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SLARI May Conference and AGM 2016

‘Opening Doors: The School Library in a Culturally Diverse Society’

Friday the 6th of May 2016 1pm – 5pm, Pearse Street Library

All Welcome

Please find the brochure and booking form in the following link:

SLARI May Conference 2016 Brochure and Booking Form

November Conference Photos 2015

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Annie Brady (Centre), SLA School Librarian of the Year winner 2015, with SLARI Committee members Kate O’Flaherty and Siobhain Boyce

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Paul Register of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award


Reading Pictures: Visual Literacy in the School Library: SLARI November Conference Brochure and Booking Form

SLARI November Conference 2015 Brochure

SLARI November Conference 2015 booking form


Annie Brady wins SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2015

Congratulations to Annie Brady who has won the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2015.  Annie Brady is a JCSP school librarian in St Paul’s CBS Secondary School in Dublin. This article, which she wrote, appeared in the Irish Times when she was shortlisted for the award:

Well done Annie, from the SLARI committee.

Spring Seminar 2015 Slides by Chris Powis and Photos

A copy of Chris Powis’s slides from his workshop Teaching Skills for School Library Staff can be downloaded (16) (640x469) SLARI 15 2 (640x480) SLARI 15 1 (640x480) SLARI 15 3 (640x480)


Spring Conference Photos

On Friday 4th April 2014 we held our Spring Conference and AGM at Pearse Street Library.  The conference was called “Librarians Teaching Information Literacy”, and we were delighted to have Julia Barrett of McGrath Barrett & Associates to speak to us about helping students to find information effectively. Her presentation comprised of three parts: Planning a Search, Freely available information resources, and Effective Googling. Julia brought our attention to many very useful resources and methods and we thank her for an enjoyable day.

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SLARI’s Blog

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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.

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.