a review of Branching out:future directions [2008] was recommended to both iden-tify achievement to date and to prioritise service devel-opments in the light of changed economiccircumstances. Improved representation by publiclibrarians on the Board of An ChomhairleLeabharlanna, was also sought.

    In the area of optimising efficiency in the way thelibrary programmes are delivered, recommendationsincluded:" Provision of service indicators that would address

    quality outcomes" Long term (c. twenty-five years) strategic planning" National planning for facilities to develop a cascade

    structure of regional centres of library excellence insupport of the national spatial strategy

    " Addressing issues of scale-related service variationsacross the country via effective inter-authoritystructures such as agency delivery, shared servicesconsortia

    " Recognition for the role of public libraries as a co-ordinating focus for community development

    " Recognition for the benefits of collaboration withother library sectors and other cultural institutions.

    The Report of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group,[A10/A1025] ISBN: 9781406425208, was published inJuly and can be sourced at,23533,en.pdf

    \ Your Country Your Call: LibraryResearch Skills Proposal

    Information skills for all was the focus of our submis-sion in late April to the national call for initiatives tosupport economic and social regeneration, Enhancing informationhandling and research skills among Irish people byharnessing the expertise of librarians and by using theexisting network of libraries was the core proposalunder the calls Education category.

    \ Response to The public library andthe school research report

    Within The public library and the school research reportpublished in August, the Association rejected theDepartment of Education and Skills [DES] positionthat it has no direct policy involvement in the provisionof libraries in primary schools. The Association calledon the Department to reverse its position, to provideleadership in the development of a national library serv-ice in primary schools, and to replace the DES fundingfor the Primary School Library Service which wasdiscontinued from January 2009.

    The DES position, as stated in the report, hadcontradicted its declaration in the current RevisedPrimary School Curriculum [1999], that the readyavailability of a wide variety of suitable books is essen-tial in all schools. Such a resource will cater for theneeds of every area of the curriculum and should beprovided through the establishment of a well stockedlibrary in every school. The DES had suggested thatfrom 2009 school library provision would be a functionof the public library service and of its parentDepartment of the Environment, Heritage and LocalGovernment, working with each school individually.

    The Library Association of Ireland indicated thatpublic libraries have a responsibility to support the


    Reports on Submissions andRepresentations

    1 Government of Ireland, Branching out: future directions (Dublin, Stationery Office, 2008). ISBN 9781406421323 2 The full report can be accessed on


  • general life-learning of children as citizens, and in theircase particularly, literacy development and skills inreading. However, the Association declared thatsupport for the specific research and learning needs ofthe curriculum require a specialist targeted approach.This should be delivered via a Schools Library Service.The Library Association stated its interest in workingto develop any realistic model that would deliver aneffective schools library service.

    Overall, the Association welcomed the researchreport which it recognised had much to commend it,including an overview of international best practice andanalysis of surveys of provision and service needs fromthe points of view of both the teaching and librarysectors.

    \ Irish Blue Shield Committee

    Siobhn Fitzpatrick, and since December 2010, ColetteOFlaherty (NLI), are the IFLA/LAI nominees to theIrish committee. Until 2009, Ireland and the UK oper-ated under a joint committee arrangement. However,given the fact that the UK-Ireland Committee operat-ed within two separate jurisdictions it was consideredmore appropriate to have a separate Irish Blue Shieldgrouping.

    The Irish committee was reconstituted in 2010 andmet on five occasions. The priority objectives (insequential order) are to:" Compile and agree articles of association and apply

    to the International Blue Shield Committee forsanction

    " To engage in advocacy to have the Republic ofIreland ratify the Hague Convention

    " To create awareness of Blue Shield within Ireland" To engage with the defence forces, non-governmen-

    tal organisations and other bodies serving at homeand abroad to raise the level of awareness of theimportance of protecting the cultural heritage

    In October 2010, ICOMOS Ireland hosted the annualinternational conference of ICOMOS in Dublin. TheBlue Shield Committee organised an awareness sessionon 26 October at the Chester Beatty Library, at whichAxel Mykleby of the Association of NationalCommittees of the Blue Shield gave a presentation onthe history of the Hague Convention, the Blue Shieldsymbol and the work of the national committees. DrStephen Kelley, Co-President of the ISCARSAHScientific Committee of ICOMOS gave an interestingpresentation on the way in which a small group ofexperts documented the damage caused by the Haitianearthquake of January 2010 to a particular type ofbuilding, Gingerbread houses, in Port au Prince.


    3 The cultural equivalent of the Red Cross, the Blue Shield aims to protect cultural and heritage sites from attackin times of armed conflict or civil disturbance, and from natural disasters. It also aims to promote awareness ofthe importance of preserving heritage sites and their contents in peacetime. The basis for the Blue Shield is the1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property and its additional first and second protocols.Nominating bodies to the International Committee of the Blue Shield and to national Blue Shield committeesare IFLA, ICA (International Council of Archives), ICOM (International Council of Museums) andICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).

  • \ The Academic and Special LibrariesSection (A&SL)

    Chair: Ann OSullivan (Houses of the Oireachtas) Secretary: Margaret Kelly (School of Celtic Studies, Dublin

    Institute for Advanced Studies)Treasurer: Aoife Connolly (PricewaterhouseCoopers)Communications Officer: Jane Burns (Getty Images)Committee: Jennifer Collery (UCD), Marie Cullen

    (NUIM), Jessica Eustace-Cook (TCD), EvaHornung (Curriculum Development Unit, Cityof Dublin VEC), Sen Hughes (TCD), ineO'Connor (UCD), Erin OMahony (Houses ofthe Oireachtas), Caitriona Sharkey (Ernst &Young), Grace Toland (ITMA, until July).

    The Committee met on 8 occasions in 2010.

    AGM 2010

    The AGM was held on 16 June in the Royal IrishAcademy. Kathryn Smith had resigned from theCommittee. An election was held prior to the AGM tofill the vacancy. Jennifer Collery was elected.

    Following the resignation of Grace Toland in July,Jessica Eustace-Cook was co-opted onto the committee.

    Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library ofIreland delivered an entertaining and informative pres-entation at the AGM on her role as Director.

    2010 Annual Seminar

    E-MAGINATION: sourcing, evaluating and deliver-ing electronic information resources was held on 9February in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.

    The key speakers were: Wendy Evans (University CollegePlymouth St Mark and St John) and Arlene Healy(TCD). Case studies were presented by: Marie O'Neill(DBS), Niamh O'Sullivan (Irish Blood Transfusion ServicesBoard), Pauline Murray (NUIM) and Kevin Hawkins(Digital Humanities Observatory). The speakers coveredthe following topics: collection development, dealing withsuppliers, legal pitfalls and how to incorporate access to freelyavailable online resources with subscription-based content.

    Library Ireland Week 2010

    Marie Cullen and Caitriona Sharkey represented theA&SL on the LAI working group to organise LibraryIreland Week.

    UCD SILS Careers Breakfast

    The 4th Careers Breakfast Seminar in UCD SILS washeld on 24 March 2010. The seminar provides a forumfor experienced information professionals to share theircareer paths and offer guidance on job seeking to theSILS students. This years speakers were: Marie Burke,Associate Librarian, UCD; Patricia Quigley, AccessionsLibrarian, TCD and ine OConnor, A&SL Committee.

    Informal Networking Evenings andother events

    A visit to The Library, Royal College of Physicians(RCPI) was held at the end of March, facilitated byLibrarian, Robert Mills, who gave a splendid tour of thecollege and the library.

    A table quiz was held in April at which the winningteam were from TCD.

    LAI AGM 2010

    The Committee proposed two motions at the LAIAGM (see AGM section, motions 2 and 3). Bothmotions were passed, and the outcome of the secondmotion resulted in the creation of the Task Force onEmployment Support, by the Executive Board in May.

    \ Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG)

    Chair: Hugh Murphy (NUIM)Secretary: John McManus (TCD)Treasurer: Christoph Schmidt-Supprian (TCD)Committee: John Bates (NLI), Mary Broderick (NLI), Caleb

    Derven (UCD), Justin Furlong (NLI), MarieJennings (Mater Dei Institute), Jennifer McGrath(Houses of the Oireachtas), Eoghan Carragin(NLI).

    2010 saw a number of significant developments for theGroup, the most important being that a decision wasmade to change the groups name. Having consultedwidely among the membership, the Cataloguing and


    Groups and Sections

  • Metadata Group was adopted as the new designation,subject to approval at the AGM in early 2011 and tosubsequent formal approval by the Executive Board. Intandem with the name change, formal rules and proce-dures were devised and written for the group.

    The CIG hosted a number of events over the courseof the year. On 13 May Dr John B. Howard, UniversityLibrarian at UCD, gave a guest lecture at the RoyalIrish Academy in which he outlined his thoughts on thefuture of cataloguing. The talk was well attended, andthe wine reception held afterwards brought the eveningto a very enjoyable conclusion.

    In early June the CIG paid a visit to the RT SoundArchives. The large group of attendees were treated to afascinating tour of the various collections by theArchives manager, Malachy Moran. This was followedby a very interesting talk on the history and role of theorganization and its approach to resource description.It was very much an interactive session at which CIGmembers had an opportunity to pose questions to theArchives staff.

    Earlier in the year members had been surveyedabout possible options for training courses. Deweycame out tops, closely followed by MODS/DublinCore. As a consequence Keith Trickey of LiverpoolJohn Moores University was invited to provide arefresher course on Dewey Decimal Classification. Itwas held on 6 October in TCD. Demand for the coursewas extremely high and it is intended to hold a repeatsession in the near future. This was the last event heldunder the old CIG banner the group looks forward tobuilding and expanding on its activities as theCataloguing and Metadata Group in 2011.

    \ County and City Librarians Section(CCLS)

    Chair: Austin Vaughan, Mayo County LibrariesVice-Chair: Donal Tinney, Sligo County LibrariesSecretary: Georgina Byrne, South Dublin County LibrariesTreasurer: Brendan Martin, Wicklow County LibrariesThe AGM of the City and County Librarians Section(CCLS) was held in Westport, on 8 October 2010,with the above officers elected.

    Significant issues discussed during the year includedBorrowBooks,

    The public library and the school report, SocialMedia, FS eLearning, Services to Young People andCapital Funding for Libraries

    Nominations to Board of An ChomhairleLeabharlanna

    In June 2010 the CCLS proposed Pat Mc Mahon andFionnuala Hanrahan to the Executive Board of the LAIas LAI nominees on the Board of An ChomhairleLeabharlanna.

    Autumn Seminar

    The City and County Librarians Section held anautumn seminar in Mayo during October. The theme ofthe conference Capitalising on culture: positioning Irishpublic libraries in the 21st century brought togetherspeakers from a range of disciplines and backgroundsaddressing arts and culture in post-boom Ireland.

    Finbarr Bradley, academic and author, addressed thetheme of Irelands cultural potential in an innovationage: implications for the librarian. Frances OGormanshared the story of the success of the Ennis BookFestival. Tom McCarthy from Cork City CouncilLibrary Service outlined their programme entitled,


    City & County Librarians,l to r: Liam Ronayne, CorkCity; Tom King, Carlow; MaryCarleton Reynolds, Longford;Deirdre Ellis-King, DublinCity; Ruth Flanagan, CorkCounty; Fionnuala Hanrahan,Wexford; Donal Tinney, Sligo;and Joe McElvaney, Monaghanat a reception to mark the retire-ments of Tom King, DeirdreEllis-King, Ruth Flanagan andJoe McElvaney.

  • The Year of the Constant Reader and AlistairSmeaton from Dublin City Public Libraries gave a pres-entation on three successful initiatives: One City OneBook, IMPAC Award and The UNESCO City ofLiterature. Tania Banotti, chief executive with TheatreForum and leader of the National Campaign for theArts, shared the success story of that group.

    Other speakers included the author Dermot Bolgerand Vincent Woods, author and journalist. Both spokeof libraries as places apart, yet at the centre of things.

    To mark their retirement and to honour theircontribution to the development of Irish publiclibraries, presentations were made to county librariansDonal Brady, Deirdre Ellis-King, Ruth Flanagan, PaulHarris, Tom King and Joe McElvaney.

    \ Genealogy and Local Studies Group(GenLoc)

    Chair: Monica Cullinan (UCD)Vice Chair: Jeremy Black (Fingal County Libraries)Secretary: Sle Coleman (South Dublin County Libraries)Treasurer: Crystal Fulton (UCD)Committee: Mary Conefrey (Leitrim County Library

    Service), Mario Corrigan (Kildare CountyCouncil Library and Arts Service), CarmelFlahavan (Carlow County Libraries), EvelynFlanagan (UCD), Inez Fletcher (NLI), MiriamLambe (Marino Institute of Education), GearidOBrien (Westmeath County Libraries), ColetteOFlaherty (NLI), Kieran Swords (South DublinCounty Libraries).

    Membership of group: 87The committee met 5 times during 2010.

    Genealogy Seminar

    As part of Library Ireland Week activities, the groupheld a half-day seminar entitled Irish genealogy andlocal studies: new developments in key resources in theNational Library on 11 March. John Grenham, gave anoverview of newly available resources in genealogy.Katherine McSharry of the National Library gave apresentation on the glass plate negative project,whereby over 30,000 images were digitised and made

    available online. Caitrona Crowe of the NationalArchives spoke about the National Archives Censusproject, and demonstrated how to utilise the Censuswebsite to its full potential. Maurice OKeeffe of IrishLife and Lore gave a presentation on his oral historycollections which were newly available in digital format.

    To celebrate Library Ireland Week, this event wasfree of charge, open to all, and attracted an attendanceof 140 people.

    Business Sources Seminar

    On 9 September the group presented a day-long semi-nar entitled Everybodys business: Irish commercial life history and sources at the National Library. Theseminar was introduced by Fiona Ross, Director of theNational Library. The first speakers were ProfessorCiarn hgartaigh, UCD and Margaret hgartaigh, DCU, authors of Business archival sources forthe local historian who gave an overview of the types andlocations of business sources for Irish local studies. Thiswas followed by a presentation by Deirdre McParlandfrom the Guinness Archive who gave a guide to theirarchival services. Carmel Flahavan of Carlow CountyLibraries spoke about her study of shops and shopkeep-ers in Carlow and demonstrated how her researchmethods could be used to carry out a similar study ofany Irish provincial town.

    Genealogist Rosaleen Underwood gave a presenta-tion on sources for Irish merchant banking families andMiriam Lambe spoke about her research into the shopin rural Ireland. Seamus Maiti closed the seminarwith his presentation on the institution that is JacobsBiscuits. The committee thanks all of the speakers whogave so generously of their time.


  • \ Government Libraries Section (GLS)

    Chair: Noeleen Murtagh (Food Safety Authority ofIreland)

    Secretary: Muireann Tibn (Revenue Commissioners)Treasurer: Dnal McSweeney (Central Bank of Ireland)Committee: Mire Caffrey (Teagasc), Jean Cassidy (Chief

    State Solicitors Office), Joe Donnelly (The JudgesLibrary), Mary Doyle (Department ofAgriculture), Zo Melling (Legal Aid Board),Fiona Morley (Refugee Documentation Centre),Conor McCabe (Office of the Director of PublicProsecutions), Anne Wilkinson (Marine Institute).

    The GLS held two meetings during the year. Areas ofparticular concern to members included copyrightissues, the use of social networking media ingovernment departments and agencies, and profession-al standards for librarians within government libraries.

    The GLS AGM was held on 8 September 2010 andwas well attended. Members took the opportunity tonetwork informally over drinks after the meeting.

    Zo Melling, Conor McCabe and Laura Broinstepped down after their two-year terms as chair,honorary secretary and treasurer. They have beenreplaced by Noeleen Murtagh, Muireann Tibn andDnal McSweeney. Joe Donnelly (The Judges Library)continues to serve on the Executive Board.


    The 18th issue of GLINT the Government LibrariesBulletin was published in October. It features an articleby Valerie Ingram on the library collections at various sitesmanaged by the OPW; Seamus Haughey contributes anaccount of the Danish parliamentary librarians recentvisit to Ireland; and Mary Doyle, current editor of

    GLINT, takes a look back at previous issues of thebulletin in light of her forthcoming retirement.


    Valerie Ingram a founder member of the GLS -retired in November as Head Librarian at the Office ofPublic Works. A presentation was made to Valerie atthe November meeting of the section in recognition ofher dedication to the field of government librarianshipover the years. A tribute to Valerie compiled by hercolleagues Nuala Canny and Jane Smith was alsofeatured in GLINT.

    \ Health Sciences Libraries Group(HSLG)

    Acting Chair: Aoife Lawton (HSE Dr Steeven's Hospital )Secretary: Michael Doheny (Athlone Institute of

    Technology)Treasurer: Brian Galvin (HRB)Communications Officer: Susan Boyle (UCD)Committee: Niamh Adams (Irish Nurses and Midwives

    Organisation), Majella King (Sligo Institute ofTechnology), Breffni Smith (RCSI, BeaumontHospital ).

    2010 has been a year of action and progression. TheHSLG Committee adopted its strategic plan for 2009-13 and members are working hard towards the deliver-ables outlined. Louise Farragher temporarily steppeddown as chair while on maternity leave. Her commit-ment to the group and committee is extremely gener-ous and her absence is duly felt.

    The main achievement this year was the granting of


    Government Libraries Section members at a presentationto mark the retirement of Valerie Ingram as Head Librarian,Office of Public Works, l to r: Joe Donnelly, Judges Library; Zo Melling, Legal Aid Board; Noeleen Murtagh, FoodSafety Authority; Valerie Ingram; Muireann Tibn, Revenue Commissioners; Jean Cassidy, Chief State Solicitors

    Office and Mary Doyle, Department of Agriculture

  • a tender on Research into the current status of healthlibrarianship and libraries in Ireland to a research teamat Loughborough University. The research is due to becompleted in April 2011 and will inform future policyaround health science libraries and librarianship. Thelast time a similar piece of research was undertaken wasin 1995 and 1998 by Jennifer MacDougall so this reportis well overdue.

    The HSLG Conference in February was a successfulevent with the majority of speakers drawn from theprofession. The level of home grown talent evidentamongst librarians in the health, academic and othersectors is encouraging and it was a great opportunity topromote this and the work that is happening aroundthe country in different information settings. Despitethe worsening economic climate the CPD workinggroup (CPDWG) continue to run courses whichattract a good attendance. The commitment of theworking groups, the committee and volunteers fromthe wider group including Niamh O'Sullivan is appre-ciated and much needed for coming months.

    Another significant development this year was theaward of bursaries to Gethin White and Jane Farrelly totravel to Davis in California to attend a three-day train-ing course courtesy of the US National Library ofMedicine. The training will be in PubMed, Toxnet andclinicaltrials and both Jane and Gethin will cascade theirlearning to health science librarians and others interestedin these databases in 2011. The importance of network-ing both at home and abroad and forming partnershipswith our international colleagues is most beneficial.

    The closure of libraries is something that cannot beleft without comment and it is a worrying time for ourhospitals and health centres with library staff notreplaced and a push towards redeployment imminent.Now more than ever the HSLG needs the support of itsprofessional body, the LAI and its members to advocateand lobby for the future of librarianship as a cornerstoneof the Irish knowledge society.

    The primary focus for the communication officerthis year has been the co-ordination and publication ofthe HSLG publication HINT and posting of HSLGcommittee announcements to the HSLG mailing listsuch as the PubMed trainer bursaries. During 2010 theHINT working group welcomed new committeemembers. The current members of the working group

    are Susan Boyle, Aoife Lawton, Breffni Smith, NiamhAdams, Majella King and Louise Farragher (in absen-tia). Thanks to the efforts of the HINT working group,one issue was published during the year and a secondissue was due out in December 2010.

    The aim is to generate more member-drivencontent for future issues of HINT in 2011. Newelements have been introduced, such as the PositiveArticle Reviews which review articles in the literaturethat focus on good, practical ideas that librarians canthen replicate in their own organizations.

    Wherever possible, the HINT working group willuse the newsletter to disseminate and promote newHSLG initiatives that emerge from the strategic plan-ning process in 2010.

    The HSLG Continuing Professional DevelopmentWorking Group (CPDWG) is composed of DavidMacNaughton (Team Leader), Aoife Lawton, DavidMockler, Anne Madden, Tara Kenny (Part-time). TheCPDWG organised 2 training events: Getting themost out of Pubmed and How to give an effectivepresentation. Other courses were planned for 2010which included a course on supporting systematicreviews. However due to low levels of interest andinability to attend this was cancelled. The staffingembargo in the public sector is taking its toll: themanagement of libraries is proving difficult with lack ofcover and lack of staff. The CPDWG will be revisingtheir strategy and looking at 'smarter' ways of deliveringtraining in 2011.

    \ Meitheal Oibre na Gaeilge

    N raibh an grpa seo ag feidhmi le linn 2010. T s igceist iarracht a dhanamh chun an grpa a thabhairt lechile ars i 2011. inne go bhfuil spis acu sa Ghaeilgeagus athbhun Mheitheal Oibre, tigh i dteagmhil [email protected]


  • \ Munster Regional Section

    Chair: Paul Cussen (Cork City Council Library Service)Vice Chair: Niamh Aherne (Bar Council Law Library)Secretary: Helen McGonigle (Cork City Council Library

    Service)Treasurer: Orlagh OBrien (Cork County Council Library

    and Arts Service)

    Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the Munster RegionalSection of the Library Association of Ireland took placeon 13 October and was hosted with the kind permissionof David G. OBrien, Executive Librarian, inBishopstown Library, Cork City. The attendance wassmall and elections were held to maintain a committee.

    Charity Table Quiz

    This years Charity Table Quiz took take place in theSpailpn Fnach, Cork City, on 5 November. The quizwas well attended and generated 550.The proceedswere donated to St. Marys Senior Citizens Meals onWheels, Hollyhill/Knocknaheeny.

    Annual Seminar

    The Annual Seminar was held as an evening seminar on22 March. It was a free event, open to both membersand non-members of the Association. The speakerswere Valerie King, Head of Customer Services, BooleLibrary, UCC, on Cork PAL - opening doors to awealth of resources; Sinad Feely, Cork City CouncilLibrary Service on the award-winning Houseboundservice; Dee Eccles, St. Johns Central College, on Theestablishment and development of St JohnsInformation Resource Centre. Entertainment wasprovided by the poet Gerry Murphy.

    \ Prison Libraries Group (PrLG)

    Chair: Sandra Godkin (Dublin City Public Libraries)Secretary: Matthew Gammon (Roscommon County Council

    Library Services)Committee: Alison Lyons (Dublin City Public Libraries), Jean

    Ricken (Limerick Prison Library Service),Jennifer Dunne (Dublin City Public Libraries),Suzanne Carroll (Laois County Library Service).

    Group Membership: 25The AGM of the group was held on 27 May 2010.

    Meetings and Representations

    In February the group met in the library of the DochasCentre (womens prison) and were given an overviewof the library service provided there by the Dublinprison librarians. In November the group visited thelibrary and education research unit of the DefenceForcesTraining Centre at the Curragh. The core themeof the session was training for prison library staff (bothinside and outside the prison system). Delegates weregiven an introduction and tour of the library facilitiesfollowed by lunch in the officers mess.


    During the year the group established its Rules andProcedures which were passed at the AGM, andapproved by the Executive Board.

    As part of the development of library services atLimerick Prison, a librarian was appointed in May andthe new library service is due to be launched early in2011. New library facilities were opened in Portlaoise,Mountjoy and Wheatfield during the year.


  • \ Public Libraries Section

    Chair: Brendan Teeling (An Chomhairle Leabharlanna)Secretary: Melanie Cunningham (Waterford City Council

    Library Service)Treasurer: 2009-2010: Elizabeth Keane (Galway County

    Libraries)2010-2011: Josephine Vahey, (Galway CountyLibraries)

    Committee: Carmel Daly (Clare County Libraries), OrlaghForde (Cork County Council Library and ArtsService), Shauna Henry, (Meath County CouncilLibrary Service), Pat Lonergan, (Kildare CountyCouncil Library and Arts Service), Susan Lovatt,(Fingal County Libraries), Mary Murphy,(Meath County Council Library Service),Barbara Varley, (Mayo County Libraries).

    The Public Libraries Section Committee met fourtimes during 2010. Three meetings were held in ILACCentre Library, Dublin, with the AGM being held inSouth Dublins County Library in Tallaght. OutgoingChairman, Brendan Teeling, was re-elected, as was theSecretary Melanie Cunningham. Elizabeth Keane stooddown from the post of Treasurer and Jo Vahey waselected in her place. The Chairman thanked Elizabethfor her work on behalf of the Section, and also thankedMelanie for her work and commitment.

    The Sections annual conference took place on 35November at the Maryborough House Hotel, Douglas,Cork. The theme of the conference was ROPE in yourusers: reach, online, promote, entice. 83 delegatesattended the conference and 12 trade exhibitors hostedstands at the conference trade exhibition.

    The Conference was formally opened by theAssociation President, Siobhn Fitzpatrick, who presenteda paper on the value of the public library service. BobbyKerr, entrepreneur and Dragons Den investor outlinedA new way of working, which addressed the topics of

    marketing, customer lo