Board Elections 2023

Voting OPENS on 27 February 2023

This year ALIA members are electing 3 positions to the ALIA Board

  • President
  • Two General Directors

The successful candidates will take office following our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 30 May 2023 and serve on the Board for three years.

They will be part of a seven-member Board comprising the President, Institutional Director and five general Directors.  The Board will appoint one of their members to serve as the Vice President.

What does being a Director involve?

As a Board member you will help shape ALIA's future direction.  You will bring your knowledge, skills and experience to the table to provide strategic guidance to ensure ALIA’s long-term sustainability.  You will be responsible for setting the core activities of ALIA, for reflecting the views of Members and for strong governance, risk and financial management.

Being a Director provides a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the library and information sector and ensure that your professional association is one that you will continue to be proud of.

The Board meets approximately four times a year. In 2022 we anticipate that these will be a combination of online and in-person meetings.  Generally, the in-person meetings are held in Canberra at ALIA House.

More information about the role of a Director can be found here.

Skills and attributes

ALIA seeks Directors with skills, attributes and experience to support the CEO and lead ALIA.  These include:

  • Contemporary corporate governance
  • Finance and risk management
  • Strategic planning, implementation and review processes
  • Communication and marketing
  • Networking and the ability to leverage networks
  • LIS industry
  • Issues affecting the LIS sector and ALIA.

Ideally the Board will comprise individuals with a mix of skills and experience.

Board nominees

As an ALIA Member, your vote counts in our 2023 Board elections.

You will find full profiles of the ten candidates below with further information about the voting process, which runs from 27 February to 7 April. For 2023, members will elect one President and two General Directors.

Nominees seeking election as President

Jane Cowell

Jane is a candidate for President.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
As President, I will be a vocal advocate for libraries, build confidence for library professionals in the work they do, be an advocate for themselves in their career, and to ensure every ALIA member has the confidence to invest in themselves and their own selfcare. As President I also see a very important role for ALIA to build greater Thought Leadership in library practice and to ensure leading practice is shared nationally moving to a real Test, Try and Learn approach in the industry with best practice from aligned sectors to support future relevant libraries and resilient library professionals.

  • Curtin University of Technology Bachelor of Applied Science, Information Management

Current Position
CEO, Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service

Previous Positions
Executive Director Engagement and Partnerships State Library of Queensland
Director Regional Access and Public Library Services State Library of Queensland
Manager Community Research & Strategy Division, AECgroup Brisbane
Manager Library Services Caboolture Shire Council
Hinterland Services Librarian Caloundra City Council

Professional Activities

2019-2023 Public Libraries Standing Committee (Elected) International Federation of Library Associations
2021-2023 Libraries for Health and WellBeing Working Party (State Library of Victoria & Public Libraries Victoria
2016–2017 New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report: Libraries
2016–2018 Director ALIA Board (Elected)
2015–2016 National State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) (SLQ representative)
2012–2013 ALIA Information Online Conference Committee (Chair)
2011–2014 NSLA Literacy and Learning Committee
2010–2012 National Year of Reading 2012, Founding Partners
2010  ALIA Early Literacy Statement development committee

I have presented at numerous Library Conferences nationally and internationally on Public Libraries, community inclusion, future challenges for libraries. I write accessible articles for library professionals ensuring the sharing of ideas and thoughts aimed at library professionals. I am also a current mentor for the ALIA mentoring program.

Social Media Connections
Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog

Additional Candidate Information

Kathryn Eyre

Kathryn is a candidate for President.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?

First Nations and Diversity are important issues for libraries.  Helping to drive these forward, is a priority. Advocacy and promoting library links across sectors is vital. We need to leverage the knowledge and experience within the library world and its members.

I'd like to represent school libraries within the wider library community to create closer and tighter links to benefit all.

I'm committed to the power of literature and information access, to enhance society and give a voice to all.

As an ALIA Director, I have undertaken training in Risk, Strategy, and Finance Reporting to fully prepare for my role.

  • Master of Education - Librarianship
  • Diploma of Education - Secondary ESL/Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts - Asian Studies - Japanese

Current Position
Head of Library and IB Diploma Extended Essay Coordinator - St Andrews Cathedral School

Previous Positions
Head of Library - Pittwater House School
Library Coordinator - Mater Maria Catholic College - Warriewood NSW

Professional Activities

  • ALIA Board Director 2021-present
  • Member of ALIA NLSX Committee
  • Member of ALIA Rainbow Group,
  • Board Liaison - Int Relations Adviory Committee, Finance Committee and ALIA Book Industry and eLending Committee
  • Judge CBCA Book of the Year Award Older Readers
  • Reviewer Panel NSW Premier's Reading Challenge years 7-9
  • Presenter Review Panel- IEU Inaugural Bookclub Review
  • Assessor on AIS NESA Accreditation panel for Experience Teacher
  • Published Reviewer

Social Media Connections
Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram

Additional Candidate Information


Nominees seeking election as General Director

Emilia Bell

Emilia is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
I am committed to a profession that is relational and responsive to its value and values. With experience in school and university libraries, I am driven to ask reflective questions, contribute to and action strategic planning, and foster LIS professional development, education, and research across different sectors. I look forward to working with the Board to continue developing collaborative partnerships and effective advocacy that not only strengthen library services and the profession but represent and advance members' needs. This includes critically engaging with diverse representation and inclusivity in libraries and in future leadership and governance.

  • Currently studying PhD, Curtin
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts and Social Science Research, CSU, 2021
  • Master of Information and Library Studies, CSU, 2020
  • Bachelor of Arts, UQ, 2017
  • AALIA (CP)

Current Position
Coordinator (Evidence Based Practice), Library Services, University of Southern Queensland

Previous Positions
Library Assistant, All Hallows' School (2019-2021)
Intern, Parliamentary Library, Collections and Databases Branch (2020)

Professional Activities

  • ALIA: New Generation Advisory Committee member; Library Applied Research Kollektive committee member
  • CAUL: Analytics Portfolio Review Working Group
  • Speaker at: ALIA LARK, ALA IRRT, CAUL OER PD Program; IFLA ENSULIB; Office Hours (OEN & Rebus)
  • Publications in: JALIA; IFLA Journal; EBLIP; Journal of Documentation

Social Media Connections
Twitter | LinkedIn | ORCID | Mastodon

Additional Candidate Information

Heather Davis

Heather is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?

I have three priorities relating to Library and Information Services (LIS) and ALIA:

  • Building the position of ALIA on the issues that matter most to our stakeholders
  • Strengthening the sector through responsive professional development outcomes
  • Supporting active participation in the sector through strong professional networks

Libraries support the evolution of thought and perspective, strengthening our understanding and connection to the world and our future. These priorities respond to known opportunities and challenges, to secure our sustainability.

We must position our profession for the future by advocating and demonstrating our professional values, being intentional in our development and by working together.

  • 2018 Master of Local Government, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2008 Master of Arts Information and Knowledge Management, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2006 Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle

Current Position
Manager Libraries and Learning, City of Sydney

Previous Positions
Manager Libraries Network, City of Sydney (2016-2018)
Project Manager Transition Project Unit, Waverley Council (2016)
Manager Library and Learning Futures, Waverley Council (2014-2015)
Other Library Leadership roles, Waverley Council (2011-2014)
Support Services Librarian, Gosford Library (now Central Coast Council) (2008-2010)
Knowledge Centre Intern, Institute of Chartered Accountants (2007-2008)

Professional Activities

  • Zone Secretary South Sydney, NSW Public Libraries Association (2021-present)
  • NLS7 2015 Organising Committee Member, ALIA (2014-15)
  • Stream Coordinator, ALIA Sydney Committee (2012-15)
  • Volunteer Book Distribution Assistant, Footpath Library (2015-2018)
  • Member of International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (Oceania) (since 2014)
  • Kath Knowles Young Leader, Project on Homelessness and Libraries (2012)

Social Media Connections

Additional Candidate Information

Alan Flores

Alan is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
Encourage a creative way to solve problems using my background as a library manager; provide guidance in financial matters and ensure the association remains fiscally healthy; make suggestions as to how the association can raise awareness of libraries in the community through creative public relations.

  • Bachelor of Librarianship, University of Canberra
  • Graduate Diploma in Communication, University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Librarianship, University of NSW

Current Position

Previous Positions
Institute Librarian, Hunter TAFE
Library Manager, Gosford City
Library Manager, NSW Department of Housing
Library Manager, Baulkham Hills
Chief Librarian, NSW Department of Health
City Librarian, Penrith

Professional Activities

  • MPLA Board Member
  • CPLA Member
  • Two study tours of Europe and America
  • President, Public Libraries, ALIA
  • Board Member of Health Librarians, ALIA
  • Coordinated CPLA conference
  • Organised and participated in "Biblio Turismo": a 14 year public relations exercise for public libraries using motorcycle librarians
  • Researching and presenting programs for U3A

Social Media Connections

Additional Candidate Information

Nicole Johnston

Nicole is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
I would like to use my combined expertise and experience as a LIS researcher, educator and practitioner to support ALIA and our profession deliver the professional pathways project.

I’m also passionate about building capacity and opportunities for practitioners to engage in research that improves our practice and allows our profession to meaningfully showcase our value and impact to our institutions and communities.

My recent research, focussed on mis/disinformation, has shown the important and distinct role libraries play in teaching information and media literacy skills and I would like to further highlight our role in combating mis/disinformation on a national stage.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Masters of Applied Science (Library & Information Management)
  • Grad Dip (Library and Information Studies)
  • BA

Current Position
Associate University Librarian - Digital Literacy and Library Experience, Edith Cowan University

Previous Positions
Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Library and Information Services, (2016-2018) Edith Cowan University
Lecturer, Library and Information Studies, (2013-2016) University College London, Qatar
Faculty Librarian/Faculty, (2009-2013) Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
Liaison Librarian (2007-2009), James Cook University

Professional Activities

  • Member of ALIA Research Advisory Committee
  • Previous member of ALIA West Committee
  • CAUL conference 2022 project lead
  • ALIA research grant recipient, 2018, 2021
  • Ray Choate ALIA Scholarship, 2007
  • ALIA mentor, 2021-2023
  • Previous chair/member Information Literacy Network Gulf Professional Development committee
  • Reviewer: European Council of Information literacy conference, Journal of Information Literacy, JALIA, EBLIP journal, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, JELIS

Social Media Connections
Twitter | LinkedIn | ORCID

Additional Candidate Information

Alissa Sputore

Alissa is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
As an ALIA Director (2021-2023) I have identified opportunities where ALIA is well positioned to lead as Australia's peak body for libraries, including advocacy on strategic policy and sector research. If elected to a second term, I would like to see ALIA engage a high profile Patron to support our advocacy efforts, establish a First Nations Board position, and reinvigorate professional collaboration and development.

A sustainable and impactful future for ALIA will retain current sector strengths through highly qualified professionals and accredited courses, whilst fostering diversity for an inclusive sector culture and enhanced outcomes for library users and funders.

  • 1998 BAppSci (Information Studies)(with Distinction), Curtin University
  • 2004 Grad Cert (Law), Murdoch University
  • 2021 Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • AALIA (CP), ALIA Silver Pin
  • 2020 AltMBA Leadership Training
  • Mental Heath First Aid Accredited

Current Position
Development Manager, Department of Communities, Western Australia

Previous Positions
2017-2021 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

  • 2021-2023, Director, Board of Directors, ALIA

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

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

  • 2006-2021 A range of mentoring, paper review and conference committee roles for ALIA, IATUL, ALIAWest and VALA

  • 2002-2011 Australian Law Librarians Association (WA and Victorian Divisions)

  • 2004 Chair of ALLA WA Division and a member of the ALLA National Executive Committee

Social Media Connections
Twitter | LinkedIn

Additional Candidate Information

Rob Thomson

Rob is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
I believe that all libraries change lives and act as beacons of light to the communities they serve. As an ALIA Board member, I hope to continue to promote the philosophy of libraries creating communities; to continue to promote diversity across the library sector: to represent and promote the work of Library Technicans and the roles they play in libraries across the sector; to promote opportunities for professional development and the opportunities Professional Pathways presents for all library sector professionals; and to build on my time as ALIA NSW State Manager, and to promote networking across the GLAM sector.

  • 2019, TAELLN411 Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • 2010, TAE40110 Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • 1997, Associate Diploma in Arts (Library Practice)

Current Position
ALIA NSW State Manager

Previous Positions
Teacher, Library and Information Services, Cert III & Diploma, TAFE NSW, Western Sydney, Mt Druitt Campus (1 day a week, First Semester, 2019)
Teacher, Library and Information Services, Cert III & Diploma, TAFE NSW, Sydney, Ultimo Campus (2 days a week, First Semester, 2019)
Teacher-in-Charge, Diploma Library and Information Services, TAFE NSW, Illawarra, Wollongong Campus 2010-2018
Library Technician, Knowledge Research Centre, BlueScope Steel, Steel Research Laboratories, Port Kembla 1992-2009

Professional Activities

  • Organised and ran GLAMawarra at Shellharbour City Library, 2022;
  • Attended AGaMA National Conference, Perth 2022 (remotely via Zoom);
  • Attended ALIA National Conference, Canberra, 2022;
  • Organised and ran Online Zoom Friday night chat sessions during COVID lockdowns 2020-2021;
  • Presented papers at ALIA LT Conference Perth 2011; ALIA LT Symposium Canberra 2013; ALIA LT Symposium North Sydney 2017, and at APLIC, Gold Coast, 2018
  • Organised and ran 11 Unconferences on behalf of ALIA NSW Library Technicians
  • ALIA Sydney and ALIA New Graduates NSW 2009-2018
  • Organising Committee member NLS7, Sydney, 2015
  • ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference, Sydney, 2005
  • Committee member ALIA NSW Library Technicians Group 2003-2018
  • Committee member ALIA South Coast Group

Social Media Connections
Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram

Additional Candidate Information

Amy Walduck

Amy is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
I have a passion for libraries and information, and a strong desire to give back to the ALIA community who have been welcoming, open and supportive of my career from the beginning. As I an ALIA Board member, I will continue to build on the Professional Pathways Initiative to unite the library and information sector, build our skills as professionals, and develop capable leaders who embrace diversity, cultural safety, and inclusivity. I will ensure that advocacy is a priority across all sectors and ALIA has a voice that is heard in national debates.

  • Graduate Diploma in Information Studies, CSU Graduate Diploma in Education, QUT
  • Masters of Music Studies, GU
  • Bachelor of Music, GU

Current Position
Lead, Projects, Office of the State Librarian, State Library of Queensland

Previous Positions
2018 - 2022, Lead, Digital Library Initiatives; Senior Project Officer; Research Librarian, State Library of Queensland
2017 - 2018, Outreach Librarian, Gold Coast City Council
2016 - 2018, 2022 - Sessional/Guest lecturer, QUT / CSU
2016 - 2017, Queensland State Manager, ALIA
2014 - 2017, Research Librarian, State Library of Queensland
2012 - 2013, Social Media Officer; Digital Hub Coordinator, Brisbane City Council

Professional Activities

  • 2022 - 2023, Mentor, ALIA Mentoring Scheme
  • 2017 - 2019, Co-host I Turbitt & Duck: The Library Podcast
  • 2017, Co-Convenor I ALIA New Librarians' Symposium
  • 2016, Co-Convenor, IAML National Conference
  • 2015 - 2022 Conference speaker: ALIA QLD, ALIA NLS, ALIA Online, APLIC, LIANZA, IGeLU, VALA, eResearch Australasia, RezBaz QLD, Search Solutions

Social Media Connections
Twitter | LinkedIn

Additional Candidate Information

Liz Walkley Hall

Liz is a candidate for General Director.

What would you like to accomplish as a board member?
As people make our libraries, so too do members make ALIA. As a long-standing member I will work to have a positive impact on decision-making, to future proof our professional association and support ongoing and new strategic initiatives. With a background in practitioner research, I will utilise an evidence-based approach to decision making.

I will bring my personal strengths of integrity, determination, and collaboration to the Board. I am passionate about creating value for the communities that libraries serve, and as an ALIA Board member will be passionate about creating value for the members the Association serves.

  • Graduate Diploma, Library & Information Management, University of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University

Current Position
Associate Director, Engagement & Scholarly Communications, Flinders University

Previous Positions
Associate Librarian, Collections, College & Research Services
Manager, [email protected]
Open Scholarship & Data Management Librarian
Liaison Librarian, Humanities, Education

Professional Activities

  • 2016 - current, ALIA Research Advisory Committee
  • 2022, Mentor, ALIA Mentoring program
  • 2022, ALIA Course Reaccreditation Committee
  • 2022, CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) Conference Committee
  • 2022, CAUL Conference coordinator (Adelaide in person event)
  • 2017, Keynote Speaker, Research Applications in Information and Library Science (RAILS)
  • 2016, Program Committee Member, ALIA National Conference
  • Peer reviewer, JALIA, Information Research, ALIA National  2016, THETA  2017, 2019, 2023, RAILS Conference 2017, 2019.

Social Media Connections
Twitter | LinkedIn

Additional Candidate Information

Election Process

ALIA elections are governed by ALIA By-Law 3 and an independent election specialist is appointed to manage the voting process.

The following table provides details of the election timeline.

Nominations open

21 November 2022

Nominations close

30 January 2023

Voting opens  

27 February 2023

Voting closes

7 April 2023

Directors take office

AGM 2023 - 30 May 2023

Want to know more?

Information about the 2022-2023 Board of Directors can be found on the Board of Directors webpage

To find out more about the election process or the work of the ALIA Board, please contact the ALIA Board of Directors