#ASL2017 -The Sociable Librarian: Connecting & Creating Communities

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th February, 2017

Radisson Blue Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

In 2016, we smashed the stereotype of the lonely librarian.

Join us in 2017 as we celebrate the sociable librarian.


Traditionally the role of the librarian was to connect people with information but our role has evolved to now include connecting people with people. The library profession is full of sociable and socially-minded people who care about their user communities and who often create new ones. We build communities by communicating and connecting people within our organisations and beyond. We network with each other which strengthens and enriches us as a profession. Being sociable is an integral part of being a librarian today. 

“Great libraries build communities.” 

R. David Lankes


The A&SL Committee invites submissions on the following topics or any others that may be relevant to the theme:


  • Communication skills

  • Communities of practice

  • Supporting and empowering communities

  • Marketing and promotion of resources and services

  • Social media 

  • Journal Clubs

  • Mentoring 

  • Outreach 

  • Event Management/Exhibitions

  • Sociable library spaces 

  • Professional networking

  • Training and Facilitating

  • Intranets/Websites