Robert Knight

Robert Knight OAM

  • ALIA President 2019/2020
  • Life Membership Award by the NSW Public Libraries Association in 2012
  • Library Council of NSW Honour in 2014 


Robert's contribution to ALIA

During his tenure on the ALIA Board, and in the time since then, Robert has undertaken a number of other leadership roles on behalf of the Association.

These include:

  • Promotion of his presidential Leadership theme, aimed at exploring the importance of leadership at all levels of organisations; defining what strong and inclusive leadership looks like; better understanding the importance of workplace diversity; and encouraging those with leadership aspirations to find their voices. 
  • Representation of ALIA at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Athens from 24-29 August.
  • Appointed as an ALIA representative to Books Create Australia – 2018 ongoing
  • Appointed as Chair of the ALIA House Advisory Committee– 2019 ongoing
  • Membership on the following ALIA Committees and Working Groups:
    • Finance and Risk Management Sub-Committee
    • Membership & Awards Sub Committee
    • International Relations Advisory Committee
    • Book Industry & eLending Advisory Committee
    • School Libraries Advisory Committee
    • Future of LIS Education Working Group
    • Library Sector Sustainable Development Goals Roundtable
    • ALIA Excellence Awards Working Group
    • Online Storytime Working Group


At a local, regional and state level

At the local level, Robert has developed the Riverina Regional Library (RRL), where he has been employed as Executive Director since 1993, to be broadly recognised as an exemplar of regional collaboration in NSW. RRL is the largest regional library in NSW in terms of participating councils, of which there are 10. For the member councils, branch libraries, colleagues and constituents at the RRL, Robert’s most significant achievement has been the construction of a robust, service focussed and trusted library service that any region would be proud to lay claim to.  At the regional level, Robert has been heavily involved in the development of libraries in the NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) South-West Zone. At a state level, Robert has been a willing and committed participant in the NSW public library sector throughout his career.  He has made an outstanding contribution to NSWPLA throughout his employment in local government. He has provided a great deal of support to his South-West Zone colleagues and their Councils. From a broader perspective, Robert has also made a significant contribution to the Association in general. 

Robert has exemplified what it means to be a committed library professional who generously shares his skills and expertise for the betterment of libraries and communities Australia wide, and in doing so has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues.