Candidate Update


alia board election 2019

ALIA is pleased to announce that Vicki Edmunds and Kim Sherwin have been declared elected unopposed to the two general Director positions that become vacant in May 2019. 

We asked Vicki and Kim to provide a little more information about why they nominated and the skills they will bring to the Board.  

Here's what they had to say:

vicki edmunds

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

As an ALIA Board member, I would like to promote the importance of the modern Library – school, public, special and others – in Australian society.  I believe I can contribute to ALIA’s current and future Strategic objectives and advocacy.  I have been a member of ALIA since 1992 and I would like to make a contribution to my profession at a national level.  I would seek to address the digital divide, promote responsible digital citizenship and ensure the economic future of libraries.  Being an ALIA Director is a way that I can make this greater contribution to the future direction of libraries and the information profession.

What skills can you bring to the Board?

I have a range of skills and experiences that I believe will be valuable on the ALIA Board.  Having worked in a range of Libraries over the past 30 years – from local, to academic to special libraries – I have highly adaptable technical, strategic and networking skills that will be transferrable to the Board needs.  I bring experience in:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management 
  • Leadership skills
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills - ability to negotiate with a diverse client group
  • Research skills
  • Knowledge Management
  • Staff Management
  • Change Management
  • High level editorial skills and quality control experience
  • Budget/Financial planning
  • Risk Management
  • Planning and building new Libraries
  • Customer/Client Services design and implementation 
I also bring energy and enthusiasm and believe I can transfer these skills to whatever is required of me on the ALIA Board to help meet the existing and future needs of the members and the Library profession.

What are the three most important issues facing ALIA or the LIS profession?

  • Advocacy and Sustainability

There needs to be ongoing advocacy and leadership from the Association to continue to highlight the value of libraries and information services in Australian society.  Libraries are relevant and build social, cultural, intellectual, and business capital.  With ongoing partnerships and collaboration, libraries will remain vital and help to achieve the social outcomes that dominate both Federal and State Government agendas.
  • Professional Development

Staff development and future-proofing the profession in an ever-changing technological and social environment is of paramount importance.  I want to promote the profession of librarianship as a respected and vibrant profession.  Ongoing professional development for staff in the sector is therefore critical to keep members relevant and responsive to change.
  • Community Engagement

I am committed to facilitating and enhancing access to libraries and life-long learning, both formal and informal, for all in our communities. I believe passionately that libraries are relevant, valued and vibrant entities in our communities including serving the critical role of 'Third Place'.  I would like to promote responsible digital citizenship – confident and positive engagement with digital technology.  I would like to work with relevant areas of Government and stakeholders to ensure that Australia has a digital citizen default – a person with the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others and create and use digital content.  This will require addressing the digital divide and digital inclusion.

kim sherwin

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

I am extremely motivated to give something back to a profession that has offered me so much over the last 19 years – chartership, relocation, new skills, exciting roles, new connections and huge opportunities. On a personal level, it is an opportunity to craft some new skills, to be a little uncomfortable and to advocate for an under represented sector – Special Libraries. I am excited by the prospect of being part of the next Board intake. Being part of a group that is influential in helping to move the association and industry forward in challenging, disrupted and hugely exciting times is extremely appealing to me.

What skills can you bring to the Board?

Having evolved my role as a Librarian over the last 5 years to now lead my organisations internal university, which the Library is part of, I see things very differently than I once did. I have gained significant people, financial and commercial management experience, as well as detailed organisational insight. I would like to think that the biggest thing I have to offer is a different perspective, given where my journey has taken me.

What are the three most important issues facing ALIA or the LIS profession?

  • Attracting, developing and retaining talent

There are lots of attractive career paths and jobs in the market place, how do we ensure that the profession we have all chosen appeals to others? Diversifying the skills in our profession is a key part of this, as well as succession. 

  • #fakenews

LIS professionals’ role in supporting critical and free thinking in a volatile world.

  • Advocacy

We are great at sharing our passions and the value of the LIS profession amongst ourselves, but does this resonate with our decision makers? We need a greater external voice and to influence advocacy.


Want to know more?

More information about the incoming Directors can be found at this link.

An overview of the  the election process is available here.

To find out more about the work of the ALIA Board, please contact the ALIA Board of Directors.