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Two Canberra streets to be named after librarians

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that two new roads in the ACT will be named after prominent Australian librarians Ena Noël OAM and Margaret Trask AM.

Ena Noel Street and Trask Street will both be situated in the residential suburb of Coombs, which is currently under development in the Molonglo Valley.

Outgoing ALIA president Vicki McDonald said ALIA was ‘delighted’ at the ACT government’s decision to recognise the lifetime achievements of the two ‘legendary librarians’.

Teacher-librarian and advocate for children’s literature Ena Noël was a member of the Library Association of Australia (now ALIA) from 1957. She was also a member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and was president for the Australian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) for over 20 years. Noël was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1986 for her outstanding service to quality literature and library services for children and young adults. In 1994 she founded the Ena Noël Award to encourage young emerging writers and illustrators.

Librarian and library educator Margaret Trask joined the Library Association of Australia in 1956 and became a fellow in 1969. She is considered an outstanding leader in the development of library and information services in Australia, having advocated for improved public and school library services, established standards and resource-sharing initiatives and redefined librarianship education and training. She is perhaps best known as the foundation head of the School of Library and Information Studies at Kurring-gai College of Advanced Education (later a campus of UTS), and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1979.

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