Carmel Maguire

Carmel Maguire

  • ALIA Fellowship 

Taken from Kosa, G.A. (Ed.). 1990. Biographical Dictionary of Australian Librarians, p136:

Maguire Carmel BA MA FALIA. Assoc Prof Librarianship University of NSW. Born 24 September 1933, daughter of John and Kathleen Mary (Ryan) Maguire. Education: Mt St Michael’s College Brisbane, University of Queensland Brisbane BA 1956, Registration Exam 1960, Australian National University Canberra MA 1973.  Positions: Department of Works Canberra librarian 1956-57, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry Entomology and Land Resources Canberra reference librarian 1958-60, National Library of Australia librarian Australian Bibliographic Centre 1960-61, officer in charge Union Cataloguing section 1961-64, on leave to SEATO Bangkok senior librarian 1964-66 director of training 1966-69, School of Librarianship University of NSW lecturer, senior lecturer 1960-76, present 1977-.  Membership ALIA fellow (Board of Examiners and Board of Education 1977), AACOBS (Working party on Research and development convenor 1976-77).

From the State Library of NSW Local History Forum program:

Carmel Maguire worked in special libraries and at the National Library before spending nearly 40 years teaching and researching librarianship and information studies. Her main interests were in management, the transfer of academic research to industry, and in innovation.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland, Carmel Maguire began her career as a special librarian in Canberra and then spent more than ten years at the National Library of Australia. In 1969 she jumped at the chance to teach and research Librarianship and information Studies at the University of New South Wales and to complete a Master’s degree at the Australian National University. 35 years later she retired as an Associate Professor, having created opportunities for many librarians to obtain higher degrees and having pursued research particularly in the role of information services in innovation. In retirement, she was awarded a doctorate for her biography of Geoffrey Remington.