Consortium of National and University Libraries

Training & Development Awards


Winner – Johanna Archbold, RCSI / Michelle Breen, UL joint submission entitled ‘Amplifying CONUL’s voice: Exploring how Ireland’s research libraries can be ‘heard’ in national and international contexts’

Johanna Archbold

Michelle Breen


Interim Report


2nd Place – Laura Connaughton, MU submission entitled ‘User Experience (UX) in Maynooth University (MU) Library’

3rd Place – Joseph Greene, UCD submission entitled ‘Establishing standards for measuring open content usage: How many times have our digital assets been used?’


The objective of this funding award, which is offered biennially, is to encourage practitioner-based research among librarians in CONUL member libraries. .  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 CONUL 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 CONUL libraries and support the CONUL Strategy 2016-2019 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.



2012:   the Award went to Joshua Clark and Rosalind Pan of University College Dublin for their research project “Strategic mobile library development: the place of library apps and the options for creating them.”

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.



CONUL Training & Development have launched the 2018 Library Assistant Award which is open to all staff at library assistant and equivalent grades in the CONUL member libraries. The award prizes are:

  • 1st prize           €200
  • 2nd prize           €150
  • 3rd prize           €100

To apply for the award, you must submit an article on a library related theme in the form of a blog post.  You could opt to write about any aspect of your work, a topic of interest, a project you have worked on or are working on, a project the library team is engaged in, a new service idea or maybe an idea you have for improving current services.  The post should be written in a lively style and be visually appealing to engage readers.  The word count for the post is 500-800 words, excluding links and references. Sources should be cited correctly.

The article should be saved as a PDF file and emailed along with your entry cover sheet to your CONUL T&D representative by 5.00pm Friday 11th May 2018

Publicity Poster

Submission Cover Sheet

Blog Writing Resources




The 2016 ANLTC Library Assistant Award required entrants to submit a blog post on any library related topic. Entrants could opt to blog about any aspect of their current work for example training activities they undertook; a development in their own library or an item in their library’s collection. Prize winners were announced at the CONUL Conference on the 2nd June 2016. The prize winning and highly commended entries were published on the libfocus blog.

Award Winners 2016:

1st Prize                Tradition and Technology and The Glucksman Library, UL by Seán Cafferkey, University of Limerick

2nd Prize               A Captive Audience by Bernie Gardiner, Maynooth University 2 nd Prize The Kelmscott Chaucer by Helen McGinley, The Library of Trinity College,                    University of Dublin

3rd Prize                Facing the Open Access Challenge – The experience of a University Open Access Team by Megan Corrigan, Queen’s University Belfast

3rd Prize                Brian O’Higgins/Brian Ó hUigínn (1882-1963) by Olive Morrin, Maynooth University

Highly commended entries 2016

  • An Extraordinary Life: Discovering the Legacy of Professor Kevin Boyle on CalmView by Bernice Walsh, NUI Galway
  • Creating the MU Library Treasures Blog by Mary Robinson, Maynooth University
  • Ever wondered why students always go to the same study seat in the library? by Cara Toner, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Summer Time…Something Different! By Helen O’Connor, Maynooth University
  • Transformational Collaboration: A reflection on the process of creating an academic Jesse Waters, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


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:

 2012: The ANLTC 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

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

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; runner-up, Cecilia Kehoe, National University of Ireland Maynooth

1997:  Irene Hennigan, Dublin City University