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Find out about the judging process of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Who are the judges?

  • Applications for the Queensland Memory Awards are assessed by panels of independent judges.
  • Judging panels are made up of members with subject matter expertise relevant to the fellowship they are judging. Panels are made up of members who offer a diversity of perspectives and experiences.
  • The judges for the 2024 Queensland Memory Awards were:
    • Leitha Assan, Curator, Cultural & Community Leader, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
    • Gavin Bannerman, Director, Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland. 
    • Ange Bailey, Curator, Photographer and Visual Communicator.
    • Rebekah Butler, Executive Director, Museums & Galleries Queensland.
    • Margaret Cook, freelance historian, heritage consultant and academic.
    • Des Crump, Industry Fellow (Indigenous Languages), University of Queensland.
    • Louise Denoon, Executive Director, Public Libraries and Engagement, State Library of Queensland.
    • Dr Fiona Foley, 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellow, Badtjala artist, curator, writer and academic.
    • A/Professor Geoff Gin, Associate Professor of History, Discipline Convenor in History, University of Queensland. 
    • Dr Lauren Istvandity, 2017 John Oxley Library Fellow, scholar in music and heritage studies.  
    • Dr Alexis Kallio, Deputy Director (Research), Queensland Conservatorium.
    • Sara King, Training and Engagement Lead at AARNet (Australia's Academic and Research Network)
    • Emeritus Professor Peter Little, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships), Professor of Business Law and former Executive Dean of the QUT Business School (position held from 2004 to 2012).
    • Alice-Anne McRobbie, Group Director, Business Development (Experience Design) at Art Processors.
    • Judith Nissen, professional freelance historian. 
    • Dr Sandy O'Sullivan, Professor ARC Future Fellow, Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University. 
    • Dr John Piccini, Lecturer in History at Australian Catholic University.
    • Tim Roberts, Curator David Roche Foundation. 
    • Olivia Robinson, Lead, Collection Engagement, State Library of Queensland. 
    • Peter Roenneldt, musician, historian and former Director of the Queensland Conservatorium.
    • Jackie Ryan, author. 
    • Morgan Strong, Digital Transformation Manager, Queensland Art Gallery.
    • Dr Kirsten Thorpe, Chancellor's Indigenous Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney.
    • Margaret Warren, Director, Digital Delivery, State Library of Queensland. 
    • Keir Winesmith, Chief Digital Officer at the National Film + Sound Archive.

How are applications assessed?

  • Application checked for completeness and eligibility by State Library of Queensland.  
  • Eligible applications are then forwarded to an independent judging panel.
  • judges read and assess the applications against the selection criteria.  
  • Judges decide on a shortlist and one successful applicant for each category. 
  • Judges may require an in-person interview with shortlisted applicants for more information. 
  • Judges award the applicant with the highest merit against the selection criteria as the successful applicant. Panels must decide on one successful application only per category. 

Other information

  • The judges may, at their discretion, consult with other experts to assist in evaluating the merits of each application, including contacting the applicant's referees.
  • The judges may, at their discretion, move an application to an additional or different category if they feel the application is more relevant or also relevant to that category.
  • The outcomes of the judging process are final, and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions or the judging process.
  • Judges may not award a category if there are not applications of suitable merit.
  • Judges must disclose any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest as soon as they become aware of them. The State Library of Queensland records all conflicts of interest, perceived, potential and actual. The conflict of interest is managed by the State Library.

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