Cathrine Harboe-Ree

Cathrine Harboe-Ree BSocSc (Librarianship), AM, FALIA, GCBA

  • ALIA Fellowship 2012
  • Member (AM) in the General Division 2021

Cathrine Harboe-Ree is widely acknowledged as one of the top library professionals in Australia today. Best known for her leadership roles in the academic library sector, and at the State library of Victoria, she has made an outstanding contribution through her intellectual insight and practical application.

As president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Cathrine has reorganised the way in which CAUL operates, in order to reflect contemporary issues and provide strategies and resources for university librarians to respond to these challenges.

As a leader of the Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) project, her roles included the conception and fine tuning of the grand application, championship of the concept throughout the project, negotiation with federal bureaucrats, fostering of partnerships with other libraries and ensuring that the project delivered on its objectives.

As a key participant in the Australia National Data Service (ANDS) project, Catherine has established the legitimacy of library professionals' involvement in the research data management and digital information arena, beyond the traditional custodianship of published materials.

During her 10 years at the State Library of Victoria, she helped position the library as a world class cultural institution and develop a stronger relationship between the State Library and the Victorian public libraries, to their mutual benefit.

The Australian Library and Information Association recognises the significant and valuable contribution Cathrine Harboe-Ree has made over the last 30 years, through her tireless effort in advocating for the sector.

In 2021 Cathrine received Member (AM) status in the General Division for significant service to the library and information sciences.