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Vacancy at the NLI

Vacancy Title: Head of Exhibitions, Learning and Programming •       Application Deadline: 19th July 2023, 3.00pm •       Vacancy Organisation: National Library of Ireland •       Place of work: Kildare Street, Dublin 2 •       Short Description : The NLI shares the story of Ireland with the world through our unique...
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LAI passes motion on Intellection Freedom at AGM

The LAI at its Annual General Meeting on 10th May 2023 adopted a motion to reject acts of censorship and to commit to promote the International Federation of Library Associations’ statement on intellectual freedom. This statement reiterates the role of the library as an essential support for lifelong learning, independent decision-making and cultural development and...
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Genealogy and Local Studies Group online talk

Genealogy and Local Studies Group online talk

The Library Association of Ireland Genealogy and Local Studies Group is delighted to present this online talk with Tyler Sterkel of Ancestry Classroom. Understanding the past is a powerful tool for building resilience, connection and understanding for all ages. What better way to inspire the next generation of genealogists and local historians, than to provide...
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Library Association of Ireland AGM 2023

The Library Association of Ireland AGM will take place in Dublin on May 10th 2023. The registration process will include an option for members unable to attend in-person to appoint a proxy to attend on their behalf. Please register to attend the LAI AGM or nominate a proxy to attend through the following link:
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LAI/CILIP Ireland Conference Keynote Speaker announcement Martina Chapman

We are delighted to announce our second Keynote Speaker for this year’s Joint LAI/CILIP Ireland Conference Martina Chapman, Independent Consultant in Media and Information Literacy, Ireland. Martina Chapman is an independent consultant in the area of media and information literacy. She specialises in policy, research and project management. Since 2013, she has been providing specialist...
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Conference Keynote Speaker announcement Trevor Vaugh

We are delighted to announce our first Keynote Speaker for this year’s Joint LAI/CILIP Ireland Conference. Trevor is assistant professor of strategic design at Maynooth University and director of the Maynooth University Innovation Lab (Mi:Lab). He currently sits on Ireland’s public service innovation advisory board and is co-chair of the ‘design in Government’ expert working...
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Call for Papers for the Library Association of Ireland Genealogy and Local Studies Group Conference.

Looking back; Thinking forward: Inspiring the next generation of genealogists and local historians Call for Papers for the Library Association of Ireland Genealogy and Local Studies Group Conference. Join us in Dublin on 9 May 2023. The LAI Genealogy and Local Studies Group is inviting expressions of interest from librarians, teachers, historians and any interested...
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LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Annual Virtual Conference 2023 registration open

Registration for the LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Annual Virtual Conference 2023 is now open. You can register here.  
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The Library Association of Ireland / Knowledge Rights 21 Ireland National Coordinator

Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) is a programme running until July 2024 that aims to mobilise the potential of Europe’s knowledge institutions, particularly libraries, to engage with others across the spectrum of the access to knowledge movement to build momentum towards long term copyright reform that benefits library users and researchers in the 21st century. For...
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Open to all? LAI Open Scholarship Group Webinar. Fri, 10 February 2023, 10:00 – 11:30 GMT

The LAI Open Scholarship Group invites you to a discussion on what it truly takes to open up access to information, research and education. Speakers on the day are: Dr. Lisa Padden, Programme Manager, University for ALL, University College Dublin Dr Chrissi Nerantzi, Associate Professor in Education, University of Leeds Dave Wall, Citizen Science Officer,...
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Applications Open for Archiving Reproductive Health Public Collection Day

The Digital Repository of Ireland is inviting applications for a Public Collection Day on 10 March 2023, where ordinary people’s memorabilia of activism around the Eighth Amendment and similar topics will be digitised and archived for the future. For more information, and links to the application form, please visit The deadline for applications is...
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A&SL AGM on Thursday Feb 9th

The A&SL group invites all members and information professionals to their AGM and networking event, to be held in the Royal Irish Academy on February 9th, starting at 6:30 PM, and followed by a networking event. We look forward to seeing you there! Registration at
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Dr Mary Delaney appointed the new Editor of An Leabharlann The Irish Library journal

Today the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) announced that Dr Mary Delaney of South Eastern Technological University (SETU) Libraries will be the next Editor of An Leabharlann.  An Leabharlann: The Irish Library is published twice a year by The Library Association of Ireland and The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Ireland).  It is...
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Christmas Wishes to all members

Wishing all our LAI members and supporters a happy and peaceful Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2023.
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Notification of LAI AGM 2023 and nomination forms

Please be notified that the AGM of the Library Association of Ireland will take place at 11.00 am on Wednesday 10th May 2023 at a location yet to be determined. Motions for the AGM and annual reports from groups and sections of the Association should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary at the address below,...
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Online Talk: Libraries as Places of Sanctuary: Academic & Public Library Experiences

Tuesday 6th December 2022 1pm-2pm Libraries as Places of Sanctuary: Academic & Public Library Experiences Register for the LAI’s Library Ireland Week webinar with Michaela Hollywood (Maynooth University Library) and Bernie Foran (Laois Libraries) as they share their experiences of academic and public libraries as part of the ‘Libraries of Sanctuary’ Initiative. Register:
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Online Talk: The National Library of Ireland: History & Heritage | Festive Edition

8 December 2022 13:00 Join Katie Foley of the NLI on Zoom for an introduction to the National Library’s early history and architectural heritage, with a festive twist! This talk will explore the Library’s early history and architectural features through a combination of historical and contemporary photographs, with a focus on the historical craftsmanship present...
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LAI Author of the Year Announced

The public have voted and the LAI Author of the year is John Boyne! Congratulations John and all of the shortlisted authors. For more see:
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  • Library Association Of Ireland: Privacy Statement
  • Collection of your personal information
  • How we use your Personal Information
  • Security of your personal information
  • Third party services
  • Updating your personal information
  • Website visitors
  • Use of Cookies
  • Changes to this statement
  • Contact Information

Library Association Of Ireland: Privacy Statement

The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) is committed to protecting your privacy. The information you share with us means you will be able to use the services we offer. We only collect the information that is necessary to carry out our business, provide the particular service you have requested and to keep you informed. Our privacy policy gives you details on when and why we collect your personal data and how we use it.

Collection of your personal information

The amount and type of information we collect from you depends on the nature of the interaction you have with us. For example, we ask members who wish to join to complete an application form. In each case, we only gather as much information as is necessary to fulfil the service request. But in general we collect the following personal information:

  • contact information including: home or work address, telephone number, qualifications and email address
  • affiliation and role
  • bank details if appropriate.

Information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected by the LAI. This information can include your: IP address; browser type; domain name; access times; and referring website addresses.


How we use your Personal Information

The information we collect and hold on you will be used in a number of ways, including:

  • to fulfil membership requests
  • to fulfil bookings for attendance at events
  • provision of a LAI service,
  • provision of information to inform you of other products or services available from LAI and its affiliates
  • process payments, e.g. fees for attendance at events, payment of invoices, etc.
  • to facilitate discussion and sharing of knowledge through discussion lists and events
  • to contact you to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered
  • when you use the LAI website.

The LAI will keep your information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice and to fulfil our legal obligations. We will not keep more information than we need. The retention period will vary according to the purpose the data is collated.

The LAI does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The LAI may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party.  In addition, the LAI may share data with trusted partners to help us process payments, perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, member services or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the LAI, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

The LAI will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the LAI or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the LAI; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of members of the LAI, or the public.

Security of your personal information

The LAI discloses personally-identifying information to its management committee, contractors and affiliates in order to provide services available from the LAI. Payment processing is an example of this. They will not use your data for anything other than the clearly defined purpose relating to the service that they are providing.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through LAI public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: the LAI does not read any of your private online communications.

The LAI secures your personal information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. The LAI secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, and security protocols.

Third party services

The LAI utilises third party services to assist in the delivery of some of our services, e.g. Eventbrite. When you interact with these sites you may provide information about yourself to those third parties. The LAI is not responsible for how they collect, use and share your information. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of the websites you choose to link to from the LAI, so that you can understand how these websites collect, use and share your information.

Updating your personal information

The LAI will endeavour to ensure the data we hold on you is correct and up-to-date. If you wish us to amend or remove the personal information we hold on you, please contact us by email or write to Library Association of Ireland, c/o 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.We will correct any inaccuracies or remove you from our databases as soon as practicable.

Website visitors

Like most websites, the LAI collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. We do this to maintain the quality of the service, to determine what LAI services are the most popular and to provide general statistics regarding use of the LAI website. The data may be gathered from our website hosts and Google Analytics.


Use of Cookies

The LAI website uses ‘cookies’ to help you personalise your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalise LAI pages, or register with the LAI site or services, a cookie helps the LAI to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same LAI website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the LAI features that you customised.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the LAI services or websites you visit.

Changes to this statement

The LAI will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect user feedback. The LAI encourages you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how the LAI is protecting your information.

This statement was last updated on 20th June 2018.

Contact Information

The LAI with review and update this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the LAI has not adhered to this statement, please write the President, Library Association of Ireland, c/o 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.