Roxanne Missingham

Roxanne Missingham BSc, Grad Dip Lib, MPA, FALIA

Fellowship conferred 2008

The ALIA Board of Directors is delighted to confer Roxanne Missingham with the distinction of an ALIA Fellowship.

Roxanne’s career has been characterised by a focus on customer services. She has been an early adopter of technology, successfully implementing systems to support customer-focused service models – including automated systems, electronic databases, full-text electronic resources and websites.

She has had a varied and wide ranging career, that has spanned the industry; working in a number of special libraries such as the Australian Nature Conservation Agency, and CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, at the National Library of Australia (NLA) and now in her current position of Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian.

Roxanne was active in the establishment of FLIN (Federal Libraries Information Network) to support and represent the Government Library sector and she continues to take an interest in AGLIN (Australian Government Libraries Information Network) as it is known today. Roxanne is the current chair of Electronic Resources Australia (ERA).

As Chair of the National Resource Sharing Policy Committee (NRSPC) and member of the National Resource Sharing Working Group (NRSWG), Roxanne made a major contribution to projects which resulted in new national interlending guideline, the Australian interlibrary resource sharing (ILRS) code.

During the period 2001 to 2005, Roxanne led the Division in the National Library which managed the national bibliographic database and the Kinetica/Libraries Australia service. Towards the end of this period Roxanne co-managed the major redevelopment program for the Kinetica service.

Through her contribution to the LIS literature Roxanne continues to share her knowledge and expertise with the profession. She has presented on many occasions and has had numerous articles published in the Australian Library Journal, Australian Special Libraries, Australian Academic & Research Libraries, Library Management and Performance Management and Metrics and Libraries in the Twenty-first Century: Charting New Directions in Information Services to name just a few. She has contributed to government submissions and was instrumental in the delivery of the Association’s seminar Digital amnesia - challenges of government online in 2005.

Roxanne has demonstrated untiring energy and enthusiasm contributing to ALIA groups, committees and events and in being an advocate for librarianship in professional and government settings. Her dedication to the profession and support of the Association is continuously highlighted through her expert group membership and her role as Director, Vice-President and then President; ever willing to assist and support colleagues by mentoring them through their growth in roles and positions.

Through her advocacy role with ALIA, Roxanne has promoted the role of the profession in providing for the information needs of all Australian people. She is a champion for all information agencies, special, university and public libraries. Roxanne’s willingness to visit regional Australia, provide strong collegial interaction and support for local ALIA members and others associated with the profession has proven inspirational for people who often feel cut off from the mainstream profession.

During Roxanne’s tenure as President of the Association 2007-2008, she worked tirelessly to ensure that literacy levels remained on the government’s agenda; highlighting the need for the library sector to be seen as major contributors to literacy, information access, business, education and communities across the country.

In conclusion, Roxanne is a most admirable candidate for the award of Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association, having made a notable contribution to library and information industry over several decades. Her professional contributions throughout her career have been characterised by implementation of best practice, development of customer-focused services and processes for collaboration and cooperation within the library community.