Barrie Mitcheson

Barrie Mitcheson

  • ALIA Fellowship 1987   
  • LAA President 1983

From inCite 6 November 1987, p. 12

General Council at its meeting on 5 September endorsed recommendations for Fellowship Awards which were made by the Board of Education.

Barrie Mitcheson has had a distinguished career in academic librarianship. Following four years' employment at the Lake Macquarie Shire Library, he worked at the University of Newcastle Library from 1964-74, becoming Assistant University Librarian, Serials.

Mr Mitcheson was appointed to the Australian National University Library in 1974 as Head Cataloguer. He was concurrently appointed Acting Assistant Librarian, Administration and Technical Services, Acting Life Sciences Librarian and Technical Services Librarian. He was appointed Assistant Librarian at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1976 and was promoted to Institute Librarian in 1981, a position which he still holds.

Under Mr Mitcheson's leadership, RMIT library has come to be recognised as a well planned and forward thinking institution which has achieved much in a difficult resource situation.

Mr Mitcheson has participated widely in professional activities. He has been a member of the National Committee, Standing Committee and Sub-Committee on Library Automation of the Association of Librarians in Colleges of Advanced Education. He was one the key figures in the foundation of the Victorian Association for Library Automation and its Chairman in 1976. He has been a member the Victorian Standing Committee of AACOBS since 1981, the AACOBS National Council since 1984 and the AACOBS Standing Committee since 1985. To all these activities he has brought energy, enthusiasm, strong professional commitment and wise counsel.

Mr Mitcheson has made a distinguished contribution to the work of the LAA. He was President in 1983 and a member of General Council in 1980 and again from 1982-84. He was a member of the LAA's Futures Committee and an Associate Examiner for the Registration examination. Mr Mitcheson was instrumental in inviting the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) to hold its conference in Australia in the Bicentennial year and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the conference organising committee. He has made a major contribution to the work of the committee and has represented the Association at several IFLA conferences.

Mr Mitcheson has published over 15 papers. In conjunction with Vanessa Bourne and Michael Hill he produced Library and Information Work: the Employment Market a major survey of the library work force in 1983.

Mr B Mitcheson, President 1983:  Brief note inCite Jan 1997 p9.

Barrie Mitcheson was concerned with the continuing development of librarians as a professional force. He recognised that libraries exist in a dynamic environment and to meet the challenges of maintaining services involved not only professional development, but also representation by librarians in the development of information technology.

Before being elected president in 1983, Barrie Mitcheson was heavily involved in LAA activities at the branch level, served as the Victorian General Councillor and was a member of the LAA General Council Manpower Sub­ committee.