Board Elections 2024

Board positions

Members will vote to elect:

  • One Institutional Director (elected by Institutional ALIA Members)
  • Three general Directors.

The successful candidates will take office following our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 6 May 2024 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.

Board Nominees 

As an ALIA Member you are eligible to vote in the ALIA 2024 Board election. Board Directors are your representatives at the executive level and by casting a vote you are helping to ensure that your industry association is one that you will continue to be proud of.

Below you will find full profiles of the 12 candidates including qualifications, employment history, professional activities and mission statement.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with each candidate before voting opens on 26 February 2024.

Anand Kochunny

Qualifications:

  • Master of Library and Information Studies (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Calcutta, India)

Current position:
Part-time writer on LIS topics

Previous positions:

  • Librarian (Parliamentary Counsel Office, New Zealand)
  • Information Management Advisor — Research (Central Agencies Shared Services, New Zealand)
  • Senior Advisor — Research and Knowledge Management (Department of Building & Housing, New Zealand)
  • Knowledge Advisor (New Zealand Treasury)
  • Assistant Manager — Customer Services (The British Council, Calcutta, India)
  • Assistant Librarian (Tata Consultancy Services, Calcutta, India) 

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?
I’d like to achieve 2 things:

  1. Persuade academia to see the importance of integrating tech skills into LIS courses: 25 years ago, when Google emerged, there were decision-makers in organisations who felt that staff could simply Google the information that they required and librarians were dispensable. I have seen collections downsized and staff made redundant. Today, AI could be seen as Google on steroids. LIS courses must include papers such as prompt engineering if our profession is to survive.
  2. Give committee members incentives to serve on ALIA committees: Not just the Chair, but ALL committee members.

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

I am seeking election as an ALIA Director in order to persuade the ALIA Board and the ALIA office to take cognisance of the following issue and address it to the satisfaction of ALL concerned:

Some of my former ALIA SA committee members have expressed dissatisfaction with the payment of an honorarium only to ALIA SA Co-Convenors.

It seems that ALIA SA committee members had been told that the honorarium would be shared among committee members — and they later found to their disappointment that the honorarium was going to be paid only to the Chair/ Convenor/ Co-Convenors.

As a former ALIA SA Co-Convenor, I declined to accept the honorarium because I firmly believe that it should be shared among committee members (in fact, I had proposed that instead of paying an honorarium, ALIA should incentivise serving on committees by waiving the annual membership fees for each year served on the committee).

Such a state of affairs has been sufficiently demoralising for some members to resign from the ALIA SA committee, and this issue needs to be addressed by the ALIA Board and then by the ALIA office.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

I can see the big picture while simultaneously focussing on details. I am passionate for the welfare of the profession and it was during my time as Co-Convenor of ALIA SA last year that we had hosted the inaugural SALIAs (South Australian Library & Information Awards) ceremony. I possess the courage to speak truth to power, and I’m not afraid of voicing an unpopular perspective when I have the evidence to substantiate the point(s) I’m making. I have spent most of my career working in special libraries, and I have acquired skills in knowledge management, research and training. I’m particularly keen on strategic planning.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

  1.  ALIA members in SA don’t appear to be very engaged — perhaps this is symptomatic of a wider trend among ALIA members in other regions, too? For instance, both ALIA ACT and ALIA NSW appear to be “currently forming” and are seeking members from throughout the territory/ state (according to information on the ALIA web page at https://www.alia.org.au/Web/Web/Groups-and-Committees/Communities.aspx ).
  2. The LIS workforce is sleepwalking into a precarious future where the speed of change caused by the AI revolution will cause widespread job losses across the economy, and knowledge workers (including LIS staff) can expect their jobs to be affected. Academia must start offering courses to future-proof the employability of the LIS workforce through training on AI skills (such as prompt engineering, for instance).
  3. While being altruistic is in our nature as librarians, I’m concerned that in an increasingly commercial world, our altruism may prove to be our undoing if we can’t demonstrate the dollar value of the services that we provide as information professionals to the satisfaction of decision makers. Consider the fact that Communications staff with a Bachelor’s degree may well earn a higher salary than Librarians who have a Master’s degree. And yet, we are gatekeepers to the world of knowledge!

 

Ann Ritchie

Qualifications:

  • MSc, School of Public Health, Curtin
  • GradDip (Health Promotion), Curtin
  • BAppSci (Library/Information Science), Curtin

Current position:
Independent Consultant

Previous positions:

  • 2017-23 - various consultancies in health organisations; Operations Manager, ANZCA, 2020-21 (contract)
  • Director Library & Literacy, Barwon Health, 2013-17 
  • Director, Library Services, NT Department of Health, 2006-10
  • Library Manager, NT Library, 2004-06
  • Project Manager, RACGP, 2002-04; Trainer, EBSCO, 2001
  • Library Manager, Hollywood Hospital WA, 1994-99, and Family Planning Association WA, 1988-93

Professional activities:

  • HLA committee member (2009-23), 5 years Convenor, 3 years HLA National Manager
  • Project leader review Guidelines for Australian Health Libraries
  • Co-leader HeLiNS research
  • IFLA personal member 2001-17; Inaugural chair CPDWL Section (2001-05)
  • Publications

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?
My focus areas:

  • Building trust in the sector relies on sound information governance - transparency, accountability and documented evidence-based decisions - as the peak professional organisation, ALIA must exemplify these qualities
  • Implementing a broadly-based diversity strategy - ALIA’s strength is its diversity - to truly represent the LIS sector, ALIA will consult with all sub-sectors
  • Amplifying education is the pathway to professionalism, employability, and standards of professional practice - strengthening ALIA’s accreditation/quality improvement strategies, and partnering with educators to develop CPD offerings, including digital transformation skills, are workforce priorities
  • Developing research capability which underpins evidence-based decision-making

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

 My motivation is simple – I believe in our profession and the value libraries bring to a democratic society.

We have challenging times ahead as the ongoing digital transformation of library services is occurring at the same time as technological solutions such as AI are testing public trust in the authority, expertise and roles of professionals.

The next decade or so will be critical years for our Association. As a prospective member of ALIA’s Board of Directors, I feel motivated by the challenges of leading, collaborating, partnering, and developing strategies to navigate the issues and ensure that we thrive as a profession.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

As a critical, strategic thinker, I value contributions and competing ideas in debates aimed at finding creative solutions to difficult problems and achieving common goals; and I especially enjoy working with people who are also motivated to contribute to a better future.

I have a deep knowledge of the profession and professional issues, gleaned from more than 30 years’ experience working in or with every sector of the LIS industry in public, private and not-for-profit organisations; most of my career has been in leadership roles in healthcare organisations, which have seen massive transformations in models of service delivery.

My previous involvement in ALIA includes serving more than 20 years on the Health Libraries Australia committee; I am particularly proud to see how HLA has grown to be a truly national group that advocates for libraries in all states and territories, in rural, regional and metropolitan areas.

My experiences during my two terms as an ALIA Board Director (2003-07), and more recently as a member of the Professional Pathways Advisory Board, have deepened my understanding of the issues that are affecting the various sectors in the LIS industry.

ALIA has invested heavily in the Professional Pathways Project and I believe the time is right to capitalise on my knowledge and experiences in digital transformation of services and help develop the strategies that will achieve the Project’s recommended outcomes.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

  1. Education and CPD
    Education is the pathway to professionalism, employability, and improving standards of professional practice.

    Strengthening ALIA’s accreditation and quality improvement strategies, and partnering with educators to develop CPD offerings, including the skills associated with digital transformation of libraries’ models of service, data analytics and change management, are workforce priorities.

    ALIA has the ability to bring together and consult with all the stakeholders – educators, practitioners, employers, and professional associations/industry bodies representing the various sector and subsectoral groups – to create a structured CPD system and implement the new LIS Skills, Knowledge and Ethics Framework created through the Professional Pathways Project.

  2. Diversity of the workforce
    ALIA’s strength lies in its diversity – diversity of services delivered by the various types of library and information services; diversity of clients, customers, patrons, users, citizens in our democratic society, communities and organisations served by libraries and their staff; and diversity of the workforce who are employed in increasingly specialised roles.

    To truly represent the LIS sector and its range of subsectors, ALIA needs a broadly-based and comprehensive strategy that brings together the many dimensions of the concept; this will require broad consultation, creative thinking, and investment by ALIA.

  3. Trust in the professions
    Building trust in the sector relies on sound information governance, including practising the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability, availability of information and documented evidence-based decisions. As the peak professional organisation, ALIA must exemplify and model these qualities.

    ALIA also has a responsibility to support the LIS workforce to build public trust in libraries and the profession’s expertise. Developing research capability in the LIS workforce through various ALIA supported programs, will encourage evidence-based decision-making at all levels of the LIS workforce, at the same time the outputs of research will form the basis of local and national advocacy campaigns, and provide data and opportunities to promote and market our brand.

Bruce Munro

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma in Information Management, UTS
  • Master of Music, UNSW
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, QUT
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music), Griffith University

Current position:
Manager Library Service, Queensland University of Technology

Previous positions:

  • 2019-2022 Library Manager, Client Services – Southern Cross University
  • 2017-2019 Manager, Innovation & Planning – The University of Sydney
  • 2012-2017 Manager, Collection Development & Policy – UNSW
  • 2010-2012 Team Leader, Services, Academic Services – UNSW
  • 2007-2010 Librarian, Academic Services – UNSW

Professional activities:

  • 2019-2022 Convenor, Queensland University Libraries’ Office of Cooperation (QULOC), Workforce and Organisational Development Group
  • 2019-2021 Mentor, QULOC/ALIA Mentoring Scheme
  • 2021 Member, CAUL Building Sustainable Leadership Program
  • 2015-2017 Practitioner representative, CAUL Electronic Information Resources Advisory Committee (CEIRAC)

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

As an ALIA Board member, I will be committed to promoting the value and impact that libraries and library professionals bring. I recognise the essential role that learning activities and knowledge sharing plays to ensure a resilient workforce, of which ALIA provides through professional learning. I am a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, both with succession planning for workplace profiles for the future, and the importance of libraries being safe and inclusive places for all communities. My dedication extends to advancing the ALIA strategic direction and Sustainable Development Goals, in particular diversity and environmental sustainability.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

I sought election as an ALIA Director driven by my innovative leadership style and a commitment to advancing professional development, mentorship, and succession planning in the LIS field, where I've dedicated nearly two decades. Recognising the transformative impact of networking, training, and awards offered by ALIA, I'm eager to contribute to ongoing enhancement and accessibility for future professionals. The strategic priorities outlined by ALIA deeply resonate with me, particularly in cultivating a diverse, resilient workforce, fostering collaboration and innovation, and advocating for the invaluable role of libraries. I am motivated to actively participate in driving these priorities forward, recognising the value of knowledge sharing and strategic initiatives within ALIA's membership community.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

With over 19 years of experience spanning four varying institutions in the University Library sector, I bring a wealth of expertise in planning, engagement, collection development, learning & teaching, and research support. Throughout my leadership roles, I have led library planning initiatives, successfully implemented change management strategies at both library and institutional levels, and navigated negotiations with various stakeholders. My contributions to professional bodies reflect my commitment to shaping the future of libraries, emphasising the importance of professional development and its role in workforce development. I am deeply passionate about fostering diversity and inclusion, evident in my dedication to succession planning and creating safe, inclusive spaces within libraries for all communities.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

Three pressing issues currently facing the LIS workforce are articulated in ALIA's LIS Workforce Framework, which I am eager to see realised as a member of the ALIA Board of Directors. Firstly, there is a critical need for clear strategies and programs addressing literacies and learning, ensuring equitable access to activities for all, and exploring technology-enhanced solutions such as Open Educational Resources. Secondly, creating inclusive and welcoming library spaces, both physical and online, is essential to meet the diverse needs of communities, with a core value placed on Indigenous Australian perspectives and cultural competencies for library staff. Finally, leadership and management, including succession planning and providing opportunities for growth and innovation at all levels, are crucial for building a resilient and skilled workforce prepared for future challenges.

Emilia Bell


Qualifications:

  • Foundations of Directorship, AICD
  • PhD Candidate, Curtin
  • Grad Cert, CSU
  • MLIS, CSU
  • BA, UQ

Current position:
Coordinator, Evidence-Based Practice

Previous positions:

  • Manager, Research/Education Liaison (acting), UniSQ
  • Research Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Intern, Parliamentary Library

Professional activities:

  • Speaker: ALIA (National, NSLX, LARK Symposium, & Research Seminar); ALA IRRT; IFLA ENSULIB; Arlis/ANZ; CAUL; Deakin Uni (incoming); Open Education Network; LibPMC; Northeast OER Summit
  • Publications: JALIA (reviewer), IFLA J. (reviewer); EBLIP J.; J. Doc; IFLA ENSULIB newsletter, Blogs (CAUL, LARK, & CSU); UniSQ Open Texts
  • Committees: Co-Founder (ANDPA); Member (ALIA LARK); Member/Co-Chair (NGAC - 2021-22); Co-Convenor (UniSQ Disability Network); Co-Chair (IDEA Advisory Committee, UniSQ Library)
  • Co-host: GLAMR Disability in Dialogue [Podcast]

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

I aspire to advance inclusive and impactful initiatives and leadership. My professional engagement, board directorship training, and lived experience reflect my commitment to empowering individuals, organisations, and communities. I look forward to:

  • Leveraging networks to strengthen and promote value and impact while providing opportunities for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and partnership.
  • Strengthening development, training, and mentoring provisions so that they resonate with the breadth of ALIA's membership, address gaps in diverse representation, and build inclusive leadership capabilities.
  • Contributing to strategic directions that reflect evolving information and social landscapes, ensuring reflexive and impactful responses to community needs.

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?
My nomination for the ALIA Board of Directors is because of my commitment to inclusive and impactful leadership and governance in the library profession. My experience co-founding the Association of Neurodivergent and Disabled GLAMR Professionals Australia (ANDPA) highlighted the need for greater inclusivity, emphasised the extent of gaps in LIS representation, and highlighted the benefit of diverse board compositions to drive stakeholder and community engagement. As a library practitioner and LIS researcher and having been awarded an Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Disability Leadership scholarship, I am eager to contribute to strengthening and advocating for a forward-thinking library profession and our Association. I aspire to see strategic directions that are impactful, inclusive, and reflective of evolving social landscapes.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?
My professional experience in university and school libraries is complemented by governance, risk and strategy, and finance knowledge, having completed the AICD Foundations of Directorship course. This accompanies my active leadership and contribution in libraries and our profession, especially to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which has driven positive change nationally, addressing the need for inclusive networking and visible representation in GLAMR sectors. I maintain a broad professional network, nationally and internationally, and have led initiatives demonstrating a strong commitment to evidence-based decision-making, partnership, and community and stakeholder engagement. My doctoral research aligns with ALIA's emphasis on sustainability initiatives and addresses libraries in cultural diplomacy, open scholarship, and climate and policy action. With these skills, experience, and knowledge, I bring a critical grasp and new perspectives on strengthening advocacy, impact, and strategy.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

Diversity and inclusion: Inclusion, diversity, and belonging are widely discussed, yet we often see voices that can provide value to our profession, collections, services, and communities neglected or disregarded. Our national initiatives and strategy need to go beyond conversation and be deliberate in striving for inclusive leadership that reflects the communities we partner with.

Professional capabilities: We need forward-thinking and bold development of professional capabilities, including inclusive leadership. This requires understanding and anticipating barriers and diverse needs to inform professional development, mentoring, and training provisions that strengthen ALIA’s member value and engagement.

Evolving landscapes: Evolving information and social landscapes are key drivers in developing our professional capabilities, partnerships, and value. Our LIS profession needs the capacity and capabilities to co-design across boundaries and to critically engage with our practices, emerging technologies, and evolving social contexts.

 

Heather Davis



Qualifications:

  • 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)
  • Freedom to Read working group member, (2023-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)

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

I am focused on three priorities I see before Library and Information Services (LIS) and the association: 

  • Building the position of ALIA on the issues that matter most to our profession and communities
  • Strengthening the sector through professional development outcomes that are responsive to change
  • Supporting active participation and growth in the sector through strong professional networks 

Libraries support the evolution of thought and perspective and strengthen our understanding of the world, connection with humanity and readiness for the future. As a sector we must respond to opportunities and challenges as our world changes technologically, socially and physically. My focus priorities are key to the sustainable future of LIS. I will work to position our profession for the future by articulating and demonstrating our professional values through advocacy, being intentional about the skills we develop and by sharing our experiences and working together.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

Participating in ALIA activities provides us all professional development opportunity. I see Board membership as an opportunity for me to apply the knowledge of the industry that I have developed in my career as well as a way for me to broaden that knowledge by interacting with issues, concepts and parts of the sector I don't always have access to in my day to day work. I see Board membership is a professional development opportunity that in turn will help me contribute more to the sector.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

Extensive experience in local government and with public libraries has allowed me to develop deep skills that I can apply to work with any part of the sector, including:

  • Development and review of strategy and policy in library, social and cultural contexts
  • Working within governance systems that allow for effective and informed decision making

As an LIS professional I have always highly valued and made use of the networks of our industry and the culture of sharing and support. Because of this I have maintained an excellent view of trends, issues and innovations in libraries that has informed my strong sense of purpose for libraries.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

  1. Big social movements are happening around us that stem from massive amounts of information being available at any time coupled with reducing trust in governments and institutions. Information and digital literacy are much needed skills to be taught and developed in the face of AI and emerging polarising social movements. Libraries are crucial to these skills being developed and all parts of our industry need to be working to maintain trust and investment in libraries.
  2. The sector is grappling with a changing workforce which also makes it important for our professional values to be articulated and applied to new contexts. ALIAs ongoing work on the skills required in the profession to keep it strong and diverse must continue.
  3. ALIA has access to a huge breadth of industry expertise through its members. Engaging and working with members as well as connecting them with each other will position ALIA to best advocate for and build its membership base. The world needs libraries, and the library sector needs an association that is strong and in touch with its members and the needs of those working in the industry.

 

Janette Wright       (Institutional Director Nominee)



Qualifications:

  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2023
  • Masters Knowledge Management, University of Melbourne, 2006 
  • Graduate Diploma Library and Information Science, Curtin University, 1979 
  • Bachelor of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 1980

Current position:
Director, University Library, Federation University Australia

Previous positions:

  • Dean of Libraries, United Arab Emierates University, Abu Dhabi
  • Founder, Biblio Insights, Melbourne 
  • State Librarian, Queensland, Brisbane 
  • CEO, CAVAL Ltd, Melbourne 
  • Director, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne
  • Managing Director, Rowecom Australia, Brisbane
  • Director Library and Community Services, Waverley Council, Sydney
  • Director, Public Library & Network Services, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney Lecturer, RMIT University, Melbourne; and Curtin University, Perth
  • Manager, AWA Computer Services, Melbourne
  • Manager, Dynix Computers, Adelaide.

Professional activities:

  • Director, ALIA, 2022-2024.
  • Director, CAVAL Ltd, 2023-2026.
  • Conference Committee Chair, ETD 2020 and ETD 2021.
  • Director, NDLTD (U.S.A.) 2020 to date.
  • Editorial Board, JALIA. 2017-2023.
  • Founder, CAVAL Executive Leadership Program, 2008-2012.
  • Founding Member of NSW Public Libraries Association, 1996.
  • LAA/ALIA Board of Education, 1982-88; elected General Councillor, 1989.
  • Council Member, National Film & Sound Archive, 1997-2003.
  • Founding member, LAA Special Interest Group on the Status of Women in Librarianship, 1984.
  • Secretary and Conference Committee for EdLib Section, LAA, 1982-1984.

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

To continue the work as your Director including chairing the Governance and Risk Committee, input to the Accreditation & Standards Committee and critical responses to the Professional Pathways project, specifically the need for consultation with accredited library schools and employer groups in the sector. I propose to influence any changes in membership requirements to ensure that the library profession in Australia continues to be best placed to promote and improve libraries at the heart of our democracy.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?
As resolved by the membership in 2023, the term of directors will extend to 3 years and by nominating for a second term I will return added value to the association as a director experienced and knowledgeable of the needs of the association and its members. I commit to continue the work to redefine the purpose and vision for ALIA, to reinforce the concept of libraries ‘at the heart of democracy’, to protect and respect the history of the association for a professional library workforce, and to advocate for the advancement of librarians throughout Australia, whether in academic and research libraries, public libraries, or specialist library services in health, corporate or school environments.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?
As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I can offer expertise on current governance issues as well as depth of experience of the library sector across Australian and international contexts.

Elected to the Board of Directors in 2022, I have contributed to:

  • the development of ALIA’s policies and governance (Chair, Governance & Risk Committee),
  • reviews of accredited library programs (Standards & Accreditation Committee),
  • advocacy and public campaigns. (e.g. funding for Trove)

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

  1. Professional recognition and accreditation, the enhancement of standards for the education of library professionals.
  2. Advocacy for librarian, and library services; promotion of, our values through public campaigns.
  3. Sustainability of a financially viable professional organisation which represents the interests of the library and information workforce.

 

 

Karina Lamb          (Institutional Director Nominee)



Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Cultural Heritage Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Degree 
  • AICD Company Director's Course

Current position:
Director Community and Corporate, Hepburn Shire 

Previous positions:

  • Director Community and Corporate, Hepburn Shire, 2023 — Present
  • Manager Arts and Libraries, City of Monash, 2021 — 2023
  • Manager Libraries, Arts and Culture, Mornington Peninsula Shire, 2019 — 2021
  • Director Consultancy, One Social Lamb 2013 — Present
  • Committee Member, National Trust (Victoria) Collections & Programming Committee, 2022 — Present
  • Vice President, Australian Museum and Galleries Association (AMaGA), 2020 – Present

Professional activities:

  • Transformational Leadership: Leads high performing teams through organisational changes and restructures while building capability and driving continuous improvement with a focus on high level customer services.
  • Strategy Development: Proven ability to devise and enact strategic plans based on analyses of trends, and community/student needs to position organisations for success into the future.
  • Service Planning: Highly experienced in the planning of programs encompassing museums and galleries, library services, community events, cultural and arts activities, while continuously reviewing service provisions to ensure they align with organisational needs and strategy. 
  • Change Management: Leads transformational and cultural change within organisations with the ability to plan, implement, and communicate change, overcome resistance, and empower people to take ownership as agents of change.
  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Seeks meaningful engagement, collaboration, and relationship building with cross-cultural stakeholders to enrich creative activations and represent diversity at an organisational level.
  • Policy and Governance: Ability to interpret and apply legislation, operational frameworks, and organisational values while identifying and mitigating risks.
  • Budget Management : High level financial literacy to manage large budgets effectively while identifying revenue opportunities and cost-savings.

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

As a previous Library Manager I was able to support the sector through challenges due to the pandemic, deliver research and service reviews to implement efficiencies and improvements in Library services. I have supported and promoted diversity and inclusion in Victorian Libraries. As a Board member, I seek to harness my passion and experience for community-focused planning to influence and shape a strategic vision. With proven experience in strategically identifying gaps in business policy, process and technologies, and then producing solutions to achieve on business goals, I will contribute to ensure the sector continues to grow and thrive.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?
I am motivated to seek election as an ALIA Director by a profound passion for the Library and Information sector, backed by my experience as a Library Manager and experience as an avid researcher. My commitment to advocacy for the sector stems from a desire to address current challenges facing Libraries, foster sector development, and to celebrate its achievements. Leveraging a track record of successfully driving positive change and achieving strategic objectives in contemporary libraries, I am dedicated to sharing my expertise to benefit the ALIA Board. I am excited about the opportunity to make a meaningful impact and contribute to the strategic objectives of ALIA.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?
As the current Director Community and Corporate at Hepburn Shire Council, I offer over 27 years of experience in local government and not-for-profit organisations. As a leader, I am driven by my strong personal values of integrity, accountability and respect. I am a passionate strategist with operational experience, bringing a unique blend of research, analysis, commerciality, empathy, design and innovation to every engagement, with a focus on cross-cultural and community-centric planning. Additionally, I hold strong skills in legal, governance, finance, risk and board management, advanced through the AICD Company Directors Course. My strategic planning expertise is evident in the success of my consultancy, One Social Lamb, supporting organisations and the business sector with strategic business planning. With qualifications including a PhD in innovative approaches to Indigenous languages in collections management, a Master of Cultural Heritage, and a Bachelor of Arts, I am uniquely positioned to contribute effectively for the Board’s success.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?
The three critical issues currently facing ALIA include continuing to support a resilient and diverse workforce, succeeding in advocacy at all levels of government, and enhancing member value. Prioritising the development of a new strategic plan is essential to support the Library sector through contemporary challenges. Challenges that comprise financial sustainability for public libraries, the continuing need to educate on the significance of qualified Library staff within free libraries, and the pressure to manage evolving community and stakeholder expectations. Additionally, the imperative for business transformation driven by advancing technologies, including AI, and heightened privacy and security needs, presents challenges across all sectors. I am prepared to support the Board in strategically addressing and finding solutions for these pressing issues.

Kathryn Eyre



Qualifications:

  • Master of Education
  • Diploma of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts

Current position:
Head of Information Services, St. Ignatius, Riverview 

Previous positions:

  • Head of Library, St Andrew's Cathedral School
  • Head of Library (K-12) The Pittwater House Schools

Professional activities:

  • ALIA Board Member 2021 - 2023
  • Member/ Board Liaison of the Finance Committee, IRAC and NGAC
  • Children's Book Council Australia - NSW Branch President 
  • NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Booklist reviewer
  • Magpies book reviewer

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

As a second term board director I'd like to continue the work started by the current board and staff of ALIA in building advocacy and promoting links across the sectors with a particular emphasis on school libraries. Closer and tighter links will benefit us all. It is important we leverage the combined knowledge and wealth of experience within the library world and its members. Diversity and Inclusivity of membership and access is vital. Mentoring and supporting our younger members including new board members is something which is also important in our community. I have undertaken the AICD Foundations of Directorship course in Risk and Strategy, Finance and Governance to assist in my board work.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

 A desire to take an active part in driving the direction of our library sectors and ALIA. The need for advocacy is still strong and I believe I’m well placed to do this successfully. Having completed one term as director I’ve been motivated to continue the work started and build on my knowledge to contribute strongly. School libraries are also not always represented on the board and I think a voice for them is important.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

Recent experience as board director including being on the Finance committee, IRAC and NGAC has ensured I have current and valuable skills for the board. I have undertaken the Foundations of Directorship course with AICD so also have the formal qualifications to match my experience. Additional skills are also in line with 30 years as an educator and leader, combined with over a decade as a teacher librarian across different school sectors.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

Different issues come and go, however currently the steady issues are as below. These issues impact libraries across ALL the sectors and in turn impact our wider society. The current ALIA board and staff recognise these issues and is working towards solutions.

  1. Maintaining our relevance in an ever-evolving world or competing needs and demands.
  2. Career progression, recognition and security.
  3. Longevity of the workforce as a whole and catching the attention of the policymakers and other key stakeholders.

Lisa Bateman



Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts - English Language and Literature - UniSQ
  • Graduate Diploma Library Science - Library and Information Science – QUT

Current position:
Library Services Manager – City of Moreton Bay – appointed 2021

Previous positions:

  • 2016 - 2021 - Library Branch Services Coordinator - Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • 2015 - 2016 - Hub Team Leader Chermside Library - Brisbane City Council
  • 2014 - 2015 - Inclusive Communities Project Coordinator - Access and Inclusion - Brisbane City Council
  • 2013 - 2014 - Principal Program Officer - Customer Focus - Brisbane City Council
  • 2012 - 2013 - Hub Team Leader Chermside Library - Brisbane City Council
  • 2010 - 2012 - Branch Librarian Redcliffe Library - Moreton Bay Regional Council

Professional activities:

  • 2018 - 2020 - President Elect - Queensland Public Libraries Association (QPLA)
  • 2020 - 2022 - President - Queensland Public Libraries Association (QPLA)
  • 2020 - 2023 - QLD Representative and Expert Member - Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA)
  • 2021 - Winner - ALIA Queensland Library Achiever of the Year
  • 2023 - Current - ALIA Representative - National Early Language and Literacy Coalition (NELLC) 2023 - Current - ALIA Mentor - ALIA Mentoring Scheme
  • 2023 - Awarded - ALIA Silver Pin in recognition of services to ALIA

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

I am dedicated to ensuring the continued success of the library and information sector, through strong advocacy and strategic leadership. As an ALIA Board member, I will leverage my experience and drive outcomes that are future focused. I am passionate about the growth of emerging leaders, and I will ensure that ALIA continues to empower new professionals, as we build on the Professional Pathways Initiative. Considering the current context, of challenges to intellectual freedom, I will be a vocal advocate. Ensuring that the right of all Australians, to the free flow of information and ideas through our libraries, is protected.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?
I am motivated to seek election because my goals are aligned to those of ALIA. I seek to empower the LIS profession through leadership and advocacy. I am passionate about the role that libraries play in society and I am ambitious about what the future holds for our industry. If elected I will be an advocate for positive change, ensuring that ALIA is recognised as a powerful and proactive organisation, across multiple sectors.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?
My colleagues have described my most valuable contributions to the workplace as my high energy, my drive to deliver outcomes and my ability to inspire others. If elected, I would also utilise my strategic thinking, my ability to leverage networks and my financial experience. With decades of experience in leadership roles within the LIS sector, I have also managed my own small business and been a passionate advocate both personally and professionally for the inclusion of people of all abilities. If elected, I would be an enthusiastic and driven Board member.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

  1.  First Nations Inclusion - We need to strive to ensure that our Libraries and archives are safe spaces for Indigenous peoples in Australia. ALIA’s vision for inclusion, where truth telling is supported and where First Nations peoples are an integral part of the Australian LIS workforce, will require changes to the way we that we think and the way that we act if it is to be achieved.
  2. Freedom to Read - We need to continue to actively defend, the right of all Australians to choose what they read. Free access to information is the cornerstone of the LIS profession and it underpins our democracy. ALIA has responded to the current challenges to content and programming; however, we need to remain vigilant and united, against censorship and against aggression towards our workforces.
  3. Advocacy - As a profession, we need to advocate loudly and relentlessly, for increased recognition of the integral contribution that libraries make to society. Informed and connected communities that are economically stable, can only develop where there is equity of opportunity through access to information. Through ALIA, we need to demonstrate this value through data-driven, powerful advocacy across multiple channels.

 

 

Lisa Capps



Qualifications:

  • BA Honours – Information Management, 1991-1994 – Northumbria University (UK)

Current position:
Education and Outreach Librarian – NT Health

Previous positions:

  • Special Collections Coordinator, Alice Springs Public Library, Alice Springs
  • Library Manager,Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide
  • Library Manager, Supreme and Local Courts, Darwin
  • Library Manager, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor (NT)
  • Library and Information Services Coordinator, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville
  • Senior Librarian, Courts Administration Authority, Adelaide
  • Librarian, Aequus Counsel, Adelaide
  • Training Consultant, Lexis Nexis AU, South Australia and Northern Territory

Professional activities:

  • ALIA Certified Professional
  • Director - Australian Law Librarians Association, 2021 to present
  • Northern Territory President - Australian Law Librarians Association 2021 to present

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

In remote and rural Australia, libraries are the heart and soul of the communities. Whether it is a public/community library or a specialist library. Librarians provide access to global knowledge in a world of misinformation. Across outback Australia with its high levels of poverty and illiteracy we are the internet for many!

Our specialist libraries operate under increasingly difficult resourcing pressures due to a lack of staff and funding. Historically remote and rural libraries have not received the attention that our big city cousins have and yet, I would argue, they are disproportionately more critical in servicing the needs of remote and rural Australians. By leveraging the influence of ALIA, I would advocate for the better resourcing of outback libraries and hope to develop programs to engage with Indigenous Australians to consider a career in the library sector.

In short, I would represent remote and rural libraries at the highest level of the profession.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?
I have been fortunate in my career to have experienced a diversity of library environments, from the world’s largest law firm and scientific institute to remote specialist, public and community libraries.

Remote and rural areas libraries suffer not only from a lack of resourcing but also suitably qualified staff. My recent experiences at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education which offered its library as a community library to the residents of Batchelor and the Alice Springs Public Library, highlighted the importance of these libraries. Offering services beyond that of traditional services by providing a safe place to escape the reality of living in remote and rural Australia. Unfortunately, those libraries are at risk due to the lack of staff and funding. Of particular note is the lack of qualified librarians from Indigenous or rural communities. This must change if we are to make progress in closing the educational gap between mainstream Australia and rural and remote Australia.

As the peak professional body for the Library profession I see ALIA as a significant leader in bringing about the change needed to help libraries in remote and rural Australia thrive.

I am motivated by my passion for remote and rural Australia to be part of an ALIA Board that strives to lead that change. Providing education, training and advocacy to encourage people to consider being a library professional as an exciting and fulfilling career option.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?
With a 30 year career, across a diversity of libraries from, international law firms and legal publishers, academic and scientific institutions, community and Government departments encompassing from the United Kingdom through to urban, regional and remote Australia, I have many skills to bring to the ALIA Board.

Having held positions as a library manager and also operating as a sole librarian, I have a depth of experience in all operational aspects of managing a library and managing a diversity of teams with varying levels of experience and ability. From change management and stakeholder engagement, I build capacity within my teams and across libraries fostering a collaborative environment that translates in exceptional client services.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?
I would suggest that the most important issue as with many leading organisations is to maintain the vision and enterprise that made them a leader in the first place. Particularly within the context of the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). Many suggested that the internet would be the end of books and libraries, far from it! AI is a powerful tool that must be understood, embraced and harnessed for the benefit of the profession. In an age of misinformation the possibility for the misuse of AI can not be underestimated, it is up to the profession to provide leadership in the use of such information systems and their use.

Ongoing development in ensuring that the activities of the profession aspire to the ideals of addressing global climate and environmental goals through the ongoing development and application of sustainability goals.

Whilst there are numerous issues that need to be addressed I believe that the shortage of library professionals within the regions requires urgent attention. Attracting people is difficult, for all libraries, not only public libraries. Often public and community libraries are staffed by volunteers or people who don’t have library qualifications. Budgets are being cut and in the regions, the salaries are not as competitive as those in the major cities. There are many short term contracts being offered and therefore no long term job security. ALIA’s advocacy initiatives continue to address these issues but we need to look at the regions in more depth and provide pathways for people in these areas to look at studying and work in the regions, taking into account the tyranny of remoteness and the difficulty in accessing study opportunities.

 

Peter Smith



Qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration (Executive), UNSW Sydney (Ongoing)
  • Master of Arts Information and Knowledge Management, University of Technology Sydney (2014)
  • Master of Arts Early Christian & Jewish Studies, Macquarie University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University (2010)

Current position:
Associate Director, Academic Engagement (STEM) & Library Learning Services, UNSW Library, 2021- current

Previous positions:

  • Casual Academic, Charles Sturt University, 2022-current
  • Associate Director, Academic Engagement (HCASS) UNSW Library, 2020-2021
  • Team Leader, Academic Engagement & Collection Development Coordinator, UNSW Library, 2018-2020
  • Outreaching Librarian, Academic Services, UNSW Library 2016-2018
  • eLearning Librarian, Top Education Group, 2015-2016

Professional activities:

Experienced higher education library leader with a focus on stakeholder engagement, client services and technology. Adept at strategic assessment, data-driven analysis, and fostering team development. Proven success in implementing innovative and efficient service delivery models, managing disruptions, and driving organisational change. Dedicated to utilising technology creatively, expanding OA research and taking educational models to library practice.

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

As an ALIA board member, I aim to champion innovative approaches within the library and information sector, leveraging my extensive leadership experience in higher education. I aspire to drive collaborative initiatives, strengthen community engagement, and advocate for the evolving role of libraries in a digital era. My focus includes promoting professional development, fostering diversity, and ensuring that ALIA remains at the forefront of advancing information services. Committed to shaping strategic visions, I seek to enhance ALIA's influence, fortify its partnerships, and contribute to the continued excellence of library and information professionals across Australia.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

I began working in libraries because of my interest in the work that libraries do. However, while working to deliver library services, I witnessed the profound impact libraries can have on communities. In higher education, supporting researchers, the library evolved beyond a mere place to a dynamic force shaping not just people’s research, but impacting patient and community outcomes. More recently this extended to students who saw the library not just as a source of knowledge but as a place for community and belonging. ALIA's commitment to harnessing the transformative potential of libraries resonates deeply with my dedication to amplify their influence. I look forward to contributing to a future where libraries are vibrant hubs shaping the narratives of diverse communities.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?
I bring a diverse skill set to the ALIA Board, with experience in strategy, team development, and stakeholder engagement. My background in library leadership, IT, student and stakeholder engagement and client services positions me to contribute holistically to ALIA's vision. With a track record creating and implementing innovative library services, I excel in supporting teams to navigate changing environments – a skill which is highly relevant given the current uncertainties in LIS. Additionally, with a background in IT, I have become adept at using technology strategically to enhance patron experiences in the library context. These skills, coupled with a forward-thinking approach, well-equip me to contribute to ALIA's strategic objectives as well as the multifaceted challenges and uncertainties confronting the LIS workforce.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

 The three most pressing issues for ALIA and the LIS workforce include:

  • Navigating the integration of AI in digital transformation, understanding its impact on libraries, and emphasising the pivotal role of information professionals in shepherding and governing the wise use of this technology;
  • Advocating for robust professional development opportunities to address the evolving skillsets required in our field, ensuring information professionals remain competitive;
  • Strengthening the role of libraries as inclusive community hubs, emphasising relevance and accessibility in the face of shifting information landscapes. These issues require proactive and collaborative efforts to secure the continued growth and impact of our profession.

 

Simon Jones



Qualifications:

  • Master of Information Studies - University of Canberra
  • Graduate Certificate in Management - Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Information) - University of Technology, Sydney

Current position:
Director, Community – Mid-Western Regional Council

Previous positions:

  • Manager, Library & Community Services - Mid-Western Regional Council Consultant, Information Services - Office of Sport & Recreation, Tasmania
  • Library Manager - John Fairfax Publications
  • Reference Librarian - John Fairfax Publications

Professional activities:

  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Civic Risk Mutual Members Assembly Representative
  • 2014 NSW Public Libraries Conference Organising Committee - Chair
  • Country Public Libraries Association - Member Representative

What I would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

I'd like to support the continued development of the profession in a changing and challenging world and contribute to ALIA remaining a vital, sustainable and well-governed organisation. I have a particular interest in the importance of libraries to our local communities throughout regional Australia and that we continue to ensure that libraries are welcoming and inclusive for all members of the community. Also, with the emerging world of AI, to look for the opportunities for the profession to be an important part of the future and add value to new ways of collecting, storing and sharing information.


What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

It is vital that the ALIA Board has representation from Directors with a range of backgrounds and experiences. My motivation in seeking election is to ensure that both regional Australia and the public library sector have a voice at the table as the association looks to the future of the profession and the country and the challenges that lie ahead. It is also an opportunity for me to give back to an industry and profession that has been the foundation of my career over the past thirty years.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

I have worked across several library sectors throughout my career, including university, special, government and public libraries. This has included time as the Library Manager for John Fairfax Publications which has provided a different perspective to understanding the challenges of working in private industry. For the past twenty years I have been involved in public libraries as a Library Manager, and now as a member of a Council Executive team that sets the direction for the organisation, with a particular focus on governance practice and the setting of strategy. I believe that this diversity of experience in different settings and work environments and across different industries has provided me with the opportunity to see a wider set of circumstances at a strategic level and would be of assistance to the Board. As a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I would also bring this expertise and experience on other board environments to the role.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

First, ensuring that libraries continue to be places that are welcoming and inclusive to all. There seems to be increasing minor interferences in the work of libraries through censorship and ideology. It is important that the library profession, as well as individual members within libraries, feel empowered to deal with these situations with support and strength. Second, the challenges (and opportunities) of the role of artificial intelligence in the workplace. It will have an impact on libraries as well as the way that libraries are perceived, and it is vital that the profession continues to have well developed strategies that show the value that libraries provide. Third, the ongoing work of ensuring protection for the funding of libraries across all environments and industries. It is important that we continue to tell our stories and be at the heart of our communities.

 

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 the long-term sustainability of the Association.  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 industry association is one that you will continue to be proud of.

The Board meets approximately four times a year. In 2024 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

The Association seeks Directors with skills, attributes and experience to support the CEO and lead the Association.  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 and issues affecting the LIS sector/Association.

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


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

20 November 2023

Nominations close

5pm AEDT 29 January 2024

Voting opens  

26 February 2024

Voting closes

5 April 2024

Directors take office

6 May 2024

Want to know more?

Information about the current Board of Directors can be found here

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