Warwick Cathro

Dr Warwick Cathro BSc (Hons), PhD, Dip Lib

  • Recipient of the HCL Anderson Award 2012

The National Library of Australia's Trove discovery service and its newspaper digitisation project are synonymous with the name Warwick Cathro. Warwick has been highly active in the library and information sector since the 1970s, and these two projects are the most recent examples of his drive and commitment to ensuring that all Australians have access to their own piece of history.

Warwick embraced the opportunities of the digital age and has led complex and innovative projects such as these with enthusiasm and determination. Former colleagues say he has a particular skill for harnessing and managing the creative talents of the people around him, to produce exciting outcomes.

Central to his achievements has been his tireless work in fostering collaboration, not only within the library sector, but also with other cultural agencies and government departments. He understood that in the digital age, the real value and strength of Australian library collections could only be realised if they could be searched and found in the broader context of related resources.

This broad perspective, resulting in the involvement of non-traditional partners, was a key force behind the shaping of Trove. Warwick's technical expertise, knowledge and leadership placed the Australian Bibliographic Network (ABN) team in a very sound position to achieve this master stroke for Australian Libraries. The ABN enabled libraries to share the costs involved with processing their collections and to share collections at a national level through inter library lending arrangements.

His extraordinary work in developing and implementing standards; advancing innovative solutions; championing national sectoral infrastructure and encouraging communication and debate in the profession, place Warwick Cathro among the most important Australian library and information practitioners of our time.