Training & Development

What We Do

‘Our aim is to identify training needs within member Irish academic and national libraries to form the basis of an ongoing co-operative training and development programme.’

CONUL Training & Development seeks to provide co-operative training and staff development opportunities, which are in support of CONUL’s strategic objectives. These opportunities are identified by staff in member libraries, the CONUL Board and CONUL Sub-Committees & Groups.

Follow Us

The Academic and National Library Training Co-operative was founded in 1995. It became a sub-committee of CONUL in 2013 and was renamed ANLTC (CONUL Staff Training & Development). It was further rebranded in 2018 as CONUL Training & Development. Our aim is to identify training needs within member Irish academic and national libraries to form the basis of an ongoing co-operative training and development programme. This training supplements each institution’s own programme and through joint group consultation, aims to offer a wide range of training opportunities to library staff at an economical rate. Co-operative training also enables staff to meet colleagues from other institutions.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

  1. Explore, research and identify training and development needs for CONUL staff in response to the needs of the consortium and the CONUL strategy.
  2. Monitor and maintain a watching brief on best international practices for staff training and development.
  3. Proactively engage with the CONUL Strategy Monitoring Group and CONUL Groups to identify training needs within the consortium.
  4. Develop and manage a programme of training events which underpins the delivery of world-class services by our staff including:
    • An annual programme of training events and seminars.
    • The annual CONUL conference.
    • A programme of exchange visits for Irish Librarians and international colleagues.
    • A biennial CONUL Training & Development Library Assistant Award to support professional development and engagement.
    • A biennial CONUL Training & Development Research Award to promote and encourage practitioner-based research.
  5. Connect nationally and internationally with relevant organisations and groups and seek to develop these to the mutual benefit of our staff.
  6. Produce position papers and advise on key issues relating to staff training and development for research libraries.
  7. Communicate, inform and report regularly to foster collaboration and open communication.

Member Spotlight

UCD Library

The Library of University College Dublin dates from the establishment of University College Dublin (UCD) as a constituent college of the National University of Ireland in 1908.

It supports the learning, teaching and research needs of some 30,000 students and staff (plus a considerable number based in affiliated and otherwise related UCD programmes abroad).