We’ve just a week to go before our next event: Information skills for the future

We’ve just a week to go before our next event Information skills for the future. To whet your appetite (and persuade you that this is a must-attend event if you haven’t already booked your tickets) we’re going to have a look at what you can expect to hear from the speakers. This is your opportunity to hear directly from employers about the skills they’re looking for and the skills gap they are seeking to address.





The seminar is brought to you in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Library and the Trinity Long Room Hub and we are delighted and honoured that Trinity’s Librarian and College Archivist Helen Shenton will open our event. Helen will be followed by Jessie Kurtz, Deputy Librarian at Trinity, who will give the keynote address.

ConfusedThe morning session will focus on Libraries, technology and the information landscapeBríd McGrath will kick off this session with a talk titled Towards an eco-system for development. She will be followed by Sarah Lyons, Digital Librarian at Novartis who will discuss the benefits librarians can bring to commercial business and how we can apply the librarian’s skill-set in a digital world. We all know that traditional jobs are few and far between at the moment so it will be interesting to get the perspective of a librarian working in Industry. John Howard, Librarian at UCD will wrap up this session and we will have plenty of time for questions for all of our panel before lunch.

Don't get left on the shelfAfter lunch (which will be provided) we will shift our attention to Physical and virtual library spacesOrla Nic Aodha,Head Librarian of the Cregan Library at St Patrick’s College will give an insight into the lessons learned during a building project in St. Patrick’s College Library, focussing on Grand designs with room to improve. Turning from the physical library space to the virtual one David Hughes, systems librarian at DBS will give a talk titled I am the Virtual Librarian (but you don’t have to be). Our afternoon session will finish with Mairead Owens, County Librarian from DLR Libraries who will discuss some of the necessary skills for a librarian in 2015.

We are incredibly excited by the calibre of speakers who have agreed to talk at our event and we know each one will inspire you in different ways. So if you haven’t booked your tickets yet it’s not too late. We’re looking forward to seeing you next Thursday for what we hope will be a lively and engaging day. And don’t forget we’ll be continuing the conversation in O’Neill’s on Pearse St afterwards.


Booking now live for Information Skills for the Future

CDG Poster April event - FinalBooking is now live through Eventrbrite.

The Career Development Group of the Library Association of Ireland, in collaboration with Trinity College Library and the Trinity Long Room Hub present:

Information skills for the future

An opportunity to network and learn about important skills for the future and evolving library space. Hear directly from employers about the skills they are looking for.

What you need to know:

  • Date: 2nd April 2015
  • Time: 9.30 – 16.00
  • Location: Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
  • Price: Waged €20, Unwaged/ Students €12
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Booking: via Eventbrite
"The Long Room Hub" by Helio Dias is licensed under license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The Long Room Hub” by Helio Dias is licensed under license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Special introduction by Helen Shenton, Trinity College Library

Keynote: Jessie Kurtz, Trinity College Library

Libraries, technology and the information landscape

  • Bríd McGrath
  • Sarah Lyons – Novartis
  • John Howard – UCD

Physical and virtual library spaces

  • Mairead Owens – DLR Libraries
  • Orla Nic Aodha – St Patrick’s College
  • David Hughes – DBS

The event will be followed by an opportunity to relax and network at O’Neill’s, Pearse St.

Booking is now live through Eventrbrite.

Information Skills for the Future, April 2nd 2015

ConfusedSave the date! On April 2nd 2015 the CDG are hosting our next event in the Trinity Long Room Hub. The event will focus on Information Skills for the Future and we have invited a group of librarians from different professional backgrounds to speak about what they see as the essential skills for librarians of the future. This will be a full day event hosted in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Library. We are very thankful for the Library’s support of this event.

We are still finalising the details but we are very excited to welcome speakers including John Howard, Librarian of UCD, David Hughes, Systems Librarian from Dublin Business School, Sarah Lyons, Digital Librarian at NovartisMairead Owens, County Librarian for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Orla Nic Aodha, Head Librarian of the Cregan Library at St. Patrick’s College. Helen Shenton, Librarian of Trinity College Dublin will open our event. We are honoured that each of these speakers has agreed to come and share their knowledge and experience with us.

Our morning session will focus on libraries, technology and the information landscape, while the afternoon session will focus on physical and virtual library spaces. Our guests will talk about their vision of the library of the future, the skill shortages that they see at present in the world of librarianship, and how to fill those gaps. We hope the event will spark a wider conversation in the Irish library world, as well as informing you, our members, about the skills that are currently sought after by employers.

And in the spirit of career development we will schedule plenty of time for networking. So add April 2nd 2015 to your diaries and watch this space for more details coming soon!