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ALIAWEST Committee 2017

2017 ALIAWest Committee members are:

Kym Andrews (Convenor)

Kym has loved books forever, with family folklore being that the only way to settle her down as a baby was to stick a book in front of her. However, with a complete distaste for studying (or more accurately deadlines, essays and exams) and a real love of money, it took her five years of part time and full time study to complete her Bachelor of Applied Science (Information and Library Studies) at Curtin University. Kym worked in public libraries for a long time but now works in special libraries and perplexed herself when she went back for more study to finish a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. Kym enjoys reading, travelling, and driving her car anywhere (but especially a long way away).

Camille Peters (Deputy Convenor)
Camille works as an information resources specialist at an oil and gas company where she catalogues geophysical data and performs the occasional minor miracle in finding stuff. She is a life member of ALIA and has been on various ALIA committees since 1999. Camille has the information management trifecta of qualifications in librarianship, records management and archives.

Stephanie Musk (Treasurer)
Stephanie started working in public libraries in 2006 as a library clerk.  She is passionate about public libraries as something is always happening and changing but still has the heart of literacy/reading (no matter the format).   She is currently working for the City of Swan as Assistant Library Manager at Altone Park Library. She enjoys reading, getting together with her friends and watching old TV shows and anime. Stephanie also enjoy listening to music but you are more likely to hear her singing children's songs and rhymes than popular music.

Debbie Williamson (Secretary)

Debbie works in Research Services at Curtin University.  Her library career commenced after many years in finance and governance departments of various industries.  Debbie realised that due to her love of all things libraries, her working day would be better spent helping others, and with those who shared a passion for libraries.  To instigate the career change, Debbie began the TAFE Certificate III in Library and Information Studies, and volunteered at three local primary schools.  Debbie’s first library position was in subscriptions and inter-library loans at the Mandurah Public Library.  Debbie then transitioned to the University of WA Information Resources and Access Management teams of Monographs, Acquisitions and Inter-library loans.  Debbie continued her studies, and recently completed the Bachelor of Information Studies at Charles Stuart University.  Debbie enjoys Zumba, reading and travelling. 

Ghylène Palmer AALIA (CP) (Marketing and PR)                         
Ghylène is keen on mentoring new graduates and leading them forward in the profession, sharing best practices, principles, service experience, and instilling the values that support and advance our profession.  
Ghylène hopes to create more awareness of the role of ALIA in the industry and most of all engage and empower ALIA members by creating positive change in the industry.
Ghylène is Director on the ALIA Board and has been on the ALIAWest committee since 2009.  
Lizelle Smith AALIA (DCP) (Marketing and PR)

Lizelle started working in public libraries in 2005 as a library officer. She completed her Library Technician qualification in 2008, and Librarian qualification in 2011. She is currently working at the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale as the Librarian for Mundijong Public Library. She has also been appointed the Manager Library Services of Sheridan College. Lizelle has worked in various specialised libraries, including at the Department of Health and Department of Environment and Conservation. She is a qualified Archivist and Records Manager. She also serves on the Public Libraries Western Australia (PLWA) 2017 Conference Committee.

Lizelle has a tourism background and speaks 3 languages. Her tourism qualification enabled her to work at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Africa and Europe. Apart from libraries, Lizelle loves fishing and baking with her boys.

Sharon Argent (Committee Member) 
Sharon is currently an undergraduate student at Curtin University, studying part time to gain her Bachelor of Arts-Librarianship & Corporate Information Management degree and plans to graduate at the end of 2017.  She is an avid reader, who finds it ironic that her librarianship studies mean she can not read as many books as she once did before she took up studying to be a librarian.

Before commencing her studies, Sharon studied nursing and is a qualified enrolled nurse and social trainer. Working in the community as a nurse meant she was able to peruse the book shelves of her clients, and give future reading recommendations. Currently volunteering in the Information Management section of an organisation, Sharon has also worked in public and school libraries as well as gaining a interest in specialised health libraries while doing her library practicum, an area she is interested in working in sometime in the future. Apart from reading, Sharon enjoys getting out into the community, socialising with family and friends and catching a good movie or theater production.

Noreen Kirkman (Committee Member)
Noreen has experience across a number of library and information sectors including academic, TAFE and special libraries as well as the John Oxley Library and Indigenous Libraries Unit of the State Library of Queensland. She is a member of the ALIA Member 25 Year Club, and was ALIA WA State Manager from 2012 to March 2016. Noreen is currently undertaking research through Curtin University into the publications of NHMRC grant recipients 2013 to 2014 and the Council’s open access mandate.
Noreen has a strong belief in ongoing professional development especially in a sector which offers many opportunities to transfer existing and acquired skills and knowledge to new and challenging positions and projects.

Chloe Czerwiec (Committee Member)
Chloe is the new kid on the ALIA block, having started her career in office administration before realising that her organisational skills could be put to better use as a Librarian.  After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia, and equipped with a love of research, writing and problem solving, Chloe dabbled in various roles in Perth and Sydney before discovering that being a Librarian allowed her to research, write and problem solve as a career.  Chloe then completed her postgraduate studies in Information Management and Library Studies at Curtin University in 2014.  Chloe is the Copyright and Innovation Librarian at the University of Western Australia, and she works from the University Library and the Centre for Education Futures (further proof that you don't need to stay within the Library to be a Librarian!) Chloe was the 2016 recipient of the F A Sharr Award and is also a committee member for the ALIA Students and New Graduates WA Group.  

Nicole Johnston (Committee Member)
Nicole is a Lecturer in Library and Information Science at Edith Cowan University.  Prior to moving to Perth, Nicole taught Library and Information Studies for University College London in Qatar and spent four years working as a librarian in the United Arab Emirates. Over these seven years, Nicole was also a member and Chair of the Professional Development committee of the Information Literacy Network (ILN) of the Gulf region.  Before moving to Dubai, Nicole worked as a librarian for James Cook University in Townsville and as a library assistant for the University College Dublin in Ireland.  Nicole has also worked as an English teacher in Japan.  Nicole holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, where her topic focused on information literacy and English Foreign Language (EFL) students, a MLIM from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from QUT.  

Ness Fryer (Committee Member)
Ness is a recent graduate with a passion for information literacy and early literacy.  She completed her Graduate Diploma of Information and Library studies in 2016 and currently works at the State Library of WA. Before joining libraryland, Ness produced educational media to help keep doctors in remote areas of Western Australia up to date with new developments in medicine. Doing this helped her realise how rewarding it was to get the right information to the right people, and becoming a librarian was the only logical next step.