May 26, 2022

National Library of Ireland Announces Appointment of Dr. Sandra Collins as New Director

From the National Library of Ireland:

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. She will take up her new role in the NLI on 31st July 2015, and her appointment is for five years and follows an extensive open recruitment process. Dr Collins’ career includes leadership roles in research, industry and public service, with prior positions in the Royal Irish Academy, Science Foundation Ireland, Ericsson telecommunications, and Dublin City University.


Dr Sandra Collins was appointed as the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the Royal Irish Academy in 2011, where she established and led an ambitious national research centre developing both policy and e-infrastructure for digital preservation of cultural and social data. Dr Collins manages a number of national and international research partnerships with organisations including Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the Insight Data Analytics Research Centre, and the Research Data Alliance.

She serves on many international and national policy advisory groups and steering committees, including as Chair of the ALLEA (all European Academies) international E-Humanities Working Group, Rapporteur for the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group on ‘European Research Infrastructures’ and member of the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group ‘Science with and for Society’. She is a member of the National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy and a member of the Public Body Advisory Group for Open Government Data, and the Irish Member State representative at the European Future Internet Forum since 2009.


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

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