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DRI Welcomes New Board Members

24 November 2022

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is pleased to welcome three new members to the DRI Board – Dr Siobhán O’Sullivan, Brendan Teeling, and David Kane.

Dr Siobhán O’Sullivan was appointed as the Executive Director of the Royal Irish Academy in September 2022, where she is responsible for overseeing governance and the strategic agenda of the organisation. She is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Royal College of Surgeons where she teaches Healthcare Ethics and Law to postgraduate students. Dr O'Sullivan was Chief Bioethics Officer in the Department of Health (DoH) from 2011-2022 and led the national ethics response across the health system to COVID-19. She is a member of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, an independent expert group that provides evidence-based advice to the Department of Health on vaccines, immunisation and related health matters to inform health policies in Ireland. The RIA Executive Director serves in an ex officio capacity on the DRI Board.

Brendan Teeling is deputy city librarian with Dublin City Council. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the City Archives and the Dublin & Irish Collections, and for digitisation projects. He led the project (twice) to procure and implement a national public library management system; founded and directs the Dublin Festival of History; and leads the Council’s Decade of Commemorations and Commemorations & Naming programmes. He oversaw the development of Dublin City Library & Archives’ digital asset management system (DAMS) and led the migration to the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), identifying it as the best digital repository for the Council’s extensive and varied digitised collections.

David Kane is a system librarian at South East Technological University (SETU) Waterford. As systems librarian, David helps to maintain and develop innovative services for the learned community at SETU Waterford. He has been an active member of the library community in the higher education sector through the LIR group and other fora over the years. He was instrumental in bringing the Library Carpentry Curriculum to Ireland to help build capacity in data and computational skills among academic librarians. He was a member of the Library Carpentry Advisory Group. As a strong advocate for open research and open access, David established one of the first open-access repositories in Ireland at Waterford and has been active in the National Open Research Forum (NORF), the Irish ORCID Steering Group, and the recently-established Irish Open Access Publishers – whose aim is to promote the diamond open access model.

The DRI Board fosters the long-term success of the DRI through encouraging the highest standard of corporate governance and accountability, providing guidance to the DRI Director on the strategic direction of the Repository with a view to the DRI’s long-term sustainability, and monitoring progress towards strategic goals and key performance indicators. The full DRI Board Terms of Reference is available in the Repository. 

To learn more about DRI’s Board members, please visit the DRI Board page on our website.

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