F A Sharr Award Winner

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, Canberra: Claire Murphy, a Librarian from Curtin University, has been awarded the 2017 F A Sharr Award.

Claire was presented the Award at a ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia on Thursday 24 May.

The F A Sharr Award is presented to a Western Australian librarian, teacher librarian or library technician within their first three years following graduation, who exhibits the most potential to make a significant contribution to the library profession in WA. The Award is maintained by the ALIAWest Group, with the generous support of the WA Library Technicians Group.

Claire is a Coordinator, Learning Success at Curtin University Library. In her role, Claire is responsible for taking a lead role in the development of the Library’s learning and teaching services, ensuring that both in-person and online teaching and learning support provided by the Library is appropriate, high quality and responsive to the ever-changing needs of Curtin’s staff and students.

Speaking to ALIA, Claire said that being a recipient of the award was an ‘incredible honour.’

When asked why she decided to make a contribution to the profession through the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee, she said: ‘I think ALIA’s commitment to giving voice to students and new graduates is commendable and I was eager to participate in a committee that acts as a conduit between that particular cohort and the ALIA board.’

‘I’ve also found participating in ALIA’s events incredibly useful and was eager to build my professional network and get more involved. One of the things that I love about being a Librarian and working in this industry is the sense of community, and ALIA is the foundation of that community spirit.’

Claire graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) in 2006 before completing a Masters of Information Management at Curtin University in 2016.

About the Australian Library and Information Association

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

Wednesday 30 May 2018 6:00pm