New Professionals Day


We invite ALL information professionals to join us for our Autumn 2016 event “The First Rung on the Ladder: Applications, interviews and first experiences as a New Professional” #npdi16. It will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 in the John Paul II Library of Maynooth University from 11:30am to 4:00pm. This event will include a panel discussion with experienced librarians from a variety of fields, networking and knowledge sharing, and lightning presentations from early career professionals.


Hear advice and a variety of perspectives from our experienced panel of information professionals:

  • Lorna Dodd, Senior Librarian, Learning, Research and Information Services at Maynooth University
  • Sheila Kelly, Divisional Librarian, Continuing Professional Development, Dublin City Libraries
  • Marie O’Neill, Head of Library Services, Dublin Business School
  • Caitriona Sharkey, Associate Director, Ernst & Young Knowledge

Click the following link to read biographies of our panel members:


Also, library and information graduates will tell their stories {the good and the bad} and share their experiences as newcomers to the profession:

Gary LaCumbre  – “The elusive middle ground: over-qualified and under-experienced”
Niall O’Brien – “Learning at the Information Desk”
Anita Cooper –  “A librarian gets into a taxi…and guess what happens next!”
Jesse Waters – “My First Year Out of Library School ”

We kindly acknowledge the support of our sponsors for #npdi16. Thank you:

Maynooth University Library

Academic & Special Libraries section of the Library Association of Ireland

McGrath Barrett & Associates

Jane Burns & Associates




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Spring 2016

Normally at this time of the year, we would be announcing the date for the New Professionals Day spring event. Unfortunately, we have made the very difficult decision not to run an event this spring. The calendar is filling up and for many happy reasons, the NPD team don’t have the capacity to put together a seminar with the high standard Irish New Professionals deserve. Don’t worry though, we are working away on things in the background and we won’t stay quiet for long!

2016 is already shaping up to be a busy year for the library community in Ireland. We are very lucky to have the renowned LILAC Conference coming to Dublin, the new CONUL conference returning for a second year, and many more established events. As one great librarian has observed, there is no shortage of training and CPD events for Irish librarians. ( However, getting to these events and feeling like you belong at them can sometimes be difficult, which is a divide we have tried to bridge with New Professionals Day. As we are not holding an event ourselves this spring, we encourage you to look at the events below and enjoy what else is on offer.

There are opportunities to attend the following events, even on the limited budget of a student or new professional. Even as new comers to the library scene, you have so much to offer and new insights to share, so get working on your submissions to gain discounted or free spots. If you are looking for advice with a bursary application, get in touch and we would be happy to help if we can.

If you have more free events or those suitable for New Professionals coming up get in touch or add them in the comments below.



Our Event VenuePearse Street Library

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 ourA 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.

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A warm welcome to all our new followers and all those interested in the Information Profession.

Keep an eye on this blog!

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