Vale Petal Kinder

16 May, 2019 at 12:02 AM

Petal Kinder gave many years of voluntary service as an advocate for law librarians through her contribution to the Australian Law Librarians' Association (ALLA). Petal stepped down from the ALLA Board at the 2018 AGM.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to law librarianship, the ALLA Board had planned to honour Petal by awarding her the 2019 'Lifetime Achievement Award' of ALLA .  We are deeply saddened that this honour will now be awarded posthumously.

For many years Petal has been a strong advocate of the work of law librarians, she gave expression to this through ongoing voluntary work for ALLA and the 'International Association of Law Libraries' (IALL).

Petal has had a long and distinguished career as a law librarian.  Her first law librarian role was at Monash University in the 1980s.  At Monash she held various roles including law librarian, coordinator of legal research, education projects, and lecturer in computerised legal research.  In 2000 she took on the role of  Manager, Library and Information Services at the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne. In 2005 she was appointed to the position of High Court Librarian,  she retired from the High Court in 2015.  During this 'retirement', Petal took on the role of CEO at Little William Bourke -  publisher of the Victorian Reports.

Petal's  involvement with ALLA began in the 1980s when she served as a general member of the committee for the Australian Law Librarians' Group (ALLG)  (precursor to ALLA).  Petal was the editor of the Australian Law Librarian journal 2004 - 2005, she served as ALLA Vice President 2006-7  and then as President 2007-8.  Petal continued to serve on the ALLA Board at intervals until late 2018, at which time she was serving as  Coordinator of Publishers' Liaison.

Petal has also been actively involved in international law librarianship. She has been a board member of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) since 2004 and served as IALL President from 2010 to 2013. At the time of her passing, Petal was a current IALL board member and an organiser of the IALL conference which will be held in Sydney later this year.

Petal will long be remembered as an esteemed colleague, friend and leader of ALLA, and her supportive professionalism, charm, humour and energy will be greatly missed by all.