Meet the 2016 PLA Board
Ian Greenhalgh (New South Wales) *
BA(Hons), GDipArts(Lib&InfoSci), MAppSci(Lib&InfoMan)
I manage the Armidale Dumaresq Library, a public library in NSW serving a local area population of 25 thousand. The Library has the busiest loan rate per head of local area population in country New South Wales, possibly due to a combination of cold winters, a literate local population and an admirable materials budget.
My belief in a Federal role and presence for public libraries has been stimulated by many factors, from the Munn-Pitt report to the potentials of the 2003 Senate Committee on the Role of Libraries in the Online Environment. That belief has driven my local level engagement with National Library initiatives (Armidale was one of very few participants in the initial trial of the Libraries Australia interface, one of the first to adopt the Libraries Australia Document Delivery software, and we currently list more than eighty-two percent of our collection on the national database), and stimulated my continuing commitment to the Board of Public Libraries Australia.
* Artwork by David Greenhalgh
I have been working in libraries since 1990. I commenced as a library assistant and worked my way up to Branch Librarian @ Pine Rivers libraries (now Moreton Bay Regional Libraries). In 2008 I moved to Alice Springs to take up the role of Children’s and Youth Services Librarian. After 12 months, the then Manager retired, and I successfully applied for the Manager role. I am extremely passionate about libraries and the role they play in their communities and was lucky enough to be part of the INELI Cohort 2 for the past 2.5 years. This was an international professional development program run through Global Libraries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The INELI program and the International network we now have, has inspired me to join the PLA Board and be an active part of the development of innovative Public Libraries in Australia.
Sue Henczel (Victoria)
Over a diverse and (mostly) happy career in libraries I have held management and operational positions in government, corporate, academic and public libraries and am now a full time consultant and trainer. I have a long-standing involvement with IFLA and SLA (Special Libraries Association) and have held leadership positions with each of those associations, as well as being an SLA Fellow. I am a member of the Emerald’s Library Management Editorial Board and Book Review Editor and a member of ASLIB (UK) Advisory Council. I am the author of numerous articles, papers, presentations, chapters and a book on library and information management topics.
Why did I join the PLA Board?
I see PLA as the peak body dedicated to representing, supporting and advocating for public libraries in Australia. Throughout my career I have been committed to demonstrating the positive impacts that libraries have on their communities and to participating in the development of effective professional support networks for library staff. I see PLA as being well-placed to support public libraries in each of these areas, and more, at local and regional levels as well as at a national and international level.
Rosalie Dolliver (Western Australia)
Up to four (4) Directors may be appointed by the Elected Board.
These Directors may be sourced from the PLA membership or from library or local government based organisations (see the PLA Constitution for more details)
A Board Vacancy exists for Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania
Executive Officer / Company Secretary
Roger Henshaw (New South Wales)