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Another reason to come to our Conference on Friday 4th April!

The link to the article below shows the importance of keeping our skills up-to-date:

School Librarian of the Year Award won by Irish Librarian

Hilary Cantwell of St. Paul’s Community College in Waterford has won this prestigious award.  This award is given annually to recognise the work done by librarians in school libraries.  Nominations may come from anyone working in a school library.  Those nominated may be working in primary or secondary schools.

For more information go to: and also for a report on RTE recently.

Report on Conference: Libraries and the new Junior Cycle

The SLARI Conference which was held in Pearse Street Library on Friday 22nd November had as its theme the new Junior Cycle.  

Annette Honan of the NCCA gave an outline of the key skills that will be required of students in the new Junior Certificate.  Click here:

Mick O’Riordan, Regional Advisor to the JCSP, told us of some great ideas that are currently being done by librarians in schools all over the country.

Conference Friday 22nd November in Pearse Street Library on “Libraries and the New Junior Cycle”. All welcome. Click for details.

SLARI Conference

“Libraries and the New Junior Cycle”

22nd November  2013

Pearse Street Library

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.


Click for brochure and booking form:

SLARI November Conference 2013 brochure

SLARI November    Conference 2013 booking form

Bringing to Book. Sheena Wilkinson in CICE

Dr Sheena Wilkinson, the inaugural writer-in-residence formally launched the Bringing to Book project with an inspirational talk entitled ‘Children’s Books Saved My Life’, at the Church of Ireland College of Education on Tuesday, 8 October.

Sheena’s inspirational talk traced her journey from being the child who loved reading and writing to the adult professional writer she is today.  Speaking to academics and librarians active in the field of children’s literature and to students post-graduate and under-graduate of children’s literature and initial teacher education, Sheena recreated her childhood love of reading and writing stories. She shared her early efforts at creating stories and how important her teacher, local library and librarian and of course, her parents had been in supporting and encouraging this creativity.

With this image of the child reader/writer in mind Sheena urged the undergraduate B. Ed. students in the audience to do everything they could to be the significant teacher who will encourage that spark of creativity in the children they will teach during their career.

Sheena will be on-campus in Dublin two days per week during this academic year, she will be attending Bookfest events around the country this month and for anyone interested in finding out more about ‘Bringing to Book’ and the residency, Sheena can be contacted at .



Seamus Heaney: In praise of libraries and librarians

To read Seamus Heaney’s address at the launch of Library Ireland Week 2010 click here.

November Conference 2012 – 23 November 2012 – Libraries leading literacy

‘Libraries leading literacy’

The November  SLARI Conference was held on Friday 23rd November 2012 in Pearse Street Library.  A copy of the brochure  can be downloaded  here.  For programme details see below:

9:30 am           Registration

10:00 am         Jean Allen – Get them reading: literacy

strategies in the secondary school

11:00 am         Coffee break

11:30 am         Statia Somers – Whole school literacy programme.

You can download Statia’s powerpoint presentation here.

You can download Statia’s reading promotion ideas here.

1:00 pm           Seminar closes


IES will have a bookstand at the Conference.

We would like to offer two free places to unemployed librarians and one free place to a student.  First come, first served – so please email the Secretary to secure your place:  If you have any queries at all please contact the Secretary.

Attending this Conference is a good opportunity to meet other school librarians.