Wednesday, 16 May 2018, Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) can now announce that two new roads in the ACT will be named Ena Noel Street and Trask Street, recognising the outstanding lifetime achievements of notable teacher librarian Ena Noël OAM and LIS educator Margaret Trask AM.
The streets will be in the residential suburb of Coombs, currently under development in the Molongolo Valley.
Sharing the news at the ALIA AGM, outgoing President Vicki McDonald said, “We are delighted to be able to announce that the ACT Government will be naming two roads in the new suburb of Coombs after legendary librarians. We received the information this afternoon and what better news to share at our AGM, than the fact that two of our esteemed early pioneers have been honoured in this way, in recognition of their notable public service.
“Ena Noël was a member of the Library Association of Australia from 1957, a foundation member of the School Libraries Section (NSW) and a member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She was president for the Australian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) for over 20 years and she was awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1986 for her outstanding service to quality literature and library services for children and young adults.
“Margaret Trask joined the Library Association of Australia in 1956 and became a Fellow in 1969. She is perhaps best known as the foundation head of the School of Library and Information Studies at Kurring-gai College of Advanced Education, later a campus of UTS, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1979.”
Librarian and library educator Margaret Trask AM (1928–2002) contributed to the development of library and information services in Australia and was considered an outstanding leader in the profession. She advocated for improved public and school library services, positioned library services within the expansion of the university sector, established standards and resource-sharing initiatives and redefined librarianship education and training. Trask was a professional member of the Library Association of Australia from 1956. In 1966, as president of the Children's Libraries section of the association, she secured endorsement of a two-year plan aimed at the promotion of improvement of school libraries and school library services. She was responsible for a number of reports which influenced government policy and a member of government committees including the Secondary Schools Libraries Committee, 1968–73. She was awarded Fellowship of the Library Association of Australia in 1969. Trask was foundation head of the School of Library and Information Studies at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education, later a campus of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She was made a major contribution to the life of UTS as a Fellow of the University, Deputy Chancellor and Council Member. Trask was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1979.
Teacher-Librarian & advocate for children’s literature Phillipena (Ena) Noël OAM (1910–2003) advocated for quality literature and library services for children and young adults. She was a member of the Library Association of Australia (LLA – now known as the Australian Library and Information Association) from 1957; the Children's Libraries Section (NSW) from 1959; foundation committee member of the School Libraries Section (NSW) and member, Children's Book Council of Australia (NSW). Noël was president of the Australian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) for over twenty years being affectionately known in Australia as ‘Mrs IBBY’. She was a member of the international executive committee of the organisation from 1982–86. Noël was a respected critic of children's literature and contributed reviews and articles to international journals. She was awarded the ‘Lady Cutler Award’ in 1983 by the Children’s Book Council; the inaugural ‘Ellinor Archer Award’ from LLA in 1984 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1986. In 1994 she founded the ‘Ena Noël Award’ to encourage young emerging writers and illustrators.
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