We pay tribute to one of the most highly distinguished ALIA Members, Jean Conochie, who died on Sunday, 18 June, 2017.
She is pictured holding the HCL Anderson Award conferred in 1985 and this award will be placed on her casket during the service at 2.30pm on Wednesday 28th June at Le Pine Funerals in Camberwell.
Jean was a valued member of the LIS community - her fellowship was conferred in 1967.
Jean Conochie entered librarianship in 1946 with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and has remained with the CSIRO throughout her working life.
She enjoyed an international reputation as a serials cataloguer and bibliographer. She edited Scientific Serials in Australian Libraries (SSAL) from 1960 until December 1984 during which time the number of serial titles recorded rose from 25,000 to 60,000. The value of this publication to librarians and the users of scientific and technical literature held in Australian libraries has been incalculable. It is conservatively estimated that SSAL has been consulted throughout Australia for not less than 2,500 records each working day, or 375,000 records each year.
Miss Conochie had been responsible for cataloguing standards across the entire CSIRO library network, and for the ongoing compilation of the CSIRO union catalogue, a tool heavily used by technical libraries. Her handbook, You Name It! Helpful Hints for Editors and Publishers of Journals, Reports and other Serial Publications which was published by AACOBS in 1979, has been used as a model for similar publications in Canada and South Africa.
Jean Conochie has also played an active and prominent part in the affairs of the Library Association of Australia. She was a member of its Board of Examiners from 1966-1972, holding the position of Deputy Chairman from 1970-1972. She has been a member of numerous other Association committees, including Continuing Education (1973-1974), Cataloguing (1968-1972), Editorial (1968-1970), and the Biennial Conference Committee (1974-1975). In addition, she has been a member of the Victorian Branch Council and both the Secretary (1961-1963) and President (1975-1976) of the Special Libraries Section. She has represented the Association at overseas conferences, and was accorded the distinction of Fellow of the Association in 1967.
She has also been an active member of AACOBS and was a member of its Working Party on Bibliography from its inception in 1974 until 1983.
Miss Conochie has had a lifelong interest in professional education and frequently lectured at library schools. She was awarded an MBE for services to science in 1978.
Photo supplied by David Conochie