Vanessa Little

Vanessa Little BA Lib Stud., Grad Dip Bus Admin, AALIA, FLGMA

Information provided for Board nomination 2011

Present Position

Director, Libraries ACT, was appointed to the position in October 2007.  She developed with the community and staff a vision for the ACT as a learning city, which has been presented to the ACT Government for consideration

Previous Positions

Previously Vanessa was the General Manager, Learning Community with Hume City Council in Melbourne. She was recruited to lead a unique program adopted by Hume to address social and economic disadvantage through libraries and learning called the Hume Global Learning Village. Hume won the 2005 National Award for Excellence in Local Government, for the program. Vanessa has been guest speaker in Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and Australia on this program.  Vanessa was Senior Policy Advisor to the South Australian Government on internet uptake in various sectors.  In the mid 90’s, Vanessa was Associate Director of the State Library of South Australia, managing South Australia’s Public Libraries Information Network (PLAIN).

Professional activities

  • Member, Public Libraries Advisory Committee ALIA
  • Deputy Chair National Year of Reading; Member
  • ACT Government Homelessness Accord

Professional Concerns 

More than ever our profession involves adding value to our clients and making a significant contribution to the strategic objectives of our organisations.

We are at a time when there are many opportunities unfolding for librarians in all sectors.  The lifelong learning movement, increasingly important to the social and economic agendas of our governments, offers libraries and librarians from academic, special, state, national public and school library sectors a potential policy framework within which to collaborate. 

A number of local and regional areas have already implemented place-based local development, involving collaboration across universities, TAFEs, private companies, state and national government agencies and local councils.  All of these organisations have libraries and in a number of cases it is the librarians who are the driving force behind the policies and collaboration to benefit local communities and economies.

Therefore, I don’t have ‘professional concerns’. Instead, I see an unprecedented chance for our profession to collaborate across sectors to address local and national issues and further embed the library profession in the strategic objectives of governments and communities.