LAICDG’s 2014 AGM – a review

On October 6th, the LAICDG held its second AGM in the now familiar Rathmines Public Library. We started off with the nitty-gritty of the AGM, with Laura Connaughton (Chairperson) and Bryan Whelan (acting Secretary) speaking about the nature of the LAICDG, who the different members of the Committee are as well as how we communicate as a group. As we feel that events are our raison-d’etre, we spoke about the events that we held through the year. If you’re interested, you can read about the Interview Skills Workshop, Library Camp and Writing for Academic Publication on our blog (just follow those links). An important point raised during the list of events we carried out was that without groups like the Academic and Special Libraries (particularly in reference to the Library Camp event), the activities of the LAICDG would be somewhat curtailed. Lara Musto, LAICDG Treasurer, also spoke about the current finances of the LAICDG. Again, the point was made that the LAICDG is currently relying on the very generous nature of groups such as the AS&L, but without sufficient funding, the quality of our events may be lessened in the future. This is due to various high costs, such as Event Brite (used for booking event tickets) and the rent fee of venues for our events. In addition to this, the group is still willing to continue offering tickets at a lower price than other LAI groups, considering our audience involves newly professionals and unemployed.

Roy Murray‘s talk was one of the highlights of the LibCamp 2014, so we were delighted that he agreed to give his workshop on social media. We all know that the information profession has changed incredibly over the last decade or so, and none more so than in the world of social media. The vast majority of libraries – regardless of what field they operate in – have realised the importance of social media in forwarding awareness of their collection as well as connecting to existing and potential users. There are many examples of libraries who have done wonders with their social media (for example, the NLI twitter feed is always a joy to read) and, of course, some that we may politely describe as a wasted opportunity. The difficulty is that what works for one organisation may be completely innapropriate for your own. With that in mind, Roy presented a very interesting workshop which got everyone discussing this. A key element of Roy’s talk was the need to understand exactly what your organisation is, what its message is, and what it wants to actually do with social media. Particularly beneficial was that regardless of how you operate social media (amateur, pro or somewhere in between) the workshop was perfectly tailored to appeal to everyone. There was a lively discussion before we wrapped everything up and there was a healthy attendance in Mother Reilly’s afterwards.

An AGM can be a good point to start anew and introduce fresh thinking. With that in mind, over the past few months we made numerous calls through many different avenues for expressions of interest in working as Committee members in the LAICDG. The LAICDG would like to thank all those previous members who stood down after the AGM, as well as welcome all the new members. Being a Committee member can be a wonderful opportunity to help others in your field, as well as engage with your peers.

As always, we were tweeting throughout the event on . If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can follow all those tweets here.

Finally, we would like to thank all of those who attended, as well as the representatives of the LAI (who also helped out with some issues that we may have experienced regarding AGM protocol), to the staff of Rathmines Public Library and, of course, to Roy Murray.

Writing for an Academic Publication – a review of Helen Fallon’s workshop

We all know it is essential to focus on areas that people traditionally associate with career development (like getting your CV right and all those other basics), but it is important to realise that career development can encompass many different avenues. A new field which is becoming increasingly popular and important is that of writing for an academic publication. Sometimes the words ‘academic publication’ can be off-putting so we were very enthusiastic to help Helen Fallon, deputy librarian of Maynooth University, give a workshop.

The workshop attempted to increase the confidence and motivation to write as a starting point. Helen also explored identifying what is publishable and where to publish. What attendees seemed to react to most positively was the drafting of actual written pieces and for constructive criticism. It can be difficult to stay focused about an area that you have little or no experience with, but the practical element of the workshop was really well received.

You can read Shona Thoma’s blog post about this event here.

If you weren’t able to make it on the day (and weren’t checking #laicdgacd on Twitter) you can read a storify about the event here.

Thank you to all who came along, to everybody who helped, and special thanks to Helen Fallon for organising such a fantastic workshop.

Get Your Tickets for LAICDG’s AGM

Tickets are now available for the LAICDG’s AGM on the 6th October. You can purchase them here.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be a workshop organised by Roy Murray (“Creating a Social Media ‘Content Bible’ for your organisation”). Following that, there will be the traditional post-event ‘networking’ in Mother Reilly’s.

We have also extended the deadline for expressions of interest for membership of the Committee of the LAICDG. Being an active member of a library committee can be a great way to help out in your field, meet current peers and future colleagues and keep up-to-date with new developments in the information profession field. Email us (laicareerdevelopment [at] if you are interested. We can send you the required paperwork before the AGM but don’t forget to book your ticket as well!

AGM Flyer-1

Tickets nearly sold out for academic writing workshop!

We are nearly sold out of tickets for the academic writing workshop. If you are free on the 4th of October and writing for academic publications is something you need to do for your job (or to improve your CV) then this is the event for you. Not only will it be an intimate event, but you will be guided through the process by NUI Maynooth’s Helen Fallon, who has practical experience in the area.

Get your tickets here.

For more information, see our flyer below.

Academic Writing Flyer

Writing for Academic Publication: LAICDG event

There are so many ways to further your career development as an information professional, and one of those is writing for an academic publication. This is sometimes overlooked as a plausible avenue for those in the field, but given its growing importance, the LAICDG is delighted to announce a workshop by Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian at NUI Maynooth.

The workshop aims to cover areas such as peer-reviewed journals, books and blog posts. As it is a workshop, there will be a strong emphasis on practical participation in drafting a piece of writing during the workshop.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in an area that few in the field possess and to work under the guidance of somebody with practical experience. Given the nature of an event like this, and the high demand that we expect to receive, tickets are limited, so we strongly advise to book your place as soon as the tickets are advertised.

Booking opens on Eventbrite on September 5th at 7pm and are priced at €10 (waged) or €5 (unwaged). Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@laicdg), Facebook or email us (laicareerdevelopment [at]

Academic Writing Flyer


The Committee of the LAICDG are delighted to announce our forthcoming AGM. Once again, we are hoping to offer a little more than the average AGM with a special guest, an opportunity for you to get involved in a library-related committee and the chance to meet with your peers and library professionals!

The AGM will be held in Rathmines Public Library on Monday, October 6th from 6pm to 8pm. The LAICDG chairperson and treasurer will present on the activities of the Committee since our last AGM. The secretary’s report will also be delivered.

Following these presentations, we are pleased to announce that Roy Murray will run session “Creating a Social Media ‘Content Bible’ for your organisation”. Roy’s session was very well-received at our LibCamp event earlier in the summer, and as we know social media is a very ‘hot topic’ at the moment. We will then engage in some ‘social networking’ in Mother Reilly’s, which is just a short walk from the Library.

If you’re interested in joining the Committee of the LAICDG, we are requesting submissions for a number of positions. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in a young and vibrant Committee which is part of the Library Association of Ireland. Keep in mind that the closing date for submissions of interest will be the 22nd of September. The LAICDG’s email is laicareerdevelopment [at]

Tickets for this event will be available from the 22nd of September, so keep an eye on this blog for the link to Eventbrite.


Library Camp Ireland 2014

Libcamp Logo Orig1Library Camp Ireland was organised for the second year in conjunction with the Academic and Special Libraries Group of the LAI. It was an honour to work with such an established LAI group, popular for its successful workshops and seminars. The selected meeting place, Wood Quay Venue, was astonishing with its historical remains from medieval Dublin, made us all feel like we were the ‘cutting-edge Vikings’ of the information profession.



It was my first time at a Library Camp. I had some idea of what to expect after reading last year’s blog from the Career Development Group. And my foretaste was met well beyond my initial expectations. Since joining the Master’s course at DBS in 2011, I have been to several events organised by various LAI groups for different reasons: learning about the new profession I was entering, meeting and talking to like-minded people and apprehending latest ways of operating within different fields of the profession. However, I must admit that the focal point about Library Camp – is that it is an event where not knowing each delegate does not make you feel like ‘a fish out of water’. It turned out to be a social/profession meeting-day with a lot more overflowing knowledge than in any other convention I have been to. In fact, embracing and sharing current or past work experience in every field was the theme of the day! Some of the attendees have had years of experience within the information profession and seeing them actively participating in the initial interaction of ‘speed-dating for info pros’ amongst people just entering the profession was pretty gratifying.

Despite being occupied with taking as many photographs as possible on the day, I was still able to contribute to a couple of the discussions (pitches) and absorb some encouraging tips from other participants. I found particularly interesting Roy Murray’s pitch about creating a social media content ‘bible’, which was run at the end of the day and maybe for too short a time. What I liked most was the practical group work. Social Media is spreading like a virus in the information profession and it’s evolving on a daily basis. Hence, I think more LAI groups should dedicate some of their workshops to this area. Thank you Roy, for contributing with such an outstanding topic.

Social Media Content Bible

Final pitch – Social Media Content Bible

My first thought about the day was that everyone who has a drift toward the information profession should be made aware about the ethos of the Library Camp, and get involved in it. Therefore, as part of the LAI Career Development Group’s committee, I look forward to organising Library Camp Ireland 2015 alongside the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the LAI.

Post by Lara Musto, Treasurer of the LAI Career Development Group.

MAXIM e-learning course

The HSLG and the AS&L have announced that the MAXIM course (maximising the impact of your library) will take place at the end of June. This is a wonderful opportunity to further your career development. You may remember that this course was postponed earlier in the year, but is scheduled to run from June to September.

What is the Maxim course? It is an e-learning course, managed and certified by the University of Sheffield, a university with many years of relevant experience in delivering similar courses. It is also highly relevant for anyone working in the library field.

The HSLG and the AS&L are also offering part-bursaries of €145 to members who wish to participate. These are dependent on completion of the course. Please register with Eva at if you are interested in one of the bursaries.

Relevant details:

Start date: 30th June 2014

Course break: 28th July – 1st August

Course finishes: 12th September (including one week at the end to prepare and submit your work portfolio).

Cost: €245 per person

If you are interested, please contact Eva: