A Postcard from John FitzGerald

The Griffith Friends of the Library gathered at the South Bank campus to enjoy a presentation from University College Cork’s John Fitzgerald on Thursday 29th September 2011.

Serving as the Librarian and Director of Information Services, Mr Fitzgerald has established himself as one of Ireland’s most influential and progressive library professionals.

His address underscored the prominent collection that the University has in its possession, as well as highlighting the crucial responsibility that Irish universities play in archiving important materials for current and future public use.

Mr Fitzgerald spoke of some key projects he has been involved with since taking up his post at UCC, with the acquisition of a rare signed copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and the fundraising efforts to put the “Great Book of Ireland” on public display being two of the most memorable.

Although only briefly in the country to speak with Queensland universities, Mr Fitzgerald left a lasting impression on those in attendance, as his passion for the library and the role it plays in the community became evident throughout the engaging talk.

At the conclusion of the evening John was in high demand, as many of the Friends wanted to hear more of the exciting changes he has planned for UCC. The generous guest was more than obliging, as Jazz Australis played long into the evening with wine flowing and refreshments being enjoyed by all.