The Freelance Librarian

About me

I am a freelance professional librarian with nearly 20 years’ experience specialising in Cataloguing, Metadata Creation, Special Collections, Collection Development and Relocation, Library Project Management and User Experience.

My current and recent projects include the provision of professional cataloguing and metadata services for the Houses of the Oireachtas, creating metadata for the World Health Organization, providing consultancy services for the Crawford Art Gallery Library, Cork, cataloguing PDF research reports for Dublin City University, developing and expanding Manor House School Library, setting up several special collections libraries for the Redemptorists, collation and analysis of public library data for the LGMA and developing a languages toolkit for librarians of Dublin City Libraries.

I have an MSc in Library Management from Northumbria University and have completed CPD courses on Digital Information, Metadata Design, Metadata Implementation, RDA and Archives. I have just completed courses entitled Introduction to Museums and Fundamentals of Digital Curation with the Library Juice Academy.

I am a member of CILIP, IFLA and an associate member of the Library Association of Ireland.


I coordinated a project in 2020 for which Marie completed a high level Library survey and assisted with the drafting of a Library Collection Development policy. Even with the ongoing challenge of the pandemic, Marie was efficient, conscientious, and flexible to meet the demands of the project. She was also a pleasure to deal with, which really makes a difference. I would have no hesitation recommending her for other projects. Her high level of expertise is clear to see and she has a keen eye for the individual needs of the client“. Kathryn Coughlan – Consultant – Collection Care and Documentation for Museums and Galleries.

“I can highly recommend Marie as a collections manager and cataloguer of rare books and special collections“. Evelyn Flanagan – Special Collections Librarian UCD.

Marie managed all aspects of the Province Libraries including the transportation of a large number of books from our Marianella library to our other libraries and the relocation of our valuable Irish Studies collection from our library in Limerick to our library in Belfast. Marie carried out these tasks in an efficient and organised fashion having due regard for keeping the library service open for users”. Michael Kelleher – Former Provincial of the Redemptorists.

It was a joy to work with Marie on the development of a toolkit for the acquisition of home languages materials for libraries. Marie was very professional about her work, adopted a detailed and expert approach, and communicated regularly with the team. She worked independently while liaising with two different organisations. Marie was at all times punctual, honest and responsible and I would highly recommend her for any work.” Sheila Kelly  


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