James Dwyer

JG Dwyer

  • HCL Anderson Award 1976
  • Fellow of the LAA 1982

HCL Anderson Award, inCite vol. 8, no. 10, 19 June 1976, p. 1

Mr Jim Dwyer is well known for his extensive contribution to the field of school librarianship and in particular for his expertise in the areas of joint libraries and networking in school libraries. His involvement with schools began as a teacher in Melbourne, Hobart and Perth. He later worked as a librarian in the National Library and the Canberra Public Library Service, reaching the position of Deputy Public Librarian and Acting Public Librarian.

In 1964 he was appointed to the position of supervisor of the School Libraries Branch of the South Australian Department of Education. Under his guidance the school community library movement has flourished in South Australia.

Mr Dwyer has travelled extensively overseas to develop his expertise at an international level. He has contributed  to many seminars and journals on the subject of school librarianship. In 1978 the Schools Commission invited him to undertake a three-month survey of Australian school/community libraries. In 1981 he became a member of the Joint Use Libraries Evaluation Committee established by the South Australian Departments of Education and Local Government and was largely responsible for the report produced by this committee. In late 1981 he became a member of the National Joint Use Libraries Review Committee established by the Schools Commission.

Mr Dwyer was appointed to the South Australian Library Advisory Committee in 1983 as the nominee of the Minister for Education. Since 1984 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCIS (the national schools automated cataloguing service) first as Deputy Chairman and later as Chairman. Thanks, in part, to his enthusiasm and perseverance, ASCIS is now fully functional with membership in every state. In 1985 he became inaugural Convener of the Department of Education's Library Resource Curriculum Committee.

As organiser in South Australia of the Association's 50th birthday celebrations, Jim Dwyer has continued his long-standing involvement with the LAA. He was inaugural President of the South Australian Group  of the School Libraries Section in 1966-67 and President of the Association in 1981. In 1982 he was made a Fellow of the LAA.