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Keryl Collard is currently Manager Libraries and Learning with Maitland Council and has worked in the public library sector for 40 years, including roles with Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Lane Cove Councils. She is driven by a passion for the democratic philosophy underpinning public libraries and a belief that libraries can be powerful change agents. She is a member of the NSW State Library’s Strategic Networks Committee and served previously as Executive Secretary for the NSW Public Libraries Association. She recently joined the Octapod Board, an organisation supporting emerging artists and creative initiatives in the Hunter region.
What inspired you to take this role?
The State Library of NSW embodies the best of what libraries can be — it is at once an iconic cultural institution and a place for the people. The possibilities for discovery, meaning and connection inherent in its rich collections, inclusive spaces and generous access symbolise and underpin the work of every local library. It is more vital than ever to strengthen and support the important services of our State Library and all NSW public libraries. As a librarian and a lifelong reader, it is a great privilege to serve on the Library Council.
Photo: Keryl Collard is photographed in the pictures galleries, reading The Secret Son by Jenny Ackland, one of many entries received for the annual Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most prestigious literature prize.