A&SL Committee

Current Officers & Committee (2017 to 2019)   



Chairperson: Marie Cullen (Maynooth University)

Secretary: David Hughes (Dublin Business School)
Treasurer: Gerard Connolly (TU Dublin, Tallaght) 


Support Officers

Membership Officer: Marie Cullen (Maynooth University) 

Communications Officer:Laura Rooney Ferris (HSE/National Health Library & Knowledge Service) 

Committee Members

Sarah Connolly (IMI), Jean Early (McCann FitzGerald) Dr Eva Hornung (CDETB Curriculum Development Unit, TCD), Gerard Connolly (TU Dublin, Tallaght) Máire Caffrey (Teagasc), Lisa Lambert, Genevieve Larkin (Marino Institute of Education), Deirdre Mc Guinness (William Fry), Marie O Neill (CCT) 

Current Committee Details  

Chairperson Marie G. Cullen (ALAI, PGDHE, MLIS, HDipIT, DipAdEd, BA)

Marie is an Assistant Librarian at Maynooth University Library since 2008.  She has previously worked in the Mercer Library at the RCSI.  A member of the A&SL Committee since 2009, she was Hon. Secretary from June 2011 to July 2014.  She was awarded Associateship of the LAI in March 2013.  She has presented at INULS and QQML and has co-authored a number of articles which have been published in An Leabharlann.  The Irish Library and Sconul Focus.  These are available at http://eprints.nuim.ie/ .  Professional interests include: continuing professional development, the role of new technologies and social media in libraries and information literacy training and development.  She is currently undertaking research regarding the implementation of Resource Description and Access in Irish academic libraries. @CullenMarieG


Hon. Secretary - David Hughes (MLIS, MSC, BSC)

David has over 25 years’ experience in the LIS sector, with previous experience in database content management, editing, bibliometrics, cataloguing, indexing, abstracting and project management. David is currently the systems librarian at Dublin Business School and also lectures on the DBS Information and Library Management MSc. His interests include library ethics, open access, open source software and the adoption of new technology in libraries @usernameerror

Hon. Treasurer - Gerard Connolly (MA, MLIS) 

Gerard Connolly worked as a tutor with Galway Adult Literacy Centre for several years and taught English in Poland, Russia, France and Spain. He has a BA in French and Philosophy from NUIG, an MA in French from the University of Limerick and an MLIS from UCD. In 2014, he completed a Research Masters on Louis-Ferdinand Céline and anarchist philosophy at IT Tallaght. He is a library assistant at TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus where, amongst other things, he helps to run an annual short story competition. He is Treasurer of the A&SL Section Committee, which he joined in 2018. @GerardKConnolly


Membership Officer - Marie G. Cullen (ALAI, PGDHE, MLIS, HDipIT, DipAdEd, BA)

Communications Officer Laura Rooney Ferris (MA, HDipLIS, BA)

Laura has worked for the HSE's National Health Library and Knowledge Service (NHLKS) since September 2017,  as Systems Librarian and Lenus research repository manager (Sept 2017 to Feb 2019) and was recently appointed National eResources Manager for NHLKS. From 2009 to 2017 she was the Information and Library Manager of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). Her experience includes management and strategic development of a specialist library and information service, research support and web development. From 2005 to 2009 Laura worked in the Library of Dublin Business School.  During this time she completed the HDip Library & Information Studies with the University Of Wales, Aberystwyth.  Prior to moving into the information profession Laura held a number of positions in the Financial, Recruitment and Medical technologies sectors.  She also holds an MA in Media Studies from DIT, a Diploma in Web Design from DBS and Certificate in Leadership for equality accredited by Maynooth University. Professional interests include: integration of new media and emerging technologies in library and information service provision, Social Media marketing, Open Research models, digital literacy.

She is the producer and presenter of the 'Librarians Aloud' podcast @LauraRooneyF  @ASLIBRARIES     

Committee Members - 2017 - 2019 Term

Máire Caffrey

Máire has over 25 years’ experience in the LIS sector. Having previously worked in the private sector, she has been Head Librarian in Teagasc – the Agriculture & Food Development Authority – since 2004. In a previous life she was a scientist, and has managed to combine an interest in science with her LIS career, by working as a librarian in science-based organisations. Her interests include Open Access , Open Science, Science Communications and Research Support services. She was a founder of Repository Network Ireland and is also the Treasurer of the Government Libraries Section of the LAI.  She joined the ASL committee in 2018​

Sarah Connolly (IMI) 

Jean Earley (MLIS,MA

Jean is Assistant Librarian at McCann FitzGerald Solicitors since 2015. Within this role, Jean and her colleagues deliver an enquiry and research service, in addition to a legal information training programme. She holds an MA (Hons) from University College Cork in Historical Research and a Masters of Library and Information Science from University College Dublin. Working in the library and information sector since 2007, she has gained experience across a range of public, academic and corporate libraries in Ireland and the Middle East. Areas of professional interest include the role of the library in teaching, research and learning, special collections and marketing and promotion of library services. @jean_earley 

Eva Hornung (Dipl.-Bibl. [FH], MLIS, PhD, FLAI, FCLIP) 

Eva started in the library world in 1992 - she trained in special, academic and public libraries during her studies at the Hochschule für Bibliothekswesen in Stuttgart and worked as a Children's Librarian for a number of years. She holds an MLIS (UCD)and a PhD in Information Studies (University of Sheffield) and is currently studying for an M.Ed. with TCD. Eva is the librarian in the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit, a teacher education and research centre. She has been a member of the A&SL Committee since 2005 and served three terms as Chairperson.  She is the current convenor of LAI’s CPD Education Committee.  Eva is a Fellow of CILIP and serves as one of their mentors.  @evahornung 

Lisa Lambert (BA, MPhil, MLIS) With more than a decade working in higher-education, Lisa is committed to and passionate about learning and research.  Having earned a BA in Linguistics and an MPhil in Critical & Cultural Theory (TCD), Lisa has worked in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, the Chester Beatty Library, and Marsh's Library, and with the Worth Library.  She gained her MLIS from the University or Aberystwyth (2019), and her dissertation investigated the Collecting Habits of Benjamin Guinness as reflected in the Farmleigh Library's accessions catalogue.  While her current activities focus on information management, her personal interests include Early Printed Books and manuscripts.

Genevieve Larkin

Gebevieve began her career in the public library sector in 2006, and became a library assistant in the Library of St. Patrick’s College (D.C.U.) in 2008. After managing the interlibrary loan service, circulation, and the information and research support service there, she moved to the Marino Institute of Education where she is the Assistant Librarian. She was awarded an M.A. in Comparative Literature from D.C.U. (2008), an M.L.I.S. from R.G.U. (2014), and an ALAI in 2017. She is currently completing a P.G. Dip in H.E. in T.C.D. She served as secretary for the Career Development Group of the LAI for two years and joined the A&SL in 2019.  thelivedinlibrarian.wordpress.com<https://@thelivedinlibrarian.wordpress.com> @Genevievela

Deirdre Mc Guinness (BA, MScEconILS) is the Library & Information Services Assistant at William Fry Solicitors, a position she has held since May 2015. She began working in the library world in 2011, volunteering as a library assistant in Longford Public Library, after which she moved to Wales to study for her MLIS. She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a Masters in Information and Library Studies in 2013. From there, she went on to hold positions in the Oireachtas Library & Research Service, the Irish Hospice Foundation, and Trinity College Dublin, before moving on to her current position. She is a member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL), and won their Dissertation Award in 2013. She joined the A&SL Committee in June 2015. @deirdre_mcg  

Christina McGuckian (BA, DBS, Dip. IT & IP, MLIS)  Christina is an information professional, intellectual property solicitor and trade mark agent.  During her time as a practising solicitor, she was awarded the Butterworth Prize and worked mainly in the areas of intellectual property and media law, in private practice and in house with Alliance Atlantis, Brown Bag Films and World Rugby. Christina gained her MLIS in UCD in 2018 and was awarded the John Dean Medal. For her thesis Christina, researched Librarian’s experience of copyright and compared the academic and health sector and published on that subject. She works as an information professional and library consultant in the public and private
sector and as an instructor and occasional lecturer in UCD School of Information and Communication Studies and sits on the L2L – Librarians
Learning to Support Learners Learning – Steering Committee. @mcguckianc.