The group aims to maintain the connection between retirees, to encourage engagement in the profession, to recognise retirees' achievements, to ensure their professional interests and aspirations are fostered, and to encourage members retiring from the profession to remain involved with the Association. By doing so, the group aims to assist in the long-term future of the Association.
Retired from work but don’t want to lose touch? Joining ALIA WA Retirees is a great way to keep in touch and at the same time continue to contribute to the library and information profession.
Our theme is staying connected.
Staying connected enables us to keep in touch with colleagues and with libraries we have worked in and to renew connections with former friends. To facilitate this we host occasional social events in various locations in WA. Our group has been going for quite some time and in earlier years was under the stewardship of the late and much respected librarian Pat Gallaher http://alia.org.au/patricia-gallaher
Here is what we got up to in 2019:
- Our New Year coffee at our usual haunt the First Edition café at the State Library of WA was on 15 March 2019. It was a good turnout and amongst our gossipy discussions, we were thinking about library visit/s to refurbished libraries. We had another coffee meeting in July before our library visit mentioned below. And our chats include discussions on all sorts of library matters including a proposal, that fortunately went nowhere, to amalgamate WA cultural institutions, and which ALIA had taken a position on https://www.alia.org.au/news/18559/alia-expresses-concern-about-proposed-amalgamation-wa-cultural-institutions
- One of our retirees Bernadette Waugh, former librarian at CSIRO and other special libraries, together with her husband Russell each received an OAM in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours list, see: https://www.communitynews.com.au/midland-reporter/news/swan-view-couple-awarded-the-medal-of-the-order-of-australia/
- Member Julie Ham organized a visit to the refurbished Riverton Library in October which a few of us were able to make:
- And our last event for the year was a Christmas lunch at a metropolitan Perth pub: the Albion Hotel in Cottesloe – a lovely historical venue where some of us started off in “the tram” without air conditioning but then moved to a cooler part of the restaurant for Christmas cheer. We also welcomed some new members to our group. One reason we decided on The Albion as a venue was because it had come up that conversations that were underway regarding the funding of The Grove Library (a partnership of 3 local governments) and we thought we should meet nearby so that we could be updated on the matter.
So now its onto 2020
Convenor, ALIA WA Retirees