Library Ireland Week 2019: Inspiring the Way We Work

Library Ireland Week, an annual event dedicated to celebrating libraries and the integral role they play in the community’s civic, social, cultural and academic development, will kick off in Athlone Institute of Technology with an intriguing panel discussion featuring career consultant Sinéad English and senator Marie Louise O’Donnell on Monday, 2nd December in the institute’s Douglas Hyde Theatre.

Organised by Athlone Institute of Technology’s Library in conjunction with its Careers Office, the event will focus on how ‘Libraries Inspire the Way We Work’ and the fundamental pillars underpinning student success - among them access to appropriate resources such as books and journals.

The event, which will open with a note from Athlone Institute of Technology’s President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin and careers officer Denise Dolan, will be followed by an in-depth discussion about how work can define or limit us as a society. This portion of the discussion will be led by senator Marie Louise O’Donnell who recently published ‘Irish Working Lives’, a collection of vignettes of the working lives of ordinary people.

Sinead English, who is the managing director of Hilt Careers, will also be in attendance to discuss her new book ‘CV & Interview 101 – How to Apply and Interview for Jobs’ in which she reviews the approaches, tactics and standards for students to adhere to when seeking gainful employment. Ms English’s tips will help prepare entrants for the ever shifting employment market and dynamic career opportunities.

Finally, Jane Burns, who is Athlone Institute of Technology’s institute librarian, will discuss the ways in which the library engages with students, staff and researchers in terms of learning materials and resources, and the pivotal role it plays in regards to research outputs and impacts.

“Library Ireland is about raising awareness and engaging the wider community. As knowledge brokers, we play a critical role in our students’ academic development. The AIT Library represents the ‘Third Space’ for students and is a safe and neutral environment in which they can develop critical thinking and knowledge evaluation skills.

“Working in consultation with our academic partners, we provide the print and electronic resources to support students in completing assignments, learning about their subject areas of interest and to explore beyond the reading list.

“Librarians are communicators and facilitators of communication. The AIT Library is a place where everyone finds a voice in their understanding of their studies, their campus life and their place in the world. We’re extremely connected to the curriculum and are firmly committed to helping students succeed in their chosen disciplines,” the institute librarian explained.

Athlone Institute of Technology’s panel discussion will take place on Monday, 2nd December from 11am to 12pm in the Douglas Hyde Theatre with refreshments at 10:30am. Elsewhere throughout Ireland, public libraries, special libraries, business libraries, health libraries, law libraries, academic libraries, prison libraries and government libraries will celebrate by showcasing their unique resources, running events and engaging in a nationwide social media campaign. Follow the conversation on social media using #LIW2019 and @LAIonline.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a vibrant, contemporary institution distinguished by academic excellence in teaching, learning and research. The institute has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, most notably being awarded The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017. The institute also tops Ireland’s official league table for research and has been listed in U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research’ in 2018 and 2019. Athlone Institute of Technology has ranked number one for student satisfaction nationally for six consecutive years.

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