The dlr Libraries Transition Year Work Experience Pilot Programme 2022 is Here!

06 September 2022 / Nuacht Leabharlainne
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*Applications are now closed*

What is the Transition Year Work Experience Pilot Programme?

dlr Libraries is delighted to announce the launch of our pilot work experience programme for Transition Year students.
We have developed a programme which will offer the opportunity to observe what goes on behind the scenes in our busy and dynamic library service.
Participants will explore all things Library, from stock management to customer service, event planning to online resources, and will gain hands-on experience as they join the team in one of our library branches.

Who should apply?

The programme will appeal to students who:
• Have an interest in literature of any sort, including non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels, children’s works
• Enjoy working with the public
• Are curious about IT and the role it plays within a modern library service

We are particularly interested in students who are considering a career in libraries and would like to get a feel for what the job entails.

How do I apply?

• Application forms are available HERE 
• Download, complete and return the form to us via email at 
• Incomplete forms will not be accepted, so please fill in carefully!
• The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20th September 2022.
• We will let you know if you have been successful by Friday 30th September 2022.

What do I need to know?

• This is a pilot programme with an extremely limited number of places.
• We are unable to facilitate placements outside of the dates listed above.
• In the instance that the programme is oversubscribed, we will use a ballot system to select applicants. This will be weighted to ensure that applicants from a range of schools are selected.

When and where will I be working?

• Placements will take place from Monday 21st November to Friday 25th November 2022 inclusive.
• Placement hours are 10am to 4pm.
• You must be available for the full five days of the placement.
• Students will be based in the LexIcon Library and dlr Library Headquarters for the first two days and will be assigned to a library branch for the last three days.
• While we will try to accommodate students’ preference of branch, applicants may be assigned to any one of the following branches: Lexicon, Blackrock, Dalkey, Deansgrange, Dundrum.

What will I be doing in the library?

• You will learn about the various roles within dlr Library Service
• You will be offered an overview of the wide range of services that the libraries offer including stock management, event programming and online and e-services
• You will get an insight to the daily running of a library branch while shadowing a member of staff

Personal Data

By submitting your application, you confirm that you (or your parent/guardian if you are aged 16 or under) understand that any personal data that you have supplied to us as part of this application will be processed by us in accordance with the Privacy Statement for dlr Libraries. It is necessary for us to process this information in order to administer your application and, if successful:

• Send you relevant information about the TY work experience programme before and during your placement
• Provide references to your school after your placement

If you are successful, then we require your school to hold the appropriate levels of insurance.

I have a question!

If you have any questions, or if you need this information in an alternative format, please contact Emma McKeag on 01 2801147 or

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