Librarian/Head of Information Services
John FitzGerald is a graduate of University College Cork (BA, English and Philosophy), University College Dublin (Diploma, Library and Information Studies) and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth (MPhil). He was awarded the Italian Government/Council of Europe Scholarship, based at the European University Institute, Florence.
His career as a professional librarian commenced in Trinity College Dublin Library. This was followed by positions in the private sector as an R&D librarian and as a documentation specialist in the electronics manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. He has also worked as a Project Manager in the software industry in the UK, and as a full time researcher in the Department of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin.
He was appointed University Librarian at University College Cork in 1995, having joined UCC in 1990 as Head of Library Automation. He is heavily involved in national and international library activities. He has served as Chairman of the Consortium of National and University Libraries of Ireland, Chairman of the CHIU (Conference of Heads of Irish Universities) Librarians’ Group, Chairman of the Cork Archives Institute. He is currently a member of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, the Irish Library Council, having been nominated by the Higher Education Authority. He represents University College Cork on a range of local, national and international library committees and regularly acts as a reviewer and evaluator of EU-funded R&D projects on behalf of the European Commission in the areas of Digital Libraries and Cultural Heritage. His current interests include the application of IT in the Library environment, comparative librarianship, library building design and consortial library service development.