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Category Archives: Events and Conferences
The SLARI Conference which was held in Pearse Street Library on Friday 22nd November had as its theme the new Junior Cycle.
Annette Honan of the NCCA gave an outline of the key skills that will be required of students in the new Junior Certificate. Click here: http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Post-Primary_Education/Junior_Cycle/
Mick O’Riordan, Regional Advisor to the JCSP, told us of some great ideas that are currently being done by librarians in schools all over the country.
Conference Friday 22nd November in Pearse Street Library on “Libraries and the New Junior Cycle”. All welcome. Click for details.
“Libraries and the New Junior Cycle”
22nd November 2013
Pearse Street Library
9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Click for brochure and booking form:
SLARI AGM and Launch of Literacy Document ‘Practical Literacy in Irish School Libraries’ – 18 April 2013
The SLARI AGM will take place on Thursday evening 18 April 2013 in Pearse Street Library, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
The AGM will be directly followed by the launch of our literacy publication, ‘Practical Literacy in Irish School Libraries’, which will include a wine reception sponsored by Interleaf.
The evening will proceed as follows:
‘Libraries leading literacy’
The November SLARI Conference was held on Friday 23rd November 2012 in Pearse Street Library. A copy of the brochure can be downloaded here. For programme details see below:
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am Jean Allen – Get them reading: literacy
strategies in the secondary school
11:00 am Coffee break
11:30 am Statia Somers – Whole school literacy programme.
You can download Statia’s powerpoint presentation here.
You can download Statia’s reading promotion ideas here.
1:00 pm Seminar closes
IES will have a bookstand at the Conference.
We would like to offer two free places to unemployed librarians and one free place to a student. First come, first served – so please email the Secretary to secure your place: email@example.com If you have any queries at all please contact the Secretary.
Attending this Conference is a good opportunity to meet other school librarians.
24th March 2012 – Spring Seminar and AGM 2012 – The Unquiet Library: Literacy and Numeracy Strategies
Saturday 24th March 2012 – Spring Seminar and AGM 2012
SLARI’s 2012 AGM and Spring Seminar, entitled ‘The Unquiet Library: Literacy and Numeracy Strategies’, took place on Saturday 24th March 2012 in the JCSP Library in Larkin Community College. The theme of this conference was literacy and numeracy strategies that could be used in a library setting.
The day began with the SLARI AGM then Conor Kostick gave a workshop on how creative writing can work with students. After a coffee break the focus turned to other subjects and topics that could be promoted in the library, among these Maths/Science, History and games. Michael Moylan spoke aboutIrish History Live and how this works in promoting History to students. Christine Campbell from Anyone4Maths spoke about her Maths and Science workshops. School librarians from SLARI talked about initiatives that work in their libraries. There was also be a display of games available for delegates to look at and try out and I.E.S. provided the bookshop for the day.
It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the library to a lot of librarians who were quite unfamiliar with the JCSP libraries and the JCSP programme. Many of them were really impressed and were in touch afterward looking for additional information about what we do in our libraries.
You can download the brochure here.
Saturday 19th November 2011 – SLARI Conference
Our November conference took place on Saturday 19th November 2011 in St. Michael’s College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4. The theme of the conference was: ‘Promoting Literacy with e-readers and Technology’. Tom Donegan from Inis magazine attended the conference and you can see his review here.
Coleesa Humphreys spoke about South Dublin Libraries’ experience with e-readers. Charles Quain from Interleaf Technology spoke to participants about Overdrive and how it works to provide e-books and audio books to libraries. Some school librarians, Jenny Mangan, Larkin Community College, Helen O’Kelly, Stratford College and Jane O’Loughlin, Clongowes Wood, shared initiatives that they have used in their libraries to promote literacy using e-readers and technology. Finally the highlight of the day was an iPad workshop with Ciarán McCormack (the Creative Director of FÍS – Films in School Project) on ways of promoting literacy with iPads. The iPads for this workshop were very kindly supplied by Typetec Ltd.
FRIDAY 13TH MAY 2011 – SLARI AGM & CONFERENCE
The SLARI 2011 AGM and conference, entitled “Awards and rewards: promoting reading in innovative ways”, took place on Friday 13th May 2011 in Pearse St Library.
FRIDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2011 – SLARI CONFERENCE
The SLARI Spring Conference, “Guiding Gullible Googlers” with Geoff Dubber, was held in Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2 on Friday 4th February 2011.
- 9:30 am
- 10:00 am
- More than Google: Developing information literacy skills in a library and curriculum context.
- 11:15 am
- 11:45 am
- Read it and put it in your own words! A focus on note making/plagiarism
- 1:00 pm
- 1:45 pm
- Upskilling: Examining ways in which a range of skills can be developed through library policies and practices.
- 3:00 pm
- Conference closes
You can download the brochure here.
16TH APRIL 2010 – SPRING CONFERENCE & AGM
The Spring Conference, entitled “Secrets for Success : Activities that work for School Libraries”, took place at the National Library on Friday 16th April 2010. The aim of the day was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to highlight best practice in various types of school libraries.
- Workshop 1 – Starting your library from Scratch.* Speaker: Jane O’Loughlin has set up a school library in a mixed JCSP school in Waterford and in an all boys school in Kildare – Clongowes.
- Workshop 2 – Creating a website for your library.* Speaker: Erol Mustafov
- Workshop 3 – Clubs and activities that entertain, educate and boost the Library profile in the school – chaired by Aileen Ivory.
- Our guest speaker, David Maybury, is a reader, writer, and blogger extraordinaire! He is also Reviews editor of InÃs magazine, and judge for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards 2010. David will talk about starting a blog and the benefits of blogging in the world of children’s literature. His first book, ‘Habberdashed’, will be out in May. You can check out David’s blog here
- Seminar closes
14TH NOVEMBER 2009 – NOVEMBER CONFERENCE
This year’s November seminar featured guest speaker Nicola Morgan, author ofBlame my brain: the amazing teenage brain revealed. Nicola Morgan is an award-winning author who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is best known for her critically acclaimed teenage novels, and her two popular books on the young brain: Blame My Brain and Know Your Brain. Find out more about Nicola Morgan’s biography and work here.
- The Fascinating teenage brain: the science, the facts. Read more…
- Working with the teenage brain: teachers, librarians and parents. Read more…
- Writing for teenagers: getting them reading and why they read what they do.Read more…
Many thanks to our sponsors International Education Services, Interleaf and Ryco.
25TH APRIL 2009 – SPRING SEMINAR & AGM
This year’s Spring Seminar entitled Teaching skills for school librarians took place in St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin. Sharon Markless, renowned academic and lecturer at King’s College, London, presented the seminar on teaching skills.
- Annual General Meeting
- How do pupils learn to be information literate? This talk explored what influences the effectiveness of pupils’ learning and what is involved in the process. Read more…
- This session covered the planning of an information literacy lesson, including effective group work, and assessing pupils’ learning. This was a practical session exploring how to set learning outcomes and successful learning activities. Have a look at our conference here …
15TH NOVEMBER 2008 – NOVEMBER CONFERENCE
The November conference entitled Every Child Matters: Inclusion in the School Library, was held on Saturday, 15th November 2008, at Tallaght Library, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
- The Intercultural classroom and school: transferable paradigms – Mary Ryan.
- Stimulating SEN Ideas: Planning for students with learning difficulties – Sally MacIntosh.
- Gifted students: strategies and accommodations for advanced readers and learners – Leslie Graves MHAC. http://www.giftedkids.ie.
12 APRIL 2008 – SPRING SEMINAR & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2008
The Spring Seminar, entitled Whole school approach to library development, was held on Saturday, 12th April 2008 in The Kings Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 20. Our guest lecturer was Geoff Dubber. Geoff has 35 years of working with school libraries, 24 years of teaching and management in secondary and primary schools and 12 years experience as an independent consultant and trainer specialising in school library development. He is the author of many S.L.A. guidelines. Geoff is currently Vice Chair of the School Library Association.
- Annual General Meeting
- Working with Young People: Positive Behaviour Management
- Honing your Management skills: Practical policy making and development planning for your school library
23-24 NOVEMBER 2007 – ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The November Conference, entitled: “Self-Directed Learning: School Libraries supporting the Curriculum”, was held on the 23rd and 24th November 2007 in the Church of Ireland College of Education, Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.
Friday, 23 November 2007: Official launch of our website www.slari.ie
Our website was officially launched by Gervase Phinn, President of the School Library Association. Gervase is a former UK teacher and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer. He has published many articles and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections.
Saturday, 24 November 2007: Annual Conference
- Information literacy and the younger reader – Valerie Coghlan, Librarian, CICE, Dublin
- Information literacy: theory and practice – Ellen Breen, Librarian, Dublin City University
- Curriculum reform and independent learning – Hal O’Neill, NCCA
24 MARCH 2007 – SLARI AGM & SPRING SEMINAR
The Spring Seminar, entitled Making the most of your school library, was held on Saturday, 24th March 2007 at Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
- Unveiling of new SLARI website.
- Parallel Perceptions: 3 approaches to delivering an information service in your school. The panel included:
- Ann Lucas-school librarian of Muckross Park College, a secondary school in Dublin 4.
- Eleanor Noonan – a member of the Parents Association at St. Gerard’s Primary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
- Breege O’Brien – teacher/librarian in Scoil Damhnait, a secondary school in Achill, Co. Mayo.
A number of successful strategies were highlighted that are being used to maximise the relevance of the school library.
- The Bigger Picture: a broader educational perspective on how the library can support the curriculum. This session was presented by Kevin McDermott, Co-ordinator for Leaving Certificate English, Second Level Support Service.
11 NOVEMBER 2006 – ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The November Conference, entitled: “Reading matters: developing readers in your school library ”, was held in Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6, on 11th November 2006.
The keynote speaker was Fiona Edwards from Opening the Book http://www.openingthebook.com. This was a very useful presentation and discussion about the individual needs of young readers when reading for pleasure and beyond the school curriculum.
Jane O’Loughlin, JCSP Librarian, Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan (one of the schools participating in the Junior Certificate School Library Programme Demonstration Library Project) presented this session. The theme of her inspiring presentation “Non-readers and reluctant readers most welcome!” covered the multi-faceted nature of working with reluctant readers in her school library.
To round off the day, author Claire Hennessy talked about her writing.
A bookstall was provided by International Education Services.