Past Events

FRIDAY 13TH MAY 2011 – SLARI AGM & CONFERENCE

The SLARI 2011 AGM and conference, entitled “Awards and rewards: promoting reading in innovative ways”, took place on Friday 13th May 2011 in Pearse St Library.

You can download the brochure here and view photos from the conference here.

Resources: Clues for the Library Murder Mystery and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

FRIDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2011 – SLARI CONFERENCE

The SLARI Spring Conference, “Guiding Gullible Googlers” with Geoff Dubber, was held in Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2 on Friday 4th February 2011.

The conference was a great success and we received a lot of positive feedback from delegates. Many thanks to our sponsors The Book Nest and Interleaf Technology.

Geoff Dubber’s slides from the conference can be found here and accessed with the following code ILSSecSLARI0211. Photos from the conference are here.

Programme

9:30 am
Registration
10:00 am
More than Google: Developing information literacy skills in a library and curriculum context.
11:15 am
Coffee
11:45 am
Read it and put it in your own words! A focus on note making/plagiarism
1:00 pm
Lunch
1:45 pm
Upskilling: Examining ways in which a range of skills can be developed through library policies and practices.
3:00 pm
Conference closes

You can download the brochure here.

16TH APRIL 2010 – SPRING CONFERENCE & AGM

The Spring Conference, entitled “Secrets for Success : Activities that work for School Libraries”, took place at the National Library on Friday 16th April 2010. The aim of the day was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to highlight best practice in various types of school libraries.

Programme

9.00am
Registration
9.30
Workshop 1 – Starting your library from Scratch.* Speaker: Jane O’Loughlin has set up a school library in a mixed JCSP school in Waterford and in an all boys school in Kildare – Clongowes.
10.15
Workshop 2 – Creating a website for your library.* Speaker: Erol Mustafov
11.00
Coffee
11.30am
Workshop 3 – Clubs and activities that entertain, educate and boost the Library profile in the school – chaired by Aileen Ivory.
12.15pm
Our guest speaker, David Maybury, is a reader, writer, and blogger extraordinaire! He is also Reviews editor of Inís magazine, and judge for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards 2010. David will talk about starting a blog and the benefits of blogging in the world of children’s literature. His first book, ‘Habberdashed’, will be out in May. You can check out David’s blog here
1.15
Seminar closes
1.30-2.00pm
AGM

 

14TH NOVEMBER 2009 – NOVEMBER CONFERENCE

This year’s November seminar featured guest speaker Nicola Morgan, author ofBlame my brain: the amazing teenage brain revealed. Nicola Morgan is an award-winning author who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is best known for her critically acclaimed teenage novels, and her two popular books on the young brain: Blame My Brain and Know Your Brain. Find out more about Nicola Morgan’s biography and work here.

10.00am
The Fascinating teenage brain: the science, the facts. Read more…
11.15am
Coffee
11.45am
Working with the teenage brain: teachers, librarians and parents. Read more…
1.00pm
Lunch
1.45pm
Writing for teenagers: getting them reading and why they read what they do.Read more…

Many thanks to our sponsors International Education Services, Interleaf and Ryco.


25TH APRIL 2009 – SPRING SEMINAR & AGM

This year’s Spring Seminar entitled Teaching skills for school librarians took place in St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin. Sharon Markless, renowned academic and lecturer at King’s College, London, presented the seminar on teaching skills.

9.30am
Annual General Meeting
10.00am
How do pupils learn to be information literate? This talk explored what influences the effectiveness of pupils’ learning and what is involved in the process. Read more…
12.30pm
LUNCH
1.15pm
This session covered the planning of an information literacy lesson, including effective group work, and assessing pupils’ learning. This was a practical session exploring how to set learning outcomes and successful learning activities. Have a look at our conference here …

15TH NOVEMBER 2008 – NOVEMBER CONFERENCE

The November conference entitled Every Child Matters: Inclusion in the School Library, was held on Saturday, 15th November 2008, at Tallaght Library, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

10.00am
The Intercultural classroom and school: transferable paradigms – Mary Ryan.
11.30am
Stimulating SEN Ideas: Planning for students with learning difficulties – Sally MacIntosh.
1.45pm
Gifted students: strategies and accommodations for advanced readers and learners – Leslie Graves MHAC. http://www.giftedkids.ie.

12 APRIL 2008 – SPRING SEMINAR & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2008

The Spring Seminar, entitled Whole school approach to library development, was held on Saturday, 12th April 2008 in The Kings Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 20. Our guest lecturer was Geoff Dubber. Geoff has 35 years of working with school libraries, 24 years of teaching and management in secondary and primary schools and 12 years experience as an independent consultant and trainer specialising in school library development. He is the author of many S.L.A. guidelines. Geoff is currently Vice Chair of the School Library Association.

10.00am
Annual General Meeting
11.15am
Working with Young People: Positive Behaviour Management
1.30pm
Honing your Management skills: Practical policy making and development planning for your school library

23-24 NOVEMBER 2007 – ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The November Conference, entitled: “Self-Directed Learning: School Libraries supporting the Curriculum”, was held on the 23rd and 24th November 2007 in the Church of Ireland College of Education, Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

Friday, 23 November 2007: Official launch of our website www.slari.ie

Our website was officially launched by Gervase Phinn, President of the School Library Association. Gervase is a former UK teacher and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer. He has published many articles and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections.

Saturday, 24 November 2007: Annual Conference

10.00am
Information literacy and the younger reader – Valerie Coghlan, Librarian, CICE, Dublin
11.30am
Information literacy: theory and practice – Ellen Breen, Librarian, Dublin City University
14.00pm
Curriculum reform and independent learning – Hal O’Neill, NCCA

24 MARCH 2007 – SLARI AGM & SPRING SEMINAR

The Spring Seminar, entitled Making the most of your school library, was held on Saturday, 24th March 2007 at Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

10.00am
AGM
10.30am
Unveiling of new SLARI website.
11.30am
Parallel Perceptions: 3 approaches to delivering an information service in your school. The panel included:

  • Ann Lucas-school librarian of Muckross Park College, a secondary school in Dublin 4.
  • Eleanor Noonan – a member of the Parents Association at St. Gerard’s Primary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  • Breege O’Brien – teacher/librarian in Scoil Damhnait, a secondary school in Achill, Co. Mayo.

A number of successful strategies were highlighted that are being used to maximise the relevance of the school library.

2.00pm
The Bigger Picture: a broader educational perspective on how the library can support the curriculum. This session was presented by Kevin McDermott, Co-ordinator for Leaving Certificate English, Second Level Support Service.

11 NOVEMBER 2006 – ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The November Conference, entitled: “Reading matters: developing readers in your school library ”, was held in Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6, on 11th November 2006.

Morning Session

The keynote speaker was Fiona Edwards from Opening the Book http://www.openingthebook.com. This was a very useful presentation and discussion about the individual needs of young readers when reading for pleasure and beyond the school curriculum.

Afternoon session

Jane O’Loughlin, JCSP Librarian, Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan (one of the schools participating in the Junior Certificate School Library Programme Demonstration Library Project) presented this session. The theme of her inspiring presentation “Non-readers and reluctant readers most welcome!” covered the multi-faceted nature of working with reluctant readers in her school library.

To round off the day, author Claire Hennessy talked about her writing.

A bookstall was provided by International Education Services.

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