Reference Group

Managing Operational and Management Issues

The reference group is a section in charge of the discussion and dealing with our project’s operational and management issues. Our project reference group is established to critically appraise the execution process and the effectiveness of the outcomes. The group also examines the team professional or industry experience.

Our reference group consists of associates, team members, contributors, colleagues, experts, and partners who are versed in Library and Information Science. They are a team of professionals who have gathered experiences over the years from serving in different capacities and engaging in research. They also include those directly and indirectly impacted by the outcomes such as students, graduates, employers, Institutions, International bodies, professional bodies etc. Although there are courses not recognised by ACLIS, our reference group engages institutions offering these courses.

The reference group members are tasked with the following responsibilities:

• Researching a particular issue

• Collects data

• Design instruments for data collections

• Take charge of analysing and interpreting data

• Reflect on mistakes, give and speak on corrections and improvements

We have about 55 members from different stakeholder groups. 

The first stakeholder group is the Professional Organisations which housed members from Australian Government Library and Information Network (AGLIN) from which Jay Bordoni came from. Other groups include the International School Library Association (ASLA) represented by Liz Jorgensen; International Association of School Librarianship represented by James Henri; and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) represented by Heather Lamond. Others are Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA); Public Libraries Victoria Association; Australian Law librarians Associations (ALLA); Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL); International Federations of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), American Society for Information Science and Technology and Records Management Association of Australia (RMAA).

The second stakeholder’s group is students from our partnering institutions, while recent graduates formed the fourth stakeholders’ group. The recent graduates are nine in number and include Hayley Crookes from Western Australia state library, Amanda Lawrence from Australian Policy Online. In contrast, Vanessa Warren was chosen from the University of Tasmania. These institutions are institutions outside our partnering ones.

The Library and Information Science educators, researcher and consultants are also a part of the stakeholders. One of them is Fi Emberton from Embervision. Some of them like Gillian Hallam and Ian Rogers are from our partnering institutions.

The LIS Practitioners in this group are Melinda Barrie from the University of Melbourne Archives; AusAid’s Bard Hinton; Alison Jones chosen from Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers; Warren Cheetham representing City Libraries Townsville; Patricia Carmichael from Concordia Lutheran College and Jill Benn from the University of Western Australia.

The last set of stakeholders are the LIS Employers from different departments such as the Federal Court Library; Yarra Plenty Regional Library; Parliamentary Library; Queensland Department of Education and Training; Queensland State Archives and Northern Territory Department of Health and Families.