Keynote Speaker

Philip Kent

Philip joined Sydney University in 2020 following an extensive career in Australian and UK universities and the CSIRO. This is his fourth post as University Librarian. He is the first to hold this role at both Sydney and Melbourne. His broader experience includes responsibility for cultural collections, information technology, knowledge and information management, archives and records management, risk and audit roles. Philip’s has extensive experience in new Library projects in Australian Universities and he recently led a major capital project to develop a new University Library for Bristol, UK. His professional activities have included: Director, CAVAL Ltd, chairing of the Council of Australian University Librarians’ (CAUL) procurement consortium, and the Group of Eight (Go8) Librarians. He was a member of the judging panel for the SCONUL Library Design Awards (UK) in 2019. Philip serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA), and the Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Library Buildings and Equipment Section. He serves on the arXiv Members Advisory Board at Cornell University and represents CAUL on ALIA’s Professional Pathways Board.