The work of many librarians is overlooked and unrecognised, and yet, at least 38 million people visited a library last year. So it is a reason to celebrate that Allison Dobbie has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)!
Allison has worked in Christchurch, Dunedin, Parliament, and Auckland Libraries, the largest library network in Australasia. Respected internationally and at home as a leader in the library, information, and wider cultural sectors, she has worked tirelessly to encourage diverse communities to use libraries, and to advance the professional development and connections between Australasian librarians and libraries. She led the development and adoption of the first registration scheme for Library and Information professionals in New Zealand, and more recently headed a leadership development programme for library leaders in Oceania and convened a Pacific Libraries Summit in 2018 under the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Congratulations, Allison, you deserve this!