Speakers' Bios

 Meet Our Speakers  

Mary Antonesa
Mary was appointed Senior Librarian for Teaching, Learning and Research Development in August 2010. Prior to that she worked as Head of Information Services and also as the Science & Engineering Subject Librarian. Before taking up these posts she worked in the Outreach Campus in Kilkenny where she was employed to establish the Library. Mary has a keen interest in how libraries partner in the teaching, learning and research process. She has written extensively on this and has spoken at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally on this topic. She is a member of the CONUL Advisory Group on Information Literacy. Currently Mary is pursuing Doctoral Studies with the University of Sheffield where she is studying these topics further.

Susan Boyle
Susan is the College Liaison Librarian for Business and Law at University College Dublin. Prior to this role, Susan was the Nursing Midwifery Librarian also at UCD and an active member of the HSLG committee, editing the health publication HINT. Before arriving at UCD, Susan worked as a subject librarian in Trinity and spent a few years in the private sector in advertising and market research agencies where she worked on a variety of brand and consumer advertising and research campaigns. Her interest in information, educational technology, innovation and research led Susan to the Library profession. In her current role as Business and Law Librarian, she is heavily involved in eLearning development, information literacy and research support. Susan has developed a particular interest in Game Based Learning (GBL) and has designed bespoke treatment games to increase student engagement and learning. Over the past few years, she has published a book chapter on her work in GBL, presented at Library conferences and peer reviewed and published articles in various journals. Susan enjoys translating creativity and innovation to Library concepts and practice. Currently Susan is developing an online Learning Support Menu for UCD library – a key tool to promote eLearning tutorials to academic staff.

Laura Connaughton
Laura Connaughton was appointed Assistant Librarian for Library and Information Services in NUIM as well as Subject Librarian for English, Celtic and Media Studies in September 2012. Prior to that she worked as Subject Librarian with responsibility for Science at Dublin City University from October 2011 to March 2012 and as Library Stagiaire in the Marine Institute in Galway from October 2009 to October 2010. Laura has a real interest in the development of Library and Information Services, particularly meeting the needs of next generation library users in a changing library environment.

Andrew Costello
Andrew has been working with the service since January 2008 gaining experience in a wide area of Assistive Technology devices and software. Andrew has also been a part of implementing Accessible information College policy and promoting Trinity as an inclusive campus. Andrew moved internally from Information System Services where he served 2 years working on College technology projects which included the roll of the new e-mail systems as well as the day to day maintenance of College systems . Andrew has also worked in the private IT sector for 4 years with Calyx Voice & data gaining experience in a range of IT issues from desktop to server support.
Andrew has completed his BA in Management and Information Systems from Liverpool John Moores University. Recently Andrew has completed study from the British occupational hygiene society in Ergonomics essentials and his advanced Diploma in Web design. He is currently studying for MSc in Computing (Universal Design and Assistive Technology) at DIT Kevin St in Dublin.

Fionnuala Croke
Fionnuala Croke became Director of the Chester Beatty Library in March 2011. Previously, she was Keeper and Head of Collections at the National Gallery of Ireland, where she was centrally involved in the redevelopment of the Gallery. She joined the National Gallery as a research fellow in 1987 and went on to become Curator of French Paintings. In 2000, she set up the Exhibitions Department prior to the opening of the Millennium Wing extension in 2002, and from 2008 headed up a new Collections division. She has published on a wide range of art-related subjects and has organised and curated numerous exhibitions. She received a BA with honours in History of Art& Archaeology from UCD, a research MA from UCD and an International Executive MBA from the Smurfit Business School. She also attended the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. She is a member of the steering committee of the International Exhibitions Group (IEO) and is Vice Chair of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS).

Florence Curley
Florence Curley is a manager in the Information and Research Centre of PwC - the largest professional servicesfirm in Ireland and has worked there for the past 13 years. The centre provides an information and research service to the PwC Irish firm and caters for the primarily business, legal and technical information requirements of over 2000 people. Prior to that, Florence worked in DIT Libraries, Aontas and Dublin City Public Libraries. She has a diploma in LIS from SILS UCD and a BA Mod from TCD.

Francesca Di Felice
Francesca Di Felice has been working for Google Books and Google Play in the company's European HQ for three years. She has a bachelor's degree in media studies from the University of Bologna and a master's degree in publishing and journalism from the University of Urbino. Four years ago, she completed a dissertation on the opportunities and challenges within Google Books Search and subsequently took an opportunity to join Google in Dublin. Since then, she has been working on the European launch of Google Play, the digital content platform where publishers and authors can upload and sell their ebooks. She is also currently working on various other products such as Google News and Google Newsstand.

Liz Dore
Liz Dore is the Librarian for Science and Architecture, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick. Liz’s previous role was as Librarian of the University Hospital Limerick.  Liz worked in Dublin for a number of years in a variety of library and information environments which included an engineering company, The National Library of Ireland, Food Safety Authority and the Office of Public Works.   Her interests include improving the teaching and learning aspects of the student experience within the library.

Peter Dudley
Peter Dudley is the Public Service Manager in Dublin City University library, with responsibility for the overall day-to-day management of all front-line library services. He has worked in various academic libraries, including the University of Pittsburgh (where he also worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy), the Irish Management Institute, and University College Dublin. He holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Library and Information Studies.
Siohhán Dunne
Siobhán Dunne is Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian at Dublin City University, Ireland. Prior to this, she held the role of Research Support Librarian at DCU and Information and Library Manager at the National Disability Authority. She has been actively researching how librarians and faculty collaborate to improve the first year learning experience. Other research interests include bibliometrics for the humanities, academic e book design and the role of HE libraries in civic engagement. She is currently pursuing an MSc. in Education and Training Leadership. 
Paraic Elliott
Paraic Elliott has been a member of library staff in DCU since 2004. He has previously worked in Trinity College and for Dublin City Council. He has a background in Social Policy and has a particular interest in current library topics such as Bridging the Digital Divide, Information Behaviour and Information Literacy and has been involved in literacy programmes for disadvantaged groups.
Eoin McCarney
Eoin McCarney is Head of Collection Services at UCD Library, where he previously worked as System Librarian. Eoin has worked in a number of Irish libraries including DCU, National Library of Ireland, IT Tallaght and the Royal Irish Academy.

James Molloy
I am part of the College Liaison team at UCD Library, with responsibility for the College of Engineering and Architecture. I started in UCD in 2006, initially working for Reader Services and then moving to my new post in August 2012. Alongside my teaching and learning responsibilities, I am also the lead on our eLearning project. I have previously held posts with the RCSI and I also worked for two years on a voluntary basis through APSO as a LibraryAdvisor at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I see the development of eLearning within theprofession as an opportunity to explore our creative side and take ownership of the content we produce.

Laura O Broin
Laura is eServices Librarian at the Oireachtas Library & Research Service. She is currently part of the Members Information Team based at the Reading Room in Leinster House, with special responsibility for the technical management of the Liberty Library Management System, the Archivalware database, the EBSCO Discovery Service and the internal Library website via Wordpress. She is also currently working on internal project teams in the areas of Leadership Development  and Internal Communications.

Donna Ó Doibhlin
Donna Ó Doibhlin is the Librarian for the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Limerick, which includes teacher training, PESS, psychology and everything in the health sciences.  Prior to joining UL she was Deputy Institute Librarian in Dundalk IT and before that worked as librarian in several other special and HE libraries.  Her interests include the development of information and research training programmes for faculty and students and investigating new resources that enhance student learning. 

Christoph Schmidt-Supprian

Christoph Schmidt-Supprian is Sub-Librarian (Collection Management) in Trinity College Library, Dublin. He is passionate about the role of research libraries in preserving all publications and making them available to present as well as future readers. Christoph has lectured on information organisation in UCD and the DBS, and he is an active member of the Library Association of Ireland's Cataloguing & Metadata Group.

Ben Showers
Ben Showers is Head of Scholarly and Library Futures with the Digital Infrastructure team at Jisc. Ben is part of the Information and Library Infrastructure programme and manages a number of areas of work, including library systems, user experience, mobile infrastructure and shared services. Ben is also currently managing a project to develop a shared analytics service for UK academic libraries. Prior to this Ben worked with the Content team at Jisc, working on a number of digitisation and digital scholarly resource programmes exploring innovative new models of content creation and curation, such as crowdsourcing. Ben holds an MA in Philosophy as well as an MA in Library and Information Science from University College, London. More details on Ben HERE
Niamh Tumelty
Niamh Tumelty currently manages the Library and Information Service at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.  This role involves everything from managing and developing a team of four library staff through to collection management , reader services and user education. She previously worked at the English Faculty Library and Medical Library in Cambridge and An Chomhairle Leabharlanna/The Library Council and the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin.
Niamh initiated and coordinated the online 23 Things for Professional Development programme, which was ‘highly-commended’ runner-up in the 2012 Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy.  She was also on the organising committee for the Cambridge Librarian TeachMeets and has been active in the East of England region of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), co-chairing the regional branch through a merger with the local division of CILIP’s Career Development Group in 2012.  Niamh is currently working towards CILIP Chartership under the mentorship of A&SL Group Chair.

Mark Tynan
Mark Tynan has worked in UCD Library since 2007. He currently works in Collection Services as a Collection Development and Description Librarian, with responsibility for Business, Economics, English, Law, Medicine and Politics. Other roles in UCD Library have included liaison librarian to the UCD Schools of Business, Law and Politics & International Relations, and Development Studies librarian. Mark previously worked in RTEs Sound Library and Television Archive, and in the public library in Kilkenny.