Christine Mackenzie

Christine Mackenzie BA, Grad Dip Lib, Grad Dip Mgt, FALIA

Fellowship conferred 2008

It is with great pleasure that the ALIA Board of Directors confers upon Christine Mackenzie, the distinction of an ALIA Fellowship.

Throughout her career, Christine has demonstrated and sustained a high level of achievement and leadership in library and information services. Christine is an innovator, collaborator, networker, motivator, risk taker, and strategic thinker.

Joining the Brisbane City Council Library Services in 1998 as Manager Library Services, Christine's passion for improving client services and the professional development of staff were key platforms of her leadership. She played a pivotal role in the implementation of a new library management system (Sirsi) and a panel contract encompassing profiled collection purchasing; the changes implemented by both these initiatives contributed significantly to innovative service delivery and inspired other library leaders to reconsider and re-evaluate their service delivery models.

As CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Corporation, Christine has continued to show leadership to the library profession and is recognised by her colleagues for her innovative implementation of technology. Under Christine's leadership, Yarra Plenty is leading public libraries in self service initiatives that are aimed at improving library services to clients. She has introduced new technologies and reinvented library service using web 2.0 tools to change organisational culture in order to embrace the future. She is a prolific supporter of the professional development of staff; encouraging an enthusiasm for the new directions and opportunities that new technologies offer the industry.

Christine’s professional network is international. She is amongst the leading public librarians throughout the world and highly regarded for her innovative practices and her willingness to share her learning and ideas. Christine generously opens her international network to the benefit all Australian librarians and libraries and thereby improves the services to clients.

Christine is currently a member of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Section (MLS) Standing Committee, and has made a number of presentations over the past five years. Prior to her involvement with IFLA, Christine was a member of a select group of international public librarians on the Bertelsmann Foundation’s International Network of Public Libraries, participating in collaborative research with Bertelsmann colleagues. Her international representative work has contributed to a positive reputation for Australian libraries overseas.

An active ALIA member for over 20 years, Christine has made an outstanding contribution to the objects and work of ALIA, serving as ALIA Vice-president then President between 2002-2004, where she demonstrated a strong commitment to her profession and was an enthusiastic and effective advocate for public libraries. She has been a member of the ALIA Online Content and Regulation Advisory Committee as well as the Public Libraries Advisory Committee and during 2004-2005 was a vital participant of the National Broadband Strategy Implementation Group.

To conclude, Christine is a most admirable candidate for the award of Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association. As an innovator and trendsetter, she gives her time and knowledge generously. Christine’s zeal for user education has evolved into a passion for finding solutions to enable the community to embrace and engage in the benefits of the digital world.

Her career and the objectives of the Association have followed parallel paths, and she has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the profession.