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

(08) 8348 2301 1672

Member since July 2008

Present term ends July 2018

JoAnne Sparks (CAUL representative)

JoAnne Sparks (CAUL representativeUniversity Librarian
Macquarie University

(02) 9850 7500

Member since March 2013

Present term ends March 2016

Robert Gerrity (CAUL representative)

University Librarian
The University of Queensland

(07) 3365 6551

Member since October 2014

Present term ends October 2017

Dr Alex Byrne (NSLA representative)

 Dr Alex Byrne (NSLA representative)NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive
State Library of New South Wales

(02) 9273 1414

Member since February 2012

Present term ends February 2015

Dr Craig Anderson (OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council representative)

Craig AndersonUniversity Librarian
RMIT University  

Phone: (03) 9925 2543

Member since July 2013
Present term ends July 2016

Ann Ritchie (Special libraries representative)

Ann Ritchie (Special libraries representative)Manager, Regional Health Library Development Manager
Barwon Health

(03) 4215 0476

Member since December 2009

Present term ends December 2016

Rosa Serratore (Government libraries representative)

Rosa Serratore (Government libraries representative)Chief Librarian, National Meteorological Library
Bureau of Meteorology

(03) 9669 4472

Member since November 2010

Present term ends November 2016


Catherine Kelso (Elected member)

Rosa Serratore (Government libraries representative)

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)

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich (NLA representative)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

(02) 6262 1262

Amelia McKenzie (NLA representative)

Liz Burke (CAUL representative)
Assistant Director General, Collections Management

National Library of Australia

Phone: (02) 6262 1672