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Anne Harrison Award

The Anne Harrison Award is maintained by ALIA Health Libraries Australia.


Miss Anne Harrison (1923-1992) was librarian-in-charge of the Brownless Medical Library at the University of Melbourne (1949-1983), and founder of the Central Medical Library Organization (1953-1994). She was a founder of the Australian Medical Librarians Group in the early 1970s, and later of the LAA Medical Librarians Section (now ALIA Health Libraries Australia). An ALIA Fellowship was conferred on her at the State Library of Victoria on 21st June 1989 by Averill Edwards, ALIA President. For more information about Anne Harrison, see People.

The Anne Harrison Award was established to commemorate her work, and to encourage others to make their own contribution to the development of health librarianship.

Award recipients

Between 1987 and 2003 the Award was presented to individuals at the biennial national health libraries conferences. For a limited time in alternate years between the conferences (2000-5) a smaller, alternate year award was also available twice to fund a continuing education activity that was widely applicable to health librarians. For previous recipients please see below.

The award

  • The sum of $5000 was made available in 2020.
  • The objectives of the Fund are to provide financial assistance for:

Research projects that will:

  • increase the understanding of health librarianship in Australia, or
  • explore the potential for the further development of health librarianship in Australia;


Projects to enrich the knowledge and skills of Australian health librarians, to help support:

  • an approved course of study or study tour, or
  • a publication in the field of Australian health librarianship, or continuing education courses, including meeting the expenses of overseas speakers

Past recipients

File:Anne Harrison Award Recipients - update 2018.pdf

Applying for award

For more information on eligibility and applications for the Anne Harrison Award, see ALIA/HLA website.

HLA/MedicalDirector Digital Health Innovation Award

Award information

The HLA/MedicalDirector Digital Health Innovation Award is funded by MedicalDirector and maintained by the ALIA Health Libraries Australia group.

The Award is presented annually at a relevant HLA (ALIA) event. The recipient/s will be presented with a certificate and $3,000 to –

1. To implement the innovation or

2. To further their (or their team’s) professional development in the area of the innovation,

All arrangements are to be undertaken by the awardee/s after approval of the award and funds must be expended within 12 months of receiving advice of the award.  

Past recipients

2020: Daniel McDonald for his podcast initiative: Shoosh : a podcast about health libraries

2019: David Honeyman for the System for Automatically Requesting Articles (SARA) – an automation tool to improve the speed of systematic reviews

2018: Justin Clark for The Polyglot Search Translator (PST): a tool for translating search strategies: phase 3.

2017: Helen Skoglund and Cecily Gilbert for Information Prescription program at Barwon Health: A digital health literacy initiative for patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (This project has not been completed and the prize money has been returned to MedicalDirector).

2016: Veronica Delafosse for The evolution of health librarianship in Australia.

2015:  Kate Jonson, Ingrid Tonnison and Rianna Bryant for Preserving the past, looking to the future: a digital repository for the Central Coast Local Health district.

2014:  Lisa Kruesi and Connie Schardt, for Australian Evidence Based Practice Librarians’ Institute, 20112014.

2013:  Narelle Hampe and Suzanne Lewis at Central Coast Local Health District who implemented an e-portfolio project

2012:  Sarah Hayman at CareSearch who developed a palliative care search filter

2011:  Daniel McDonald at Toowoomba Clinical Library Service who introduced clinically-oriented audio presentations to their busy clinicians

2010:  Terence Harrison who helped establish CEBPA (Centre for Evidence Based Practice Australasia)

2009:  Trudi Maly, inaugural winner, at the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families for her work on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Quality Improvement Program

Applying for award

For more information on eligibility and applications for the HLA/MedicalDirector Digital Health Innovation Award, see the ALIA/HLA website.

HCL Anderson Award

2020 Recipient: Cheryl Hamill

Cheryl Hamill has enjoyed a distinguished career in health librarianship in Australia and has made a significant contribution to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) over more than 30 years. She was awarded a fellowship in 2013 in recognition of her tireless work to ‘enhance the professional status of health librarians and the role of health libraries’.

Cheryl has not only been a high achiever in the field of health librarianship on her own account, but has also stepped up to a leadership position, which has shown the way for others. This has taken many forms over the years, including efforts to promote open access, expert searching, research to inform evidence-based practice, advocacy, advances in library and information science education, professional development and recognition.

Cheryl is a model of all that is best in health librarianship, constantly looking for ways to improve the services and resources provided to clinicians and other library users. She demonstrates expertise in her own practice and seeks out the very latest information in order to drive further improvements – not only for herself and her immediate team, but also for her broader network of colleagues in ALIA Health Libraries Australia. Through her collaborative approach, including committee work, editorial contributions, original research, publications, presentations and papers, Cheryl has helped others develop a greater understanding of the field. Through her persistent advocacy, she has progressed the standing of health librarians in Australia.

She has been described by her peers as knowledgeable, inclusive, supportive, mentoring, generous, collegial, sharing and ultimately, inspirational.

‘Cheryl’s knowledge of health librarianship in all its facets is extraordinary, and she never stops learning. Additionally, she never stops sharing that knowledge. She has contributed her time and expertise to the Australian and international health library community in many ways, including via active and long-standing membership of ALIA Health Libraries Australia.’

‘Cheryl is the ultimate team player, contributing her knowledge and expertise, a practical, common sense approach, and a collegial spirit.’

While her nominators say she does not seek out recognition for herself, the ALIA Board is pleased to recognise Cheryl Hamill’s substantial contribution to the goals of the Association by making her the recipient of the distinction of the HCL Anderson Award, ALIA’s highest honour.

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