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The Academic and Special Libraries Section (A&SL)


Contact: Eva Hornung

Officers & Committee 2017/2018


Chairperson: Marie Cullen (Maynooth University)

Secretary: David Hughes (Dublin Business School) 

Treasurer: Tom Maher (National College of Art and Design and The Forgotten Zine Archive)


Support Officers

Membership Officer: Marie Cullen (Maynooth University)

Communications Officer: Laura Rooney Ferris (HSE)


Committee Members

Máire Caffrey (Teagasc); Gerard Connolly (IT Tallaght); Sarah Connolly (Irish Management Institute); Jean Earley (McCann FitzGerald); Caitríona Honohan (Trinity College Dublin); Eva Hornung (CDETB Curriculum Development Unit/Trinity College Dublin); Christina McGuckian (student UCD); Deirdre McGuinness (William Fry); Niamh O’Sullivan (Irish Blood Transfusion Service).


Rules and Procedures


The Academic & Special Libraries Section functions within the Library Association of Ireland to cater for the needs of librarians and information professionals working in academic, research, not-for-profit, corporate and other specialist libraries. The Committee is drawn from members working in all these sectors. The Committee meets monthly. Any items that a member would like to bring to the attention of the Committee, for discussion or information, should be e-mailed to the Secretary. The primary function of the Section is to provide a forum for discussion on issues relevant to academic and special librarians and information professionals and carries out this remit through the provision of seminars, workshops, talks and visits.These activities are open to all members and are advertised on the LAI website, Facebook, Twitter and via email


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Past committee members

Jane Burns (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), 2007-2011
Áine Carey (O’Connor) (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), 2005-2013
Jennifer Collery (University College Dublin), 2010-2013
Aoife Connolly (PricewaterhouseCoopers), 2007-2013
Lorraine Curran, 2013-2015, 2016-2017
Laoise Doherty (Royal College of Music), 2013-2017
Jessica Eustace-Cook (Trinity College Dublin), 2010-2014
Olivia Fitzpatrick (UCC) (retired), 2005-2009
Patrick Hughes (Setanta Sports), 2006-2009
Seán Hughes (Trinity College Dublin), 2009-2017
Margaret Irons (Kelly) (School of Celtic Studies, DIAS), 2007-2013
Graham Long (Citizens Information Board), 2007-2009
Mick O'Dwyer (European Parliament Library), 2014-2016
Erin O'Mahony (Houses of the Oireachtsas Library), 2005-2017
Sile O'Shea (King's Inns), 2013-2015
Ann O'Sullivan (Houses of the Oireachtas), 2005-2015
Maria Rogers (Houses of the Oireachtsas Library), 2015-2017
Caitriona Sharkey (Ernst & Young), 1990s, 2005-2013
Kathryn Smith (TCD), 2006-2010
Grace Toland (Irish Traditional Music Archive), 2009-2010