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The Library Association of Ireland is pleased to announce that Library Ireland Week 2019 will take place from Sunday 1st December – Saturday 7th December 2019. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Libraries Inspire’. The aim of this theme is to be inclusive in terms of library staff (all grades), types of libraries (public, school, health, charity, academic, government, special libraries etc.) and diverse in terms of library users. 

The Library Association of Ireland is also delighted to continue last year’s successful ever Library Staff Champion Award’ to mark and celebrate the remarkable work that people within the library sector do every day for all library users.

How can libraries get involved?

Organise an event for Library Ireland Week

We are asking all library staff to put your thinking caps on and organise one event or activity during the week which showcases the impact of libraries on people’s lives and the different communities we serve. LIW2019 is a opportunity for library users to share what their library means to them and connect with the library staff who make each library unique for their patrons. 

What next?

Promote your event

LIW Poster

Download the poster templates and visual assets for LIW 2019 from the link provided and fill in your own event details.

If you would like physical copies of the poster, email with your postal address and the number of posters you require.

Local Advertisement

Consider getting in touch with your local news media outlets (local paper or radio stations) to share your LIW 2019 plans. 

LIW Online Calendar & Social Media

Share the details of your event for Library Ireland Week using the #LIW2019. On Facebook remember to tag the @LibraryIrelandWeek and @LibraryAssociationOfIreland  accounts. On Twitter tag @LAIonline (Library Association of Ireland Twitter) and remember to use the #LIW2019 hashtag aswell.

When is Library Ireland Week being launched?

Official photo launch mid-November

Watch out for the official photo launch in the national media in November. We will also be sharing via LIW and LAI social media accounts with the #LIW2019.

What happens during Library Ireland Week?

iPad Competition

A Facebook Competition for the public to share their unique stories about library life. Sharing the competition post with a story enters the user into a draw for the iPad. During Library Ireland Week, libraries can also invite their users to share their library story via the LIW social platforms if they do not have their own or the library does not have their own.

Library Events

Libraries all over Ireland will be putting on events for their users based on the theme ‘Libraries Inspire’. Share pictures of your activities and the LIW Taskforce will create a review of the week #LIW2019.

What other ways can staff get involved in Library Ireland Week?

Great question, read on...

Watch out for the Library Ireland Week 2019 Closing Ceremony at the institution of the Library Staff Champion Award in early December, open to all library staff to attend! Share pictures and materials from your Library Ireland Week to feature in the wrap up campaign.

Happy Library Ireland Week 2019!

LIW Taskforce Contacts

Name Organistion Contact Email Contact Point for
Melanie Cunningham Waterford County Library Service Launch Event
John Shorthall Carlow County Library Service LIW Poster/Bookmarks,  Events, Publicity & Social Media
Marie O’Neill Dublin Business School Library Job Shadowing Initiative & Closing event
Johanna Archbold RCSI Library Staff Champion Award & Social Media
Hazel Percival Wexford County Library Service LIW Stories & Photos
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Library Association Of Ireland: Privacy Statement

The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) is committed to protecting your privacy. The information you share with us means you will be able to use the services we offer. We only collect the information that is necessary to carry out our business, provide the particular service you have requested and to keep you informed. Our privacy policy gives you details on when and why we collect your personal data and how we use it.

Collection of your personal information
The amount and type of information we collect from you depends on the nature of the interaction you have with us. For example, we ask members who wish to join to complete an application form. In each case, we only gather as much information as is necessary to fulfil the service request. But in general we collect the following personal information:

  • contact information including: home or work address, telephone number, qualifications and email address
  • affiliation and role
  • bank details if appropriate.

Information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected by the LAI. This information can include your: IP address; browser type; domain name; access times; and referring website addresses.

How we use your Personal Information
The information we collect and hold on you will be used in a number of ways, including:

  • to fulfil membership requests
  • to fulfil bookings for attendance at events
  • provision of a LAI service,
  • provision of information to inform you of other products or services available from LAI and its affiliates
  • process payments, e.g. fees for attendance at events, payment of invoices, etc.
  • to facilitate discussion and sharing of knowledge through discussion lists and events
  • to contact you to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered
  • when you use the LAI website.

The LAI will keep your information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice and to fulfil our legal obligations. We will not keep more information than we need. The retention period will vary according to the purpose the data is collated.

The LAI does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The LAI may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party.  In addition, the LAI may share data with trusted partners to help us process payments, perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, member services or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the LAI, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

The LAI will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the LAI or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the LAI; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of members of the LAI, or the public.

Security of your personal information
The LAI discloses personally-identifying information to its management committee, contractors and affiliates in order to provide services available from the LAI. Payment processing is an example of this. They will not use your data for anything other than the clearly defined purpose relating to the service that they are providing.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through LAI public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: the LAI does not read any of your private online communications.

The LAI secures your personal information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. The LAI secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, and security protocols.

Third party services
The LAI utilises third party services to assist in the delivery of some of our services, e.g. Eventbrite. When you interact with these sites you may provide information about yourself to those third parties. The LAI is not responsible for how they collect, use and share your information. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of the websites you choose to link to from the LAI, so that you can understand how these websites collect, use and share your information.

Updating your personal information
The LAI will endeavour to ensure the data we hold on you is correct and up-to-date. If you wish us to amend or remove the personal information we hold on you, please contact us by email or write to Library Association of Ireland, c/o 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.We will correct any inaccuracies or remove you from our databases as soon as practicable.

Website visitors
Like most websites, the LAI collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. We do this to maintain the quality of the service, to determine what LAI services are the most popular and to provide general statistics regarding use of the LAI website. The data may be gathered from our website hosts and Google Analytics.

Use of Cookies
The LAI website uses ‘cookies’ to help you personalise your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalise LAI pages, or register with the LAI site or services, a cookie helps the LAI to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same LAI website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the LAI features that you customised.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the LAI services or websites you visit.

Changes to this statement
The LAI will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect user feedback. The LAI encourages you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how the LAI is protecting your information.

This statement was last updated on 20th June 2018.

Contact Information
The LAI with review and update this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the LAI has not adhered to this statement, please write the President, Library Association of Ireland, c/o 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.