Wednesday, 9th October 2019
New Norcia Studies Journal 26 Launch
The 2019 Studies Launch will be held at the Palms Community Centre on the corner of Rokeby and Nicholson Roads in Subiaco at 6pm on Thursday, 7th November. As in years past, the City of Subiaco are very generously hosting this event so, if you would like to attend, please RSVP Diane Scott at the City of Subiaco, email@example.com or ring her on 9237 9219 before Monday November 4th. Subiaco always do a fantastic job so you can be assured that the catering, the wine and the music will be excellent and, even better, it's free!
In view of New Norcia's decision earlier this year to bring Archives, Libraries and Collections into the one department, we thought it would be most appropriate to invite Associate Professor Kerry Smith, former head of Information Studies at Curtin University (now retired), to do the honours and to share her thoughts on the challenges involved in managing three separate, yet in many ways similar, disciplines. Kerry will also be launching the first in what we hope will be a series of books entitled Early New Norcia. This first volume - The 1867 photographs of W W Thwaites - has been written by Emeritus Professor Bob Reece, formerly of Murdoch University.
Our Guest Speaker, Dr Kerry Smith, B.App.Sc. (ILS), MA, PhD, retired as an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Information Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia in 2013. Before joining Curtin in 1991, she worked as a special and one-person librarian in the geosciences and this encouraged her research and interest in geoscience information. Kerry was made a Fellow of the State Library of Western Australia in 2014 and, in 2016, was awarded the AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) ‘for significant service to library and information sectors as an academic and researcher and to professional organisations’.
Kerry was elected as a Councillor for the newly formed Town of Cambridge in 1995, was its Deputy Mayor 1997-98, and re-elected as a Councillor from 1999-2003. After leaving local government and to celebrate her love of WA’s native flora, she became involved in the Wildflower Society of Western Australia, was elected its President from 2007-2009, is its Honorary Librarian, and became its Honorary General Secretary from 2012. She was also involved at a committee level with the Royal WA Historical Society from 2013-2018.