Joan Brewer

Joan Brewer AM, FACE

Joan Brewer was born in Adelaide and completed her initial teacher training at Adelaide Teachers College and The University of Adelaide. After teaching at Naracoorte High School, she became a Librarian, firstly with the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide, and later in London. In 1957 Joan returned to Adelaide and to the newly established Wattle Park Teacher’s College, as Lecturer Librarian. In 1964, with her dual qualifications, Joan was invited to, and accepted the challenge of establishing the first full time course for Teachers to become Teacher Librarians at the newly opened Western Teacher’s College. 1970 saw Joan appointed as Senior Lecturer Librarian of the Department of School Librarianship at Adelaide CAE. Joan, a strong advocate for Teacher Librarians, retired from her position as Principal Lecturer in 1984 and was awarded her AM in January 1985 in recognition of service to library education.

Joan Brewer is the Patron of the School Library Association of South Australia, and the Joan Brewer Award for excellence in Teacher-Librarianship is awarded annually.