John Brudenall

John Brudenall BCom, MLib, FLAA

Fellowship conferred 1986

John Brudenall has had a distinguished career in parliamentary librarianship complemented by a wide involvement in professional activities.

Following service in the National Library of Australia from 1960 to 1966, he was appointed to the staff of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in 1966. He has successively held the positions of preparation librarian, chief reference librarian, senior executive officer, assistant parliamentary librarian, head, systems and co-ordination, and deputy parliamentary librarian. His career in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library demonstrates a record of energy, initiative and high professionalism. He was responsible for the operations of the library and legislative information service and implemented the ALERT service, the media subscription service and the concept of subject reference librarians. He was the catalyst in the development of the concept of a network linking Australia's parliamentary libraries. In recent years he has been responsible for the planning of the Parliamentary Library in the new Parliament House to be opened in 1988.

Mr Brudenall has taken a special interest in fostering co-operation between Australia's parliamentary libraries, contributing to each of the conferences held since 1972 and was largely responsible for their organisation for several years. 

John Brudenall has made a very distinguished contribution to the objects and work of the Library Association of Australia. He was president of the Association in 1979 and a member of the executive committee from 1978 to 1980. His term as president was marked by the introduction of an objectives statement for the Association, the adoption of the Statement on free library services to all, formation of the International Relations Committee, founding of the Library Technicians Section and introduction of the quarterly Australian Library Journal. He was president of the ACT Branch in 1976-77, and member of the Board of Education from 1977 to 1984 and its chairman from 1982 to 1984. He was a member and convenor of both the Course Recognition Committee and the Continuing Education Committee in the period from 1978 to 1982, drafted the first procedures for course recognition, and an initial statement of objectives and procedures for continuing education. His active interest in the Association continues and he has been a contributor both to its journals and in thoughtful comments on policy documents.

Mr Brudenall's professional involvement is extensive. He has been a part-time tutor and lecturer in Librarianship at Canberra CAE. He was a member of the National Library's Working Party on Library Services for the Handicapped in 1977 to 1979, which developed comprehensive policy recommendations for library services to the disabled in Australia. He has been a very active member, and now chairman, of the AACOBS Working Party on User Needs since 1983 and chairman of the AACOBS ACT Committee since 1984.

John Brudenall has been one of the major figures in the development of library technician education and employment in this country. He encouraged the establishment of the Library Technicians Section of the Association in 1979, arguing that the Association had a strong role to play in support of technicians. He was a key figure in the development of the curriculum for the Library Technicians Course at Canberra College of TAFE and has been one of the few senior employers to realise the importance of technicians and to actively encourage their integration into the workforce.

The Library Association of Australia believes that John Brudenall's contribution to parliamentary librarianship, to education for librarianship, and to the library profession makes him a most worthy recipient of the award of Fellowship of the Library Association of Australia.