We are very sad to advise that ALIA Member, Pat Gallaher, died yesterday afternoon.
Pat joined ALIA in 1965 and was for a very long time the regional librarian at Geraldton Library in WA.
She was also a Member and Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia. In 2003, she was awarded an OAM for services to the arts and to the community - particularly as a regional librarian.
Pat was pivotal in establishing ALIA’s ‘Celebrations and Acknowledgement’ project – so important in recognising the contributions of members.
Pat was an ALIA member just short of 50 years. On 20 May 2014 during Library and Information Week, she was awarded a 25 Year Pin for which she felt 'so honoured' and had 'great memories' of the evening.
She was also awarded a Silver Pin – well overdue for she had been a foundation member of ALIA Retirees group. Pat only retired from ALIA Retirees in late May this year, welcoming Kerry Smith as her successor.
Most recently, she was a committed and energetic volunteer at the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA).
CEO and State Librarian of SLWA, Margaret Allen, has advised that sadly she was was due to receive her five-year volunteer service recognition at yesterday's volunteers' lunch.
Pat will be fondly remembered as a staunch and vocal supporter of SLWA and the WA public library network.