Australia's Favourite Librarian 2013 Winners


We were thrilled to hear so many wonderful stories about all of the important work that happens in libraries and information services across Australia. We are excited to announce not only our overall winner, but also the winners of each state and territory. On top of the title, the overall winner received a life time membership for ALIA and the state and territory winners received one year memberships. Congratulations to everyone. 

Australia's Favourite Librarian: Mrs Jae Rolt 

Mrs Jae Rolt, a Teacher-Librarian at Cessnock West Primary School, won the prestigious title with nearly 10% of the total votes. Mrs Rolt was thrilled to be announced Australia’s Favourite Librarian and was amazed by the number of votes her community sent in.

Mrs Rolt loves being a Teacher-Librarian. Her favourite part of her job is watching the delight on her students faces when they discuss their favourite books.  She also loves the enthusiastic community who come to the Book Fairs the school holds during book week fully dressed up to the theme.

Mrs Rolt said winning left her stunned. ‘To know that I have had a positive impact on so many lives is an amazing feeling and this is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.’

You can find Jae Rolt's media release and contact details here



Catherine Jordan, the Librarian at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, has been announced as the ACT winner of the competition. Catherine was nominated over ten times, with all of her nominators discussing her extensive knowledge of her specialist library collection and the amazing service she provides for everyone who enters her library. 

Catherine enjoys working with the material at her library, ‘I love working with diverse material – from the latest scientific journal literature delivered electronically to historic publications from the 1800s containing the first descriptions of newly discovered species, botanical illustrations, maps and the archival collections of our institution which is now more than 40 years old.’
On being nominated, Catherine said ‘I am thrilled that a small and specialised library service in a government department has gained this level of recognition. It’s a great opportunity to promote the diversity and value of library services. I am very grateful for the support of the Australian National Botanic Gardens staff and volunteers, and the Friends of the ANBG. And of course it is nice to have one’s efforts acknowledged!’
You can find Catherine's press release and media contact details here


NT's Favourite Librarian: Bernadette Royal 

Bernadette Royal, a Liaison Librarian at Charles Darwin University Library, has been announced as the winner of the Northern Territory for the national Australian’s Favourite Librarian competition. Bernadette’s nominators described her as extremely helpful. One even said, ‘Her assistance has complemented (and sometimes outperformed) that given by my lectures and tutorial leaders.’

Bernadette loves working at the CDU library because of the students, academics and work colleagues. With a smaller library than many academic libraries, Bernadette enjoys getting to know most of the students by name and being able to work in a very supportive and friendly environment.

Bernadette said of winning, ‘I was nominated by a CDU student and my Liaison colleagues swung into action promoting my nomination across the campus. We had posters, Facebook and Twitter mentions as well as t-shirts printed. I was really flattered and very humbled by the attention. To win the NT section is so amazing and a large part of the win is due to the fantastic people I work with. Our job descriptions are quite diverse and very busy but extremely rewarding, challenging and so much fun.’

You can find Catherine's press release and media contact details here


QLD's Favourite Library Officer: Trish Richards 

Trish Richards, a Library Assistant/Customer Service Officer at Gordonvale Library, has been announced as the winner for the state of Queensland for the Australian’s Favourite Librarian competition. Trish was described by her nominators as patient, knowledgeable and fun.

Trish loves working in the public libraries in Cairns because the customers value and support their library service. She loves helping children and adults find the perfect book.

Trish said about winning the title for QLD, ‘It was an honour just to be nominated and all the lovely heartfelt comments and enthusiasm for my nomination was fantastic. To win Queensland’s Favourite Library Assistant and achieve recognition for Cairns Libraries commitment to Customer Service was amazing and a huge thank you to all the supportive customers and colleagues who voted for me.’

You can find Trish's press release and media contact details here


SA's Favourite Library Officer: Jason Goodwin 

Jason Goodwin, who works as a Collection Development Officer of Library Services at the City of Victor Harbor Public Library has been named South Australia’s Favourite Library Officer in the National competition. Jason was an early favourite in the competition with a large amount of votes coming in quickly and many wonderful comments about the fantastic work he does at his library.

Jason enjoys the variety of tasks that comes from working in a library. He also enjoys being able to find patrons exactly what they are looking for. Victor Harbor is a close knit community that Jason enjoys working in.

Jason said of his win, ‘I’m grateful to everyone that rallied support on my behalf and owe a mention to my fantastic co-workers and library patrons for this win.’

You can find Jason's press release and media contact details here


TAS' favourite Library Technician: Lyn Broomhall

Lyn Broomhall, a Library Technician at the Penguin Library, has been named Tasmania’s Favourite Library Technician in the National competition. Lyn was nominated by someone in her community for ‘making everyone young, old and in the middle feel welcome in the library.’

Lyn loves working in libraries because they are such inclusive places. She enjoys working in her very small, as one patron describes it ‘boutique’ library. She enjoys the variety in her job and loves working with her community.

Lyn had to say of her title, ‘I was so touched that someone had nominated me in the first place. That someone enjoyed the library that much was great, that other patrons went on to vote for me was humbling. For in my mind it’s just the job I love to o in a great community in a wonderful space.’

You can find Lyn's press release and media contact details here


Co- Vic Favourite Librarians: Tania Barry and Narelle Stone

We had a tie in Victoria with two winners who were very close in the running. 

Narelle Stone 

Narelle Stone, Technical Services Librarian at Bendigo TAFE, was announced as a co-winner in the State of Victoria. Narelle’s nominators described her as always being helpful, kind and friendly. She is someone who will always go the extra mile to help students and staff find whatever it is they are looking for.

Narelle loves working in a library where she is able to be flexible and creative. She is glad her library is often described as the ‘heart’, learning and social ‘hub’ of Bendigo TAFE.

You can find Narelle's press realease and media contact details here

Tania Barry 

Tania Barry, the Mill Park Branch Manager, was announced a co-winner of the competition for the State of Victoria. Tania was nominated for her dedication to promoting literacy in her community.

Tania enjoys the community in Mill Park which has a large population of young families who regularly attend children’s programs. She also enjoys her job and the difference librarians can make to people in the community by providing access to information, programs and creative spaces.

Tania said of her nomination, ‘It’s an honour to be regarded so highly by my colleagues and community.’

You can find Tania's press release and media contact details here


WA's Favourite Librarian: Dominique Ward 

Dominique Ward, the Program Development Librarian at A.H. Bracks Library, took the title of Western Australia’s Favourite Librarian, receiving 5% of the total votes in the competition. The nomination put forward for Dominique spoke of her unmatched dedication, enthusiasm, energy and passion for her job.

Dominique has a diverse job at the library but particularly loves being a part of the Better Beginnings program where she works with new parents sharing findings on early brain development and the impact reading has on a baby’s life. Dominique says, ‘I love being part of a public library that helps to enrich lives each day in so many ways.’

Dominique said of winning the title ‘I feel very honoured to have been nominated and selected - but I also feel that this is not my honour alone - that I could not have been selected without the huge support and encouragement that I receive each day from City of Melville staff and especially the A.H. Bracks library team. I feel that I am really accepting this honour on behalf of them, and on behalf of every library officer and librarian in Western Australia - in public libraries, school libraries, state and university libraries, all who make a difference and help to enrich the lives and connect with people every day.’

You can find Dominique's press release and media contact details here