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New University Librarian appointed

Published 13 Mar 2018

Following an extensive search, the University of Tasmania has appointed Janette Burke to the position of University Librarian.

Ms Burke comes to the role from Monash University, where she held a series of senior positions within its library over the past 15 years, including most recently as Interim University Librarian.

Her extensive experience in library services also includes roles in the Port Pirie Public Library, and the libraries of the University of Wollongong, the University of Central Queensland and the University of Ballarat (now Federation University).

Ms Burke said she was excited about the move to the University of Tasmania and the chance to lead an innovative, forward-thinking library.

“I am passionate about the value that the Library adds to the student experience, and the learning and research goals of the University,” Ms Burke said.

“Libraries are engaging and collaborative places – both physical and virtual – and are the heart of universities for learning, teaching and research. The level of expertise and the breadth of library services on offer is changing rapidly.

“The pace of technological change presents challenges and, more importantly, enormous opportunities and I look forward to working with the University of Tasmania community to continue to deliver outstanding library services.”

Ms Burke commences in the role on 28 May. Until then, Wendy Hoyle will continue as Acting University Librarian, a position she has filled since the retirement of Karmen Pemberton last year.