Li­brary as­so­ci­a­tion holds con­fer­ence at Ti­nakilly House

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land Pub­lic Li­braries Sec­tion an­nual con­fer­ence was held at Ti­nakilly House Ho­tel over three days from Tues­day to Thurs­day of last week.

This year’s ti­tle was ‘Let’s Work To­gether: Mar­ket­ing, Part­ner­ship and Col­lab­o­ra­tion in Pub­lic Li­brary Com­mu­ni­ties.

More than 100 li­brary staff from across the coun­try at­tended the event. Ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tice from Ire­land and the UK were dis­cussed in the var­i­ous lec­tures, with speak­ers from Ire­land, Eng­land and Scot­land dis­cussing the fu­ture of the ser­vice.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wicklow County Coun­cil, Frank Cur­ran, said he was de­lighted that the Pub­lic Li­braries Group had cho­sen County Wicklow for this year’s event.

He spoke of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that the re­cent de­vel­op­ments in pub­lic li­braries present.

In par­tic­u­lar, he said there was very pos­i­tive feed­back from the pub­lic in the avail­abil­ity of free on­line ser­vices to all, in­clud­ing e-books, e-mag­a­zines and e-comics.

Li­brary mem­ber­ship is now free to ev­ery­one through­out Ire­land and peo­ple can search the cat­a­logues of more than 330 pub­lic li­braries and re­quest items, which are de­liv­ered to their lo­cal li­brary within days.

If you are not al­ready a li­brary mem­ber, just look up your county coun­cil’s web-site for de­tails of your near­est li­brary. Li­brary staff will give you a PIN num­ber from which all the on­line ser­vices can be ac­cessed.

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