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Library Board of WA members appointed

23 Sep 2011

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced the reappointment for four years of Professor Matthew Allen and Kris Bizzaca to the Library Board of Western Australia.

Mr Day said the State Library, under the guidance of the library board, remained the most visited cultural institution in WA.

“The State Library of Western Australia collects, preserves and provides access to the State’s social and documentary heritage,” he said.

“More than 1.4 million people personally visited the library in 2009-10, and the website had more than 2.1 million visits, which illustrates the State Library continues to provide a valuable service to the community of Western Australia.

“The library provides clients with access to information and resources, wherever they are located, whether it be electronically, in person, or through the State’s 232 other regional, remote and metropolitan public libraries.

“I am pleased that Professor Allen and Ms Bizzaca will continue to provide the board with their leadership and expertise.

“Their reappointments contribute to the broad base of expert advice and practical knowledge that the board has to draw upon to provide a strategic outlook for the rapidly changing future of libraries.”

Professor Allen was first appointed to the board in 2003, holding the position of chairman since 2009, and has more than 20 years experience as an academic and researcher with a particular interest in the internet and its impact on society - an issue of considerable significance and relevance to the State Library.

Ms Bizzaca is a historian and heritage advisor and was first appointed to the board in 2007. Ms Bizzaca is actively involved at the community level in projects to digitise and preserve oral history collections and archival collections.

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