I first met Rob Thomson in 2015 and I was immediately struck by three things – his friendliness, his thirst for learning and his dedication to libraries. As we encountered each other over and over again during the next few years I learned that he is a passionate ALIA member and contributes a huge amount to our industry. Not only does he regularly attend ALIA conferences but he also commits to organising them! In the few years I have know Rob we have met at the following events:
- ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 7, Sydney 2015 (he was on the organising committee)
- International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres conference, Sydney 2015
- ALIA National Conference, Adelaide 2016
- ALIA Sydney Unconference, Sydney 2016 (organiser)
- ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 8, Canberra 2017 (he hosted our walking tours)
And we will meet again at the Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018 on the Gold Coast where he is presenting a paper!
Rob is very active on social media engaging with his colleagues from across Australia (and the world) and was generous enough to be one of the first guests on Turbitt & Duck, my podcast with Sally Turbitt. If you listen to Rob’s podcast episode or follow him on Twitter you will see just how much passion he has for libraries. He has a wonderful network and is well respected by his colleagues. You can read more about Rob on the ALIA Board Election 2018 candidates page and I am sure he would love to hear from you!
The ALIA Board Election 2018 has attracted nominations from some wonderful and worthy library professionals across Australia. As I read through their profiles I can’t help but be impressed by the breadth of knowledge represented. I don’t know most of the other candidates, I am sure they would all be great, but I will be voting for my friend Rob.
Why? Because ALIA itself states under Skills and Attributes that…
“Ideally, the Board would comprise individuals with a mix of skills and experience.”
How often has a Library Technician been a member of the ALIA Board? I don’t have any stats on this, but I am guessing not that often (please correct me if I am wrong). I want a diverse Board to represent me as an ALIA member and I believe Rob would do a wonderful job. He will work hard. He will get involved. He will attend things. He walk talk to people. He will listen. He will act honestly and with integrity. That’s why I am voting for Rob.
Let me be clear. Voting for a Board member is not about voting for your friends or the coolest or the oldest or the youngest or the one with the most senior position. Your vote should go to the person that you think represents your interests as an ALIA member. You are electing them to represent you and make decisions on your behalf. It’s an important decision and you should vote for someone you trust.
I wish all of the candidates the best of luck through the election process and I encourage every ALIA member to get involved, read about your candidates, contact them if you want to and make your vote count. Read more about the 2018 election here and remember these important dates:
- Voting opens 5 March 2018
- Voting closes 13 April 2018
- New directors take office 15 May 2018 at the annual AGM in Canberra
Get involved peeps!
Please note, I have not discussed this blog post with Rob Thomson prior to its release. These are my own words and my own thoughts.