Ciara McCaffrey is the Deputy Librarian at the University of Limerick in Ireland and has previously worked in the university libraries at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Cork. She also co-chairs LIBER’s Digital Skills for Library Staff and Researchers Working Group.
In her current role she coordinates cross-library management processes, namely HR, finance, quality, assessment, communications, legislative matters and library-wide projects. She is a member of Ireland’s national CONUL Training & Development Group, which provides co-operative training and staff development opportunities to Irish research libraries in support of CONUL’s strategic objectives.
Ciara is an advocate of librarians developing research skills to better understand the needs of researchers and has research interests in the areas of assessment, evidence-based librarianship, the library as place and service improvement in academic libraries.
Developing digital skills and adopting new competencies in library staff and researchers is of critical importance to open science and the transformation of scholarly communication in higher education.