State Library Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements

Friday 27 May 2016

At last night’s Library Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia, Dr Ronda Jamieson was conferred the award of Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia.

The City of Cockburn received the Award for Excellence to acknowledge the innovative partnership approach at Success Library, and Jessie Madureira was presented with the Kay Poustie Scholarship for 2016.

The Australian Library and Information Association’s FA Sharr Award, which recognises a recent library studies graduate and WA resident who has the potential to make a significant contribution to the profession, was given to Chloe Czerwiec, a librarian at the University of Western Australia.

Ms Deb Hamblin, Vice Chair of the Library Board of Western Australia, said that Dr Ronda Jamieson, a former staff member of the State Library, had been recognised for the enormous contributions she has made to the State Library over almost four decades.

“A leading expert in oral history, Dr Ronda Jamieson was conferred as a Fellow of the Library Board, acknowledging her tremendous efforts in conserving library materials and as an advocate to preserve collections. In particular, Dr Jamieson had expanded the Library’s oral history collection to be the second largest in Australia after the National Library,” Ms Hamblin said.

Success Library in the City of Cockburn received the Library Board Award for Excellence, as well as $5,000 in prize money, for its innovative business model after co-locating with a number of medical and health services.

The Success Public Library works in partnership with Curtin University, Centrelink and two not-for-profit job assistance facilitators to provide accessible, culturally appropriate and affordable services.

The project, which offers iPad training sessions, adult reading groups, free health checks and English conversation groups, is designed to attract target audiences such as the Indigenous community, seniors, migrants, families and children. As Success Library is located near job assistance services, people seeking work can easily access a large collection of useful resources.

Jessica Madureira, Assistant Library Manager at the City of Swan, received the Kay Poustie Scholarship to research the topic of Books vs Space – Collecting Meaningful Statistics to make Better Decisions. Jessica will investigate various methods of data collection used in some libraries in America to determine what new facilities could be implemented into Australian libraries.

The Kay Poustie Scholarship is a partnership between the State Library of Western Australia, Public Libraries Western Australia (Inc) and the State Library of Western Australia Foundation. It was founded to honour Kay Poustie OAM (1944-2010), the former Chair and Member of the Library Board of WA (1990-2010). Ms Poustie was passionate about library education and was highly respected by colleagues locally, nationally and internationally.

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