Liz Walkley-Hall*

Associate Director, Engagement & Scholarly Communications, Flinders University

*Liz is a candidate for General Director

What motivated you to seek election as an ALIA Director?

I have been a long standing ALIA Member of 25+ years.  Over that time I’ve had the privilege to contribute to many of the Association’s activities at a local and national scale. I am motivated to take the next step to become an ALIA Director so I can continue to contribute to the development of our professional association. We are at a pivotal moment of the Association’s history, and I would work to support the Association to not only deliver on its current goals and but also to develop its future.

What skills and experience would you bring to the Board?

I am an experienced library administrator. My current role requires me to be across budget and finance, human resources and staffing, governance and policy. In conjunction, have a background in a range of library roles, giving me a broad professional perspective. I have a particular interest in workforce planning and development as well as a personal commitment to mentoring the next generation of information professionals, which I have sought to do both formally and informally.

What are the three most important issues currently facing ALIA or the LIS workforce?

This is a tough question! I write this response believing our issues are also opportunities. If our issue is our relevance in the face of ever-improving AI tools, then our opportunity arises to deliver what AI can’t – the human connection. If the issue is that we face ever-decreasing collection budgets, we must explore and deliver on opportunities in the open access realm. If our issue is the increasing complexity of library work, then the opportunity develops to deliver professional development and ensure there is a greater diversity in our library roles. I believe there is a strong future for our libraries and our library workforce, and that our profession will be stronger for working together.