Meet the Information Online 2013 Program Committee!

Chair: Jane Cowell

Jane Cowell is the Director of Public & Indigenous Library Services at the State Library of Queensland. Key projects during this appointment are the Library Leadership program for Public Library staff, State Library’s Literacy Framework Libraries for Literacy every day, every way, and is currently overseeing research into the socioeconomic value of Queensland Public Libraries. Prior to this role Jane was a Senior Consultant with the AEC Group, working with local governments and State Libraries across Australia on strategic planning, library service models and community consultation in the areas of library and community services. Jane has over 20 years public library management experience, including serving as President of Queensland Public Library Association.Jane is passionate about public libraries as community hubs and informal learning centres, and sees many opportunities for libraries presented by the rapidly changing digital, social and economic environment. as well as some challenges in addressing the stereotype view of the library, especially around collections.

Vicki McDonald

Vicki McDonald is currently employed as the Associate Director [Library Services] – Client Services and Learning Support at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her portfolio of responsibilities includes leading the Library’s client services and learning support functions. Prior positions include Director – Client Services and Collections at the State Library of Queensland, and Senior Program Officer – Strategic Direction at the Brisbane City Council. Vicki’s career encompasses academic, state and public libraries. Throughout her career, Vicki has been actively involved in both ALIA and IFLA. She is currently the convenor of the ALIA Queensland Group, and a member of the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Standing Committee.

Anna Raunik

Anna Raunik Anna Raunik is the Executive Manager, Resource Management at the State Library of Queensland and  has over 20 years’ experience in libraries.  She has worked on a number of digital statewide initiatives, including coordinating the introduction of Internet access in many Qld public libraries via the OPAL project and regional and remote training internet training initiative  In recent years her focus has been on providing broader access to State Library’s collection and enabling community contribution including the national Libraryhack initiative.

Rory McLeod

Rory McLeod is the Director of Client Services and Collections at the State Library of Queensland. Rory has strategic responsibilities for client services, content development, digital library, resource management and preservation as well as programming, learning, events and exhibitions. He previously held the position of Digital Sustainability Manager at the British Library and ran his own London based consultancy firm focusing on sustainable e-strategies. Rory is an advocate for libraries utilizing the latest technology to access, share, reuse and deliver information and has achieved solutions to the challenges of information management in rapidly changing technical environments. He is a recognized voice in the subject of long-term sustainability of information and has set progressive strategies to meet the requirements of a digital society. Rory is currently the chair of the NSLA One Library Committee, a board member of the Griffith University Friends of the Library and a committee member for the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

Marian Morgan-Bindon

Marian Morgan-Bindon is Gold Coast City Council’s Manager Library Services and Cultural Development. She has significant experience not only in public libraries but also in State Government agencies and the private sector. Her interests include the role of libraries and cultural development in underpinning economic stability and building strong and resilient communities through the development of community capacity – for all of which technology is a major tool.

Mal Booth

Mal is University Librarian at UTS. He also leads the planning team for the future Library as one of the major projects in the UTS Campus Master Plan. Current barrows he is pushing include: codesign; design thinking; sustainability; active community engagement; curation of collections; visual communications; and the development of cultural collections. He was formerly Head of the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial and responsible for its library, archive and the Memorial’s web strategy. From 2006 to 2008 he curated the Lawrence of Arabia & the Light Horse exhibition which attracted almost 250,000 visitors. In late 2008 he made the first curatorial visit to a war zone by one of the Memorial’s librarian/archivists to identify, record and collect records of war from Australian forces before they withdrew from Iraq. Find Mal online at

Angela Vilkins

Angela Vilkins Angela works for the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet managing the Library and Research Centre. Angela has extensive experience in research and reference in government and academic library environments.  Angela has worked in libraries in the area of teaching and learning, designing and delivering information skills workshops for both library staff and clients. Angela has also operated an information consultancy company and taught in the Diploma of Library and Information Services at Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT Brisbane).

Fiona Watkin

Fiona Watkin is the Manager of Student Connect Services at Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. Her current role manages the provision of libraries, support services and engagement for a diverse cohort of students in one of largest TAFE Institutes in Queensland. Fiona has worked in the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector for 12 years, providing innovative learning services, spaces and engagement strategies which focus on building positive experiences for students. She is the Chair of the TAFE QLD Strategic Library and Information Consultative Committee (SLICC) and a member of the QUT LIS Courses Reference Group.Fiona is driven by providing opportunities for students to engage with information and learning through mediums and language that are relevant, accessible and attractive. A long time user and promoter of new technologies and media, she is excited by the possibilities digital communication offers connecting students with their learning experience, users building services, and people deepening their relationships with their communities.

Kate Davis

Kate Davis Kate Davis is a Lecturer in Library and Information Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Kate’s background as an information professional is in online collections and services management. She has worked in academic and public libraries and at the National Library of Australia. In 2010, she made the leap from practice to academia, taking up her position within the Information Studies Group at QUT. Kate’s teaching is focused on technology and its role in library service provision, particularly in online services and program development and delivery. She also teaches in the collection management and information services spaces. She is a self-confessed gadget girl who loves to play with technology (although she’s definitely a bit of a cut and paste techie). Kate is currently undertaking her PhD with a program of research designed to explore the information experiences of new mothers in social media spaces. Find Kate online at or follow her at @katiedatwork.

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