Library Ireland Week 2021

Library Ireland Week will take place from Sunday 28th November to Sunday 4th December 2021! It’s time to plan events, activities and showcases celebrating libraries and library staff. The message for the week is ‘Our Future Story: Recharge, Reconnect & Re-emerge’ #LIW21 @LAIonline
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IFLA 22 Dublin Introduction

IFLA 22 will be held on the 24-28 July 2022, in the National Convention Centre, Dublin. Watch the introduction from LAI President Cathal McCauley.
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The #ebooksos campaign in Ireland

The #ebooksos campaign in Ireland by Stuart Hamilton, Marian Higgins and Cathal McCauley Against the backdrop of COVID-19, this article outlines the ebooksos campaign. The origin and rationale for the campaign is described. Development of the campaign and possible future developments are considered. Irish libraries, across all sectors, have responded superbly to the COVID-19 global...
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Recent News


Call to support EU programmes for education and culture 2020

EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations), IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), NAPLE (National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe), PL 2030 (Public Libraries 2030) and SPARC Europe (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) represent more than 60,000 libraries all over Europe. Covid-19 is...
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Shortlist for Library Staff Champion Award Announced

For the second year, the Library Ireland Week Taskforce are delighted to announce the nominations for the Library Staff Champion Award. As with our inaugural award last year, our nominees come from all types of library roles, demonstrating the value and impact of all library staff, whether working directly with patrons or working behind the...
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Advertisement for position of Joint Meeting Secretary

Dear Members The Library Association of Ireland is looking to fill the exciting position of Joint Meetings Secretary. The post-holder must be available on 7 – 8  days year to attend meetings of the LAI Council and the Management Committee. Please note that meetings are likely be held remotely using videoconferencing for the immediate future...
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LAI AGM Documentation

To access this post, you must purchase Institutional Membership, Student Membership, Individual Membership, Maynooth Library Team Memberships, Law Library Team Membership or Kildare Library Team Memberships.
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Draft Library Association of Ireland Annual Report 2019

The Draft Library Association of Ireland Annual Report 2019 will be presented on the 30th June at the LAI AGM.
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The Library Association of Ireland fully welcomes and endorses IFLA’s statement

“The Library Association of Ireland fully welcomes and endorses IFLA’s statement regarding racism and the society libraries are working to build. Racism has no place in Irish society and conflicts with the basic principles of the library and information profession. The Library Association of Ireland aims to actively promote the role of libraries in promoting...
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Updated Notice of the AGM of the Library Association of Ireland.

Please be notified that due to current restrictions it has become necessary to postpone the AGM of the Library Association of Ireland until 10.00am on Tuesday 30th June 2020. The AGM will take place via Zoom. Email for details of how to join this meeting which will be given a week beforehand.
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IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin 2020 is Cancelled

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Irish National Committee regret to announce the cancellation of the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Dublin scheduled for 15th-21st August 2020. The global situation surrounding COVID-19 severely limits the ability of delegates from around the world to organise their attendance in...
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A Message to LAI membership

Dear colleagues, These are difficult times for us all and during difficult times people show their compassion, ingenuity, resilience and creativity.  If there is anything, we know of the Irish spirit it is that we are resilient in challenging times. Difficult decisions have and will have to be taken, librarians are continuing to support their...
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The LAI/CILIP Conference Committee has assessed the risk of the coronavirus outbreak. Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and delegates. Therefore, in line with Government guidance, the Committee has decided to postpone the LAI/CILIP Joint Annual Conference in order to reduce the risk related to COVID-19. The Conference will now...
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President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins donates personal book collection to Dublin City Libraries

There was wonderful surprise in store for people using Cabra Library earlier today. President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina visited the library to personally gift approximately 700 books from the President’s personal collection for the use of library patrons nationwide. Speaking at the event, Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens said: “We’re delighted President...
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IFLA 2020 Membership discount

IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 You will be aware that Dublin with host the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2020 from the 15 – 21 August. This is an exciting, once-in-a-career opportunity, to show the world the best of libraries and librarianship in Ireland and to network with colleagues from all...
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Call For Papers for the August 2020 Dublin WLIC

IFLA’s Library Publishing SIG is delighted to announce our Call For Papers for the August 2020 Dublin WLIC.  As IFLA continues to engage, inspire, enable, and connect, our SIG’s theme will be:   Library Publishing: Catalyst for Change. The full Call for Papers is here: Please notice the format (lightning talk) and submission guidelines. The...
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Western Region Section AGM 27th January

The Western Region Section of the Library Association of Ireland will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday 27th January @ 11.30 am at The Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway Continuing with its innovative and accessible approach to everything, WRSLAI will also host a virtual meeting room  to facilitate access to the meeting for those who cannot travel. ...
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IFLA WLIC 2020 – Call for Posters and Papers

The IFLA Conference is coming to Dublin in August and the call has gone out for Posters and for Papers: The deadline for submitting posters is 31 st January. Deadlines for papers are generally February or March (more calls for papers are being added throughout January). This is a great opportunity to...
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LAI/CILIP Joint Conference 25 & 26 March 2020 Dundalk 

The Library Association of Ireland and the Chartered Institute Library & Information Professional (CILIP) Ireland hold an all island conference in Ireland annually. The Conference is addressed to Library and Information practitioners from all types of libraries and at all stages of their career. The Conference aims to provide a forum, opportunity and time for...
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LAI/CILIP Annual Conference Call for Papers Launched

The Library Association of Ireland are delighted to announce the call for submissions for the LAI/CILIP Joint Annual Conference on 25th and 26th of March 2020, Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth. Call for Papers & Posters The LAI/CILIP Joint Annual Conference will address the theme of ‘Libraries: A World of Possibilities’. We would like...
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Library Ireland Week 2019 Launch

Library Ireland Week takes place from Sunday December 1st to 7th 2019. The theme of this year’s week is “Libraries Inspire”. The week, which is organised by the Library Association of Ireland, raises the profile of libraries and information service professionals and showcases their resources, facilities, events and services through dedicated programmes and events. Throughout...
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LAI Awards Applications Announcement

Following a comprehensive review of the LAI Awards the President and Council of LAI are delighted to announce: a) Applications are now open for the new, mid-career award of Senior Associate of the Library Association of Ireland (SALAI). b) A two-year grace period for mid-career professionals without an Associate of the Library Association of Ireland...
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Rare Books Group Annual Seminar 2019

Teaching & learning through special collections Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 Friday, 22 November 2019 (10:00 – 16:15) SEMINAR SPEAKERS (Session titles to follow) 10:00: REGISTRATION 10:25: Opening remarks – David Meehan, RBG Chair (DCU Library) 10:30: Keynote –Alan Hughes (Head of Special Collections & Archives, Cardiff University) 11:10: Q&A 11:20-11:50: COFFEE 11:50:...
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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.