State Library of Western Australia Foundation

Kay Poustie Scholarship Winners 2012 & 2013

On 31 October 2013 the State Library of Western Australia Foundation in partnership with Public Libraries WA Inc and Curtin University hosted the Kay Poustie Scholarship Fundraising Breakfast which took place on the same day as the State Library Seminar.

The Kay Poustie Scholarship funds a library professional in WA to travel overseas to source knowledge, innovation and best practice about library services that can be applied in this State.

The theme of the breakfast was professional development and we particularly thank Deborah Hamblin, State Library Board Member and Kay Poustie Scholarship Judging Panel member for a wonderful job as MC and keeping the event proceedings on track.


Guests from libraries statewide enjoyed hearing an address from Allison Dobbie, Manager, Libraries and Information for Auckland Council, New Zealand with a speech entitled “Trust me, I’m a Librarian (?).” Read Allison's full speechere.

Above: Allison Dobbie, Manager, Libraries and Information Auckland Council

Other speakers included Kay Poustie Scholarship recipients Kirstie Nicholson, Resources Librarian, City of Armadale (2012) and Ruth Campbell Hicks, Principal Librarian, Shire of Harvey Library (2013).


2013 recipient Ruth Campbell-Hicks made the following points:

  1. I am keen to improve the profile of libraries since they do such good work but remain too little applauded;
  2. I chose the following countries to visit: Canada – for easy transferability of information from their culture to ours; USA – for learning from their great ethnic and economic diversity; Ireland – for finding out how libraries have worked with intergenerational literacy; Norway – for Scandinavia’s reputation of being at the forefront of library and educational developments;
  3. I studied library-based early childhood programmes, with a passion for ensuring that children are given the best start in life when their brains are at a critical stage of development between ages 0 – 3. Literacy is a key skill on which future lives are built;
  4. I came back from the study tour brimming with ideas for easy-to-implement programmes that I hope local library staff will develop in their own way – whatever suits their particular circumstances;
  5. I am excited to share my findings with whoever will listen! Please take up Ruth’s offer to give a presentation on her scholarship experience and research findings, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Above: Ruth Campbell-Hicks and Kirstie Nicholson – current and past Kay Poustie Scholarship Award recipients


2012 Recipient Kirstie Nicholson said:

The Kay Poustie Scholarship has aided my professional development by providing me with the opportunity to meet with a variety of library staff from across Europe, who were working on projects ranging from database integration to art exhibits. Meeting these people and visiting their libraries inspired me with new ideas and renewed passion for the public library system. The numerous presentations I have done based on my Scholarship research has boosted my profile both within my organisation, and the public library system. The Scholarship provided a positive point of contact with other West Australian library professionals and sparked discussion on the qualities which they admired in international libraries.

  • Creating professional contact points across Europe.
  • Learning about the projects that international library staff are passionate about.
  • Sharing stories with library professionals in WA.


Guests also heard from Associate Professor Dr Kerry Smith (Retired) and Kay Poustie Scholarship judging panel member who spoke to the importance of supporting the scholarship. Kerry was a friend and colleague of Kay Poustie.

Above: Dr Kerry Smith, Kay Poustie Scholarship judging panel member


If you would like to donate to the Kay Poustie Scholarship fund please call the Foundation on 08 9427 3105 or donate here and click on Scholarship Fund in the drop down menu under Payment Details.


Above: Deborah Hamblin, seated (Rockingham City Library) and standing Margaret Allen (CEO & State Librarian) Margaret Nowak (President State Library of Western Australia Board) and Allison Dobbie (Manager Libraries and Information Auckland Council)


Above: Michelle Brennand, President Public Libraries Wester Australia Inc – our new scholarship partner.


Above: Dr Kerry Smith with some of the participants

Kay Poustie Scholarship Award News

Jessica Madureira, Assistant Library Manager, City of Swan, is the latest recipient of the Kay Poustie Scholarship Award presented at the Library Board of Western Australia’s Excellence Awards held on 26 May 2016 at the State Library of Western Australia. 

(l-r) Juliana Abram, Chair, State Library of WA Foundation with Jessica Madureira at the award event


Jessica was awarded five thousand dollars to research her topic Books vs. Space – Collecting meaningful statistics to make better decisions.  Jessica will investigate different methods of data collection in selected US libraries to give insight into what business libraries could be in and what services ought to be on offer. She will also attend the 2016 International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio in August.

As the latest awardee, Jessica joins the growing numbers of alumni who between them have contributed to an increasing and valuable body of research with practical applications in Western Australian public libraries.  Importantly, it is the community who will benefit from libraries offering services that meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs. 

The goal to build a corpus for the scholarship is off to a great start.  Our partners Public Libraries WA and the State Library of Western Australia will commit $5,000 each for the next five years.  Their support together with your donations, will help to ensure Kay Poustie’s legacy lives on, and the scholarship can be delivered for many more years to come.

To make a donation please go to our donations page and select Kay Poustie Scholarship from the drop down menu in the payment box.  Cheques should be made payable to State Library Foundation WA.

            Alternatively contact Birute Greenhalgh on 08 9427 3175 or email                                               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Freycinet Suite Recital-World Premiere Performance

An amazing opportunity to be part of history!! On August 30 at Government House Ballroom, the world premiere of the Freycinet Suite will be performed by the Perth Baroque Ensemble in public and you can be there!

This musical journey, composed by renowned musician Dr Georg Corall is inspired by the Freycinet Collection held in the State Library. The Collection includes the first detailed charting of the Swan River made during Louis de Freycinet's first voyage to the Australian continent as part of Nicolas Baudin's expedition of 1800-1804.

Through the music you will cross the wild and unpredictable oceans, arrive onto the shores of Western Australia and see the same extraordinary landscapes. The recital will also include music by Haydn and Lully.

To book for this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity, please go to www.freycinet.eventbrite.com.au

For more information please contact the State Library of Western Australia Foundation on 9427 3105 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Kay Poustie Scholarship Reports

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The Kay Poustie Scholarship funds a library professional in Western Australia to undertake international research in innovative library services and practice that can be applied to the benefit of public libraries in Western Australia.

The scholarship is a partnership between the State Library of Western Australia and Public Libraries WA (Inc).


2015 Kay Poustie Scholarship Report - Megan Sullivan (1.8 MB PDF)

2014 Kay Poustie Scholarship Report - Jane Jones (2.29 MB PDF)

2013Kay Poustie Scholarship Report - Ruth Campbell-Hicks (2.31 MB PDF)

2012Kay Poustie Scholarship Report - Kirstie Nicholson (0.77 MB PDF)

hiLIGHTS: A Fitting Celebration

The State Library has been a-buzz all year with a range of spectacular events and functions to celebrate its 125th anniversary.  On Saturday 6 December with thanks to Lotterywest and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, visitors of all ages were able to experience the Library and all that this facility has to offer which included a number of guided tours behind the scenes, outdoor activities and games.

The day’s events culminated with a wonderful projection of audio-visual images onto the library.  This projection proudly showed some of the gems from the library’s extensive collection of photographs, maps, drawings and documents.  Accompanying the fascinating light show was an original soundscape that encompassed music, sounds, and segments of oral histories, all of which brought the projections to life.  

They drew an appreciative applause from the large crowd which had gathered for this unforgettable and unique celebration of the State’s wealth of history.