Anne Hazell

Anne Hazell BA GDip Read Ed MA Lib Stud

Fellowship conferred 1995

Anne Hazell entered the profession of librarianship as a library assistant in the Adelaide Teacher's College in 1963. She was subsequently a teacher-librarian in Brighton High School from 1966-1968, and worked in the State Library of South Australia from 1969-1975 where she was youth lending services librarian from 1971-1973 and children's librarian from 1973-75. She has worked for what is now the Department for Education and Children's Services in South Australia since 1975, where her present position is co-coordinator of library and research at The Orphanage Teachers Centre.

Anne qualified as a professional librarian through the registration examination of the then Library Association of Australia in 1967. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide in 1972, the Graduate Diploma in Reading Education from the Adelaide College of Arts and Education in 1981, and a Master of Arts (Librarianship) from the South Australian Institute of Technology in 1989.

Since the early 1970s Anne has been a leader and an advocate, in South Australia and nationally, of the development of children's and young people's services. It was her fearless promotion of children's services which prompted her appointment to the Education Department. One of her first activities there was responsibility for the professional and book reviewing journal Review, which she quickly developed as a journal of international quality. A great strength was her ability to identify innovative practices and practical visionaries in school library services elsewhere, and she developed an international guest article scheme which publicised new ideas and successful practice. A further outcome was that 'ideas' people with vision were attracted to Australia to share their wisdom and to learn from successful local schemes and activities. She was particularly successful in bringing here a number of leading practitioners and educators from Canada.

Anne has the reputation of an excellent editor, and has given great service to the Department and professional associations with journals such as Review, LINES and Una voce. She has also been responsible over the last decade for much of the work of the 'partners in learning' project, including the position paper for school library services in South Australian schools, the What's going on here? video and the Being resourceful pick-a-print series. She was a key figure in ensuring that 'information skills' was included as one of the nine essential skills and understandings listed in the charter for public schooling in South Australia, Educating for the 21st century.

She has also given significant service to the profession in South Australia through participation in wider professional activities, including lengthy service on the advisory committees for professional courses in the University of South Australia, and serving as the South Australian member on the ASCIS National Board from 1988-1990. Her long-term interest in children's literature is reflected in her work as a judge on appropriate awards, and she has made an active contribution to the work of ACLIS and its predecessor AACOBS, including membership of the ACLIS Working Party on Information Resources from 1986-88.

Anne's contribution to the work of the Association has been of national significance. Offices she has held include membership of the General Council in 1978-1979, 1983-1984 and 1991-1992; extensive service for the South Australian Branch including branch president in 1988; national convenor of the Information for the nation campaign in 1988-1989; and serving as secretary of the 22nd biennial conference committee in 1981-1982. She has given extensive service to the School Libraries and Children’s and Youth Services Sections both at the state and national level.

A major contribution to the work of the Association was Anne's membership of the 1984-1986 Corporate Plan and Review Committee, set up by General Council with a charter to 'review the aims, objectives, functions and operations of the Association and to recommend strategies for its future development.' The decision to invite her to be one of the three members of the committee recognised her reputation as an energetic participant in Association affairs, with keen judgement and a particular sensitivity to issues concerning younger members. She argued strongly for a process of widespread consultation with members, leading to the Corporate Plan and Review Committee 'hearings' process in all capitals and many regional centres. The Corporate Plan and Review Committee was the most thorough and broad-ranging review the Association has ever conducted of itself since 1937, and Anne's intellectual contribution to its debates and recommendations was central to its success.

Her contribution to the work of ALIA through membership of the ALIA Board of Education from 1988-1992, and serving as its chair from 1991-1992, has also been of great importance. Her interests while on the Board were catholic in scope, but included significant work both then and subsequently in the competencies area. Anne represented the Association on the Arts Training Australia Taskforce to develop library competency standards for Australia, and has published and researched extensively in the competencies area.

The distinction of Fellowship of the Australian Library and Information Association may be conferred on a professional member who has reached an exceptionally high standard of proficiency in library and information science, and has made a distinguished contribution to the theory or practice of library and information science. The General Council of the Association is well-satisfied that Anne Hazell fully meets these criteria.