The Library Association of Ireland is pleased to announce that Library Ireland Week 2018 will take place from Monday 26th November – Sunday 2nd December 2018. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Librarians Transforming Lives’. 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 announce the launch of the first 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.
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. LIW2018 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.
This pack, produced by the Library Ireland Week Taskforce, talks through this year’s LIW campaign and how library staff can get involved. For any questions email the LIW Taskforce LAILibraryIrelandWeek@gmail.com
Download the poster templates and visual assets for LIW 2018 from the link provided and fill in your own event details.
If you would like physical copies of the poster, email LAILibraryIrelandWeek@gmail.com with your postal address and the number of posters you require.
Consider getting in touch with your local news media outlets (local paper or radio stations) to share your LIW 2018 plans.
Share the details of your event for Library Ireland Week using the #LIW2018. On Facebook remember to tag the @LibraryIrelandWeek and @LibraryAssociationOfIreland accounts. On Twitter tag @LAIonline (Library Association of Ireland Twitter) and remember to use the #LIW2018 hashtag aswell.
Check out the InfoGraphic on ideas for LIW.
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 #LIW2018.
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.
Libraries all over Ireland will be putting on events for their users based on the theme ‘Librarians Transforming Lives’. Share pictures of your activities and the LIW Taskforce will create a review of the week #LIW2018.
LIW are inviting staff to consider library roles across the sector and see which job you would like to learn more about. Why not shadow a colleague for the day to see what their role entails? This is a unique chance to try out something new, learn new skills, network and meet other library colleagues. More details…
LIW 2018 marks the first ever Library Staff Champion Award to recognise one of the many extraordinary people we have in the library sector in Ireland. More details…
Watch out for the Library Ireland Week 2018 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 2018!
LIW Taskforce Contacts
|Name||Organistion||Contact Email||Contact Point for|
|Melanie Cunningham||Waterford County Library Servicefirstname.lastname@example.org||Launch Event|
|John Shorthall||Carlow County Library Serviceemail@example.com||LIW Poster/Bookmarks, Events, Publicity & Social Media|
|Marie O’Neill||Dublin Business Schoolfirstname.lastname@example.org||Library Job Shadowing Initiative & Closing event|
|Johanna Archbold||RCSIemail@example.com||Library Staff Champion Award & Social Media|
|Hazel Percival||Wexford County Library Service||Hazel.Percival@wexfordcoco.ie||LIW Stories & Photos|
Library Ireland Week (LIW) is the annual occasion to showcase – to our peers, funders and users – the many facets of library work. It allows us to celebrate success, to learn from others and to demonstrate how libraries and library staff make a difference every day.
The LIW Task Force has produced this Information Pack to help you plan events and other activities to take place during the week. It is a starting point, intended to promote discussion and to stimulate ideas.
In particular, I draw your attention to the Library Staff Champion Award. This is a new accolade to recognise the work of individuals and the impact they make on their library communities. Like the rest of LIW, the award is open to all staff who work in all types of libraries – so the potential is enormous.
I am really looking forward to LIW and I encourage you all to make the most of the opportunities it presents. Let’s do it!
Dr Philip Cohen
Library Association of Ireland