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).

Linda Halton (Communications Officer) joined the HSLG Committee in 2020. She has many years’ experience as a health sciences librarian. Since 2001, Linda has worked with the HSE Library Service, and is currently based in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. Her principal interests include evidence-based practice, knowledge translation and digital health literacy. In 2019, Linda was awarded a scholarship by the NAJI Foundation to attend the Teaching Evidence Based Medicine workshop in the University of Oxford. She is currently studying for a Master’s in Digital Health Transformation with the University of Limerick.

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 Health Research Board Staff Profile shots. Copyright Fennell Photography 2014Library, 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 ILIP. LinkedIn


Miriam Williams (Secretary) is a Librarian based in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. She joined the National Health Library & Knowledge Service in September 2020. She has 20 years experience in the public library service, working with both Offaly and South Dublin Library Services. Prior to this she worked in financial services. Her qualifications include a B.Comm, Higher Diploma Computer Science and Higher Diploma Library and Information Studies.