Library Publishing Group

About the Library Publishing Group

The Library Publishing Group (LPG) of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) supports all types of library publishing initiatives across the sector.

The Library Publishing Coalition and the IFLA Special Interest Group on Library Publishing are affiliates of the LPG. The LPG strategic plan is also aligned to the Library Publishing Action Plan 2019/2020 of the IFLA Special Interest Group on Library Publishing. The group is also a proponent of the Irish Government’s National Principles for Open Access Policy Statement.

What We do

The LPG will prioritise the following aims:

  • To raise awareness of the Library Publishing movement in Ireland
  • To disseminate information on the latest developments within the Library publishing sector nationally and internationally
  • To mentor new library publishers and to showcase library publishing initiatives and successes in Ireland
  • To forge links between open access and institutional publishing presses and libraries
  • To liaise with relevant agencies such as the Library Publishing Coalition, the IFLA Special Interest Group on Library Publishing, PKP and other key organisations.
  • To promote and teach the Library Publishing Curriculum to Group members and across the library sector

Meet the Library Publishing Group Team

Jane Buggle

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology

Jane Buggle is Institute Librarian of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + TechnologyShe is a board member of the Library Council of Ireland and Chair of the Library Association of Ireland’s Library Publishing Group. She is a committee member of the IFLA Special Interest Group on Library Publishing and was a committee member of  the Library Publishing Forum 2021. Jane was co-founder and Senior Editor of Studies in Arts and Humanities Journal and co-founder and Managing Editor of the DBS Business Review.

Robert Alfis

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)

Robert Alfis is the Library Development Officer at Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). He previously worked as Research Librarian in Dublin Business School as well as a lecturer in Information Organisation. He was managing editor of the DBS Business Review. He is currently LAI Deputy Secretary, a committee member of LIR – the HEANet Librarians’ group and former secretary of the LAI Career Development Group.

Mary Buckley

National College of Ireland

Mary Buckley B.A. DLIS, ALAI is Head Librarian, National College of Ireland (Norma Smurfit Library), and has over 30 years’ experience of working in academic libraries. I am responsible for the strategic management and development of Library and Information services at NCI. I have specific responsibility for students studying online and I am currently working on the development of a College Archive.  My main areas of interest are adult learners; digital learning (mindsets) & the delivery of online resources. I am one of the co-authors of ‘NCI Library Referencing Guide’ (2018), 5th ed. and co-authored a chapter “Connecting Librarians in the HECA Library Group Pilot of the Professional Development Framework” in Enhancing teaching and learning in Irish academic libraries : stories of professional artistry. L2L. by Cleary, A., Cohen, P., Dr. and Delaney, M., Dr. (2019)

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Niamh Brennan

Trinity College Dublin

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager Research Informatics in Trinity College Dublin where she works on research reporting, evaluation and impact. She is responsible for the development of Trinity’s CRIS (Research Support System) and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include NORF, Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (which represents all Irish funding councils and research agencies and institutions) and DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe). She manages Ireland’s National Open Access Desk in TCD as Irish partner in OpenAIRE Advance (Horizon2020). She is a member of the management councils of two key Irish journals in economics and social sciences, is project manager of TCD’s SOAPbox (Student Open Access Publishing Project) and has partnered in a number of research projects in digital humanities, international development and social sciences.

Aisling Coyne

TU Dublin

Aisling is the Open Scholarship Librarian for Technological University Dublin where she manages the institutional repository Arrow which recently achieved the milestone of 10 million downloads. TU Dublin publishes 11 Open Access journals and supports Open Research Pilots. Aisling engages in outreach and promotion of Open Research; delivers webinars to academics, staff, students, and researchers on a variety of Open topics; as well as reporting to the TU Dublin Open Research Action Group.

Dr Johannah Duffy

Marino Institute of Education

As Assistant Librarian for Teaching, Learning and Research at the Marino Institute of Education. I have a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. As a strong research professional with a PhD in Cultural and Social History and a Postgraduate Degree focused in Library and Information Science, I am skilled in Education, Library and Research. My professional interests include: Open Access, Research Support and Learning, Library Publishing, Digitisation, Civil Rights, Cultural and Social History and Race Relations.

Sinéad Hanrahan

Cork Institute of Technology

Sinéad Hanrahan is the Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at Cork Institute of Technology where she manages the institutional repository, SWORD, and engages in outreach in the promotion of Open Science. Previously to this Sinéad worked as a library assistant at the University of Limerick and Limerick City & County Council Libraries, as well as holding roles in cultural event management. She is a committee member of the Library Publishing Group and the Communications Officer of the Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland

Eva Hornung

Curriculum Development Unit

Eva graduated from the Hochschule für Bibliothekswesen in Stuttgart in 1995 and initially worked as a Children’s Librarian. Since 2001, she has been managing the library of the Curriculum Development Unit, a professional development centre for teachers and tutors. She has been a member of the LAI Academic & Special Libraries Committee since 2005 and served three terms as Chairperson. Eva is the current convenor of LAI’s CPD Education Committee and the external examiner on DBS’ Master of Information and Library Management. She is a Fellow of CILIP and serves as one of their mentors. Furthermore, she regularly reviews manuscripts for two academic LIS journals as well as papers for educational conferences. She has published and presented her research on continuing professional development of librarians. For IFLA WLIC 2020 she was appointed volunteer coordinator.

Margaret Irons

Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies

Margaret is Librarian and Repository Manager at the School of Celtic Studies, DIAS.

The School is dedicated to the study of Irish and the other Celtic languages, both written and spoken, throughout their history, as well as related areas of cultural, social and legal history. The School publishes books and other online resources, and issues the annual journal Celtica.

As librarian Margaret supports all research staff towards their research and publication work. As a member of the LAI Library Publishing Group she hopes to further enhance this support and to build on and develop networks within the library publishing community in Ireland.

Margaret was a committee member of the Academic & Special Libraries Section of the LAI from 2007-2013, holding the role of Secretary from 2009-2011. She is also currently a committee member of the LAI Rare Books Group.

Fiona Morley

Maynooth University

Fiona Morley is Head of Digital Programmes and Information Systems in Maynooth University Library, with responsibility for library systems, digital library, research repositories and RDM policy as well as open access initiatives. MU Library has directly supported a number of open journal publishing initiatives in the past year under the Maynooth Academic Publishing namespace. Previously Fiona was Head of the Open Data Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). In that role she developed the first national Open Data Strategy 2017-2022. Fiona has represented Ireland on a range of related working and expert groups at the OECD and EU.

Prior to moving to DPER, Fiona was Senior Librarian/Assistant Director in the Legal Aid Board, managing the Research and Information Unit (RIU) which comprises two separate libraries and a specialist research function. Fiona has also held librarianship posts in the HSE as well as other library roles in the public and academic library sector. She is a graduate of NUIG, UCD, DBS and the Open University.

Marie O’Neill

CCT College

Marie O’Neill  is Head of Enhancement at CCT College. Previously, Marie was Head of Library at Dublin Business School (DBS) where she was Managing Editor of the 2017 and 2018 issues of DBS Business Review which is indexed on the DOAJ. In 2019, Marie co-chaired the IFLA SIG on Library Publishing Dublin. Marie initiated the setting up of the MSc in Information and Library Management at DBS, advocating for the inclusion of library publishing in its curriculum. Marie is a Council member of the Library Association of Ireland and the LAI’s Library Publishing Group. CCT College has purchased Digital Commons.

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is delighted to welcome the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) as a new strategic affiliate! Strategic affiliates are peer membership associations who have a focal area in scholarly communications and substantial engagement with libraries, publishers, or both. See the LPC list of strategic affiliates or learn more about the program.


  • Library Association Of Ireland: Privacy Statement
  • Collection of your personal information
  • How we use your Personal Information
  • Security of your personal information
  • Third party services
  • Updating your personal information
  • Website visitors
  • Use of Cookies
  • Changes to this statement
  • Contact Information

Library Association Of Ireland: Privacy Statement

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Collection of your personal information

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Information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected by the LAI. This information can include your: IP address; browser type; domain name; access times; and referring website addresses.


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The information we collect and hold on you will be used in a number of ways, including:

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The LAI does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The LAI may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party.  In addition, the LAI may share data with trusted partners to help us process payments, perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, member services or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the LAI, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

The LAI will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the LAI or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the LAI; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of members of the LAI, or the public.

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The LAI discloses personally-identifying information to its management committee, contractors and affiliates in order to provide services available from the LAI. Payment processing is an example of this. They will not use your data for anything other than the clearly defined purpose relating to the service that they are providing.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through LAI public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: the LAI does not read any of your private online communications.

The LAI secures your personal information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. The LAI secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, and security protocols.

Third party services

The LAI utilises third party services to assist in the delivery of some of our services, e.g. Eventbrite. When you interact with these sites you may provide information about yourself to those third parties. The LAI is not responsible for how they collect, use and share your information. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of the websites you choose to link to from the LAI, so that you can understand how these websites collect, use and share your information.

Updating your personal information

The LAI will endeavour to ensure the data we hold on you is correct and up-to-date. If you wish us to amend or remove the personal information we hold on you, please contact us by email or write to Library Association of Ireland, c/o 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.We will correct any inaccuracies or remove you from our databases as soon as practicable.

Website visitors

Like most websites, the LAI collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. We do this to maintain the quality of the service, to determine what LAI services are the most popular and to provide general statistics regarding use of the LAI website. The data may be gathered from our website hosts and Google Analytics.


Use of Cookies

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Changes to this statement

The LAI will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect user feedback. The LAI encourages you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how the LAI is protecting your information.

This statement was last updated on 20th June 2018.

Contact Information

The LAI with review and update this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the LAI has not adhered to this statement, please write the President, Library Association of Ireland, c/o 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.