Board of Directors


The seven-member Board comprises:

  • President

  • Institutional Director - elected by Institutional Members

  • General Directors - 5 positions.

Directors serve for a two-year period, with the option to stand for a second term.

One Director other than the President is appointed each year by the Board from the current Board membership to serve as the Vice-President.

The Association endeavours to assemble a Board with diverse experience and perspectives. 

Directors are elected by Members and successful candidates take office following the Annual General Meeting

Directors sit on Board Sub-Committees and liaise with ALIA Advisory Committees.

ALIA is governed by its Board of Directors according to the Association's Constitution and By-laws. ALIA Directors agree to abide by the terms outlined in the ALIA Board of Directors Code of Conduct.

More information about how the Board works and what it means to be a member of the Board can be found here.

ALIA Board Members 2021-22

Vicki Edmunds

President 2021-2023
Director 2019-2021


Grad Dip Lib and Info Science, BA (Honours), AALIA (CP).

ALIA Sub-Committee portfolio:

Governance & Risk (Chair).

Liaison with:

  • ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance

  • Blue Shield Australia.

Current position:

Manager, Libraries & Customer Services, Blue Mountains City Council.

Previous positions:

  • 2004-2008 Upper Mountains Library Coordinator, Blue Mountains City Council

  • 2001-2004 Branch Librarian, Katoomba Library, Blue Mountains City Council

  • 1994-2001 Olympic Games Organising Committee: Research & Library; Press Centre Help Desk Supervisor; Archivist

  • 1993 Librarian, Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants and British Museum of Natural History General/Zoology Libraries

  • 1991-1993 Audio-Visual Librarian, Department of Architecture, University of Sydney.

Professional activities:

  • 2019 NSW Public Libraries Association Conference Committee

  • 2017-2019 NSW Public Libraries Association, Western Sydney Zone Secretary

  • 2017-2019 WestLit Libraries Chairperson

  • 2017-2019 SLNSW Strategic Network Committee member. 

Statement of professional concerns:

As ALIA President, Vicki will continue to work on the Professional Pathways program launched in 2020 to ensure the sustainable future of library and information science (LIS) professionals. By working with industry partners on this program, she will seek recognition and future-proofing of the contemporary skills and experience of LIS professionals. This is especially important in the current COVID-19 climate of rapidly evolving methods of service delivery. LIS professionals have already shown how flexible and adaptable they are, and Vicki is confident that the Professional Pathways program will enhance this industry trait. In addition, Vicki has selected 'diversity' as her Presidential theme. This is reflected as a priority in the ALIA Stratetic Plan to 'support a resilient, diverse workforce: attracting and developing talented, committed individuals from different cultural backgrounds, who will have the strength and agility to navigate a rapidly changing workplace.’ Increased diversity for the LIS workforce is a goal of the Professional Pathways initiative, and other programs focusing on diversity will be a feature of Vicki's Presidency.

Stefanie Gaspari

Vice-President 2021-22
Director 2020-2022


MBA candidate, Library Leadership in the Digital Age, Harvard Grad School of Education, Grad Dip Education (Secondary), Cert IV Training & Assessment, BCom (Human Resource Management & Management), ALIA Allied Field.

ALIA Sub-Committee Portfolio:

  •  Finance (Chair)
  • Accreditation & Standards.

Liaison with:

  • ALIA International Relations Advisory Committee.

Current position:

Director of Library Services, Trinity Grammar School, Sydney.

Previous positions:

  • SLNSW, Education Officer 2013-2014

  • St Scholastica's College, Teacher 2010-2013

  • University of Wollongong, Casual Academic, Faculty of Business and Quality Assurance Coordinator 2007-2009, Management Cadet 2002-2007.

Professional activities:

  • University of Sydney Business School Faculty Board 2020

  • Library Workshop Leader, 21st Century Learning Conference 2019

  • Panelist, New Generation Learning Space Design 2018

  • EduSLAM & Roundtable Moderator, EduTech ASIA 2017

  • Workshop facilitator, ASLA XXV Conference 2017.

Statement of professional concerns:

Stefanie sees immense potential for synergies across school, tertiary and public libraries, as well as alliances with industry, and hopes to leverage her cross-sector relationships to champion change within the library and information sector.  She is drawn to the professional challenge to apply her passions for and expertise in business and education to a new setting.  As a Board Member, Stefanie hopes to model a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement within the profession, and to drive growth within the association to deliver outstanding membership experiences.

Clare Thorpe

Institutional Director 2020-2022


BA, Grad Cert Higher Education, Grad Dip Lib & Info Studies, AALIA (DCP).

ALIA Sub-Committee Portfolio:

  • Finance

  • Governance & Risk.

Liaison with:

  • ALIA Community on Resource Description

  • ALIA Research Advisory Committee.

Current position:

Director, Library Services, Southern Cross University Library.

Previous positions:

  • Acting Director, Library Services, University of Southern Queensland

  • Associate Director (Library Experience), University of Southern Queensland

  • Manager Visitor Experience 2015-2017, Project Officer 2013-2015, Access Services Coordinator, 2007-2013 (SLQ)

  • Campus Librarian 2005-2007 (USQ)

  • Information Literacy Librarian 2002-2005, Reference Librarian 2001-2002 (Griffith University).

Professional activities:

  • Mentor ALIA/QULOC Mentoring program 2019-2020

  • Queensland University Libraries' Office of Cooperation (QULOC) Deputy Convenor, Workforce & Organisational Development Working Group 2017-2019

  • Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference Program Committee 2017-2018

  • 8th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference Organising Committee 2015

  • Peer reviewer ALIA National 2020 Conference, Australian Library Journal 2009-2011.

Statement of professional concerns:

People are at the heart of our libraries and information services – the communities we serve and the staff who power our organisations. As an ALIA Board member, Clare hopes to contribute to the work that ALIA does in developing strong narratives to demonstrate the value and impact of our libraries to their communities.  A strong commitment to professional development has been critical in developing her career resilience. As ALIA implements the 2020 Pathway, Clare is keen to work with ALIA members and staff to explore innovative ways to provide essential education and professional development options to future proof our profession.

Mary Carroll

Director 2021-2023


Bachelor of Education (Librarianship), Master of Education (Language and Literacy), PhD (Librarianship), Cert IV Training and Assessment, AALIA.

ALIA Sub-Committee Portfolio:

Governance & Risk.

Liaison with:

ALIA School Libraries Advisory Committee

ALIA VET Libraries Advisory Committee.

Current position:

Associate Professor SIS CSU.

Previous positions:

  • Course Director School of Information Studies 

  • Lecturer CSU/ RMIT

  • Early Career Development Fellow RMIT

  • TAFE Educator Victoria University

  • Academic Librarian Melbourne

  • Secondary School Teacher

  • Teacher-Librarian.

Professional activities:

  • Libraries, culture, history and society Editorial Board (Current)

  • Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand co-convener 2019 conference

  • Co-convener ANZHES 2019 Conference

  • Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society Vice-president 2015-2019

  • VLAC Committee participant

  • International editor ALA LHRT News (Current)

  • Book reviewer Libraries, culture, history and society (Current)

  • 2018 Co-convener RAILS Conference, Melbourne.

Statement of professional concerns:

As a Board member Mary will prioritise strategies to increase inclusion, both professionally, so as to include all sectors of the information professions equally, and demographically so that the profession and Association truly reflects our diverse communities. She will ensure that the education and training opportunities available to ALIA members and the LIS professions align with their needs both before and after professional qualification. Mary also hopes to facilitate greater alignment and engagement with allied professions and associations across the GLAM sector and provide a voice for educators in the information professions as significant contributors to the professions and quality educational and training.

Justine Hyde

Director 2020-2022


Grad Dip Management (Executive), Grad Cert Arts (Creative Writing), B Applied Science (Information), ALIA General Member.

ALIA Sub-Committee Portfolio:

  • Governance & Risk

  • Accreditation & Standards.

Liaison with:

  •  ALIA Special Libraries Working Group.

Current position:

Director, Creative City, City of Melbourne.

Previous positions:

  • Manager Cultural and Economic Development, City of Port Phillip

  • Director Experience, SLV

  • Interim Director, Law Library of Victoria

  • Director, Communications and Research, Victoria Legal Aid

  • Chief Information Officer, Victorian Auditor General's Office.

Professional activities:

Justine is a regular speaker and advocate for libraries at conferences and events. She writes opinion pieces on library-related matters in mainstream media here and overseas and is often interviewed on radio and podcasts about issues relating to libraries. Justine also uses her social media following to promote libraries and their value to the community.

Statement of professional concerns:

As a board member Justine would like to focus on access and inclusion in library and information services, including: open access, advocating for decolonising collections to make them more representative of our community, and diversifying and educating our workforces to better reflect the communities we serve.  She would like to accomplish ALIA being a recognised voice and successful influencer on these topics.

Alissa Sputore

Director 2021-2023


BAppSci (Information Studies), Grad Cert (Law), Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (pending), 2020 AltMBA Leadership Workshop, AALIA (CP).

ALIA Sub-Committee Portfolio:

  • Finance.

Liaison with:

  • ALIA Health Libraries Advisory Committee

  • ALIA Interlibrary Lending Advisory Committee.

Current position:

 Human Centred Design Consultant, Synergy.

Previous positions:

  • Manager, Library Experience, University of Western Australia.

  • 2007-2008, 2012-2016 Several appointments at UWA, including several years as Assistant Library Manager, Research & Learning Support 

  • 2009-2012 Law Research Service Manager, Law School, University of Melbourne

  • 2005-2007 Manager, Perth Knowledge Team, Ashurst.

Professional activities:

  • 2016-2020 ALIA Academic & Research Libraries (WA Division) Committee

  • 2019 Programme Committee, IATUL 40th International Conference

  • 2016 IATUL International Study Programme Candidate, Technische Universität München, Germany

  • 2012 VALA Program Committee, 2018, 2020 paper review panel

  • 2008 ALIAWest Committee 

  • 2002-2011 Australian Law Librarians Association.

Statement of professional concerns:

Alissa is driven to support the resilience of ALIA members, and the skillsets and mindsets which empower us to thrive and evolve through complex changes in our environment and throughout our careers. Drawing on her experience in the education sector she will bring momentum to the Professional Pathways initiative, ensuring strong governance, engagement, progress and transparency for members. Building on the strong foundation of ALIA Groups, she hopes to foster new representation opportunities for emerging leaders to serve our industry and users, through research, advocacy and collaborative ventures on key strategic themes for ALIA, and explore new tech-enabled member forums for learning and connection.

Emily Wilson

Director 2020-2022


M Info Management (Library & Information Management), Grad Dip Lib and Info Management, Grad Cert Journalism, B International Studies, Dip Languages, AALIA (CP).

ALIA Sub-Committee Portfolio:

  • Accreditation & Standards (Chair).

Liaison with:

  • ALIA Book Industry and eLending Advisory Committee
  • ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee.

Current position:

Librarian, Future Services Model Project, State Library of South Australia.

Previous positions:

  • Collection Development Librarian, Public Library Services, State Library of South Australia

  • 2016-2018 SA State Manager, ALIA

  • 2013-2017 Collection Maintenance Officer (Library Technician), SLSA

  • 2015 Acting Coordinator, Collections (Preservation), SLSA

  • 2006-2013 Library Officer positions at Town of Walkerville Library, Mitcham Library Service, SLNSW, Ku-ring-gai Council Library.

Professional activities:

  • IFLA Member

  • ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium (NLS9) Committee

  • History Council of SA Member

  • 2017-2019 DMIL Advisory Board Member, University of SA

  • 2017-2018 SA Public Library Network Strategic Collections Group Member

  • 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program.

Statement of professional concerns:

As a Board member Emily will focus on best practice and innovation: concentrating on fair access to resources; helping people develop the capacity to use information effectively; development of life literacies; the preservation of information to ensure ongoing access for future generations; and the sustainability of our professional association. She is an advocate for inclusive leadership and the role of libraries in promoting social justice-- through their collections, services, spaces, displays, events and community connections.


Board members can be contacted using the ALIA Board email address.

This page is accurate as of 4 June 2021 and will be updated as needed