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!

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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.

Our First AGM

It’s hard to believe that this time last year, we were just starting off as a group. It’s been an amazing experience and after three events, we found ourselves at our AGM a couple of weeks ago. And a wonderful night it was too!

Gillian Kerins was our guest speaker for the night. Her talk was about committee work and CPD on a budget. I know all of us on the Committee were looking forward to hearing what insights she would have and we weren’t disappointed. What was particularly exciting was the emphasis that Gillian placed on the individual and the varied options that are open to someone who is interested in developing their career. There is no one course that we can take, but as individuals, we can develop our interest of whatever areas are of particular interest to us. This includes getting yourself online, reading a library journal that interests you or even writing a book review for a relevant journal or magazine. There are also more structured resources available, like online courses and interesting exchanges within the library world so you can see what other librarians in different fields are doing. Gillian also touched on areas that some people would rather shy away from: work experience, internships, and volunteering. There was also a special mention for the LAI and the wonderful and varied Committees that are associated with that group. If you are interested in libraries (as I’m sure you are if you’re reading this) then there must surely be at least one group of interest to you.

As always, we tried to accommodate for all of you who couldn’t make it. With that in mind, we set up a specific hashtag (cdgagm2013) on Twitter. Read our tweets from the event here.

Following her talk, there was at least one question in the Q&A that followed that asked for Gillian’s slides (and many more similar questions in the pub afterwards). Gillian was very helpful in supplying a link to her presentation, which you can see here.

The main talking-point of our AGM was the decision of some of our committee members to stand down. With that in mind, we at the LAICDG would like to express our gratitude for all their work over the last year (and those involved in the group before that). None of this would be possible without your hard work. It wasn’t all sad news, however, as we welcomed some new members, who we are looking forward to working with over the next few months in planning some exciting events for next year. As always, stay tuned to this blog for news!

CDG AGM – Bookings Now Open!

What an amazing year! After a number of (if we do say so ourselves) successful events the time has come to gather along with our colleagues and elect some new members at our AGM. And the obligatory (and always fun) socialising.

We thought we would make our AGM even more appealing so we are delighted to announce that Gillian Kerins, from the Institute of Technology Tallaght will be our guest speaker. Gillian will be speaking about the work of the LAI’s Education CPD Committee and how to pursue CPD on a budget and what good value options are out there for information pros.

The AGM will take place in Rathmines Public Library on November 7th at 6pm. The full programme is as follows:

  • 6.00-6.10 pm : Welcome and introduction
  • 6.10-6.40pm : Talk by Gillian Kerins with a Q&A to follow
  • 6.40-6.55pm : Presentation of the Annual Report + Q&A
  • 6.55-7.10 pm : Presentation of the Treasurer’s Report +Q&A
  • 7.10-7.20 pm : New Committee Members
  • 7.20-7.40 pm: AOB & Networking
  • 7.40pm onwards: Social networking in Mother Reillys in Rathmines afterwards

To reserve your place and get further details, visit our Eventbrite page.

As I’m sure many of you will be getting to the AGM from many different places, you can always try the wonderful Hit The Road website. We look forward to seeing you!

The CDG Committee

Join the CDG Committee

Following on from a great CV Event, we are delighted to announce that the 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Career Development Group of the LAI will take place near the end of October. We will be announcing more details on speakers and times at a later date so keep a good watch on our Twitter feed and blog. In the meantime, we are calling on members to get your nomination forms in and join the CDG Committee.

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The AGM is a valuable opportunity to learn about the work that the Committee has been undertaking on your behalf over the last twelve months, and to hear reports from each of the Committee Officers. We hope as manny people as possible can attend as this is both an AGM and a networking event so looking forward to seeing you there!

CDG Committee 2013-2014

In accordance with the CDG’s established Rules & Procedures, the term of the current committee comes to an end in October 2013. Expressions of interest are now being sought from Career Development Group members to become Committee Members for the 2013-2014 term. Closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm October 1st 2013.

The Secretary of the CDG will provide details about the level of commitment required and the election process; if after takling with the Secretary you wish to be considered for Committee membership, nomination forms will be made available via email. The closing date for nomination forms is 5pm 15th of October 2013

The Career Development Group Committee is an active and dynamic group. If you are energetic and committed to the continued career development of information professionals we invite you to consider putting yourself forward for the Committee. You will be actively involved in developing a proactive approach to employment in libraries through the discussion of issues such as career development, CV and interview tips, alternative funding models for job creation, non-traditional work opportunities. This will be done through formal and informal events, talks and joint training with other LAI groups and committees. For an idea of what we do, check out our Open DayLibrary Camp and our CV Talk and Workshop.

The Committee meets approximately 10-12 times each year, the time of meetings to be decided by the new Committee. Each nominee will require a proposer and a seconder. The nominee must be a current member of the Career Development Group, the proposer and seconder must be current members of the Library Association of Ireland. Expressions of interest may be made directly to the current CDG Committee. Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. For more information on the CDG’s Rules and Procedures, click here