Cheryl Hamill BA, MA, AALIA
Fellowship conferred 2013
The ALIA Board of Directors confers the distinction of Fellow on Cheryl Hamill who has been a leading advocate for health libraries and health librarians in Australia. She has worked tirelessly to enhance the professional status of health librarians and the role of health libraries throughout her career.
Cheryl has been an active member of ALIA for more than 25 years. She became an Associate member in 1987, and was a driving force within ALIA Groups such as WA LAA and the ALIA Medical Libraries Section. She was editor of the health libraries’ national newsletter during the 1990s, WA representative on the first edition National Guidelines for Australian Health Libraries from 1985-1987, and one of the producers of the fourth edition of the guidelines in 2008.
Cheryl helped establish ALIA Health Libraries Australia (HLA) in 2001 and served on the Group’s executive committee through until 2013. During these years, she was the lead author of, or a contributor to, many HLA submissions.
At a local level, colleagues say Cheryl is always available to assist with professional development and to share her knowledge and expertise with others. She is generous with her time, advice and counsel.
Cheryl is currently the Head of Department, Library and Web Services, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service. Here she has developed the library and information service as a leading model for integration and innovation, which will benefit other special libraries.
For her contribution to the health library sector, her service to ALIA and the profession, Cheryl Hamill is a worthy recipient of the distinction of ALIA Fellow.