I am thrilled to announce that I am nominating for IFLA President-elect 2022–23 in the IFLA Extraordinary Elections 2022.
This is a critical time in IFLA’s work as the leading international body representing the interests of people who rely on libraries and information professionals. I affirm my commitment to IFLA and its work.
If elected, I would bring to this important leadership role significant experience as a senior leader who has worked across public, academic and research libraries. I have demonstrated capabilities in strategic planning, governance, risk management and leading transformational change.
I have also been an active member of IFLA since 2004 and was honoured to serve on the IFLA Governing Board 2017–2021.
I am seeking the support of colleagues to nominate and vote for me as President-elect. If elected, I commit to serve IFLA and my fellow members to the best of my ability and always with your needs at the heart of my efforts.
I invite you to explore my website for details of my skills and experience.
Post COVID-19, library associations, library institutions, and library and information professionals will face immense challenges and opportunities. The question is: How will we work together to minimise the former, maximise the latter, and to continue to build the services that are so vital to our communities?
We need the right people, places, collections, funding, policies and technologies, together with a planet that is in better shape for the future. We are all working towards this at local and national levels. Through IFLA we can build on our achievements and make our contribution to the global movement.
My IFLA Journey
My terms on IFLA’s Governing Board as Division Chair and Professional Committee Chair have enabled me to build a strong understanding of the critical issues facing IFLA. If you vote me in as President-elect I commit to serve IFLA and my fellow members to the best of my ability and always with your needs at the heart of my efforts.Read more
My ALIA Commitment
For more than two decades I have been active member, through committee membership, of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), but my participation of ALIA dates from when I first graduated as a librarian in 1988. As a new graduate, I believed it was my professional responsibility to be involved in my professional association and to support its advocacy work through my annual membership.Read more
Visit to National Library of the Republic of Indonesia
On 11 November 2022, I had the opportunity to visit the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. I was met by Mr Syarif Bando, Director of the National Library, and his senior management team. The visit included a tour of the building – including reading rooms, rare books room, and collections areas. It was evident…
Opening of Injinoo Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC)
On Saturday 23 April 2022, I was privileged to attend the official reopening of the Injinoo Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC). Injinoo is the fifth IKC to be opened by the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC), demonstrating NPARC’s commitment to providing library services to one of Queensland’s most remote communities. Unfortunately, the first Injinoo IKC had to be…
Responding to your questions
Candidates for IFLA President-elect 2021-23 were invited to respond to questions from members. My responses appear below. Question 1 – What is your motivation to stand for the role of IFLA President-elect? I have been privileged to enjoy a lifelong career in a profession that is generous and collaborative. But more importantly, it is our commitment to improving…