Jan Richards

I am passionate about libraries, particularly public libraries.

I have extensive experience in the sector at a senior management level, and a strong record of working with government and advocating for libraries. I am an effective communicator and enjoy the opportunity to deliver participatory and inclusive programs with robust and practical outcomes. I also thrive on working with colleagues, giving them the skills and confidence to make positive change.

I am committed to actively participating in my profession, both in Australia and overseas. I am a past President and Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA); past Chair of the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA); and a member of the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board. I am an engaged affiliate of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and have held a number of elected positions over the past decade and am currently Chair of Professional Division E with responsibility for The School Libraries, Indigenous Matters, Information Literacy, Libraries for Children and Young Adults, Literacy and Reading, Reference and Information Services and Library History Sections.

I have extensive networks within Australia and overseas and a keen understanding of the environment in which they operate. My experience has provided exposure to best practice examples and solutions that libraries everywhere can adapt.

I am located on beautiful Bruny Island, Tasmania – just to the south of Hobart. While it might seem distant, I am only a phone call or email away. Let’s talk!

HCL Anderson Award (2019)
Member Order of Australia (AM) (2017)
Fellow, Australian Library and Information Association (2013)
Life Membership, Public Libraries NSW (2012)

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