Hearty congratulations to Jan for this very well deserved honour in the Australia Day Honours Awards.
Member (AM) in the General Division:
Mrs Jan RICHARDS Orange NSW 2800 For significant service to library and information management through executive roles with professional associations.
Jan has been the Manager of Central West Libraries since 1994. In her time as the Manager of the library service she has made a long lasting and extensive contribution to her local community and the profession. During her 19 years as manager she has overseen the relocation and refurbishment of four libraries. Other achievements include positioning Central West Libraries as an essential and respected part of the community, and securing additional funding from the member councils so as to increase opening hours and in turn usage of the libraries.Jan’s contribution to public libraries and the profession at the State level has been significant, an example of her achievements was running the @yourlibrary campaign between 2003 and 2009, which was a huge commitment and also led to her nomination as a Life Member of Public Libraries NSW in 2012. Along with her active involvement with Public Libraries New South Wales (and its predecessor Country Public Libraries Association of NSW) since 1994, Jan has also ventured into further challenges on an international level through IFLA, as a member of the IFLA Committee on Standards, and Information Co-ordinator for the Public Libraries Standing Committee.