Patti Manolis

Patti Manolis OAM AALIA

  • Past President of Public Libraries Victoria
  • Inductee into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women
  • Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 
  • Awarded the Margery C Ramsay Scholarship

Patti Manolis was the Chief Executive Officer of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) a role she held from December 2006 until March 2021. GRLC provides public library services to the community across four member municipalities – City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe and Golden Plains Shire. These services are delivered from a growing network of 17 branch libraries and two mobile libraries, extensive e-services via the website and employing over 170 staff. The network includes the iconic and multi-award winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.  

In her fourteen years as CEO of GRLC Patti has led a major transformation of all services and infrastructure within the library service with the GRLC now recognised nationally and internationally as an industry sector leader. Over $100m+ additional capital and operational funding has been invested into the service delivering seven new libraries, a further six redevelopments and an extensive array of specialist services, new and emerging technologies, lifelong learning and cultural programs.

Patti is a member of the State Library Victoria’s Advisory Committee on Public Libraries and other recent activities include membership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s inaugural cohort International Network of Emerging Library Innovators, Past President of Public Libraries Victoria and its representative on ALIA’s Australian Public Libraries Alliance. She has been a key member of statewide projects including ‘Libraries Building Communities’, ‘Dollars, Sense and Public Libraries’ and ‘Advocate.’

On 7 March 2016 Patti was one of 20 inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her achievements in public libraries and communities. On 10 June 2019 Patti was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Library and Information Services sector.

Other activities include being awarded the State Library of Victoria’s Margery C Ramsay Scholarship which she used to explore library developments in Timor-Leste. As a result of the study tour Patti went on to establish Libraries for Timor-Leste Inc and was its president for 10 years raising awareness and funds to support public library services in the new nation following independence.

Patti has worked in public libraries for four decades since the age of fifteen when she secured a role as a casual library assistant at Carringbush Regional Library. Public libraries have had a profound effect in her personal and professional life.  She believes strongly that they are an essential ingredient in the recipe for individual and community wellbeing.