Monday 25 May 2015

National Library of Ireland appoints new director

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has announced the appointment of Dr Sandra Collins to the role of Director.

Dr Collins joins the National Library of Ireland from her role as the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the Royal Irish Academy where she established and led an ambitious national research centre developing both policy and e-infrastructure for digital preservation of cultural and social data.

Her career has included leadership roles in research, industry and public service, with earlier positions at Science Foundation Ireland, Ericsson telecommunications, and Dublin City University.

She is originally a mathematician and received her PhD in 1996 from UCD in the area of nonlinear fluid dynamics.

Announcing the appointment, NLI board member Paul Shovlin said: 'We are very pleased that Sandra is joining the National Library as Director. Her experience and interest in digital preservation in particular is of huge importance as the Library is particularly engaged in the digitisation of records.

'The board and staff of the NLI look forward to working closely with her over the coming years. With the decade of commemoration now underway and with 1916 commemorations just around the corner, her leadership, expertise and skills will be hugely valuable,' he added.

Speaking about the important role of the National Library of Ireland, Dr Collins said: 'I am delighted and honoured to take up this post. The National Library of Ireland has such a recognised place in Irish society, culture and learning. I look forward to working together with the staff and Board to build upon the trusted services and grow the research and digital innovation that the National Library delivers, both here in Ireland and across the world with online access.'

Having been appointed for a period of five years, Dr Collins will take up her new position on 31 July 2015.