We are celebrating our Members’ loyal contribution to ALIA with recent events in many States and Territories.
Gold and red ALIA pins have been awarded to steadfast Members who have loyally served the profession and ALIA for 25 years.
One of the biggest Member events was held in Sydney on 19 November 2014 at the State Library of NSW.
More than 200 invitations were issued to Members and there was a fantastic roll up of more than 60 pin recipients.
ALIA President Damian Lodge made a special presentation to living legend Rosemary Yeap who has been a Member of ALIA for 64 years and still going strong.
Mrs Yeap joined the ALA in 1950 and was made an Associate in 1963. She was a pioneer and leader in Singapore’s library community for more than three decades.
As Chief Librarian of the Singapore Polytechnic, from 1961 to 1988, she oversaw the development of highly regarded libraries on three campuses. She is well known for her ‘indefatigable spirit, friendship, guidance, passion, and dedication to her profession’, according to the Library Association of Singapore’s (LAS) website.
She was a founder, leader, and active member of the LAS from 1960 - 1991. She served LAS as President, Vice President, Honourable Secretary, Council Member, Editor of the Majallah Perpustakaan Singapura/Singapore Library Journal and member of numerous Committees from Library Education to Library Automation. Mrs Yeap also had a significant influence on Government policy related to libraries through her participation on Ministry of Education Committees. Her service to Singapore led to her being awarded the Public Administration Medal in 1985. Congratulations!
A close second with 63 years membership is Winsome Collingridge. She began working in libraries in 1952 and retired as Manager Library Services Parramatta City Library on the 31st August 1995.
Tasmania held its event on Thursday 20 November 2014 at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts in Hobart. In Tasmania, there were 33 members with more than 25 years membership. In total, that’s 1 345 years of membership!
Thirteen pins were presented to recipients. The longest serving member at the presentation was Alan Rees with 60 years membership.
ALIA member Peter Cohen (far left back row) came to the membership event wearing the ALIA tie. He explained it was the first tie that ALIA ever produced.
Congratulations to all the ALIA 25 year pin recipients!