I am Christine Mackenzie, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Librarianship, Graduate Diploma of Management, Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association, Freelance Librarian and Past President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.)
After a long and successful career in public libraries I retired as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service in 2016 after 12 years in that role in order to seek new challenges and opportunities. Previously I was Manager of Brisbane City Council Library Service, the largest public library system in Australia, and Mornington Peninsula Library Service.
I served as IFLA President 2019 - 2021. I was elected as IFLA President elect in 2017, to the Governing Board in 2015 and was Treasurer 2015 - 17. I was also a Governing Board Member 2011-13, when I worked on the Trend Report and was a member of the Finance Committee. I was a member of the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan Libraries Section 2005-09 and Chair 2009-11.
I have been a member of the Australian Government’s Public Lending Rights Committee; the Library Board of Victoria’s Advisory Committee on Public Libraries; the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Public Libraries; the Executive of the Public Libraries Victoria Network, and a juror for the Intelligent Communities Forum.
With a colleague from New Zealand, I identified a need to provide mentoring and inspiration to young librarians in Oceania. We approached the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries which funded us for five years to create the first regional program which was based on the international program they created. This funding became INELI-Oceania (the International Network of Emerging Library Leaders) which I am proud of helping found. I was an Executive Committee member of INELI-Oceania which has engaged 34 emerging leaders from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. I have also been a strategic advisor of the Gates Foundation and a mentor for the first international cohort of INELI, interacting with librarians from around the world.
I have held a number of roles in ALIA including President 2003-04.
2016 - present
Since retiring from Yarra Plenty Regional Library in January I have been very involved in contributing to IFLA's Legacy Grant Proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and participating in the INELI-Oceania program, a leadership program for emerging leaders in the public library field. I have also recently led the Public Library Victoria Network Great Public Library Tour 5, through Germany and Denmark, visiting libraries in Berlin, Hamburg, Aarhus, Bremen, Cologne and Stuttgart.
Executive Officer, Public Library Victoria Network
2016 - 2017
PLVN is a collaborative and advocacy organisation and the peak public library body in Victoria representing all 47 public library services. In this role I was responsible for the administration and management of the association.
CEO Yarra Plenty Regional Library
2004 - 2016
Key achievements in this role were providing leadership to a highly regarded library service in the industry and wider; aligning the organisational structure to strategic plan, achieving excellent outcomes and implementing social and mobile technologies to ensure ongoing relevance of library service; with the first MakerSpace in a Victorian library; and a Digital Hub at Mill Park library.
Other roles include Manager Brisbane City Council Library Service and Manager, Mornington Peninsula Library Service.
Leading organisations with passion and commitment
Using innovative approaches to keep libraries strong , connected and vital
Mentoring and inspiring the next generation of librarians and library leaders
Bringing about change and impact through collaborative team building
Networking and staying internationally connected
IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations)
International Network of Public Libraries (Bertelsmann Foundation)
Global Libraries (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Intelligent Communities Forum, New York
ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association)
PLVN (Public Libraries Victoria Network)
Monash University, Victoria
Bachelor of Arts (1973)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Victoria
Graduate Diploma in Management (1993)
Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (1974)
Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association (awarded 2008)
VALA Robert D Williamson Award 2012