• Williamson Award 2008

    Pam JohnstoneElizabeth Drynan 

    The 2008 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Elizabeth Drynan and Pamela Johnstone, from Enterprise Information Management Pty Ltd, for their outstanding contribution to librarianship as editors of Online Currents.

  • Williamson Award 2006

     

    Williamson Award 2006 Lloyd SokvitneThe 2006 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Lloyd Sokvitne from the State Library of Tasmania for his outstanding contribution to librarianship especially in the area of metadata and online information discovery.

  • Williamson Award 2004

     

    The 2004 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Gary Hardy and Stewart Hall from VICNET at the State Library of Victoria.

  • Williamson Award 2002

     

    The 2002 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Hans Groenewegen from Monash University for his outstanding contribution to librarianship especially in the area cooperative automated cataloguing systems.

  • Williamson Award 2000

     

    Derek WhiteheadThe 2000 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Derek Whitehead from Swinburne University for his outstanding contribution to librarianship.

  • Williamson Award 1985

     

    The 1985 Robert D. Williamson Award went to Hans J Zwillenberg.   The Award which he won from 10 others considered by the Committee  acknowledges his contribution to the development of Information Science in Australia.

  • About the Williamson Award

    Williamson Medallion

    Nature of the Award

    VALA's most prestigious award is the Robert D. Williamson Award, established in memory of one of the early pioneers of our industry, Bob Williamson.

    In keeping with Bob’s legacy, this biennial award honours those who demonstrate leadership, curiosity, excellence and innovation and, in the view of their peers, are outstanding contributors to the development of information technology usage in Australian libraries and information services.

    The Williamson Award is open to both individuals and organisations in the Library and Information Science profession within Australia.

    The Award consists of a medallion and cash to the value of AUD $2,000.

    The 2016 Williamson Award was presented to Mal Booth from University of Technology, Sydney.  The winner was announced during the final plenary session at the VALA2016 Conference on Thursday 11 February 2016, and presented at the VALA AGM and Williamson Lecture on 29th June 2016 by Enid Williamson.  Click HERE for reflections on the history of the award from Enid Williamson.

    Previous Williamson Award Recipients

    Recipients of the Williamson Award are in auspicious company, with previous winners including:-

    2014 - Alyson Kosina, former VALA Executive Officer

    2012 - Christine Mackenzie from the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service

    2010 - Anne Beaumont from the State Library of Victoria

    2008 - Elizabeth Drynan and Pamela Johnstone, from Enterprise Information Management Pty Ltd

    2006 - Lloyd Sokvitne from the State Library of Tasmania

    2004 - Gary Hardy and Stewart Hall from VICNET at the State Library of Victoria

    2002 - Hans Groenewegen from Monash University

    2000 - Derek Whitehead from Swinburne University

    1985 - Hans Zwillenberg from ADSATIS (Australian Defence Scientific and Technical Information Services)

    1984 - Des Tellis from Australian Mineral Foundation

    1983 - Ian McCallum from ACI Computer Services

    1982 - Neil Speirs from Australian Business Index

    1981 - Jim Gilmore from Systems and Development Group, CSIRO 

    The VALA web site provides details about the Robert D. Williamson Award recipients.

    About Robert D. Williamson

    Robert D WilliamsonAlthough originally a chemical engineer, as manager of APM’s (now AMCOR’s) research library, Robert (Bob) Williamson was an early devotee of information technology in libraries. By the early 1970’s he had persuaded management to invest significantly in relevant US computer databases and software to support the company’s business objectives. This predated all of the publicly available services.

    Professionally Bob was a leader. He was a quiet man, both curious and innovative, a generous advisor to colleagues, and an eager participant in the professional debates at the time. Bob also developed “recipe books” to help new online searchers navigate the different commands needed to access the new online services.

    Bob was the industry representative on the STISEC committee convened by the National Library of Australia to quantify scientific and technical publication in Australia. When Peter Judge of CSIRO formed ALIA’s national Information Science Section, Bob was an obvious choice to convene that Section in Victoria just a few years before his sudden and untimely death in 1980.

    It is therefore fitting that VALA's most prestigious award is named after Robert D. Williamson.

     

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