Joint Winner of the Award – Shellie Buckle, Parkes Shire Council
Shellie is the Manager, Cultural, Education and Library Services at Parkes Shire Council. She has been instrumental in developing a number of successful programs for the Library, including the national award-winning ‘READtember’.
Shellie’s introduction of programs such as PyjamaRama and RhymeTime, school holiday programs, writers’ group, and IT sessions, as well as collections of eBooks, MP3 talking books, DVDs and graphic novels has seen an increase in library visits of 8.9% and a 4% annual membership increase.
Shellie has been the driving force behind the Library restructure, which resulted in longer opening hours in response to the needs of the community. She also drove a review of the Cultural Committee, which culminated in the first Cultural Plan for Parkes Shire.
Shellie managed an innovative project which brought locally written short stories to the community through the medium of coffee cups in local cafes. This project, funded by the State Library, enabled connections between schools, the library, local writers and the community generally.
Shellie is an advocate for family-friendly flexible working arrangements to support women to return to the workforce and balance work and family needs. She supports training to further staff skills, and is eager to accommodate volunteers, many of whom operate within the library setting.