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Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Director, NLI

National Library of Ireland


BSc (Joint Honours Mathematics & Mathematical Physics), PhD (Nonlinear Fluid Dynamics)

DRI Role

Management board member



Dr Sandra Collins is the Director of the National Library of Ireland. The NLI collects and makes available the recorded memory of Ireland, caring for more than 10 million items, including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints, drawings, ephemera, photographs and digital media. Sandra is originally a mathematician and has worked in digital innovation and cultural heritage over 20 years in the public and private sectors. She was previously the founding Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland in the Royal Irish Academy, with prior roles in Science Foundation Ireland and Ericsson Telecommunications. In 2014 she was named as one of Silicon Republic's Top 100 Women in Technology.

She serves on many international and national committees including the Council of the Research Data Alliance, two European Commission Expert Advisory Groups, the Irish Government's Open Data Governance Board, the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and the Irish National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy. She is a member of the Chester Beatty Library Board of Trustees, the Board of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, the Consortium of National and University Libraries, and the Council of the Library Association of Ireland.