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Public Libraries & Innovation

Public Libraries’ Section/
County & City Librarians’ Section,
Library Association of Ireland

Joint Conference 2005

In association with
Clare County Library

Old Ground Hotel
Ennis, Co. Clare.

Wednesday, November 2nd
Friday, November 4th

Enquiries to
Brenda Frawley
Dooradoyle Library,
Dooradoyle Road,

Phone: (061) 301101
Fax: (061) 301144

Wednesday, November 2nd
4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Registration of delegates at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
5.30 p.m.
Delegates are invited to a wine reception at the Clare Museum to mark the official opening by Bishop Willie Walsh of “From There to Here” an exhibition of memorabilia of the state visits of ex President Patrick J. Hillery
7.00 p.m.
Official Conference Launch by the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Pat Keane, at the Old Ground Hotel
7.15 p.m.
Keynote speech by Eric Stackhouse of Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Nova Scotia, Canada,
followed by a brief introduction to Clare County Library’s new online maps project
9.00 p.m.
Conference dinner for guests and delegates
The President of the Library Association of Ireland will be invited to address the conference

Thursday, November 3rd
9.00 a.m.
Norma McDermott, Director of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna
Innovation in Public Libraries – a national perspective
9.15 a.m.
Des Mahon, Mayo County Manager
A manager’s perspective on innovation in Public Libraries
9.30am – 4.00pm
Presentations highlighting innovative projects in Irish Public Libraries.
9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. : 4 presentations
Break for tea/coffee
11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. : 4 presentations
1.00 – 2.30 p.m. : Lunch
2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. : 3 presentations

The presentations:
Ardkeen Online: Your Community Website (
A project presented by Waterford City Library.

Chase the Country, Catch the City, Collect the Facts & Local/Local/Local – Cast the Net : Netd@ys & E-Twinning projects
Presented by Limerick City Library.

Dan Joe Kelleher Video Archive
Presented by Cork County Library and Arts Service

The Handbook for Ethnic Minorities: a publication in partnership with other agencies in County Wicklow
Presented by Wicklow County Council Library Service

A Mayo Moment & The Story of Mayo: the involvement of Mayo County Library in the production of 2 exciting publications

The Music Appreciation Club in Ashbourne Library
Presented by Meath County Libraries

Putting the Reader First: Developing a Reader Centred Library Service
A project presented by South Dublin Libraries

The Role of Public Libraries in supporting Silver Learners (50+ years)
Presented by Wexford Public Library Services

Sixmilebridge Branch Library: alternative funding models for library buildings
Presented by Clare County Library

Threading Tales: an Arts/Literacy project inspired by Niall Griffith’s “Storysacks”
Presented by Kildare County Library and Arts Services

The Westside Library: Creating a sense of Equity and Entitlement
Presented by Galway Public Library

A visit to Glór concert hall for a pre-dinner drinks reception courtesy of Ennis Town Council with a speech of welcome from the Town Mayor and entertainment provided by local musicians
8.00 p.m.
Conference Banquet
Special guest, award-winning crime writer Val McDermid, will announce the winners of the Harding Parody Prize, followed by the presentation of prizes

Friday, November 4th
9.30 a.m.
Workshops on innovation in Public Libraries
Facilitated by staff of Pictou Antigonish Regional Library, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Clare County Library
12.30 p.m. : Lunch
2.00p.m. : Plenary session
3.00pm : General meeting of the Public Libraries’ Section. All members of the section are invited to attend

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