Consortium of National and University Libraries

CONUL Research Support Task and Finish Group


  • Aoife Geraghty, UL


  • Fintan Bracken, UL
  • Julia Barrett, UCD
  • Jessica Eustace-Cook, TCD
  • Breeda Herlihy, UCC
  • Niall McSweeney, NUIG
  • Paul Murphy, RCSI
  • Ciarán Quinn, MU

Terms of Reference

The Group will prepare a three-year strategy in the form of a tool kit that will address the following areas:
•    Bibliometrics (including MyRI)
•    Data management,
•    Digital content
•    Publication Strategy Support (available routes, Open Access etc)
•    Managing community relationships (students, faculty, relevant institutional offices, campus companies etc)
•    Advocacy
•    Training/Capacity building including the development of specialism’s, research package specific support
In addition to the resources, the group may organise events to address the above.

To prepare a 3 year strategy to develop the research support capacity of CONUL libraries in the key areas identified through the production of a tool kit that is flexible, accessible and impact focused.
The group will adopt a participative approach and will seek to adapt existing models, resource and examples of best practice where possible.

Operational Structure
The Champion, Cathal McCauley (NUIM) will convene the first meeting (May 2013) of the group, act as guide to the members, and as a conduit for reporting to CONUL.  The Champion will also provide regular feedback from CONUL to the members. As of June 2014 Chris Pressler (DCU) will be the Champion of the group.
The Chair, Aoife Geraghty (UL) is responsible for convening and chairing meetings, distributing work to group members, meeting deadlines and keeping to any approved budgets.
Membership of the group can change annually but there must be a minimum of five members at any time.  Each group will consist of a staff member nominated from member libraries thereby involving a large number of staff in the decision making process of CONUL.

The group will begin work on the recommendations approved at the mini Colloquium November 2012
The group will be responsible for updating the website.  Ciarán Quinn (MU) has accepted this role.
The group will meet as needed.
Optional executive support through the role of the CONUL Administrator is available under pre approved arrangement.
In October each year the group will produce an annual statement of achievements during the past calendar year. At the same time an action plan will be prepared for the coming year in alignment with CONUL objectives.
Financial outlay by the group will be centralised through CONUL and require approval.


CONUL Research Support Task and Finish Group (2014): Briefing Document & Recommendations

  • ANLTC Seminar (3rd Dec 2014): “Supporting the activities of your research community-issues and initiatives” CONUL Research Support Task and Finish Group.

Seminar Programme: ANLTC-2014-06-Course-programme

Seminar Presentations:

  1. “Relationship Building & Advocacy for Research Support Across Campus”/ Julia Barrett, Research Services Manage, The Library, University College Dublin.
  2. Publication Strategy: Helping Academics to Increase the Impact of their Research“/Dr Fintan Bracken, Research Services & Bibliometrics Librarian, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.
  3. Available Online – Digitisation in the UK, Europe and Beyond – Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager, The European Library
  4. Archival Interventions – Integrating and Embedding Archival Material into Research – Barry Houlihan, Archivist, James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway
  5. Research data management and libraries: Relationships, activities, drivers and influences–Dr Stephen Pinfield, Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield