VALA2022 Panel Session

The following Panel session will be conducted at VALA2022. See also the VALA2022 Onsite Program.

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Thursday 16 June 2022
The Panel Session sponsored by Bloomsbury Digital Resources

15.35-16.35  Room: Eureka Room

Topic: The Leadership Cauldron

Facilitator: Carmel O’Sullivan, University of Southern Queensland

Guest Panellists:

  • Nicole Kearney, Museums Victoria
  • Hugh Rundle, La Trobe University
  • Kim Tairi, Auckland University of Technology

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View the video of The Panel Session on the VALA Showcase channel here:


Topic Outline:

Facilitated by Carmel O’Sullivan, Director, Library Services, USQ, Deputy Chair, CAUL and former VALA Committee member, this panel discussion will explore how our leadership framework and expectations have been changed by recent global events, and how well equipped we were – and are – to lead our sector through post-pandemic recovery and beyond.

The panel will try to tease out if there are things they concentrate on now as leaders where they may not have before, what are the priorities when everything is uncertain/uncharted. They will also explore how their leadership may have changed over time and what role, if any, vulnerability may play.

About the Guest Panellists:

Guest Panellists:

  • Nicole Kearney – Nicole Kearney manages the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and leads the BHL’s global Persistent Identifier Working Group (Team #RetroPIDs). She is a zoologist and science communicator striving to link all biodiversity knowledge online and to make the world’s biodiversity literature openly accessible and discoverable for everyone.


  • Hugh Rundle – Hugh is currently Acting Associate University Librarian, Learning & Development at La Trobe University. As part of the leadership team at La Trobe, Hugh leads work to make learning resources more open and diverse, learning experiences more effective and engaging, and collections and information more accessible. In March 2020 he unexpectedly found himself managing a remote team coordinating with colleagues in a hybrid environment.Hugh has previously worked in public libraries and at CAVAL, is a former VALA committee member, and a founder and committee member of newCardigan.


  • Kim Tairi – Kim Tairi is an indigenous, intersectional feminist and librarian. Her career spans more than 25 years in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau (AUT) she is Aotearoa’s first Māori University Librarian and a proud Nuku Woman. Kim is an avid social media user and fashion-lover.