Patricia Milne

Dr Patricia Milne BA, Grad Dip Arts, MA, PhD, FALIA

  • ALIA Fellowship 2010

The ALIA Board of Directors confers the distinction of Fellow on a member who has reached an exceptionally high standard of proficiency in library and information science, and made a distinguished contribution to the theory or practice of library and information science. Dr Patricia Milne has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library and information science as an educator, researcher and by sharing her knowledge through publication. In these ways she has helped others to become aware of issues facing the profession and encouraged them to explore new directions and ideas to strengthen its intellectual base.

After working as a teacher-librarian, Patricia undertook studies at Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education (now Charles Sturt University) and in 1991 became a sessional lecturer and tutor in the library and information studies program at the University of Canberra. Following a period as Visiting Fellow attached to the University Library at the Australian National University, Patricia was appointed as Lecturer in the Library and Information Studies program and the Knowledge Management program at the University of Canberra. As Program Director, Library and Information Studies, between 1995 and 2000, Patricia remained committed to further her knowledge in the field, gaining a PhD from the University in 1998. Her doctoral thesis 'The effect of enhanced electronic access to information on academics' patterns of scholarly communication at the Australian National University: A case study' inspired a change in practices across Australia to embrace new technology to support the work of scholars. At the time of her retirement in 2008 she was Associate Professor, School of Information Management and Tourism/Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, and also Course Convener for the Master of Knowledge Management (an online course) and for the Knowledge Management stream of the MBA.

As an educator, Patricia has demonstrated energy and enthusiasm in her teaching, design and delivery of programs which have engendered in her students a commitment to promoting library and knowledge management and delivering excellent services. With Belle Alderman, she developed the Partners in Learning (PAL) internship program whereby experienced practitioners assisted in designing individualised learning experiences for LIS students, then mentored the students for the period of their 12 month part-time internship. Further, Patricia has made an important contribution to the discussion on LIS education needs and the role of ALIA and library course providers

During her career Patricia has maintained a focus on excellence in teaching and learning and scholarship, pioneering the development of quality online teaching and learning at the University of Canberra, recognised when she received a New Initiative Grant to facilitate the development of the university's first online course, the Graduate Certificate in Information Access and Delivery.

As a long-standing member, Patricia has contributed significantly to the aims of the Association. As a member of the ACT Branch Council during the 1990s, she served on the committee and led the development of a mentoring program that involved many members of the Branch. From 1997 to 1999, she was joint editor of the ALIA journal ELIS:A, Education Library and Information Services: Australia. She also served as a member of the Program Committee for the ALIA 2000 Conference held in Canberra.

In awarding the distinction of Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association on Patricia Milne, the Association recognises the significant and valuable contribution Patricia has made to education for and development of the library and information services profession in Australia and her dedication to the aims of the Association.