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APRIL 30, 2024

Join us in commemorating our 60th anniversary!

BY JAMES BENNETT


This year marks six decades since our incorporation and 64 years of dedicated service in library supply. For those unfamiliar with our legacy, James Bennett, our founder, was a true pioneer in the industry, embodying innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

A trailblazer in the industry; pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking and breaking new ground are the cornerstones of who he was and what we continue to aspire to. 

In 1978 James Bennett was bestowed with the Redmond Barry Award, a peer-nominated award and ALIA’s highest honour that can be bestowed on an individual not eligible for associate or library technician membership of the Association. 

It is awarded in recognition of:

  • Outstanding service to or promotion of a library and information service or libraries and information services.
  • To the theory or practice of library and information science, or an associated field.

 

‘What is notable about James Bennett was the informed flair with which his operation was conducted, his development of personal contacts with librarians, and his study and analysis of the needs of Australian libraries. As a pioneer of library supply services in Australia in a distinctive and individualistic way, he merits the regard, recognition (and already holds the affection) of Australian librarians.’ 

An extract from the citation in The Australian Library Journal 19 October 1979, pp331-332.

 

Our team is committed to carrying forward the vision and values of James Bennett, emphasizing strong and collaborative partnerships, fostering innovation, and implementing global best practices in library service delivery. Our goal is to be the most dynamic and sustainable library supplier, ensuring our ability to support libraries for generations to come.

We invite you to join us for celebratory drinks held throughout the year. Check out our calendar of events below and click the links to RSVP and express your interest. All are welcome to join in the festivities!

  • May - ALIA - 7th May | 7-9pm | The Strathmore
  • May - PLNZ
  • July - Northern Beaches, NSW (Date and location TBC)
  • August - VIC (Date and location TBC)
  • October - QPLA (Date and location TBC)
  • October - PLWA (Date and location TBC)
  • November - SWITCH (Date and location TBC)

 

We also hold regular tours of the facility throughout the year, register your interest for the next tour HERE.

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Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
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