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

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.

Breeda Herlihy and Jean McMahon joined the committee in 2023. Bios to follow.