Amy Walduck*

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

*Amy is a candidate for General Director

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

I am seeking election as an ALIA Director as I believe in the purpose of ALIA as a professional association and the power it has to unite us. As members from across library and information sectors, we come together to invest in the things that are most important to all of us. I have been privileged to build rich networks across the nation and work directly with many members over the years, in a professional capacity as Queensland State Manager and in a volunteer capacity as conference convenor and mentor. As a Director of the ALIA Board, I look forward to serving members now and into our future.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

As an influential library leader and creative problem-solver, I thrive in busy, collaborative environments working with passionate people. My diverse range of skills, including strategic planning, project management, policy development, communication, stakeholder management and high-quality research, has been applied to my career working in public and state libraries. I have championed a broad range of innovative initiatives in digital inclusion, entrepreneurship and open data, delivered dynamic outreach services, and supported the development of evidence-based government policy. I am versatile, future focused and ready to drive change for ALIA and for our industry.

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

The library and information workforce in Australia is full of amazing people, passionate about their profession and engaged with their communities. As we march into the future, we need to ensure we are set ourselves up for success. We need to:

  1. Attract and retain a capable and skilled workforce that includes leaders who thrive on rapid transformation. We are nothing without our people.
  2. Embrace diversity to drive creativity and innovation, inclusivity to build involvement and empowerment, and cultural safety so we all feel welcome, supported and respected.
  3. Be a strong and trusted voice on issues that impact our communities. As an industry, we can provide expert advice when it matters and when we work together, we are powerful.