BM Kirby

Bev Kirby

Vice Presidential statement, inCite 15 October 1990, p. 8

My involvement with ALIA has been the single most important step taken in my professional life. Access to professional development, the support from its networks, faith in its ability to lobby on my behalf and to speak for me in every forum and perhaps the greatest of all, contact with and support from my peers are all good reasons for being a member and for being involved. This is the message I would wish to bring as President-elect.

When approached to nominate for the position of Vice-President I wondered how some may see a librarian working out of the mainstream library scene as President of ALIA. I represent a growing team of library professionals who have taken their skills into business, industry and government and who now see themselves as creating signposts to the broadening of our professional base in the future.

It was as a library consultant that I first went to the National Fishing Industry Training Council. After establishing their Resource Centre and information service I designed the system to be used in the labour force database project involving an occupational analysis, a skill audit and the development of a training database for the future. It seems perfectly logical that l should do this kind of work. As a librarian I have the experience and knowledge. I am sure that had they been available, Dewey and Ranganathan would have been working on the project as well. I know that the people I deal with have come to recognise the advantages of a solid library background.

In all I have been involved with libraries for26 years. I value my experience in special libraries, school libraries and TAFE. For 9 years I was a manager of a library in a post-secondary college with 10,000 students. I see the value of my involvement with ALIA at Branch and Section level as it has served to keep me in touch with so many other professionals and the issues they must face on a daily basis.

I enjoyed my experience as a library educator teaching collection development. This had to come to an end because of the pressure of other work. Over the years l have been involved in selection panels for two Victorian library schools and acted as an examiner for the Masters program at Monash University. As Victorian Branch President I had the opportunity to meet with heads of our Victorian library schools and Victorian members of the Board of Education. l see a crucial role for the Board of Education in maintaining education and training standards.

l have published articles and papers and my book, One large step: Automation and the school library was published in 1989. Conference papers I have given include LAA, VALA.TAPE and the Microcomputers in Education Conference. Arizona 1985.