Newly appointed Tasmanian Library Advisory Board

Roger Jaensch,Minister for Education, Children and Youth

Libraries Tasmania’s newly appointed members of the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board met for the first time in Hobart on Wednesday.

I would like to welcome the Advisory Board members and thank them for taking on such an important role.

The Tasmanian Library Advisory Board is a voluntary, independent advisory group established under the Libraries Act 1984. It aims to lead the quest for outstanding library and archive services for the Tasmanian community.

The Board’s primary role is to advise the Minister for Education, Children and Youth, and the Secretary of the Department about issues concerning the delivery of Libraries Tasmania services across Tasmania, including the public’s right of access to information and ideas.

Members work towards the Board’s two goals: to advocate effectively to key influencers in support of Libraries Tasmania, and to provide quality and informed advice to the Tasmanian State Government and Libraries Tasmania in relation to outstanding library and archive services.

The members are:

  • Ms Mary Bent, PSM (Chairperson)
  • Cr Dick Adams, OAM
  • Ms Jan Butler
  • Ms Sue Costello (new)
  • Dr Mary Duniam
  • Ms Jen Fitzgerald
  • Ms Mary Lijnzaad
  • Ms Suzanne Martin (new)
  • Ms Sue McKerracher (new)
  • Ms Jan Richards AM (new)
  • Dr Dianne Snowden AM
  • Alderman Beth Warren (new)
  • Councillor Jo Westwood (new)

I again welcome the new members to the Advisory Board and look forward to working together in continuing to provide contemporary library and archive services for the Tasmanian community.

To learn more about the Board and its role visit

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