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Communications and Website Committee

Members of committee:

Sandra Turner(Website Officer), Bernie Fennell, Fionnuala Hanrahan, Marian Higgins, Gillian Kerins,Eimear McGinn, Emer O'Brien, Shona Thoma, Sandra Turner, Joan Ward.


Latest news

The Communications Committee merged with the Website Taskforce in June 2015.

Due to the ongoing problems with the website and the unexpected withdrawal of service by the website support company in 2017, the management of the website was escalated to the Management Committee of the LAI. Following a Request for Quotations process, a vendor has been selected and the Website Officer will convene a meeting of the Communications and Website Committee to finalise the design and functionality of the new website.


Terms of Reference


LAI Communications and Website Committee Terms of Reference (Approved at Council meeting Sept 2016)


Social Media Guidelines


LAI Social Media Guidelines (Approved at Council meeting Sept 2016)


LAI Communications Strategy 2012 – 2016



The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) is the professional body representing libraries and librarianship in IrelandThe LAI aims to develop and promote high standards of librarianship and of library and information services in Ireland, and to secure greater co-operation between libraries in the State.


Good communications are fundamental to the LAI achieving its aims.   The LAI communicates with internal and external stakeholders in both the public and private sectors and in society at large:


  • Internal stakeholders include individual members, LAI Council, Groups and Sections, Committees and Task Forces.
  • External stakeholders include the Houses of the Oireachtas, government departments, local authorities, Irish libraries, national and international library associations and bodies, other organisations and individuals, and the media. 


LAI communications - roles and responsibilities

This strategy recognises, and builds on, the roles and responsibilities of the LAI’s internal stakeholders.


The LAI Council (the Council) will lead effective communications in the LAI.  This is a priority area for the Council, and it will


  • Provide opportunities for library and information professionals to communicate and engage with the LAI, and to participate in its activities;
  • Place special emphasis on communicating with 'hard to reach' groups particularly library, information and knowledge professionals who are not LAI members.


LAI Groups and Sections are responsible for communicating effectively with their own members and for providing opportunities for those members to keep informed about professional developments, and to learn from each other by sharing their professional experience and expertise.  


Committees & Task Forces are responsible for developing policy, for research, and for communicating with the LAI Council and with individual members.


Individual members are encouraged by the LAI Council to contribute to the activities of LAI Groups, Sections, Committees and Task Forces.


Goals, objectives and actions of the LAI communications strategy

The goals of this communications strategy are to

  1. Increase stakeholders’ understanding of the LAI;
  2. Increase members’ participation in the  work of the LAI;
  3. Improve public understanding of the work and value of library and information professionals.


The objectives of this communications strategy are to:

  1. Communicate the functions and work of the LAI to its stakeholders and to the wider community;
  2. Provide timely, accurate and appropriate information to its stake holders.



The actions needed to deliver this communications strategy fall into 6 broad areas:

  1. Consultation and collaboration
  2. Web and social media
  3. Publishing
  4. Members’ events
  5. Public events
  6. Media


  1. Consultation and Collaboration : to increase recognition of the Association as the authoritative voice in Ireland for the library and information professions and its practitioners
    1. Strengthen and maintain links with other library organisations internationally e.g. IFLA, EBLIDA,
    2. Strengthen and maintain links with cognate bodies in Ireland
    3. Identify and implement a series of research projects that address membership needs and the role of the profession in society


  1. Web and Social Media : to establish structures that ensure the Association’s e-presence is relevant and reliable
    1. Identify the best mechanism to manage the Association’s website and social media presence on an ongoing basis
    2. Investigate and identify an appropriate professional social media mechanism [e.g. LinkedIn] to improve communication and networking for members
    3. Collaborate with the Website Task force in particular to create a Procedures document to ensure a reliable relevant web presence


  1. Publishing : to provide access to Association Policy and Statements  and to quality, evidence based research
    1. Locate, record and digitise existing publications, with an initial focus on the most recent decade, for access via the Association’s website
    2. Improve the presentation of Leabharlann-e


  1. Members’ events : to provide relevant activities that address current and forthcoming opportunities and concerns
    1. Develop a shared calendar of events
    2. Assist members in the innovative use of ICT to make material and expertise more accessible


  1. Public Events : to demonstrate the value of library and information services
    1. Examine Library Ireland Week and other mechanisms to promote the potential of library and information services


  1. Media : to provide the media with accurate information and comment on matters of concern to the profession
    1. Produce a code of conduct for liaison with the media
    2. Develop a list of media contacts and establish a mechanism for effective maintenance of same


Terms of Reference of Communications Committee 1 – Policy and Procedure (Approved at Council meeting Sept 2012)


Terms of Reference of the Taskforce of the Library Association of Ireland Website (Adopted at Council meeting Nov 2009)