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Public Libraries Section Annual Conference 2017


Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 1:30pm

The Public Libraries' Section of the LAI will hold it's Annual Conference  Let's Work Together: Marketing, Partnership and Collaborations in Public Library Communities at the Tinakilly Country House and Hotel from 7th - 9th November 2017.



Library Association of Ireland

Public Libraries Section Conference 2017

Tinakilly House Hotel, Co. Wicklow 7th – 9th November

Draft Programme

Tuesday 7th November
5pm – 7pm         Registration
8pm                    Official Opening of Conference and dinner followed by Table Quiz

Wednesday 8th November
9am                    Opening of Exhibition

9.15am               UX and Public Libraries: Experience and Possibility

              Andy Priestner, Trainer and Consultant

10am                  3x15 mins Shortlisted Project Prize Presentations

10.45                  3xExhibitor Lightning Talks, Princh A/S; WF Howes; Surfbox
Tea/Coffee break

11.20am              2xExhibitor Lightning Talks, Bolinda; Interleaf Technology
11.30am              Liz McGettigan, CILIP Scotland

12.15pm             Shining a Light – The Future of Public Libraries Across Ireland and the UK,Douglas White, Head of Advocacy,  Carneige Trust UK

1pm                    Lunch

2pm                    Visit to Arklow Library
3pm                    Presentation of 2016 Project Prize Winner, Breda Hassett, Cork City Libraries

7.30pm               Pre-dinner Drinks Reception

8pm                    Gala Dinner

                           After Dinner Speaker, Dr Tom Clonan, Journalist and Writer

Thursday 9th November
9.30am           Dr. Mary Jo Lavelle, Healthy Ireland and Greg Straton, Dept of Health.

10.30am          3 x 15 mins Quickfire Sessions; Services to Families with Autism, Cork City Libraries; Snuggle Stories, WWETB; A Guide to Age Friendly Communication, Monaghan County Council

11.15am          Tea/Coffee Break

11.30am          Niall Murray,  Irish Autism Action

12.15pm          My Life in Books Panel

                        Rick O’ Shea, TBC, TBC


Download the Draft Programme


To book your place contact Melanie Cunningham at

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