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About the Fellowship

Jean Arnot
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The fellowship is named in honour of the late Jean Fleming Arnot, MBE, FLAA, a former staff member of the State Library of New South Wales. Miss Arnot retired as head cataloguer in 1968 after a distinguished career of over 47 years. Miss Arnot was active in women's organisations and a pioneer in the campaign for equal pay for women.

The Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship is funded by a generous donation from the National Council of Women of New South Wales and the Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Associations to commemorate Miss Arnot and her achievements. Ordinarily, the award of $1000 is presented to the winner at the annual Jean Arnot Memorial Luncheon at NSW Parliament House. In 2020 the Luncheon will not proceed, due to public health measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The fellowship is awarded to a female librarian or student of librarianship for an outstanding paper of no more than 5000 words on any aspect of librarianship. In 2020, the judges are especially interested in responses which reflect on how libraries have served their communities throughout a period of social distancing and isolation, and the effectiveness of library responses for people with limited or no access to internet services. Papers should demonstrate original thought and research. The paper should have been written within the last twelve months and should not have been previously published, but can have been delivered as a conference paper or seminar.

There is no mandated citation style: authors are advised to use that with which they are most comfortable. 



Past Fellows


Jade Smith, for her paper: Information in Crisis: Analysing the Future Roles of Public Libraries During and Post-COVID-19.


Josephine Laretive, for her paper: Information Literacy, Young Learners and the Role of the Teacher Librarian


Anna J Shelmerdine, for her paper: Library Anxiety: stories, theories and possible solutions.


Kristin Twomey, for her paper: Libraries Building Communities: The need for local government to acknowledge the role of public libraries in community building and engagement.


Emma Lawler, for her paper: The Producers: rethinking roles to create an in-library production team.


Dr Rachel Franks, for her paper: "There's a dead body in my library": crime fiction texts and the history of libraries.


Marianne O'Hara,  for her paper: Pro-vergence or Con-vergence: exploring the benefits and disadvantages of professional practice alliances in Australian libraries and archives.


Freya Lucas, for her paper: Many Spokes, Same Hub: facilitating collaboration among library and early childhood services to improve outcomes for children


Rose Holley, for her paper: Harnessing the Cognitive Surplus of the Nation: new opportunities for libraries in a time of change.