Australia Day 2018 Honours List

Former ALIA President Margaret Allen has been awarded a Public Service Medal ‘for outstanding public service to the libraries sector in Western Australia’, in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List.
Margaret is CEO of the State Library of WA and State Librarian, and has been an active Member of ALIA and IFLA for many years, supporting both organisations at the highest levels. ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, "This well-deserved award will be welcomed by Margaret's many friends and colleagues in the library sector, in WA, nationally and internationally."
Recognition has also been given to the outstanding work of Kevin Bradley, at the National Library of Australia (Public Service Medal), to Leah Mann, former CEO of the State Library of Victoria and State Librarian, and to Dr Judith Slocombe, former CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, which established the eSmart Libraries program.
More details below, and to view full lists, visit the Governor General's website.


Ms Leah MANN, Malvern Vic 3144
For significant service to community welfare and youth organisations, to library services and programs, and to public administration.
Service includes:
Chief Executive Director, The Queens Trust for Young Australians, (now the Foundation for Young Australians), 1994-2001.
State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Victoria, 1989-1993.
Board Member, Jewish Museum of Australia, 1994-1999.
Department for Community Welfare, South Australia Deputy Chief Executive, 1985-1989. Regional Director, 1982-1985. Director, Community Planning Services, 1981-1982.
Past Council Member, Hartley College of Advanced Education, (now the University of South Australia), 1981-1985.
Past Board Member of a range of community organisations including: Queen Victoria Hospital, South Australia, 1984-1987. Adelaide Hebrew Congregation, 1985-1989. Nat Solomon Homes for the Aged, South Australia, 1975-1989.
Honorary Social Worker, South Australian Jewish Welfare Society, 1975-1989.

Dr Judith Marion SLOCOMBE, Strathmore Vic 3041
For significant service to the community through child protection programs, and to veterinarian science as a clinician, innovator and mentor.
Service includes: Chief Executive Officer, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, 2005-2016 (administers the National Centre Against Bullying).
Group General Manager Pathology, Gribbles Group, 2004.
General Manager, Gibbles Veterinary Pathology, 2002-2004.
Owner and Managing Director, Victorian Veterinary Pathology Services, 1989-2001.
Chair, Lort Smith Animal Hospital, 2001-2012.
Director, Children's Rights International, since 2014.
Director, Leadership Victoria, since 2013.
Director, Agriculture Victoria Services, 2005-2016 and Chair, Photogene.
Director, Open Universities Australia, 2005-2013 and Chair, Human Resources Committee.
Director, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, since 2015 and Chair Community Development Committee. Director, Fight MND, since 2017.
Director, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, since 2012.
Director, South East Water, 2008-2013.
Director, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, 2003-2006 and Chair, Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Director, VicHealth, 2002-2005.
Chair, Consumer Advisory Panel, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, since 2014. Member, Australian Government Consultative Working Group on Cybersafety, 2007-2015.
Fellow, The Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fellow, The Australian Institute of Management.
Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 2011. Recipient, Centenary Medal, for 'service to Australian society in business leadership,' 2000.

Mr Kevin James BRADLEY, Ainslie ACT 2602
For outstanding public service through the digital preservation of audio visual heritage material.
Mr Bradley has been the driving force in the development of innovative approaches to preserving, and providing Australians with access to, the National Library of Australia's significant collection of unique oral history and folklore recordings. He has developed a fifteen-year plan to digitally preserve the National Library's audio collection, recognising that the imminent obsolescence of play back equipment risked the future loss of unique heritage. No other cultural institution is as far advanced in digital preservation of its audio collections, and the National Library's outcomes have been achieved entirely within existing resources. He is a world expert in the preservation and digitisation of audio visual archival heritage material and was President and Executive member of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and UNESCO's Memory of the World Subcommittee on Technology and Information for All Programme Technical Committee. As Vice-Chair of the IASA Technical Committee, and with their input and support, Mr Bradley edited and wrote much of the content of the 'Guidelines for the production and preservation of digital audio objects' which has become an international standard.

Ms Margaret Joan ALLEN, Churchlands WA 6018
For outstanding public service to the libraries sector in Western Australia.
Ms Allen began her career in a public library where she was involved in developing a library management system. Subsequently she was appointed to the position of Associate Director and then Acting Director at the State Library of South Australia where she transformed the organisation as it transitioned to new accommodation and included the development and implementation of a new service delivery model. In 2004, she was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and State Librarian where she is responsible for the strategic leadership of library services in Western Australia, the operation of the SLWA, and its partnership with local governments for the delivery of public library services. During her time in the role she has demonstrated a strong commitment to early childhood reading and literacy as illustrated by her leadership of the highly successful 'Better Beginnings' program. The program has been run by the SLWA since 2004 in partnership with the State Government, local governments and industry partners. 'Better Beginnings' now reaches over 60,000 families each year throughout Western Australia. She has also actively participated in the Australian copyright reform debates and remains committed to the objective of reforms that ensures fair access. Ms Allen's work in the fields of literacy, Indigenous heritage, copyright, and her support of library and information science education and emerging leaders is well above the norm.


Friday 26 January 2018 10:00am