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 committee consists of:

  • 2 representatives from the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), selected by CAUL
  • 1 representative from National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), selected by NSLA
  • 1 ex-officio representative from the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council, generally (but not necessarily) from the university sector
  • 1 representative from an Australian special library; selection coordinated by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • 1 representative from an Australian public library; selection coordinated by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • 3 ex-officio representatives from the National Library of Australia.

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

See the LAAC Terms of Reference 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 2019

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)

Phone: (03) 4215 0476
Member since December 2009
Present term ends December 2016

Laurie Atkinson (Government libraries representative)

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

Marie-Louise Ayres (NLA representative)

Marie-Louise Ayres (NLA representative)
Director General
National Library of Australia
Phone: (02) 6262 1390

Amelia McKenzie (NLA representative)

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

Kevin Bradley (NLA representative)

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Acting Assistant Director General, National Collection Access
National Library of Australia
Phone: (02) 6262 1202