Margaret Allen

Margaret Allen BA

Fellowship conferred 2014

The ALIA Board of Directors is delighted to confer the distinction of Fellow on Margaret Allen, with special consideration for her work in the fields of literacy, Aboriginal heritage, copyright, and for her support of library and information science education and emerging leaders.

Through her role as CEO of the State Library of Western Australia, Margaret Allen has demonstrated a strong commitment to reading and literacy as illustrated by the highly successful Better Beginnings program run by the State Library of Western Australia since 2004 in partnership with the State Government of Western Australia, local governments and industry partner Rio Tinto.  She was also Chair of the 2012 National Year of Reading Founding Partners, directs the WA Premier’s Book Awards and participates in the Perth Writer’s Festival.

Under Margaret’s leadership the State Library works in partnership with Aboriginal people through the Storylines Project to “build and maintain an online database of digitised heritage material from the Library’s collections relating to Aboriginal history” and through its Aboriginal Family History project offers training in information literacy, and research skills to support clients with family history research. 

Margaret is engaged in the 2012 IFLA International Leaders Programme. She is a member of the Curtin University Information Studies Advisory Board, a judge for the Sharr Medal for the new graduate most likely to make an impact on the profession, and she instigated a graduate program within the State Library.

As Chair of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) and a member of the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) Board of Directors Margaret is an active participant in the Australian copyright reform debates committed to copyright reform that enables fair access. 

Margaret was ALIA President for the 2011-2012 term of office. She represented libraries on the government’s Book Industry Collaborative Council and she is a valued member of the ALIA ebooks and elending Reference Group, presenting at think tanks across Australia during 2013. 

For her long standing and varied service to the sector and to the Association, Margaret Allen is awarded the ALIA Fellowship.