ANU library boss to lead benchmarking review of parliamentary library services

By Melissa Coade

Friday March 25, 2022

the Parliamentary Library at Parliament House in Canberra. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Parliament’s presiding officers have published the terms of reference for a review into parliamentary library services, to be led by Roxanne Missingham.

Missingham is the Australian National University’s chief scholarly information officer and previously served as the parliamentary librarian for six years. She will work closely with her successor, Dr Dianne Heriot, and the parliamentary library services team to complete the review by the end of the financial year.

The review will map a strategic vision for the library’s services to remain relevant for the next decade, as well as an implementation plan, which will see Heriot’s 10-year tenure extended by another 12 months (to May 2023).

Senate president Slade Brockman and House of Representatives speaker Andrew Wallace issued a joint statement noting an external recruitment process using an executive hiring firm would look for a suitable information-management professional to replace Heriot. 

“The new parliamentary librarian will then be charged with the implementation of the vision and the recommendations that flow from the review,” they said. 

“We are pleased to advise that at the conclusion of her term, Dr Heriot will remain with the Department of Parliamentary Services to continue her current work as leader of the Design Integrity and Special Collections and Art Collections teams.

The function of the parliamentary library is to serve as an information and research resource for members. The review will identify opportunities for new services, benchmark structures and performance measures against the services of comparable institutions.

The MPs also explained that Missingham would perform the review for free. 

“It is critical that the review be conducted by an independent and highly regarded leader in this field.

“We are exceptionally grateful to both Ms Missingham and the university for generously providing her services gratis,” the statement said. 


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