New Professionals Day

Autumn 2017 event:

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We invite ALL information professionals to join us for our Autumn 2017 event “Management skills: How to navigate being an information professional” #npdi17. It will be held on Saturday October 14, 2017 at Dublin Business School’s Castle House 2.8 from 11:30am to 4:00pm. The programme will include: featured guest speakers, networking, and knowledge sharing.

Registration will be opening on September 18, 2017 via Eventbrite. Tickets are free. Click on the link below to book your place!!


Featured speakers:

  1. Jenny O’Neill – Developing RDM Services at UCD Library

Jenny joined UCD Library as Data Manager in February 2016. In this role she is responsible for research data management services within the Library, as well as data manager for the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA). She completed a Masters in Library and Information Studies in 2013. Since then she has worked for Trinity College Dublin as Data Curator for the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) before joining UCD Library. Her professional interests include research data management, digital curation and digital preservation. She can be found tweeting as @JennyOLibrarian and @ISSDA.

  1. Shona Thoma – Prepared to Negotiate

Shona Thoma graduated with an MLIS in 2013 from UCD. Prior to undertaking the MLIS, Shona gained experience in Youth and Community work, developing a mentor programme with Suas, and building partnerships with youth groups in Cork. Since qualifying Shona has worked in a variety of information management roles with Aviva Life & Pensions, Trócaire, and Maynooth University Library. For over two and a half years, Shona was the IReL Officer with the Irish Research eLibrary, a consortium of academic libraries. Shona is now an Executive Librarian with Kildare County Council Library Service. Previously a committee member with NPDI, Shona coordinated events from 2014 to 2016. She is the Social Media Officer for the LAI and a passionate contrbutor to the LIS community in Ireland and internationally.


Facet Publishing have kindly donated a copy of the New Professionals Toolkit to be raffled off for one lucky attendee.

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Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP (the library and information association), is the leading publisher of books for library, museum, archive, records management and information science communities worldwide.

 Stay in touch with us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@facetpublishing).

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A little history on NPD Ireland events so far…


Our inaugural event on 2nd March 2013 took place in Dublin at Pearse Street Library – the day was designed for aspiring librarians and information professionals

If you have a yearning to join the information profession or you are early in your career as one, we will hopefully assist you in your new career path.

The New Professionals Day is about engaging with colleagues, sharing information, experience and skills. Although the first event is now over – we hope to continue to provide resources, information and organise future events that may assist you in your own professional development.

Our Autumn event for 2013 took place on 21st September 2013 check here for further information on our A day in the life’.


The second New Professional Day Ireland took place on Saturday 1st March 2014. If you weren’t able to attend – keep an eye on the tweets via #npdi14 and see the presentations from the day here.

Our Autumn Event 2014  ‘SHINE – SHowcase your INformation Expertise’ #npdishine14 took place on Saturday 11th of October 2014.

Check here for more details on the event and the submission criteria – deadline for submission was the 7th September 2014.

Whilst the presentations and poster submissions were open only to New Professionals (newly qualified 1-5 years), we invited ALL Information Professionals to attend the event on the 11th of October in Pearse Street Library Conference Room.

SHINE #npdishine14 as with all our events was FREE.

Our FIRST Christmas event was held in UCD SILS on Thursday 11th December #npdixmas14 Booking was via Evenbrite. You can read the storify of the evening here.


Our New Professionals Day Ireland 2015 took place on the 7th of March 2015 #npdi15.

The Social Librarian, our Autumn event for 2015, was held on 17th October in Rathmines public library #npdisocal15.


The First Rung on the Ladder, our Autumn event for 2016, was held on 19th November in Maynooth University Library #npdi16. You can read the storify of the afternoon here.

There was no Spring event this year. However, there were plenty of opportunities to learn and network. A listing of these events can be found on the Events – 2016 page.


NPD is a supporting member of the Information Professionals’ Network. The first Career Expo (#IPNExpo17) took place on May 19, 2017 at Dublin Business School. NPD Ireland participation included a table in the Professional Bodies room to provide attendees information about our activities. An NPD committee member was also available for career path discussion and advice.

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