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Martin Dunn

Activities Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Martin Dunn
  • Qualities & Values - Patience, hard work, like meeting people, enjoy providing good customer service, desire to do a good job for yourself and your employer 
  • Client Skills - Qualification both education qualifications and practical ability to the job
  • Interests - to be generally interested in the field you are working in. I think that it is easy for people to look at the job and think its great and must be loads of fun because you get to go on the high ropes all the time. That is just a small part of the job and generally you are watching others having fun and playing on the activities and you only go on them to do staff training or to do safety checks. You must also be prepared for the paper work that goes along with a job where you are responsible for that safety of people and this cannot be overlooked.
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Information Officer

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€22k > 55 
Information Officer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 55 
Related Information:
Entrants: 22 - 26
Established: 35 - 55
Data Source(s):
FAS

Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Organises, researches and collects information in a specialised reference library.


The Work header image

Information Officers are not unlike librarians. They handle information in a variety of media, books, journals, newspapers, leaflets, video, audio cassettes, microfiche, multimedia, CDs, computer databases, etc. Their responsibilities include:

  • being aware for new publications and materials and deciding what to add to the library

  • cataloguing, classifying and indexing new material to make it available to library users

  • helping people to access the information

identifying, selecting, ordering and managing both hard copy and electronic resources for the organisations current and anticipated information needs. This may also include answering queries from an immediate client group and the general public. 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an Information Officer you need to be an out-going person capable of dealing with and communicating with people effectively both written and orally.  
 
You need to possess good research skills and an enquiring mind, an appreciation of the role of information technology and the ability to cope with it, as it is used extensively to record, store and disseminate information.  
 
A high level of literacy is required and an interest in reading is desirable to keep up to date with new information.  
 
You must also be able to market library services and teach users library and information-seeking skills.  
 
You also need to be able to work as part of a team in order to retrieve and communicate information to clients and other team members.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as you will need to keep yourself informed of latest developments.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..   Advice worker - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Freedom of Information Officer - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..   Information & Membership Supervisor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Information Architect & Volunteer Mentor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Information Officer - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..   Information officer - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: UCD School of Information and Library Studies
  Address: Library Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 716 7055/7080
  Email: sils@ucd.ie
  Url www.ucd.ie/sils/
   

 

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