IOAP Team 

Johanna Archbold 

MLIS, PhD, Director of the IOAP; leads the Atlantic Technological University Library in ATU Sligo & ATU St Angela's.  

She is a librarian and 18th century book historian with over 15 years-experience in research, academic libraries, research funding and creative enterprise. Johanna has published on her historical and library research interests, received research funding and spoken nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics. She is an active member of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) on the LAI Library Ireland Week Taskforce and the LAI’s IFLA Library Map of the World project, a tool supporting global library advocacy highlighting the impact & potential of libraries in delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 


Jane Buggle

Co-Founder and Co- Manager of the IOAP; Institute Librarian at IADT. 

She is the Convenor of the IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group. She was a board member of the Library Council of Ireland (2020-2023) and she is co-founder and chair of the Library Publishing Group of the Library Association of Ireland. She is on the Advisory Board of the DBS Applied Research and Theory Journal and on the Executive Board of AISHE-J. Jane was the Programme Leader of the MSc Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School on which she taught the Library Publishing Coalition's Library Publishing Curriculum.


Marie O' Neill

Co-Founder and Co-Manager of the IOAP. Deputy Librarian at IADT and part-time PhD student in Library Publishing at University College Dublin.  

Marie has worked in the library profession for over 30 years in libraries such as King's Inns, TU Dublin, UCD, the Welsh Office, and Dublin Business School.  Marie is a member of the Library Association of Ireland's Council and Library Publishing Group. She is also active in the Special Interest Group on Library Publishing of the International Federation of Library Publishers. Marie is the originator and co-founder of the MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School in which she advocated for the inclusion of the Library Publishing Coalition's Library Publishing Curriculum. Marie is on the Executive Board of the All Ireland Journal of Higher Education.


David Kane

Membership and Communications Office, IOAP;  Systems Librarian at SETU Waterford 

David manages the SETU Open Access Repository. He has a background in life sciences and IT and has always played an active part in the library community of practice.  David has led technology-related training and development events, as part of the Irish LIR Group for libraries, which he chaired for four years until 2021.  David was a member of the Library Carpentry Advisory Group and helped to bring Library Carpentry to the Irish library community.  


Robert Alfis

Webmaster, IOAP;  Library Development Officer at Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). 

As part of his role he supports and develops the ETBI FET Digital Library. He previously worked as Research Librarian at Dublin Business School as well as a lecturer in Information Organisation for the MSc in Information and Library Management. He was managing editor of the DBS Business Review. He is currently LAI Deputy Secretary, a committee member for the LAI Library Publishing Group and for LIR – the HEANet Librarians’ group, and former secretary of the LAI Career Development Group. 

Heather Chawke

Secretary, IOAP; Systems Librarian, IADT

Heather has a keen interest in supporting research, open access, FAIR data and the scholarly communication landscape. She previously worked in UCD on the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) and in the Research Repository, ensuring resource discoverability and enhancing metadata. She holds a Masters in Li. barary & Information Studies and a Professional Certificate in Digital Information Management from UCD. She is a member of the Library Association of Ireland. 


Sinéad Hanrahan

Events Manager, IOAP; Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at Munster Technological University 

Sinéad manages the institutional repository, SWORD, and engages in training in the promotion of Open Science and Research Integrity. Sinead is a member of the Editor Board of the  International Undergraduate Journal of Health Sciences.  Previously to this Sinéad worked as a library assistant at the University of Limerick and Limerick City & County Council Libraries, as well as holding roles in cultural event management. She is a committee member of the Library Publishing Group.  


Claire McAvinia

Academic Developer in the Learning, Teaching & Assessment (LTA) team within Academic Affairs at TU Dublin. Claire contributes to the LTA’s wide-ranging suite of academic professional development provision, co-ordinating and teaching on the MSc Education, and teaching on the Postgraduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching. Her interests in open education have developed through contributing to projects, teaching and research in digital education in Ireland and the UK since the early 2000s. Before joining TU Dublin, Claire was Learning Technologist at Maynooth University, and in addition to supporting mainstreaming of the virtual learning environment she worked on nationally funded initiatives for the creation and sharing of open educational resources. Recently she worked with Dr Catherine Cronin, Dr Angelica Risquez and Celine Peignen on Using OER and OEP for Teaching and Learning, an online resource for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning ( with Dr Roisin Donnelly and Dr Kevin O’Rourke, she co-edits the open access Irish Journal of Academic Practice (IJAP) at TU Dublin. Claire holds a BA and PhD from Trinity College Dublin, an MA from the University of Kent, MA in Open and Distance Education from the UK Open University, and postgraduate certificates in learning and teaching from UCL and the UK Open University. 


Fiona Morley 

Head of Digital Programmes and Information Systems at Maynooth University Library since 2017. Her responsibilities include library systems, open journal publishing, open access, digital libraries, digitisation and institutional repository development. Fiona is a committee member of the Library Association of Ireland Library Publishing Group and secretary of the LAI’s Open Scholarship Group as well as a NORF (National Open Research Forum) working group member and a member of Digital Scholarship Network Ireland. 


Hardy Schwamm

Head of Research Services at University College Cork. 

Hardy has been working in Open roles since 2008, managing Open Access repositories, supporting Research Data Management and facilitating the use of Open Educational Resources. Hardy has recently been involved in the NORF Working Group on Rewards & Incentives, the IReL Steering Group and he is a member of the LIBER Open Access Working Group collaborating with Open Access colleagues across Europe. 


Dr Moira Maguire

Head of Learning and Teaching at Dundalk Institute of Technology.  

She has long-standing  involvement in open publishing for learning and teaching. She is Editor of the open-access All Ireland Journal for Higher Education (AISHE-J) All Ireland Journal of Higher Education (All Ireland Journal of Higher Education ( and has a particular interest in student partnership in this area.  

Dr. Orna Farrell

Head of the Open Education Unit at Dublin City University. 

Dr. Farrell is an editor of the open-access online journal The Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning. She is the DCU  Principal Investigator for the Encore+ European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education Project, which aims to create a European network that supports innovation and entrepreneurship with Open Educational Resources (OERs). Dr. Farrell is involved in a number of Irish and European networks in the area of digital, online, and open education. She is Deputy Chair of the European Distance and E-Learning (EDEN) Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) committee.


Aisling Coyne 

Open Scholarship Librarian for Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) where she manages the institutional repository Arrow which has over 11 million downloads. TU Dublin publishes 11 Open Access journals, with 3 new journals launching on Arrow in 2022. Aisling engages in outreach and promotion of Open Research; delivers training to academics, staff, students, and researchers on a variety of Open topics; is a member of the European University of Technology (EUt+) project; as well as reporting to the TU Dublin Open Research Action Group. Aisling has a special interest in OER and Gamification.

Dr Johannah Duffy

Johanna has a demonstrated history of working in academic and public libraries and the higher education industry. As a strong research professional with a PhD in Cultural and Social History and a Postgraduate Degree focused in Library and Information Science, Johannah is skilled in Education, Library and Research. She is a committee member for the LAI Library Publishing Group and LAI Open Scholarship Group. She previously worked as Head of Library Services at Marino Institute of Education and as Research Fellow: Social Capital and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, University of Nottingham. Her professional interests include: Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Research Support and Learning, Scholarly Communication, Library Publishing, Digitisation, Civil Rights, Cultural and Social History, Jazz and Race Relations. 


Donna Ó Doibhlin

UCC’s Scholarly Communications Librarian. Donna manages UCC’s institutional repository CORA  and provides advice and training in all aspects of Open Access publishing.  UCC currently publish 5 Diamond Open Access journals.  She is a member of the NORF OA Repositories Project Board.   Donna has worked in several third level organisation libraries and has been involved in the design and delivery of embedded research support and information literacy programmes.  She is a member of CONUL Training & Development Committee.