Board of Directors Profiles - Robert Knight


Robert knight OAM

Vice-President (President) 2019-2020


BA Library & Information Science, AALIA (CP).

Current position:

Executive Director Riverina Regional Library.

Previous positions:

  • 1980 Development Officer, External Studies, RCAE

  • 1980–1988 Regional Reference Librarian, Riverina Community Library Service (RCLS)

  • 1988–1992 Wagga Wagga City Librarian, RCLS

  • 1992–1993 Regional Services Librarian, RCLS

  • 1993–2002 Director Riverina Regional Library

  • 2002–2005 Manager Recration and Cultural Services, Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC)

  • 2005– Executive Director Riverina Regional Library

  • February–August 2017 Interim General Manager WWCC.

Professional activities:

  • NSWPLA Executive

  • Library Council of NSW (Local Government representative 2002–2010)

  • NSW Public Libraries Consultative Committee (Chair 2002–2010); currently NSWPLA representative

  • Australasian Mobile Library & Outreach Service Network Chair 2014 ongoing

  • APLA (NSWPLA representative).

What Robert would like to accomplish as a member of the ALIA Board:

As he has done throughout his 37-year career in libraries, Robert intends to optimise his position on the ALIA Board to promote and advocate for the role of libraries in all sectors.

The aggregated capacity of ALIA, through its diverse membership, provides the Board with a unique opportunity to showcase the critical role that libraries and their staff play in the many and varied constituencies they serve.

Additionally, he intends to support the continuation of ALIA's excellent representation of Australian library achievements through overseas associations and forums such as IFLA.  We have lots to offer on the global library scene.