The Library Association of Ireland was founded on 28th October 1928, at an Irish Library Conference held under the auspices of the Library Service Branch of the Irish Local Government Officials’ Union. At the Conference an Executive Board of twelve members was elected, and this Board met for the first time on 16th November 1928.
A Constitution for the Association was approved at a special meeting held on 19th November 1932. By this time the name of the Association had become “Cumann Leabharlann na hEireann, The Library Association of Ireland”, and two Sections of the Association, the County Libraries’ Section and the Library Assistants’ Section, had come into operation.
Twenty years later, in 1952, the Association was incorporated under the Companies Acts as a company limited by guarantee and having no share capital, and its organisation and operation was governed by a Memorandum and Articles of Association. The principal reason for this change in organisation was the Association’s intention of becoming involved in professional education for librarianship, and in setting up the courses, syllabus and examinations leading the Fellowship of the Library Association of Ireland. The first examinations were held in 1953, and the courses continued until 1976 when the last examinations were held.
The Memorandum and Articles of Association were revised in 1957, 1978, 1988 and again in 2012 but the organisational structure set up in 1952 continues in force.
The Library Association of Ireland is a Company Limited by guarantee, and not having a share capital. The document which guides and governs the Association is the Memorandum and Articles of Association. The current Memorandum and Articles of Association were passed by an EGM on 15 March 2012.
Marian Higgins has worked in public libraries since 1990, firstly employed by Dublin City Public Libraries and since 2006 by Kildare Library and Arts Service. Holding the position of Kildare County Librarian she has responsibilities for Library, Arts and Cultural services in County Kildare.
He is a member and Council member of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI). He is a member, and former Chair, of the Irish Universities Association Librarians’ Group (IUALG). He is currently Secretary and Treasurer of the Consortium of National and University Libraries in Ireland (CONUL).