Advisory Committee

The role of the Libraries Australia Advisory Committee (LAAC) is to provide advice on strategic issues which influence:
  • delivery of the Libraries Australia service
  • the broad direction of service development
  • changes occurring in the library community which are likely to affect services.
Users are encouraged to contact any of the LAAC members with their opinions of Libraries Australia. LAAC members also try to keep in touch by attending State/Territory User Group meetings. The LAAC is a mix of elected members and appointed representatives of peak bodies and library sectors who include:

Advisory Committee members are appointed for a 3 year term, and may be reappointed for subsequent terms.

See the paper: LAAC membership guidelines (pdf, 86 KB) for more information.

Advisory Committee members

Geoff Strempel (Chair and Public libraries representative)

Associate Director, Public Library Services
State Library of South Australia
Phone: (08) 8348 2301
Member since July 2008
Present term ends July 2018

JoAnne Sparks (CAUL representative)

University Librarian
Macquarie University
Phone: (02) 9850 7500
Member since March 2013
Present term ends March 2016

Robert Gerrity (CAUL representative)

University Librarian
The University of Queensland
Phone: (07) 3365 6551
Member since October 2014
Present term ends October 2017

Vicki McDonald (NSLA representative)

State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer
State Library of Queensland
Phone: (07) 3840 7861
Member since October 2016
Present term ends October 2019

Dr Craig Anderson (OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council representative)

Craig Anderson
University Librarian
Deakin University
Phone: (03) 5247 9509
Member since July 2013
Present term ends July 2016

Ann Ritchie (Special libraries representative)

Director Library & Literacy
Barwon Health
Phone: (03) 4215 0476
Member since December 2009
Present term ends December 2016

Laurie Atkinson (Government libraries representative)

Director Law Library of Victoria and Supreme Court Librarian
Phone: 0457 847 564
Member since October 2015
Present term ends October 2018

Catherine Kelso (Elected member)

Librarian, Data and Discovery
State Library of Western Australia
Phone: (08) 9427 3430
Member since October 2014
Present term ends October 2017

Alison Oliver (Elected member)

Alison Oliver (Elected member)
Manager, Library & Information Services
City of Rockingham
Phone: (08) 9528 0357
Member since February 2015
Present term ends February 2018

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich (NLA representative)

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich (NLA representative)
Director General
National Library of Australia
Phone: (02) 6262 1262

Amelia McKenzie (NLA representative)

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Assistant Director General, Collections Management
National Library of Australia
Phone: (02) 6262 1672