ALIA Victoria


ALIA Victoria facilitates communication and networking among Victorian library and information professionals through formal and informal funtions. ALIA Victoria aims to be an advocate and representative for ALIA members in Victoria, and encourages links with related professional bodies via joint functions. Activities include events relating to professional issues affecting all special interest areas.



ALIA Victoria group biographies

James Baker

I’m a librarian at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Victoria’s oldest library, where I handle the cataloguing, website, social media, and graphic novels acquisitions. I am also the eSmart Coordinator for the library.

I’m passionate about libraries as spaces for a wide range of activities, including sharing interests, participating in events, and discovering (and rediscovering) the value of play. I believe that these can be achieved without taking away from the traditional role of libraries to distribute learning and enjoyment through the medium of the printed word.

I am a member of the NLS9 organising committee and when I’m taking a break from my involvement with libraries I’m a leader with the Venturer section of Scouts.

Ellen Coates

I’m the collections librarian at the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library. The PMI is a specialist history library and I love being involved in actively preserving and protecting the history of Victoria.

I’m on the organisational committee for NLS9 as well as Librarians for Refugees, and I joined ALIAVic because I believe interconnectedness across the GLAMR sector is essential (and I love meeting other GLAMR people).

I’m an historian (medieval history nerd) and a writer. I run the blog Historical Ragbag, it’s a mixture of medieval and Australian history, and I write fiction. I can be found on twitter at @BiblioEll

Michael Barry – Group Secretary

I’m fairly new to the library industry, completing the library technician diploma only in 2016. I have a background in office administration, scheduling, and secretarial duties, which means I’m a natural fit for the role of secretary of the ALIAVic group.

I’m an avid supporter of ALIA and of the library industry. One of the things I’m most interested in is encouraging new librarians and library students to engage with ALIA’s programs and events, and to participate in ALIA’s professional development and mentoring schemes.

Outside of libraries I also enjoy training kung fu, experimenting with fictional languages, wistfully daydreaming of the Dewey Decimal system being replaced by a classification scheme that is intuitive and user-friendly, and using the Oxford comma.

Kim Wilson – Group Treasurer

I am a passionate Library Technician who over many years has worked in a public library, special library and now I am currently employed at the State Library of Victoria.

Previously I was a committee member and Treasurer of the ALIA Victorian Library Technician Group, however I needed a change of scenery and this is why I joined the ALIAVic Group.

I am looking forward to meeting new people within the library industry, participate in new challenges and learn new technologies.

Renee Whitehead

Renee is a student in her final year at Charles Sturt University. She is a passionate bibliophile and loves exploring new technology in regards to media and data management. She also enjoys the research process and learning new information she never knew before! Renee is looking forward to a long and stimulating career in the GLAM sector and thoroughly enjoys being on the ALIAVIC Committee.


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Melbourne, Victoria