Annie Brady wins SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2015

Congratulations to Annie Brady who has won the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2015.  Annie Brady is a JCSP school librarian in St Paul’s CBS Secondary School in Dublin. This article, which she wrote, appeared in the Irish Times when she was shortlisted for the award:

Well done Annie, from the SLARI committee.

Spring Seminar and AGM 2015

The SLARI Spring Seminar and AGM will be held on Friday 24th April 2015 in Pearse St Library from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Our speaker is Chris Powis and he will talk about teaching skills for school library staff. The conference brochure can be found here: SLARI Spring Conference 2015 brochure and the booking form here: SLARI Spring Conference 2015 booking form.

November Conference 2014 Materials

A big thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to our conference.

Christina Clarke’s presentation can be accessed here.The booklet referred to by Christina, ‘METHODOLOGIES TO SUPPORT LITERACY & EFFECTIVE PRACTICE’, can be found here: School Support Literacy Booklet. Planning and evaluation templates can be found here; and checklists here

Charles Quain of Interleaf presented about a new e-books platform for schools, Leabharlann. More information here. To see what the Digital Library looks like, click here

A copy of Mary Gilbride’s presentation can be accessed here: Good literacy practices observed during inspection

A toolkit of document templates to help in a Whole School Evaluation, devised by Katherine Ryan of St Andrew’s College, can be found here: WSE folder Katherine Ryan

November Conference 2014

‘Be Prepared! Planning for School Inspections and Literacy Promotion’

Friday, 21st November 2014, 9.30am-1pm

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2


9:30 am        Registration

10:00 am      Christina Clarke will speak about literacy and School Self-Evaluation

11:00 am      Coffee break

11:30 am      Charles Quain, Interleaf, will speak about Leabharlann, a new e-books platform for schools. There will also be a draw where one school represented at the conference will win a year’s free access to Leabharlann for the 2015 calendar year. All other schools represented at the conference will be entitled to a 10% discount on their 2015 subscription to Leabharlann.

11.50 am      Mary Gilbride will speak about inspections

12.10 pm      Information Sharing session

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of speakers after all presentations. There will also be an opportunity to browse and purchase books at the International Education Services and Axis Education stands. All conference attendees will be entered into a draw to win Axis Education’s top selling ‘Fight Club’ set, worth €159.99.

For details on how to reach the venue, or any other enquiries, please contact

Sponsored by:

Axis Education


International Education Services


To download a brochure click here: November Conference 2014 brochure

To download a booking form click here: November Conference 2014 booking form

Spring Conference Photos

On Friday 4th April 2014 we held our Spring Conference and AGM at Pearse Street Library.  The conference was called “Librarians Teaching Information Literacy”, and we were delighted to have Julia Barrett of McGrath Barrett & Associates to speak to us about helping students to find information effectively. Her presentation comprised of three parts: Planning a Search, Freely available information resources, and Effective Googling. Julia brought our attention to many very useful resources and methods and we thank her for an enjoyable day.

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Spring Conference 4th April ‘Librarians Teaching Information Literacy’ Brochure and Booking Form

The SLARI Spring conference 2014 was titled ‘Librarians Teaching Information Literacy’ and it took place, along with the association’s AGM, on Friday April 4th from 9.30 in Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2.

SLARI Spring Conference 2014 Brochure
SLARI Spring Conference 2014 Booking Form


School Librarian of the Year Award won by Irish Librarian

Hilary Cantwell of St. Paul’s Community College in Waterford has won this prestigious award.  This award is given annually to recognise the work done by librarians in school libraries.  Nominations may come from anyone working in a school library.  Those nominated may be working in primary or secondary schools.

For more information go to: and also for a report on RTE recently.

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