More than 14 000 votes confirm Australia’s Favourite Librarian

Jae Rolt, teacher librarian at Cessnock West Public School, in NSW, is the people’s choice as Australia’s Favourite Librarian. She received the most votes in this fun activity, encouraging library users to think about what makes a really great librarian.

Jae said: ‘I was thrilled just to be nominated. Some voters started leaving comments about what a great job they thought I did and I was quite humbled by that.  Then an ex-student wrote how I had taught him to love literature, how to lose himself in a great book and how lessons learned from me would stay with him for life.  That comment alone left me speechless. To be announced as winner of New South Wales was completely unexpected, but to then be announced as overall winner absolutely overwhelmed me.  To know that I have had a positive impact on so many lives is an amazing feeling and this is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.’

The other title holders at a state level were Catherine Jordan (ACT), Librarian at the National Botanical Garden Library; Bernadette Royal (NT), Liaison Librarian at Charles Darwin University Library; Trish Richards (QLD), Library Assistant/Customer Service Officer, Gordonvale Library; Lyn Broomhall (TAS), Library Technician, at Penguin Library; Jason Goodwin (SA), Collection Development Officer, Victor Harbor Public Library, and Dominique Ward (WA), Program Development Librarian, A H Bracks Library (City of Melville). In Victoria there were joint winners, Tania Barry, Branch Manager Mill Park Public Library and Narelle Stone, Technical Services Librarian, Bendigo TAFE.
The competition was launched on 14 February, Library Lovers Day. The competition in numbers:
  • 438 nominations for 145 librarians, library workers and even a library dog
  • 115 public library nominees, 36 school, 16 university, 10 state library, 8 government, 6 TAFE and 21 nominees from other types of libraries
  • 14 000+ votes from members of the public
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