Alan Bundy BA DipEd MLitt MLib AFAIM FALIA
Brief note inCite Jan 1997 p9
Alan Bundy was the last President of LAA, before it was granted its new Royal Charter to become ALIA. Bundy began his library career in the City of Perth libraries in 1966. By 1969 he was Senior Branch Librarian before moving into the college library sector. He contributed greatly to the literature of Australian Librarianship - publishing across the spectrum of library endeavour.
Alan Bundy has made a distinguished contribution to the theory and practice of librarianship in Australia and to the objects and work of the Australian Library and Information Association. The contribution is characterised by energy and innovation. His major achievements are in the areas of publishing, clearinghouses and databases, continuing education and innovations in library services and administration.
He began his career in the City of Perth Libraries in 1966, becoming branch librarian in 1968 and senior branch librarian in the City of Melville Libraries in 1969. After entering the College Library sector in Perth in 1969 as the College Librarian of the Technical Education Division, he became chief librarian of the Footscray Institute of Technology in 1974. Since 1983, he has been the College Librarian at the South Australian College of Advanced Education.
He has contributed immensely to the literature of Australian librarianship: through his own extensive writing and by his publishing activities, including initiating, editing and publishing journals, directories, monographs and other works. He has published across the spectrum of library Endeavour implementing publishing programs in his libraries and jointly founding and operating Auslib Press with his wife, Judith. A particular initiative as SACAE was the development of a Research and Development Register for the College, which is published annually by the library and is much used and appreciated by the academic staff.
In addition to his publishing activities, Alan Bundy has initiated a number of clearinghouses and databases, the most significant of these being ACHLIS, the Australian Clearinghouse for Library and Information Science established at FIT in 1982 and transferred to SACAE in 1983. Published and unpublished Australian material in library and information science is collected, and indexed and abstracted for the annual publication Australian library and information science abstracts and for online access through AUSINET and LISA. ACHLIS is an invaluable resource for making the nation's professional literature accessible. He initiated two other clearinghouses namely ACHPIRST (Australian Clearinghouse for Publications in Recreation, Sport and Tourism) and WESTDOC (Western Region of Melbourne documentation), both of which have produced electronic and print data of value to the profession.
In the area of continuing education, Alan Bundy has initiated a program of annual national seminars on a wide variety of topics. These have been organised by staff at his last two libraries as part of their own professional development. Recognition has come from beyond the library sector, with Alan having been invited to be a member of the Working Party for the Commonwealth Review of Higher Education in Libraries.
Alan Bundy has also contributed to the development of school libraries, serving as a library consultant for the School Commission from 1978 to 1984.
Alan Bundy has been an energetic and enthusiastic contributor to the objects and work of the Association throughout his career, with his most significant contributions coming from his term as president of the South Australian Branch and then as national president. His contributions to the South Australian Branch were many and long-lasting. They include the initiation of regular meetings with the Minister the initiation and initial sponsorship of the Val Gould Award for School Community Libraries and his campaign for Freedom of Information. Alan was the last president of the Library Association of Australia, before it was granted its new Royal Charter to become the Australian Library and Information Association. He had suggested and gained wide support for the new name. It was also during Alan's presidency that the Association decided to commence construction of a new national headquarters building in Canberra. Alan had been a strong supporter of this proposal. Further, it was during his presidency that the Association hosted the first IFLA conference to be held in Australia. His many initiatives include the Information for the Nation campaign, the first national Forum on Library Promotion, the first Industrial Forum and the Library Technician of the Year Award.
His achievements and leadership, both in the profession and the Association, make him a most worthy recipient of this Fellowship and the Australian Library and Information Association.
Throughout his career, Dr Alan Bundy has demonstrated an outstanding personal and professional commitment to the library and information sector. He has channelled his energy and selfless dedication to the affairs of the Association and to a wide range of activities within the profession. His ability to influence and inspire others has gained him the respect and esteem of his colleagues both in Australia and overseas.
Alan's career in librarianship began in 1966 in the City of Perth libraries. In 1968 he was appointed branch librarian and, in the following year, senior branch librarian in the City of Melville Libraries. Alan moved to the college sector in 1969 when he was appointed college librarian of the Technical Education Division (WA) and in 1974, he took up the position of chief librarian of the Footscray Institute of Technology. From 1983 he was college librarian at the South Australian College of Advanced Education and in 1992 became university librarian at the University of South Australia.
During his term at the University of South Australia library Alan Bundy has helped raise the profile of Australian libraries overseas. He has overseen the establishment of Libtrain, the Library's Australian and international training and consultancy arm, and the provision of high-quality resource support for the University's twinning agreement with the University of Fort Hare Library in South Africa. Alan has also had primary responsibility in local and overseas consultancies which include the upgrade of library services in Indonesian Islamic universities, redevelopment of the Luther Seminary Library in Adelaide and of the newly-amalgamated City of Onkaparinga libraries which include public, TAFE and school joint-use facilities.
The announcement in 1997 that the University of South Australia would be home to the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre which is focussed on the library can be attributed largely to Alan Bundy's commitment to innovation and excellence in library and information services.
Just as Alan promotes the need for accessible library services, so too does he actively promote librarians as the means by which their clients can become information-literate. His initiatives in promoting information literacy as an issue for Australian society have included organisation of conferences, publishing and advocacy to government and other enterprises. He sees a strong connection between the provision of accessible, responsive library services and well educated librarians and information professionals. He believes that professional librarians must have both an initial and a continuing education which allows them to appreciate and respond to the needs of the communities they serve. His long involvement as a member of the advisory committees of the Adelaide Institute of TAFE Library Technician and University of South Australia Library and Information Studies degree courses attests his commitment to excellence in education for library and information services. In the workplace the encouragement and support he affords his staff enables them to maximise opportunities for professional development.
As a library professional Alan has always been committed to the development of library services and to the provision of accessible library services across a wider range of sectors than the ones in which he has been employed. As a library consultant for the Schools Commission from 1978 to 1984, he contributed to the development of school library services. His ongoing interest in the school sector is exemplified through his work in the establishment of the National Australian Periodicals Services for Schools in 1993 by the University of South Australia. This initiative, now conducted with the support of the National Library of Australia, has enabled the more than 150 participating school libraries across the country to offer improved client-service.
A long-term advocate of library services Alan has lobbied all levels of government, most particularly about public libraries and joint-use school community libraries and has published widely in these fields. His PhD dissertation which explored joint-use libraries and his continuing work with Professor Larry Amey from the School of Communication and Information Studies, University of South Australia, has enhanced the international reputation of South Australia in this area of library service. A significant aspect of Alan's contribution to the literature of the profession has been the publications of Auslib Press which he jointly founded and operates with his wife, Judith. Familiar titles from Auslib Press include APLIS, the public libraries journal, Australian libraries: an essential directory and the Challenges in librarianship series. Another initiative of Alan's, the Australian Clearing House of Library and Information Science, has operated continuously since 1982 and forms the basis of the annual publication Australian Library and Information Science Abstracts.
Throughout his professional career Alan Bundy has made an outstanding contribution to the Association. As president of the South Australian Branch, he secured the initial sponsorship of the Branch's Val Gauld Award for School Community Libraries and developed the campaign for Freedom of Information. In 1988 he served as president of the Association, the last year it was known as the Library Association of Australia, and was responsible for suggesting and gaining member support for the change of name to the Australian Library and Information Association. He also played a major role in the successful decision to relocate the Association from Sydney to Canberra. During his presidency, the Association hosted the first IFLA Conference to be held in Australia. The Information for the Nation campaign, the first National Forum on Library Promotion, the first Industrial Forum and the institution of the Library Technician of the Year Award were the results of his initiatives. He is currently convening the Information Literacy Special Interest Group established in late-1997.
Alan Bundy has served the library and information profession in Australia and the Association with great distinction in his professional career. He has striven to improve access, deepen understanding and educate both his professional colleagues and the wider community to the nation's need for accessible library services. He has remained committed to fostering the professional interests and aspirations of library and information sector staff. At all times he has continued to innovate and to strive for excellence in library and information services. The HCL Anderson Award is the highest honour which the Association can bestow on a librarian. Dr Alan Bundy is a most-worthy recipient of the Award.