ALIA’s highest honours recognise current and future library leaders

Wednesday 9 August 2017 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association will present prestigious awards to two senior library leaders and an early career librarian to honour their contributions to the library and information sector.

The 2017 ALIA Excellence Award winners are:

Dr Kerry Smith AM FALIA, HCL Anderson Award, in recognition of her outstanding service to library education; her many contributions to ALIA through committees, groups and the ALIA Board (President 1997), and her continuing support for library and information professionals in Western Australia.

Dr David J Jones FALIA, HCL Anderson Award, in recognition of his leadership role in the development of library buildings across Australia and SE Asia; in writing valuable library and information science publications, and in the promotion of Australian library history.

Alisa Howlett AALIA, Metcalfe Award, in recognition of her achievements and contribution as an early career librarian, notably as a practitioner researcher and active member of ALIA Groups and Committees.

The HCL Anderson Award is the Association's highest honour that can be bestowed on an Associate Member of ALIA. The award commemorates HCL Anderson, principal librarian of the Free Public Library of New South Wales from 1893 to 1906.

The Metcalfe Award recognises high achievement by an ALIA Personal Member in their first five years of practice in libraries and information services. It commemorates John Metcalfe, former New South Wales State Librarian, who established the Australian Institute of Librarians and was instrumental in the establishment of library education in Australia.

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au

Contact:  Greg Bell, Communications Coordinator:  greg.bell@alia.org.au 02 6215 8221

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Wednesday 09 August 2017 3:00pm