I am Christine Mackenzie, AM, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Librarianship, Graduate Diploma of Management, Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association, Freelance Librarian, President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) 2019-2021 and current board member and Treasurer/Secretary of Stichting IFLA Global Libraries Foundation.
In January 2022 I was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.
My career has spanned 40 years in public libraries in Australia, managing 3 library systems. I have been very active in both IFLA and ALIA and was a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation's Public Library Network in the early 2000s.
I was a co-founder of INELI-Oceania, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that provided leadership training for librarians in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and which sponsored the formation of the Pacific Libraries Network.
I was President of ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) in 2003 - 2004. I have also served on state and national government advisory boards relating to libraries and contributed to international organisations promoting technology and the internet.
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.
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
My IFLA Presidential term covered two exceptional years – not just for IFLA but for the whole world. We have all been impacted by the pandemic, as well as living with the manifestations of climate change and witnessing powerful demonstrations against inequality and injustice.
My presidential theme “Let’s work together” focussed on innovation and the future, as well as the ongoing alignment with the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Inequality in the world is increasing and achieving the sustainable development goals is more important than ever.
As President, I led the governance review involving the Governing Board, members and volunteers, that developed a new governance structure for a more inclusive, transparent and effective IFLA.
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 2011-2013, when I worked on the Trend Report and was a member of the Finance Committee. I was a member of the Standing Committee of the Metropolitan Libraries Section 2005-09 and Chair 2009-11.
I was also involved in developing the Legacy Grant Proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Monash University, Victoria
Bachelor of Arts (1973)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Victoria
Graduate Diploma in Management (1993)
Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (1974)
Member of the Order of Australia (awarded 2022)
Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association (awarded 2008)
VALA Robert D Williamson Award 2012
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)