Louise Farragher (Chair and Treasurer) works as an Information Specialist in the Evidence Centre of the Health Research Board, and has worked in specialist health libraries for 15 years. She works in an embedded role with a team of researchers to generate Evidence Reviews for health policy makers. The role is varied and fast-paced, and she spends a lot of her time searching databases and grey literature sources for evidence to inform policy, screening results, managing references and presenting results. In addition to her work with the Health Sciences Libraries Group, Louise is a member of the National Open Access Committee and has recently become an Irish EAHIL Council member.
Bennery Rickard (Vice Chair) moved to Dublin from Limerick where she studied Modern English Literature and History at Trinity College and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies at University College Dublin in the late eighties. She proceeded to work in a variety of libraries both public and academic before embracing a career in health librarianship. Bennery’s career has tracked the development of libraries from Health Boards to the Health Service Executive. Her professional interests include health literacy, open access publishing and outreach library services. In her free time Bennery teaches yoga and has a keen interest art, music and (surprise, surprise!) reading.
Michael Doheny (Secretary) originates from Freshford, Co. Kilkenny and worked as a medical laboratory technician for some years before returning to college in the early nineties to study for an arts degree and Library Diploma, and later a Master of Arts. Since then he has worked in public, hospital and academic libraries in New York, Dublin, Donegal, Cork and Athlone Institute of Technology. Michael is Science Librarian in AIT since 2004 and has worked on the HSLG committee since 2007. Michael’s professional interests include information literacy, resource sharing in librarianship and bibliotherapy. Michael’s personal interests include heartfullness meditation, tennis, alternative health, reading and travel.
Mary Dunne (Research & Evidence Officer) is a Chartered Information 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). http://ie.linkedin.com/in/LibrarianMaryDunne
Marie Carrigan (Communications Officer) is from Dublin. She studied English and Music at NUI Maynooth and completed a Masters in Library and Information Studies in UCD in 2006. Marie began her career in academic libraries working in Griffith College, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. Marie has over 10 years’ experience working in health libraries and is currently working as a solo librarian in St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network. Marie’s professional interests include information literacy, consumer health and evidence based practice. Personal interests include reading, movies and playing the banjo!
Maura Flynn hails originally from Tullamore in Co. Offaly. She studied English and Geography as part of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in NUIG before serendipitously entering the world of libraries. Maura has gained diverse experience working in a variety of information and library related roles, in academic settings, such as the Irish Management Institute and Maynooth University and health settings, such as the HSE and the National Clinical Programme for Acute Medicine. Most recently Maura worked in the Health Information Directorate of the Health Information and Quality Authority, before re-joining the HSE Midland Area Library Service in the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Maura is passionate about the importance of Health Science Librarians partnering with clinicians and academic colleagues to support evidence-based decision making and research.
Noreen McHugh joined the committee in 2018 and 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 Hospital ERC and as an intern in UCD library. Her current library role is in the Rotunda Hospital Library & Information Service. 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 was recently awarded the Associateship of the Library Association of Ireland. Noreen is committed to customer service excellence and improving user experience (UX).