Consortium of National and University Libraries



Julia Barrett (UCD)    (Chair)

  • Andrew Simpson (RCSI)  (Deputy Chair)
  • Brendan Devlin (TU Dublin)   (Secretary)
  • Ciarán Quinn (MU)      (Communications Officer)
  • Cillian Joy (NUIG)     (Deputy Communications Officer)
  • Michael Carragher (UU)
  • Arlene Healy (TCD)
  • Breeda Herlihy (UCC)
  • Caleb Derven (UL)
  • Dan Holden (QUB)
  • Eoin Kilfeather (NLI)
  • Fran Callaghan (DCU)


The focus of the CONUL Research Group is to explore and promote best practice and provide guidance and expertise in a wide range of activities, including research data management, open access, scholarly communications, research impact, digital repositories, digitisation and digital preservation, common infrastructures, and digital scholarship.

Terms of Reference

Identify opportunities for improving research enablement and partnership.

The scope of this group includes topics such as open access, open science, scholarly communications, research data management, research impact, digital repositories, digitisation and digital preservation, metadata, common infrastructures, digital scholarship, skills and competencies development etc.

Monitor and maintain a watching brief of key organisations and developments in policy and advise the CONUL Board in a timely manner of policy initiatives relevant to members.

Horizon scanning, etc.

Support CONUL’s strategic objectives through the identification of collaborative projects and funding opportunities; and to coordinate and manage projects, in conjunction with others, where appropriate.

Advise, advocate, lobby and influence key stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally, as appropriate

Devise strategies and frameworks to facilitate this.

Advocate on the research support mission and on the value that libraries bring to research.

Inform, communicate and report to the library community and other stakeholders.

Develop supports and guidelines.

Organise training and development events when required.

Collaborate with other CONUL groups, CONUL institutions and non CONUL affiliated organisations.

Work together with CONUL and CONUL groups to maximise the benefits to Irish research.

 Consider best ways of working with non-CONUL groups, including inviting others to events, running events with others, and networking.

Connect, liaise, nationally and internationally to ensure that CONUL maintains a national and international presence.

Document Archive

Core Trust Seal for Trustworthy Data Repositories, 2018-04-19 Dr John B. Howard.

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