Former ALIA President and current Chair of the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance Jan Richards has been awarded AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) ‘for significant service to library and information management through executive roles with professional associations’, in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.
Jan is Manager, Central West Libraries, and has been a leader in the State through the Country Public Libraries Association, NSW Public Libraries Association and her role on the Library Council of NSW. She has been a highly active Member of ALIA since 1979 and a force at the international level, through her engagement with IFLA.
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, "This well-deserved award will be applauded by Jan's many friends and colleagues in the library sector, in NSW, nationally and internationally."
There are several other awards in the GLAM sector to celebrate:
Margaret Birtley AM (VIC) 'for significant service to cultural heritage, particularly to the museums sector, to education, and to historical preservation'.
Dr Fiona Bush OAM (WA) 'for service to community history and heritage preservation'.
Jack Sullivan OAM (NSW) 'for service to community history'.