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Celebrating the achievements of WA’s best and brightest

Last Wednesday night, over thirty WA LIS professionals gathered together at the North Metro Tafe in Northbridge to learn about the adventures and lessons of the recipients of the annual Anne Clyde Memorial Prizes.
Each year the WA chapter of the  Academic and Research Libraries Group asks the ALIA accredited schools to nominate their ‘Best essay or project with a research component’ and ‘Best practicum placement’.
The 6 prize winners, Cailin Howells (Curtin University), Anky Dennis (Edith Cowan University), Nikki Dunne (Curtin University),  Tetyana Rubery (TAFE) , Alessandra Giacchi (TAFE) and Yvette Drager (CSU) each gave a 10 minute presentation on their lessons learnt and achievements.
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Curtin University, Head Librarian, Catherine Clarke and Dr Barbara Combes the WASLA President and Charles Sturt Lecturer, presented the recipients with their prizes.
The awards are administered by the Academic and Research Libraries Group of ALIA. The ARL Group  is convened by Barbara Parnaby, who has kindly provided some insights into Anne Clyde’s significance to the sector:
“Anne Clyde was one the first teacher librarians to receive a Doctorate. She was intensely passionate about her profession and a staunch advocate for setting up a research agenda in teacher librarianship. Anne was also a mentor to many young researchers and teacher librarians gathering evidence to support the value adding Teacher Librarians bring to their students and school communities. This award honours her memory and all those who benefited from the knowledge she shared so freely with others in her profession.”
You can learn  more about the life and passing of Anne Clyde on  Wikipedia or  Trove
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Prize recipient Nikki Dunne presents on her paper for best essay or project with a research component.
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From left: Catherine Clark, University Librarian & Director, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University and Barbara Parnaby, Manager, Enquiry and Engagement Services, Curtin University and Dr Barbara Combes WASLA President and Charles Sturt Lecturer.

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