Craig Anderson

Dr Craig Anderson BSc, GDipLibSc, GDipMan, MBus, PhD, FALIA

Fellowship conferred 2013

The ALIA Board of Directors confered the distinction of Fellow on Dr Craig Anderson who has shown exceptional leadership and support for professional collaboration throughout his career.

Craig was involved with Australia’s first and most successful community network, VicNet. VicNet was available to the community for internet and information technology access.

Some of Craig’s career highlights involve working as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library during a period of local government amalgamation and competitive tendering. During this turbulent time, Craig was able to grow and strengthen the services of the library.  Craig was the chair of the CAVAL Board of Directors when the CAVAL Archival and Research Material (CARM 2) project was initiated.  CARM 2 was a $14 million dollar project that enabled the CARM centre to triple in capacity.

Craig’s leadership abilities allowed him to create sustainable futures for both CAVAL and ALIA. During his time at CAVAL, Craig oversaw major constitutional change and implemented a new board of directors with a greater depth and spread of knowledge and skills to support CAVAL in a more dynamic way.

While President of ALIA in 1999, Craig implemented many important constitutional changes. These changes led to ALIA having a flexible board of directors, dynamic and self-nominating groups, a National Policy Congress system and a solid basis for future changes. While these changes had been attempted previously, Craig’s determination and passion helped to create a sustainable future for ALIA. Craig also oversaw the implementation of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme.

Craig also worked as the University Librarian at RMIT University where he was a passionate advocate for the library and information sector and a life-long learner. He completed his PhD in 2012. His thesis, ‘Barriers and enablers to teachers’ adoption of online teaching at an Australian University’ explores the uptake of online teaching in a university context.

Craig has made, and continues to make, a distinguished contribution to not only the practice of library and information science, but also the sustainability of the industry and its associations. Craig is a deserving recipient of the distinction of Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association.