The Academic & Special Libraries Section 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition took place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. The theme of the Conference was Smashing Stereotypes: Librarians get loud!
The Keynote Speakers were Dr. Sandra Collins, Director, National Library of Ireland, Jan Parry, HonFCLIP, Immediate Past President, CILIP and Alison Macrina, Founder and Director of the Library Freedom Project.
The Committee once again awarded bursaries for full delegate attendance to A&SL Section’s Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016. Celine Campbell (Dublin City University Library) and Saoirse Reynolds (Maynooth University Library) were the winners of the sponsored places. The bursaries cover the cost of the conference delegate fee (including meals) plus travel costs up to a maximum of €100.00. Each bursary winner provided a conference review.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Academic & Special Libraries (A&SL) took place on Thursday 16th June at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 6 p.m, followed by refreshments. The guest speaker was Aoife Lawton, author of “The Invisible Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Increasing Visibility and Impact.” She gave a very interesting presentation, followed by a quiz, which was enjoyed by all.
The A&SL Summer Networking event - Visit to the dlr LexIcon took place on July 7th 2016. The visit included a tour of the library which took just over an hour, after which there was an opportunity to network and socialise locally. The event was very well-attended.
The A&SL Committee hosted a Cryptoparty - online privacy and digital security training on August 6th -7th 2016. There were two consecutive workshops with the aim of introducing the basics of practical online security and data protection. It was a free event held at Dublin Business School, and was booked out. Topics covered included concepts in encryption, the role of librarians in online privacy, browser plugins and password best practices. There was also a hands-on session exploring tools and practices, threat modelling, TOR Browser, data and communication encryption.
The A&SL Film Event for Library Ireland Week: The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas took place on Saturday 3rd December at University College Dublin Cinema. This was the Irish premiere of the film, which was written and directed by Greta Bellamacina & Davina Catt. This documentary explores the heritage and significance of the British Public Library, and documents its dramatic decline in recent years. There was a Q&A session after the screening with the filmmaker.
The trailer is available to view here: