Jennefer Nicholson

Jennefer Nicholson BA, GDIM

  • ALIA Fellowship 2014

The ALIA Board of Directors is delighted to confer the distinction of Fellow on Jennefer Nicholson. Jennefer has been an active and committed member of the library and information profession in Australia and also internationally.

Jennefer started working at ALIA in 1991 as Member Services Manager; this would be the start of a 14 year partnership between Jennefer and ALIA, which would later see her take over the tenure of Executive Director from 1999 until 2005.

As Executive Director, Jennefer took a leading role in the Association’s advocacy program aimed at governments and policy makers. Her previous experience facilitated the implementation of a successful policy advisory structure and formation of strategic partnerships and alliances. Over Jennefer’s six years as Executive Director, ALIA became recognised as a stakeholder in equitable access to information, internet filtering, copyright and intellectual property and trade agreements.

In 2005 Jennefer went to work for the Commonwealth Department of Communications, IT and the Arts. Jennefer was a key member of a small team that successfully progressed a $958 million grant for broadband services in regional and rural Australia. After success within the LIS community in Australia, Jennefer took up the position of Secretary-General of IFLA in 2008 and moved to The Hague. Jennefer’s advocacy with governments, their bureaucracies and a wide range of other bodies has contributed to the recognition of the valuable contribution made by libraries to the social and economic well-being of local, regional, national and international communities, making Jennefer a very worthy recipient of the ALIA Fellowship.