ALIA Victoria


ALIA Victoria facilitates communication and networking among Victorian library and information professionals through formal and informal funtions. ALIA Victoria aims to be an advocate and representative for ALIA members in Victoria, and encourages links with related professional bodies via joint functions. Activities include events relating to professional issues affecting all special interest areas.



ALIA Victoria group biographies

James Baker - Co-Convenor

I’m a librarian at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Victoria’s oldest library, where I handle the cataloguing, website, social media, and graphic novels acquisitions. I also teach in the Library Technician course at VU Polytechnic, mostly in subjects that handle the interaction of libraries with technology.

I’m passionate about libraries as spaces for a wide range of activities, including sharing interests, participating in events, and discovering (and rediscovering) the value of play. I believe that these can be achieved without taking away from the traditional role of libraries to distribute learning and enjoyment through the medium of the printed word.


Ellen Coates - Co-Convenor

I’m the collections librarian at the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library. The PMI is a specialist history library and I love being involved in actively preserving and protecting the history of Victoria.

I was on the organisational committee for NLS9 as well as Librarians for Refugees, and I joined ALIAVic because I believe interconnectedness across the GLAMR sector is essential (and I love meeting other GLAMR people). 

I’m an historian (medieval history nerd) and a writer. I run the blog Historical Ragbag, it’s a mixture of medieval and Australian history, and I write fiction. I can be found on twitter at @BiblioEll


Michael Barry – Group Secretary

I’m fairly new to the library industry, completing the library technician diploma only in 2016. I have a background in office administration, scheduling, and secretarial duties, which means I’m a natural fit for the role of secretary of the ALIAVic group.

I’m an avid supporter of ALIA and of the library industry. One of the things I’m most interested in is encouraging new librarians and library students to engage with ALIA’s programs and events, and to participate in ALIA’s professional development and mentoring schemes.

Outside of libraries I also enjoy training kung fu, experimenting with fictional languages, wistfully daydreaming of the Dewey Decimal system being replaced by a classification scheme that is intuitive and user-friendly, and using the Oxford comma.


Donna Mead - Treasurer

I am studying at RMIT and occasionally work in their library. I am a culture vulture and love combining my love of travel, wine, good food and sci-fi. I am also a hopeless book addict and would consider reading the Yellow Pages if it had a decent plot.


Renee Whitehead

Renee is a student in her final year at Charles Sturt University. She is a passionate bibliophile and loves exploring new technology in regards to media and data management. She also enjoys the research process and learning new information she never knew before! Renee is looking forward to a long and stimulating career in the GLAM sector and thoroughly enjoys being on the ALIAVIC Committee.


Timothy Gillis-Jones


Timothy Gillis-Jones is currently working as Information Services Librarian at Casey Cardinia Libraries. He joined the ALIAVic committee to work on increasing regional interaction and development. Outside of libraries, Tim is a massive Tabletop RPG fan and general all round geek.


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Melbourne, Victoria