Barrett Reid - Member of the Order of Australia - AM 1983 (1926-1995)
Librarian honoured for community service. InCite 11 March 1983, p. 4
Among those honoured in the Australia Day Honours List was Barrett Reid who became a Member of the Order of Australia for public service, particularly in librarianship.
This is a particularly fitting time for such a tribute. because at the end of 1982 Barrett Reid retired from his position as Executive Officer of the Public Libraries Division with the State Library or Victoria. His career in librarianship began in Queensland and he joined the Victorian State Library 1952.
His many achievements during this long period of service includes the extension library services to 207 councils; gaining council acceptance of the importance of well designed library buildings; the establishment or Technilib and the creation of a strong local government lobby to keep to needs of public libraries before the state government.
Barrett Reid was one of the first to see community information as a function of public libraries, and he was the initiator the Jolly Jumbuck children's mediamobile - described as a multi- media approach children’s librarianship.
His enthusiasm in the many aspects of librarianship have caused him to be known outside the library profession: from 1965-78 he served on the Australian UNESCO Committee on Museums and Libraries. from 1974-78 on the Libraries Board of the Australian Council, and from 1974 onwards the Public Lending Right Committee.
The promotion of libraries has always been a major concern of Barrett Reid's, first through the old Library Week Committee, then the Australian Library Promotion Council and the Library Promotion Committee. He was also involved with the Braille and Talking Book Library and the setting up of the Braille Book of the Year Award.
Barrett Reid's many achievements can only be touched on briefly here, but his friends and associates will be well pleased the tribute paid in creating him Member the Order of Australia.