Averill Margaret Bruen Edwards was a past-President of ALIA (1989) and of the ACT Branch, a stalwart ALIA member, committee member and contributor for decades, and was the AGM Parliamentarian on several occasions before her move to Sydney in 2013. Averill was also General Secretary of the Library Association of Australia from 1982 to 1985.
Ms A M B EDWARDS – President 1989: Brief note inCite Jan 1997 p9.
Averill Edwards was the first President of the Australian Library and Information Association. She oversaw the construction of the new ALIA National Office ensuring that the building reflected ALIA member requirements.
Edwards was involved with the Library Association of Australia since 1961, acting on Branch Council for many years. She was also convenor of the By-laws and Regulations Committee for three years. She saw her presidency as a time to concentrate on consolidating the foundations of the new Association.
A full biography was published in Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 24 June, 2016.
Her papers are held by the National Library of Australia.