Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Forbes Macintyre BA MA Ph D

  • Redmond Barry Award 1997 

Professor Stuart Macintyre, Ernest Scott Professor of History at The University of Melbourne, is one of Australia's leading historians and has also made a distinguished contribution to Australian public life.

Professor Macintyre has a deep interest in Australian librarianship and the place of libraries in Australian cultural life and history. He has given distinguished service to the profession, and especially to the affairs of The University of Melbourne Library, the State Library of Victoria and the National Library of Australia.

Stuart Macintyre took out his first degree at The University of Melbourne, with much of his subsequent academic career in the History Department of that University. He has taken a keen interest in, and been involved with, the University Library throughout his time in Melbourne, and given it distinguished service in recent years.

He was Chairman of the University Libraries Committee from 1991 to 1993, and a consultant to the major review of the University Library in 1991. Following the appointment of a new university librarian in that year, he chaired the small committee established to provide expert advice on academic and strategic issues in a period of significant change. He has also been very active in broader library affairs, including chairing the Arts Faculty Library User Committee for many years and participating in the work of the Friends of the Baillieu Library.

Professor Macintyre was a member of the Libraries Board of Victoria from 1990 to 1991, and a member of the Council of the State Library of Victoria from 1989 until its recent abolition. He has a great appreciation of the history and importance of the State Library of Victoria, and has taken a particular interest in the last eight years in the development of the Library's Australian collections and overall collection policies, its publications program and the major building redevelopment program.

His appointment in February to the new Library Board of Victoria, which encompasses the work of the former Council of the State Library of Victoria and is also the principal adviser to the Victorian Government on library policy for the whole State, is public recognition of his commitment to the development of Victorian libraries.

Professor Macintyre served as a member of the National Library Council for three terms, from December 1987 to December 1996, and as deputy chairman of the Council from February 1992. His appointment to a third term, outside the normal 'two term' convention, recognised the strength of the intellectual contribution and the leadership he brought to the Library's affairs. During a time when the Library significantly refocussed its goals he brought wisdom, historical expertise and wide experience to the Council's policy deliberations, proffering advice with insight and sensitivity, and also ably presenting the views of the Australian academic community. His strategic vision of how the National Library of Australia should develop, and in particular meet its custodial and access responsibilities for Australian heritage materials in the broadest sense, is strongly reflected in the 1990 and 1993 Strategic Plans. He strongly encouraged staff at all levels towards high ideals and the pursuit of excellence in National Library of Australia services.

Professor Macintyre has written, spoken and published extensively about Australian librarianship. He has a particular interest in the place of the public library in Australian culture, and issues of professionalism. His major published contributions include two important plenary addresses to the Association's 1992 and 1996 Biennial Conferences, and the Redmond Barry Lecture for the State Library of Victoria in 1994.

Professor Macintyre is a public intellectual, and has a distinguished place in Australian cultural life. His public offices include appointments as chair of the Prime Minister's Civics Expert Group in 1994, membership of the Council of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation since 1991, and President of the Australian Historical Association since 1996. He also sits on the editorial boards of numerous major Australian journals, and is very active in Australian intellectual life.

The Australian library profession benefits greatly when lay persons active in Australian public life interest themselves in our affairs, particularly when they identify themselves publicly with issues and values of central importance to the profession. Professor Macintyre very much does so. He is proud of his work with those libraries whose affairs he has been involved in, and has publicly identified himself with their fortunes and vicissitudes. He has judiciously exercised his influence in their interests and, on occasion, in the broader interests of the profession also, in appropriate political and other circles.

ALIA's General Council may confer the Redmond Barry Award on any person, not eligible to be a professional member of the Association and not employed in a library or information service, who among other criteria has rendered outstanding service to the promotion of libraries and information services and to the Association. Professor Macintyre has a distinguished record of service to three of our major libraries, and to the Association, and to the Australian library profession in wider public forums. He is a vigorous and informed advocate for the continued development of effective Australian library services underpinning scholarship and enriching Australian life and culture. This major contribution to library and information science in Australia makes him a most worthy recipient of the Redmond Barry Award of the Association .

Kerry Smith, President

Virginia Walsh, Executive Director