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ANLTC Library Assistant Award 2014 – Blog Competition

Every two years, the ANLTC runs a Library Assistant Award competition.  In 2012, there was a poster competition.  The 2014 competition is for a blog.  The flyer, a poster design toolkit and marking criteria are available.  For more information contact your local ANLTC representative.

ANLTC Blog Competition Flyer 

ANLTC Guide to Creating a Blog

ANLTC Guide to Blogging Resources

ANLTC Blog Judging Criteria

ANLTC / Swets Research Award

The objective of this funding award, which is offered biennially, is to encourage practitioner-based research among librarians in ANLTC member libraries.  The award is generously supported by Swets Information Services.  Funding can be used to defray research expenses such as travel, visits, attendance at meetings or other activities directly related to the research project.

Entries are welcomed from librarians, in ANLTC member libraries, currently engaged in or wishing to undertake a research project. Research may be on any topic of relevance to the individual or their library.   Research proposals which have applicability to other ANLTC libraries will be particularly welcome. The judging panel will be looking for an awareness of reflective practice and evidence-based practice, along with sound research methodology.

ANLTC / Swets Research Award 2012

The ANLTC award sponsored by SWETS for 2012 goes to Rosalind Pan and Joshua Clark of University College Dublin Library. Their research project is “Strategic mobile library development: the place of library apps and the options for creating them.”

There were three entrants for the award this year and the judging panel commended the high quality of all the proposals.


2009:   the Award went to Caleb Derven, University College Dublin, for his proposal Evaluating Services and Specifications for Reading List Systems.

2007:   the winner was Siobhan Dunne, Dublin City University for her study, Local Community Engagement: extending the role of the academic library to meet the university’s mission.

ANLTC Library Assistant Poster Competition  2012

The ANLTC 2012 Poster competition attracted entries on a wide variety of library related topics.

Joint  first prize was awarded to Louise Saults, NUI Maynooth and Emily Doherty and Debra McCann, UCD.
The judging panel described Louise’s poster Kindles: Mobile Technology for Your Library
as “an excellent poster with high visual impact.”  (Available at  )

Emily and Debra’s poster, “What do you need to know today?”  UCD Library Roving Service was awarded joint first place. This was described, by the judging panel,  as ““an excellent poster with a high information content.” ( Available here)

Joint second prize was awarded to Helen O’Connor, NUI Maynooth  Self-service laptops at NUI Maynooth  (Available at )  and Bernie Gardiner and Della Webb, NUI Maynooth  Motivating Library Staff in Recessionary Times: Some Initiatives at NUI Maynooth
(Available at 0

Third prize was awarded to Bernie Mellon, NUI Maynooth  Disability Awareness Course in the Library, NUI Maynooth.   (Available at )

Competition rules and a Poster Toolkit document is available from ANLTC here.

Previous Awards
To promote and support staff development, ANLTC offered the Library Assistant Bursary to an individual library staff member at Library Assistant or equivalent grade.  An award of up to €1,500  could be spent on travel, study, attendance at a conference or seminar or other relevant activities.  Recent winners were:

2009:   Maud Conry, National University of Ireland Galway -  E-book Update in Irish Academic Libraries – an Overview

2007:  Marie Cullen, National University of Ireland Maynooth – The British Library Digital Object Management Programme

2004:  Petra Shurenhofer, University College Dublin (report); joint runners-up, Andrea Mullen, St. Angela’s College, Sligo (constituent college of National University of Ireland Galway) and Louise Walsworth-Bell (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

2001:  Avril Patterson, University College Dublin (report); runner-up, Cecilia Kehoe, National University of Ireland Maynooth (report)

1997:  Irene Hennigan, Dublin City University