Society were engaged with University College Cork to help hire their Director of Library Services, reporting to the Director of Information Services.

UCC is one of Ireland's oldest institutions of higher education. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, UCC was named as Ireland’s Sunday Times University of the Year in 2011, the third time in 10 years to receive this designation. In 2011, UCC became Ireland’s first Five Star University (under the QS ranking system) and was named the World’s First Green University Campus (Federation for Environmental Education, Copenhagen).

The Director of Library Services holds responsibility for leadership and management of the UCC Library as an integral part of the Information Services unit, reporting to the Director of Information Services and working in direct partnership and close collaboration with the Director of Information Technology Services. The Director of Library Services is responsible for working with the leadership team to create an effective IS organization that is cohesive, forward-looking, service-oriented, and keenly focused on the changing needs of the University.

Our search focussed on higher education, public libraries and bodies in Ireland and the UK. The final candidate list included individuals from leading universities in the UK and Ireland.

Colette McKenna was appointed to the post of Director of Library Services from the University of Ulster, where she was Head of Library Services. Colette spent a number of years with the University of Ulster in a wide range of roles from User Services Librarian to Acting Assistant Director of Library Services.