LIW 23 competition, what makes your library the centre of your universe?

To celebrate Library Ireland Week, the Library Association of Ireland in partnership with CILIP Ireland are running a competition for members of the public to win an iPad for the best stories about what makes your library the centre of your universe. Use the hashtag #LIW23 on Facebook, Instagram or X to be in with...
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LIW23 Staff Champion Shortlist

The LAI/CILIP LIW23 Staff Champion Shortlist has been released with the overall winner being announced on Friday, December 15th. This year’s shortlisted candidates for the Staff Champion Award in no particular order are: * Heidi Campbell, Maynooth University * Patrick McAuliffe, IADT * Helen McElmurray, College of Agriculture * Norma Menabney, Queen’s University Library, Belfast...
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LIW 22 competition, what makes your Library a place of Sanctuary?

Library Ireland week takes place this week with this year’s theme being ‘Libraries as places of Sanctuary’. What makes your Library a place of Sanctuary for you? Please post your answer using the hashtag #LIW22 by Saturday 10th Dec and you might be in with a chance of winning an iPad.
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Online Talk: Libraries as Places of Sanctuary: Academic & Public Library Experiences

Tuesday 6th December 2022 1pm-2pm Libraries as Places of Sanctuary: Academic & Public Library Experiences Register for the LAI’s Library Ireland Week webinar with Michaela Hollywood (Maynooth University Library) and Bernie Foran (Laois Libraries) as they share their experiences of academic and public libraries as part of the ‘Libraries of Sanctuary’ Initiative. Register:
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Online Talk: The National Library of Ireland: History & Heritage | Festive Edition

8 December 2022 13:00 Join Katie Foley of the NLI on Zoom for an introduction to the National Library’s early history and architectural heritage, with a festive twist! This talk will explore the Library’s early history and architectural features through a combination of historical and contemporary photographs, with a focus on the historical craftsmanship present...
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Library Staff Champion Award – Nomination time extended

The date for last nominations for the LIW 2022 Library Staff Champion has been extended until December 2nd at 5pm. The LAI/CILIP Ireland Library Staff Champion Award aims to recognise colleagues in our profession who inspire those around them and contribute positively in everything they do. We all work with colleagues who make a significant...
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Calling all librarians! Nominate colleagues who inspire for the Staff Champion Award

As part of Library Ireland Week 2022, staff working in libraries across Ireland are invited to nominate a colleague for the LAI/CILIP Ireland Library Staff Champion Award. This Award aims to recognise staff who work in any library on the island of Ireland. There is no requirement to be a member of any organisation or...
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Celebrate Library Ireland Week 2021!

Library Ireland Week 2021 is here and celebrating the theme ‘Our Future Story: Recharge, Reconnect & Re-emerge’ from Sunday 28th November to Sunday 4th November 2021. We invite libraries across the island of Ireland to get involved, showcase events for your community of users, promote our public competition and nominate a colleague for the LAI/CILIP...
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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.