Board of Directors Profiles - Clare Thorpe

clare thorpe

Institutional Director 2020-2022


BA, Grad Cert Higher Education, Grad Dip Lib & Info Studies, AALIA (DCP).

Current position:

Acting Director, Library Services, University of Southern Queensland.

Previous positions:

  • Associate Director (Library Experience), University of Southern Queensland.

  • Manager Visitor Experience 2015-2017, Project Officer 2013-2015, Access Services Coordinator, 2007-2013 (SLQ)

  • Campus Librarian 2005-2007 (USQ)

  • Information Literacy Librarian 2002-2005, Reference Librarian 2001-2002 (Griffith University).

Professional activities:

  • Mentor ALIA/QULOC Mentoring program 2019-2020

  • Queensland University Libraries' Office of Cooperation (QULOC) Deputy Convenor, Workforce & Organisational Development Working Group 2017-2019

  • Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference Program Committee 2017-2018

  • 8th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference Organising Committee 2015

  • Peer reviewer ALIA National 2020 Conference, Australian Library Journal 2009-2011.

Statement of professional concerns:

People are at the heart of our libraries and information services – the communities we serve and the staff who power our organisations. As an ALIA Board member, Clare hopes to contribute to the work that ALIA does in developing strong narratives to demonstrate the value and impact of our libraries to their communities.  A strong commitment to professional development has been critical in developing her career resilience. As ALIA implements the 2020 Pathway, Clare is keen to work with ALIA members and staff to explore innovative ways to provide essential education and professional development options to future proof our profession.