Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

Several library leaders have been honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.
 
ALIA Vice-President and President-elect Robert Knight AALIA has been awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "for services to the library and information sciences sector, particularly in the Riverina." Former State Librarian of NSW Dr Alex Byrne FALIA has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for significant service to library and information management through initiatives to develop access to global and Indigenous resources." While Dr Margaret Nowak, Chair of the State Library of Western Australia, has also been awarded an AM "for significant service to education in the disciplines of business studies and economics, and to community and charitable organisations." 
 
Recognition has also been given to the outstanding work of Lismore Librarian Lucy Kinsley, who launched the Living Library/Human Library program in Australia. She receives the Public Service Medal.  
 
Author Kate Grenville received Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), as did philanthropist Samantha Meers and Professor Gungwu Wang, who previously served on the National Library Board of Singapore. 
 
More details below, and to view full lists, visit the Governor General's website.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

Dr John Alexander BYRNE, Glebe NSW 2037 For significant service to library and information management through initiatives to develop access to global and Indigenous resources.

Service includes: State Librarian and Chief Executive, State Library of New South Wales, 2011-2016. University of Technology Sydney: University Librarian, 2000-2011. Vice President (Alumni and Development), 2005-2006. Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Teaching and Learning), 2005-2006. Honorary Fellow, 2014. Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University): Vice-President and Pro Vice-Chancellor Information Resources, 1997-2000. Director of Information Services, 1996-1997. Chief Librarian, 1989-1996. Deputy Librarian, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, 1984-1989. Librarian, James Cook University, 1979-1984. Chair, National and State Libraries Australasia, 2014-2016. Council of Australian University Librarians: Chair, Australian Digital Theses Program, 2002-2005 President, 1996-1998. Member of the Executive, 1990-1993. Chair, Working Party on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives and Information Services, 1993-1995. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions: President, 2005-2007. Vice-President, 2003-2005. Member, Governing Board, 2001-2007. Chair, Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, 1997-2003. Chair, University and General Research Libraries Standing Committee, 1997-1999. Member of the University and General Research Libraries Standing Committee, 1993-2001. Honorary Fellow, since 2014. Australian Library and Information Association: Member, Online Content and Regulation Reference Group, 2001-2005. Member, International Relations Working Group, 1996-2001. Member, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy Steering Committee, 1996-1997. Member, ALIA Press Board, 1989-1996. Member, Information for the Nation National Committee, 1987-1989. Fellow, since 1999. Awards and recognition include: Recipient, HCL Anderson Award, Australian Library and Information Association, 2015. Recipient, Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des lettres, Government of France, 2011. Recipient, Silver Pin, Australian Library and Information Association, 2003.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

Emeritus Professor Margaret Jennifer NOWAK, Subiaco WA 6008 For significant service to education in the disciplines of business studies and economics, and to community and charitable organisations.

Service includes: Curtin University School of Business: Emeritus Professor, since 2015. Founding Director, 1993-2004. Professor and Director, Corporate Social and Responsibility Research Unit, 2005-2014. Head of Graduate Studies, Curtin School, 1985-1992. Lecturer, Economics, 1973-1985. Economics Society of Australia, Western Australia Branch: President, 1985-1987. Member, National Council, 1980-2017. Member, current. Life Member, since 1995. State Library of Western Australia: Chair, since 2012. Member, Policy and Legislation Committee, 2010-2012. Board Member, since 2002. Chair, Audit Committee, Department of Health Western Australia, 2007-2010. Chair, Audit Committee, Department of Food and Agriculture, Western Australia, 2009-2012. Member, Perth Chapter, UN Women, 2012-2014. Chair, Gordon Reid Foundation for Youth, 1990-1994. Founding Director, Telethon for Kids Institute, 1989-1994. Board Member, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, 1983-1994. Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Austin Holmes Award, Economics Society of Australia, 2008.

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mr Robert Scott KNIGHT, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 For service to the library and information sciences sector, particularly in the Riverina.

Service includes: Riverina Regional Library Executive Director, since 2005. Manager, Recreation and Cultural Services, Wagga Wagga City Council, 2002-2005. Regional Library Manager, 1993- 2002. Support Services Coordinator, 1992-1993. Branch Librarian, 1988-1992. State Library of New South Wales: Member, Strategic Network Committee, since 2015. Member, Public Libraries Consultative Committee, since 1996. Chair, Public Libraries Consultative Committee, 2003-2011. NSW Local Government Representative, Library Council of NSW, 2003-2011. NSW Public Libraries Association: Trade Exhibition and Sponsorship Convenor, NSWPLA SWITCH Conference, since 2016. Library Manager Member (Country), since 2014. Secretary, South West Zone, since 2008. Joint Executive Officer (Country), 2006-2014 Secretary, South West Zone, 2005-2006, 2001-2002 and 1996-1998. President-elect, Australian Library and Information Association, 2018. NSW Representative, Australian Public Libraries Alliance, since 2017. Founder, NSW Regional Library Managers Group, established 1996. Chairperson, Australasian Mobile Library Network, 2013-2018. Co-Founder, Australian Mobile Library and Outreach Services Network, Since 2012 Chairperson, Public Libraries Australia, 2003-2008. NSW Country Public Libraries Association Representative, Australian Public Library Network Steering Committee, 2001. NSW Country Public Libraries Association Representative, Council of Australian Libraries Planning Forum, 2000. Member, Australian Library and Information Association Public Libraries Consultative Group, 2000. NSW Country Public Libraries Association Representative, NSW.net Services Management Committee, 1998. Former Member, NSW Local Government and Shires Association Library and Information Services Reference Group. Awards and recognition includes: Honorary Fellowship, Library Council of NSW, 2014. Life Member, NSW Public Libraries Association, 2012. Recipient, Albert Mainerd Scholarship, NSW Local Government and Shires Association, 2000.

PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL (PSM) New South Wales

Mrs Lucy May KINSLEY, Wyrallah NSW 2480 For outstanding public service to community library services in New South Wales.

Ms Kinsley has served the Lismore City Council with distinction for more than 40 years, including 31 years as the Lismore Area Librarian. She has assisted the community and staff to adapt and benefit from technological developments and social change, whilst also encouraging staff to develop programs and events with the aid of volunteers. Under her leadership the Lismore Libraries have continued to evolve and modernise their services to meet the needs of those from all education levels and age groups. One of her most notable achievements has been launching the Living Library in 2006, which has now grown to become known as the Human Library. The program allows members of the community to listen to interviews conducted with local people with the aim of building social cohesion in the community. She has also avidly supported making the library an inclusive and engaging space for all members of the community. She has achieved this by actively ensuring that those who are vision impaired have access to audio and talking books. She has also embraced the refugee community and has been an ongoing source of encouragement for them to pursue further education. Additionally she has developed the Junior Shelvers program which gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and serves as a launch pad into the work force. Ms Kinsley is an experienced library professional that has led her Lismore Libraries team through a period of great social and technological change and has ensured that a wide range of programs, events and experiences are provided to the Lismore community.
 

 

Released
Monday 11 June 2018 9:45am