Meet the committee

Niamh Lucey (Chair) joined the committee in 2018 and has past experience of working on NiamhLthe HSLG committee as well as substantial experience working as hospital librarian. She  is head of Library & Information Services at St Vincent’s University Hospital with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Electronic Resources, Metadata, Library Management, Digital Preservation, and Library Science. Strong consulting professional graduated from University College Dublin.

Mary Dunne (Vice Chair & Research Officer) is a Chartered mary_dunneInformation Specialist in the HRB National Drugs Library, Dublin. Mary’s principal interest is how we can maximise, evaluate and communicate our value. She was involved in the development of both the CILIP and Knowledge for Healthcare impact toolkits. Mary has presented at numerous conferences, and authored articles for library and health-related publications. She was elected to the Register of Chartered Members of CILIP in 2015 and the Register of Associate Members of the LAI in 2016. Her qualifications include a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Information and Library Studies (Distinction).


Noreen McHugh (Treasurer) Noreen joined the committee in 2018 while working in the Rotunda Hospital Library & Information Service. She has broad experience of working in health science and academic libraries including RCSI Library, DIT and DBS libraries. She previously worked in the library in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and as an intern in UCD library. Noreen graduated from UCD with a BA and Higher Diploma in Education. Her library career began when she completed her Masters in Library & Information Studies in 2011. She is committed to customer service excellence and improving user experience (UX). Noreen’s current Librarian role is in St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.

Mairea Nelson (Events/CPD Officer) is an Information


Officer in the HRB National Drugs Library, a position she has held since 2010. She has written articles and presented at many conferences. Her professional interests include social media and library value and impact. She has a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin. Mairea was the first candidate to have their professional registration submission upgraded from Certification to the higher level of Chartership by CILIP. LinkedIn

Jennifer Butler (Communications Officer) was an academic library director for eight years, outside Chicago, and previously three years in Maryland. She held officer positions with the American Advertising Federation, 10th District, and academic accreditation review boards in Maryland, and Chicago.  Her role with Health Library Ireland is promoting library services, with an emphasis on BMJ Best practices, and the eHealth Library. She is also also temporary, interim, acting deputy for Health Library Ireland West. Originally from Michigan, she graduated from University of Texas, San Antonio, then earned my MSLS, and MA History, in Washington, D. C. and lastly attended University of Illinois, Chicago in their education psychology doctoral program. Everyone always asks her, why Ireland?  She moved to Ireland in 2018 for the set-dancing!  She lives outside Kilkenny city, up a hill, in an old stone cottage. You can find her Monday-Friday on the new 7:30 train to Dublin! She’s known for her bubbly, energetic personality, and believes the sky’s the limit! 

Nicola O’Shea (Secretary)Nicola has been a librarian since 2012 and after a brief stint in a hospital library early in her career, she returned to health library sector in 2018. Her background is primarily in academic and special libraries, having previously worked in UL, TCD, and the National Gallery of Ireland. She also served as a committee member and secretary of the LAI Rare Books Group. She has been a librarian in Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin since 2018 and in her current role she is responsible for reference services and user education.