Colin Steele

Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University

Curriculum Vitae

  • M.A. (Liverpool University)
  • Grad.Dip.Lib. (University College London)
  • Emeritus Fellow 2004, The Australian National University
  • Director, Scholarly Information Strategies, ANU, 2002-2003
  • University Librarian, ANU, 1980-2002
  • Deputy University Librarian, ANU, 1976-1980
  • Assistant Librarian, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1967-76
Photo of Colin Steele


Contact information

Office: Room 3.31 Beryl Rawson Building (no. 13), Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601 Australia
Email address:
Web address:
Office phone: 02 6125 8983

Awards and honours

  • Knight Cross Spain 1984
  • Honorary Fellow. University House. 2008
  • Centenary Medal Australia 2003
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (Honorary) (FAHA)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (FCILIP)
  • Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association (FALIA)
  • Winner ANU Media Awards - Biggest Public Lecture Seminar Series 2012. ANU-Canberra Times Meet the Author.
  • Vice Chancellor's ANU Media Award for "improving public debate". 2011
  • ACT Writer's Centre, Award for Non-fiction Book Reviewing. 2012
  • 2014 Vice Chancellors Award for Advancing the Reputation of the University.


    • 2015: Unlocking the Future: Scholarly Communication and Publishing in a Global Research Environment
    • 2013: Open Access Research Issues in the Humanities and Social Sciences?
    • 2011: Book to What Future: The Scholarly Monograph in the Digital Era, Melbourne.
    • 2009: Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative
    • 2007: Improving Access to Australian Publicly Funded Research - Advancing Knowledge and the Knowledge Economy
  • Chair, Australia Book Prize, Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014
  • Co-Convenor with Associate Professor Debjani Ganguly, The Value of the Humanities, ANU Humanities Research Conference
  • Member UK HEFCE Reference Group on Monographs and Open Access 2013/14
  • Co-Convenor, Open Access and Scholarly Books: Australian and Global Perspectives, QUT Open Access and Research Conference, 30 October 2013
  • History and Non Fiction Judge Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2012 and 2013
  • Non Fiction Judge Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2010 and 2011.
  • Convenor, National Academies Forum, September 2009 Excellence in Research Evaluation. Impacts on Scholarship, Research Funding and Publications
  • Secretary, National Scholarly Communications Forum 1993 -2000
  • Convenor, ANU Literary Events - Meet the Author, 1986 -
  • Secretary, Canberra Oxford Society, 1976 -
  • Convenor/Leader, Management Frontiers Study Tours. UK, Switzerland and Netherlands, 2004. USA 2005.
  • Convenor, CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) Electronic Information Resource Think Tanks, 1997-1999.
  • Secretary, Magellan Society, 1980-1997.

Book reviewer

Australian Book Review

Australian Library Journal; Biblionews and Australian Notes and Queries; Canberra Times; Los Angeles Review of Books

Reviews in the Book Collectors’ Society of Australia Biblionews available at:

Colin Steele's reviews of Australian books are listed at The Australian Literature Resource:


Scholarly Information Strategies. Please contact

Editorial advisory boards

  • Journal of Scholarly Research and Communication
  • Cultural Co-operation Program Committee. Ministry of Culture. Spain/ANU
  • Executive Board/Cooperation Programme Spanish Ministry of Culture/ANU
  • Executive Board, Australian National Centre for Latin-American Studies (ANCLAS)
  • International Journal of the Book
  • Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • Australian National University E-press Publications Committee
  • 2006 - International Adviser to the American Council of Learned Societies. Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. "Our Cultural Commonwealth". Available at:




SF Commentary 81. The Colin Steele Special. June 2011, available at:


Research Communication Costs in Australia: Emerging Opportunities and Benefits (with John Houghton and Peter Sheehan). Canberra, DEST.


Digital Publishing and the Knowledge Process. Taichung, Feng Chia University.


Changing Research Practices in the Digital Information and Communication Environment (with John Houghton and Margaret Henty). Canberra, DEST. Available at:


Australian Electronic Library and Network Developments, Edited by Colin Steele and Patricia Milne. Australian Library Review 11(1). 140pp.


Australia and Latin America: proceedings of a seminar on Australia and Latin America. Edited by Colin Steele and Harry Bullock. Canberra, Magellan Society.
Changes in scholarly communication patterns: Australia and the electronic library. Edited by John Mulvaney and Colin Steele. Canberra, Australian Academy of the Humanities.


Australian Tertiary Libraries: Issues for the 1990s. Edited by C. Steele. Adelaide, Auslib Press.

1989 - 97

Guide to Canberra and Region Antiquarian, Remainder and Secondhand Bookshops. Canberra, Friends of the ANU Library. 4 editions to date.


Steady State, Zero Growth and the Academic Library (London/Hamden, Bingley ed.).


Major Libraries of the World: A Selective Guide (New York/London, Bowker).


Directory of Libraries and Special Collections on Latin America and the West Indies (with B. Naylor and L. Hallewell) (London, Athlone Press).
English Interpreters of the Iberian New World from Purchas to Stevens. A Bibliographical Survey 1603-1726. (Oxford, Dolphin).
European Acquisitions and their Bibliographical Control (with G.P.M. Walker) (Lancaster, Lancaster UP).


Independent Mexico (with M.P. Costeloe) (London, Mansell).


B. de las Casas. The Tears of the Indians ed. C. Steele (New York, 1973).


Rick Gekoski in conversation with Colin Steele, Australian National University, 7 December 2013 (podcast) Uploaded 12 June 2014
Amy Tan in conversation with Colin Steele, National Library of Australia, 26 May 2014 (podcast) Upload 24 September 2014
Ann Patchett in conversation with Colin Steele, National Library of Australia, 7 September 2011 (podcast)
Rick Gekoski in conversation with Colin Steele, National Library of Australia, 20 May 2011 (podcast):
Jeff Lindsay in conversation with Colin Steele, ANU, 10 March 2011 (video)


"The Field".
Science Fiction and Fantasy. SF Commentary 89. P36-58.


"The Man Behind Meet the Author".
ANU Reporter. 45(3). P16, October.
"Who Owns Scholarly Knowledge".
Campus Morning Mail. July.
What's Stopping Change. Campus Morning Mail. July.
Review article:
"A History of the Modern Australian University". Review article.
Australian Book Review 367, pp55-56, December 2014.
"Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Publishing and University Libraries. Plus Ça Change?"
Australian Academic and Research Libraries, December 2014 (1-21)
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"Who owns scholarly knowledge; What's stopping change?"
Campus Morning Mail, July 2014
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Brian Aldiss, an exile on planet earth". The Bodleian Library Record. 26:2. 171-174, October 2013. (Published 2014)


"Recent developments in scholarly communication: a review". Australian Library Journal. 62:3, 224-230, October 2013. Available at:
"Scholarly Communication, 1971 to 2013 - a Brindley snapshot". Alexandria 23(3), 21-29. Available at: ANU Digital Collections
"Open Access in Australia: an Odyssey of Sorts? ". Insights, November 2013. Available at: ANU Digital Collecions


"Scholarly licence to print money" The Australian. Higher Education. 25 January 2012. Available at:
"The Reward Trail." Australian Book Review. (345), October, pp63-64.
"The Field." Books about SF and Fantasy Books. SF Commentary. (84), November, pp53-79. Available at:


Information in search of meaning, Australian Literary Review, 6(5), June, pp 10-11, available at:


"2020: Information" Australian Literary Review. 5(11). December. pp13,23.
"E-Books and scholarly communications futures" in Woodward, H. and Estelle, L. Digital Information. Order or Anarchy?. London. Facet Publishing. 2010, pp 89-116. Add Text. Available at:
"Who will own what we read?" The Australian. Higher Education. 24 February. p8. Add Text. Available at:
"Book to the future: can you judge a digital book by its POD cover?", ACTWrite, March, 16(2), p6. Add Text. Available at:


"The Original Frankenstein". Biblionews and Australian Notes and Queries. March/June, 361/362, pp71-73.


Houghton, J.W., Steele, C. and Sheehan, P. (2008) "Scholarly Communication Costs in Australian Higher Education, Higher Education Management and Policy" 20(3), pp27-44.
"Books in my life" Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries: v358 June 2008, pp73-79
"Is the book dead?" Biblionews and Australian Notes & queries: v358 June 2008, pp80-85
"We must e-publish or perish" The Australian July 9, 2008; Available at:,25197,23989921-25192,00.html
"Last Word: We must e-publish or perish" ANU Reporter: Winter; available at:
"Not the end of the Discworld" Rare Book Review: October-November, pp22-27
Harvard's thousand pound gorilla enters the scholarly publishing ring!, The Australian, February 27,,25197,23280525-27702,00.htm
Scholarly Monograph Publishing in the 21st Century: The Future More Than Ever Should Be an Open Book, vol 11, no 2, Spring 2008, Journal of Electronic Publishing,;cc=jep;rgn=main;view=text;idno=3336451.0011.201
Trail a collectors treat, Canberra Times, May 4, p24
Wealth of Nations, Rare Book Review, June-July, pp69-71


Comics and Popular Fiction Magazines, Biblionews and Australian Notes and Queries, 355-356, September/December 2007, pp159-162.

'On Borrowed Time. A review article of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland'. Rare Book Review. August-September. pp 48-9.

"Promoting 21st century scholarly communication. The Hong Kong perspective". Access. 61. June. pp12-13.

"Tour de force: publication and review. Landmark library history covers 1500 years". Australian Library Journal. May.


'The Book in Australia'. Biblionews 32(4). December. pp128-132.

'The Book in Australia'. Biblionews and Australian Notes and Queries, 32(4) December 2006, pp.128-132.

'Book to the Future: 21st Century Models for the Scholarly Monograph' in Charleston Conference Proceedings 2005. Edited by Beth R Bernhardt, Tim Daniels, and Kim Steinle. Westport, Libraries Unlimited 2006, pp.118-125.
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'Citation, Citation, Citation. Scholarly Publishing Trends on Campus'. Australian Bookseller & Publisher, October, p.10.
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'Digital Publishing and the Knowledge Process' in eLearning and Digital Publishing. Edited by H.S. Ching, P.W.T. Poon and C. McNaught. Dordrecht, Springer.
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'Open all Hours? Institutional Models for Open Access' in Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects. Edited by N. Jacobs. Oxford, Chandos.
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'Research with Purpose'. The Australian, 2 June.

'The Publishing Imperative: the Pervasive Influence of Publication Metrics'. Learned Publishing, 19(4), pp.277-290. With Linda Butler and Danny Kingsley. Available at:


'Snap, Crackle, and Ultimately Pop. The Future for Serials.' 18(2), pp.132-137.

'No Easy Rider? The Scholar and the Future of the Research Library, by Fremont Rider: a Review Article'. The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, Vol 37(1) 2005.
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'Push to Open Up Access to Research'. The Australian, 10 August.

'The Library's Perspective on Scholarly Publishing in the Twenty-first Century' in Scholarly Publishing in an Electronic Era. Edited by G. Gorman, and F. Rowland. Facet Publishing, pp.35-54.
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'Fatal Attraction? Research Assessment, Publications and University Rankings'. Australian Higher Education News, November 10.
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'Digital Dreams … or Nightmares?'. Educational Bookseller & Publisher, October 2004. With Bobby Graham.
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'Research Practices and Scholarly Communication in the Digital Environment' Learned Publishing, 17(3), pp.231-2349. With John Houghton and Margaret Henty.

'World's Knowledge Base Should be Open to All. Are you Free? Australia well Placed to React to UK Open Access Initiatives'. Available at:


'Digital Libraries and Repositories'. Information Management Report, March, pp.1-5.

'Digital Publishing and the Knowledge Process' in Scholarly Communication in the Digital Era. Nineteenth Conference on Library Automation of University and Colleges in Taiwan. Taichung, Feng Chia University, p.119-139, July.

'Digital Publishing and the Knowledge Process'. Information Management Report, October pp.1-7.

'The Empire Strkes Back: Global Trends in Electronic Scholarly Publihsing'. International Journal of the Book, Volume 1.

'Globalisation, Information Access and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Australia'. ISAA Review, 2(5), pp.23-30.

'New Models of Academic Publishing'. Information Management Report, April, pp.1-7.

'Phoenix Rising: New Models for the Research Monograph?'.Learned Publishing, 16(2), pp.111-122.
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'Scholarly Communication Futures'. Information Management Report, January, pp.1-5.


'Canberra and Australian Science Fiction Writers Blast into Fictional Orbit'.
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'Digital Publishing and the Knowledge Process in Scholarly Communication in the Digital Era'. 19th Conference on Library Automation of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan. Taichung, Feng Chia University, pp.109-139.

'E-Prints The Future of Scholarly Communication'. Incite, October 2002, pp.6-7.
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'Here Comes the Knowledge Bank'. The Australian Newspaper, December 4.

'Serial Killers'. The Australian. May 29.


'For Whom the Net Tolls'. The Electronic Library, 19(3), pp.132-133.
'Through a Glass Darkly'. Information Management Report, June, pp.1-4.


'Waiting for an Education Budget', Campus Review, June21-27, 2000.

'Forging Global Information Equity', Library Journal, July 2000, pp 46-47.

'No Writers' Block in E-book Revolution', Incite, October 2000.

'Booked To Die?: Australia's Information Future', Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 32(3) pp 99-103, September 2000.

'Academic Libraries - An Endangered Species?', AB&P, November 2000, p32.
Globalisation and Challenges in Scholarly Communication. Alexandria 13(3) 177-181.


'Issues for Australian Libraries: an introduction', Library Hi Tech, Volume 17 Number 3, pp236-239.

'The future role of the information professional', The Electronic Library, Volume 17, Number 6, December 1999, p374.


'Brought to Book', Eureka Street, July/August 1998, pp38-41.


'Choreographing an Australian Vision, Australian Bookseller & Publisher, August 1997, pp60-61.
'Digital Dilemmas: Are Libraries and IT Centres Causes for Concern in the Twenty First Century', CAUSE in Australasia '97 - Conference Proceedings, 13-16 April 1997, pp455-472.
'Dinosaur or Phoenix? The Profession of Librarianship', inCite, March 1997, p8.
'Dinosaur or Phoenix? The Profession of Librarianship', Singapore Libraries Bulletin, August 1997, pp5-7.
'Managing Change in Digital Structures', Libraries for the New Millennium - implications for managers, David Raitt (Ed), Library Association Publishing, London, 1997, pp148-168.
'Virtual Professions and Digital Libraries: The Lessons of 1996. Information Management Report, Elsevier Science Ltd., January 1997, pp1-8.


'Australian Information Technology Blueprint'. Information Management Report, July 1996, pp 6-8.
'Collectors can be booked out'. The Canberra Times, Tuesday July 9, 1996, p17.
'Dinosaur or Phoenix!: The Profession of Librarianship'. University of Tasmania, Information Bulletin, October 1996, pp 2-3.
'Hollywood or Bust: The Virtual University'. Information Management Report, December 1996, pp 16-19.
'Hollywood or Bust: virtual universities'. Campus Review, August 28 - September 3, 1996.
'Organization of Knowledge on the Internet'. Information Management Report, September 1996, pp 1-6.
'Stand and Deliver? Academics and the Information Superhighway'. Australian Historical Association Bulletin, No. 81, December 1995, pp17-22.
'The Evolving Virtual University'. Information Management Report, February 1996, pp1-4.
'Too reliant on the NLA'. InCite, August 1996, p 23.
'Virtual Professions and Digital Libraries'. LASIE, December 1996, pp 18-31.
Co-authored paper. 'Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin' (with Lawrie Brown). Sirius, March 1996, pp 8-11.


'Copyright: some electronic dimensions of academic publishing'. Information Management Report, November 1995, pp. 11-14.
'Copyright: some electronic dimensions of academic publishing'. In National Scholarly Communications Forum, Round Table Three, Intellectual property networked environment, State Library of New South Wales, 19th to 20th June 1995, Summary of Proceedings, National Scholarly Communications Forum, Canberra, 1995.
'The death of academic print publishing'. Campus Review, 2-8 November 1995, pp. 13, 16.
'The death of academic print publishing and the scholarly electronic phoenix'. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Newsletter, 1995 14(4): 34-39.
'Digital libraries and "God" in cyberspace'. Australian and New Zealand Theological Libraries Association Newsletter, 1995, 27: 6-10.
'The digital library: do's, don'ts and developments'. Guest Editorial, The Electronic Library, 1995, 13(5): 435-37.
'The empire strikes back: librarians and antiquarian booksellers'. Australian Book Collector, 67, October 1995, pp. 18-20.
'The evolving virtual university'. The Australian, 8 November 1995, pp. 15-16.
'The Internet and the antiquarian bookseller: an initial foray'. Australian Book Collector, September, 1995, 66: 10-11.
'A mirror for observers: science fiction, fantasy and horror collecting'. Antiquarian Book Monthly, January 1995, pp. 24-27.
'Netscope: the future for libraries in a networking environment'. In Networking and the future of libraries 2. Managing the intellectual record. An international conference held at the University of Bath, 19-21 April 1995. A festschrift for Philip Bryant. Edited by Lorcan Dempsey, Derek Law and Ian Mowat, Library Association Publishing in Association with the UK Office for Library and Information Networking, University of Bath, London, 1995, pp. 136-61.
'Networking Australia's future'. Information Management Report, August 1995, pp. 16-18.
'Publish or perish/converge or die? The future of scientific information access'. Editorial, Information Management Report, February 1995, pp. 1-4.


"At the crossroads". New Librarian, August 1994, 28-29 (with Susan Prentice).
"Australian electronic library and network developments: Introductory overview". Australian Library Review, 1994, 11(1):2-4.
"Australian Government Senate report calls for increased library and information research infrastructure". Information Management Report, September 1994, 12-3.
"Australian Government studies the information superhighway". Information Management Report, June 1994, 11-3.
"Brave new interactions". Canberra Times, 11 June 1994.
"Challenge to tenure". Campus Review Weekly, 14-20 July 1994, 12.
"Electronic distributed national collection possible". Campus Review Weekly, 26 May-1 June 1994, 10.
"The global connection: Australia and data networks". Information Management Report, August 19994, 14.
"ILMSs in Australasia". Information Management Report, February 1994, 14-5.
"Libraries in an age of technology". Incite, 29 April, 1994, 12-15.
"Library 2000 and the Asian IT Tigers". Information Management Report, October 1994, 4.
"Literary world comes to Canberra: Literary lunches bring writers to the people". Literary Supplement to the Canberra Times, 9 June 1994, 3.

"Lucy Sussex". Vector, 177, February/March 1994, 13-4.
"Millennial libraries: Management changes in an electronic environment (a paper delivered at the SAILIS Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa, September 1993)", The Electronic Library, 11(6), December 1993, 393-402 (published in 1994).
"South African libraries: In out of the cold or burn library burn?" Information Management Report, January 1994, 11-4.
"South African secondhand and antiquarian bookshops: A brief overview". Antiquarian Book Monthly, January 1994, 23-24.
"Universities must seize the publishing initiative". Campus Review Weekly, December 1-7, 1994, 19.


Australia and Latin America: proceedings of a seminar on Australia and Latin America. Edited by Colin Steele and Harry Bullock. Canberra, Magellan Society, 1993.
Australia's Distributed National Collection Colloquium. Adelaide University, March 1993. Information Management Report, June 1993, pp. 16-18.
'Australian policy on university libraries'. Information Management Report, August 1993, p. 15.
'Canberra Book Fair: opening speech'. Australian Book Collector 44, September 1993, pp. 8-12.
'Collaboration or cooperation good citizens or economic rationalists?' A report on the Second Biennial ALIA Conference. Information Management Report, March 1993, pp. 13-16.
Millennial libraries: management changes in an electronic environment'. The Electronic Library, v. 11 (6) December 1993, pp. 393-402.
'New romances or neuromancers? - changes in scholarly communication'. Information Management Report, September 1993, pp. 14-17.
'The quintessential literary nomad: Michael Moorcock'. Sirius, Issue 3 November 1993, pp. 29-31.
'The state of the nation: an overview of Australian University and Research Library annual reports'. Colin Steele and Joan Jensen. Australian Academic Research Libraries, v. 24 (2) 1993, pp. 116-126.


Australia as an information society'. Information Management Report, June 1992, pp. 1-4.
'Australia reviews its higher education libraries'. Information Management Report, January 1992, pp. 2-7.
'Academic library developments and new technologies'. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Frontiers in Library and Information Services, 9-11 May 1992. Taipei, National Central Library, 1992, pp. 743-760.
'The awesome conference of American booksellers'. Canberra Times, 17 June 1992, p. 24.
'Electronic access services: the impact of changes in information provision'. In ALIA 92 Libraries: The Heart of the Matter, Proceedings of the Australian Library and Information Association 2nd Biennial Conference, 1992. Melbourne, W.D. Thorpe, 1992, pp. 344-347.
'The electronic library: a 1992 perspective of the US scene'. Information Management Report, November 1992, pp. 1-6.
'Libraries in the 1990s - the real dimension of information access.' In Proceedings of the Eighth Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians, 11-14 June 1990. Jakarta, CONSAL, 1992, pp. 253-261.
'The limits of genre'. SF Commentary, 71-72, April 1992, pp. 25-27.
'New Australian studies resource'. InCite, 12 October 1992, pp. 14-15.
'Overcoming the tyranny of distance: electronic information access in Australia'. In Proceedings of the ASIS 1992 Mid-Year Meeting, 27-30 May 1992. Washington, ASIS, 1992, pp. 149-154.
'The Ross Report consummation: love's labour lost revisited'. Australian Library Review, May 1992, pp. 103-105.
'The Texas booktrade massacres?' Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, April 1992, pp. 160-162.
'Towards Federation 2001: two conference reports'. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, June 1992, p. 144-145.
'Were you reading Kafka at nine?' Australian Book Review, October 1992, pp. 46-47.


'Academic libraries'. In Librarianship & information work worldwide 1991. Edited by M.B. Line, G. Mackenzie and Ray Prytherch. London, Bowker-Saur, 1991, pp. 79-80.
'Anthem and cadence of the young'. Australian Book Review, May 1991, p. 37.
'Australian electronic library seminar'. Information Management Report, October 1991, pp. 15-16.
'Australian science fiction: down but not under'. Vector, no. 163, pp. 10-11.
'To change or not to change. 1st ALIA Conference in Perth, Western Australia'. Outlook on Research Libraries, January 1991, pp. 6-7.
'Document delivery and Australia's distributed national collection'. In Interlending and document supply: proceedings of the Second International Conference. Edited by A. Gallico. Boston Spa, IFLA Office for International Lending, 1991, pp. 93-99.
'Drivetime Dostoyevsky'. Editions Review, v.2(5), 1990, pp. 22-23 (published in 1991).
'An electrifying age for libraries'. The Australian., 20 November 1991.
'The E-library, it's time - but is it the best of times or the worst of times'. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, June 1991, pp. 83-87.
'International Conference on New Frontiers in Library and Information Services, Taiwan, 8-12 May 1991'. Information Management Report, August 1991, pp. 13-16.
'International conferences, British Libraries and the Quest for the Holy Grail'. InCite, 6 May 1991, pp. 14-15.
'The Librarian's image: fact or fiction'. In Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Conference of the Australian School Library Association. Leura, ASLA, 1991, pp. 7-15 (With A. Steele).
'Love's labour lost or the Australian Higher Education Review of Libraries'. Australian Library Review , v.8 (4), November 1991, pp. 349-359.


'Australian automation developments, 1989-1990'. In Online Information 90: 14th International Online Information Meeting Proceedings, London 11-13 December 1990, ed. by D.I. Raitt. Oxford, Learned Information, 1990. pp. 469-477.
'Eighth CONSAL (Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians)'. Outlook on Research Libraries, Sept. 1990, pp. 6-7.
'A humorist for all generations'. The Canberra Times, 8 August 1990.
'First Editions to Tempt the Bibliophile'. The Canberra Times, 20 May 1990.
'The life of Bryan: Australian library and information services, yesterday, today and tomorrow'. Journal of Librarianship, v.22(1) Jan. 1990, pp. 41-55.
'A national statistical database for Australian libraries'. Outlook on Research Libraries, June 1990, pp. 7-9.
'Realistic visions of tomorrow'. The Canberra Times, 28 January 1990.
'Reading scared: Stephen King'. Editions, no. 6, Feb. 1990, pp. 8-9.
'The review of the National Library of Australia: a review article'. The Australian Library Journal, v.39(1) Feb. 1990, pp. 3-18.
'Review of the Eighth Consal'. Incite, 27 August 1990, p. 6.
'Satellite television and information access in Australia'. The Electronic Library, v.8(3) June 1990, pp. 181-184.
'Scared But Honest'. Australian Book Review, 1990, p.37.
'The Steele Column'. SF Commentary, 8 March 1990, pp. 36-39.


'Australian Libraries' Summit'. Outlook on Research Libraries, 11(3) March 1989, pp. 11-14.
'The Australian Libraries Summit and document delivery past, present and future'. Interlending and Document Supply, 17(3) 1989, pp. 71-76.
'Cryptic statistics'. InCite, 10(19) November 1989, p. 1,4.
'Higher education libraries in Australia'. Outlook on Research Libraries, 11 (8), pp. 7-10.
'The higher education revolution in Australia - the impact on libraries'. Alexandria, 1(3) 1989, pp.1-11.
'Knocking down the ivory towers of academic fiction'. The Australian, 16 August 1989, p. 23.
'Libraries and new information technologies'. Australian Academic Research Libraries, September 1989, pp. 177-179.
'Libraries and new information technologies'. Outlook on Research Libraries, November 1989, pp. 8-10.
'Libraries and the new technologies'. In Shaping Organisations. Shaping Technology. Edited by Roger Clarke and Julie Cameron. Sydney, Prentice-Hall, 1989, pp. 393-406 (written with Antony Barry).
'New information technologies and the library: Australian experience in satellite access and related technologies'. In New Information Technology. Edited by Ching-chih Chen and David Raitt. Boston, Microuse Information, 1989, pp. 373-379.
'Strategic planning - a sop or a panacea?' In Living Together - People Persuasion Power. Proceedings of the 25th LAA Conference Sydney 1988. Sydney, LAA, 1988 (published 1989), pp. 171-178.


'ACLIS - Australian Council of Library and Information Services'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.10(6) June 1988, pp.4-5.
'Automated library systems in Australia'. See Henty, Margaret.
'Bound for Botany Bay: What Books Did the First Fleeters Read and Where Are They Now?' Canberra, Friends of the ANU library, 1988 (written with Michael Richards).
'Cost recovery of library services in New Zealand'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.10(5) May 1988, pp. 4-6.
'From the SF orbit'. The Book Magazine, v.1(4) Autumn 1988, pp. 5, 10.
'From the SF orbit'. The Book Magazine, v.2(1) Winter 1988, pp. 10-11.
'Frontline. The place of libraries'. Incite, v.9(21) 9 December 1988, p.2.
'Library developments in Australia: 1986'. Archives et Bibliotheques de Belgique, D1.59 (102) 1988, pp. 39-48.
'Library reviews II: that's your LOT!'. Australian Academic and Research libraries, v. 19(1) March 1988, pp. 39-48.
'The most obliging man in Europe'. The Book Magazine, v.2(1) Winter 1988, pp. 36-37.
'New technologies and a new university library'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.10(10) October 1988, pp.4-5.
'University libraries in Australia '88". Incite, v.9(9) 10 June 1988, pp.7-8.


'Australian interlibrary loans - positions harden and decisions are taken'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.9(5), pp. 8-9.
'Brave new word for books'. Australian Bookseller and Publisher, March 1987, pp. 16-17.
'Chaos & law in the fiction of Michael Moorcock'. Blast, no. 3, spring 1987, pp. 11-12.
'China's National Library'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.9(12), December 1987, pp. 7-8.
'From punched cards to robots. Our ascent into technology'. Wilson Library Bulletin, October 1987, pp. 29-32.
'From the SF orbit'. The Book Magazine, December 1987/January 1988, pp. 11-12.
'Library co-ordination in Australia'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.9(12), December 1987, pp. 8-9.
'Library reviews: the public and private face of librarianship'. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, v.18(1), March 1987, pp. 10-34.
'Major review of higher education libraries in Australia foreshadowed'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.9(11), November 1987, pp.2-4.
'STI & Australian libraries'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.9(10), October 1987, p. 2.
Steele, Colin & Evans, Michael. 'Issues in serials: an Australian perspective'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.9(4) April 1987, pp.7-9.
Steele, Colin & Guha, Mechthild. 'Writers, literary journals in the trenches'. The Book Magazine, v.1(2), August/September 1987, pp. 11-12.
Steele, Colin & Henty, Margaret. 'A woman's place is in the - library'. Journal of Librarianship, v.19(2) April 1987, pp. 121-128.
Steele, Colin & Prentice, Susan. 'The National Library of China'. Times Literary Supplement, 30 October - 5 November 1987, p. 1195.


'ALIC outsmarted'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.8(9) September 1986, pp.7-8.
'Document delivery in Australia: recent progress?' Interlending and Document Supply, v.13(4) 1985, pp.99-104.
'High tech creates a brave new world'. The Canberra Times, 21 September 1986.
'National collection management: the effect of devaluation'. AACOBS Newsletter, v.6(4) August 1986, pp.5-7.
'New library technologies and physical problems'. Information Technology and Libraries, v.5(3) September 1986, pp. 228-229.
'The politics of information in academia'. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, v.17(3) September 1986, pp.119-125.


'Australian librarianship today or yesterday?' Journal of Librarianship, v.17(1), January 1985, pp. 54-58.
'Document delivery in Australia: recent progress?' Interlending and Document Supply, v.13(4) 1985, pp. 99-104.
'Management issues in academic library integrated computerisation'. Australasian College Libraries, v.3(4) December 1985, pp. 163-166.
'Managing cataloguers without catalogues, or catalogues without cataloguers: a view from the twenty-first century?'. Cataloguing Australia, v.11(4) December 1985, pp. 102-114.
'National planning in Australia for library and information services'. Outlook on Research Libraries, v.7(12) December 1985, pp.5-6.


'The CTEC report for the 1985-1987 triennium', AARL, v.15 (4) 1984, p.185-194.
'Row over Film Archive at the Australian National Library', Outlook on Research Libraries, v.6 (7) 1984, p.8-9.
'Universal availability of publications: white hope or white elephant?' International Library Review, v.16 (4) 1984, p.357-365.


'Research libraries in the online environment' AARL 14, 3 (September, 1983), pp. 178-181.
'ALIC - Australia's best-hope' Outlook on Research Libraries 5, 10 (October 1983), pp. 7-9.


"Australian University Libraries: Problems and Prospects for the 1980s", in Vestes, v.25, No.1, 1982.


"The T.E.C. Report for the 1982-84 Triennium", in Australian Academic and Research Libraries, v.12, No.4, December 1981.


"Australian Libraries 1980", in New Library World, v.81, No. 964, October 1980.
Academic American Encyclopaedia, Princeton, 1980, 21 vols.


"Booksellers", in Latin American Bibliography, edited by L. Hallewell. London, Institute of Latin American Studies, 1978.


"Bibliophiles: Publish or be forever silent", in Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, v. 4, no. 10 (Issue No.42), October 1977.
"English-speaking collectors of Americana prior to 1650", in Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand. Bulletin, No. 10 (v.3, No.1), May 1977.


"Food for thought, or, cooking the books" in Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, January, 1976, Vol. III, No. 1.


Articles on Belgium, Luxembourg and Portugal in European Acquisitions (see above Books section).
"Separate Tables - The Librarian and the Bookseller", in Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, July 1975.


"Samuel Purchas and Richard Hakluyt", in The Hakluyt Handbook ed. D.B. Quinn (London, Hakluyt Society, 1974).
"The Peregrinations of Pizarro's Standard" (with J.L. Helguera), in Bodleian Library Record, December 1974.


"Who Wants to be an Administrator?", in New Library World, June 1973.
"Europe the Neglected Continent", in Library Association Record, July 1973.
"Chief Librarians, British and American Style", in New Library World, December 1973.


"How to build a Latin American Library Collection", in Bulletin of the Society of Latin American Studies, January 1972.


"Blanket orders and the Area Bibliographer", in Journal of Librarianship, 2 (4), October 1970.


"The University Library and the Graduate trainee", in Northwestern Newsletter of the Library Association, 92. July 1966.

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"Past, Present and Future of Books, Libraries and Book Collecting: A Personal Odyssey", University of Sydney, Fisher Library, 26 March 2015.

Canberra National Scholarly Communications Forum (NSCF) "Scholarly Communication & Publishing in a Global Research Environment." ANU, September 7, 2015. Read full text.

Canberra Independent Scholars Association of Australia Annual Conference, "Academic Publishing Futures", National Library of Australia, October 2, 2015 .


"Past, Present and Future of Books, Libraries and Book Collecting: A Personal Odyssey", keynote address, Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 27 November.

Open Access in Australia: National and Global Perspectives, Bangkok, June 3, OASPAs 1st Asian Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing


2013: Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Global and Australian Developments [PDF:1.3MB], National Scholarly Communications Forum, Open Access Research Issues in the Humanities and Social Sciences?, May 3, Australian National University.


Book to What Future: The Scholarly Monograph in the Digital Era, Melbourne University, Monday 19 September: Overview of Issues
Book to What Future: The Scholarly Monograph in the Digital Era, Presentation to the Information Futures Forum, St Mary's College, Melbourne University, Tuesday 20 September: Is There a Future for the Scholarly Monograph/


Creative Commons in Research and Education: Public Good Tipping Points. Using Creative Commons in the Public Sector. Parliament House, Canberra. 26 November
Research Excellence Evaluation. Research Assessment and Publication Metrics - The Beginning or End of an ERA? ANU Emeritus Faculty. 18 October
Open Access: Australian Research For Whom? (With Paula Callan and Paul Reekie). Science Meets Parliament 2010. Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS). Parliament House. 10 March.


Scholarly Communication in Africa: Project Scoping Workshop, Capetown, 10-11 June
Public Funding, Public Access, Public Good- Improving Access to Research
University Co-op Bookshop Managers' Conference, Kiama, 23 October, Digital Futures: Bookshops, Publishing and Academic Libraries
Australian Campus Booksellers Association Conference, Brisbane, 5 November Digital Futures: Bookshops, Publishing and Academic Libraries


"The Beginning of an Open Rewards ERA" in "Open Access and Research" Conference, Brisbane, 26 September 2008. Available at:
April 28, The Beginning or End of a Rewards ERA? Deakin University.
May 12, Future Trends in Scholarly Communication, City University London


Keynote Presentation: Rigour Mortis? Are Evaluative Measures and Scholarly Research Compatible?, December 5-7 Toowoomba ACIS2007: the 3 Rs: Research, Relevance and Rigour - Coming of Age: 18th Australasian Conference on Information Systems.

Manchester University Library. "The Library and Information Worlds Turned Upside Down: An Australian Perspective". April

Macau University. "Scholarly Communication Futures, Digital Publishing and Open Access Opportunities in the 21st Century". May.

Hong Kong University. "Open Access Scholarly Frameworks: Australian Government Agencies and the Research Councils" in "Promoting 21st Century Scholarly Communication Conference". May.

University of The Third Age. Ulladulla. "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be". August.


"Gutenberg Revisited? Twenty first century issues in scholarly publishing and communication". McGill University, Montreal. June.

"Research Quality Frameworks, Research Assessments and Scholarly Publishing: Where Are We Heading?" Seminar series undertaken with Dr Linda Butler. CAVAL. Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth. July.

"Citation, Citation, Citation". URLS. Canberra. September.

"The Future isn't What it Used to be", National Museum of Australia. Canberra. December.


"How will Scholars Cope in the Future?" 21st international learned journals seminar. The web and after. London. ALPSP. Available at: April.

"Snap, Crackle, and Ultimately Pop. The Future for Serials." UK Serials Group, Edinburgh. April.

"The Blame Game/ Open Access Overview and Library Perspectives". Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series. Melbourne. Available at: April.

"Global Trends in Scholarly Communication". Keynote address to the Inaugural University of Scholarly Communication Forum '. July.

"Digital Challenges for Libraries: US Perspectives". National Library of Australia. July.

"Open Access and Scholarly Communication Futures". CAVAL Seminars. Australia and New Zealand. September-October.

"Book to the Future: 21st Century Models for the Scholarly Monograph". Charleston Conference. Charleston, South Carolina. November.

"Measuring the Quality of Research Output in a Changing World". Charleston. With Leo Walford. November.


"The Wizards of Oz: Open Archive Initiatives Down Under". OAI3: CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. Powerpoint presentation. February.

Changing Research Practices in the Digital Information and Communication Environment. Presentation to the Seminar 'Measuring Excellence in Research and Research Training'. National Academies Forum. Australian Academy of Science. June.

"Global Initiatives in Scholarly Electronic Publishing". 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. Canberra. June-July.

"Digital Publishing and the Knowledge Process". Presentation at the Scholarly Communication in the Digital Era. 19th Conference on Library Automation of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan. July.

"The Sound of One Hand Clapping: The Politics of Scholarly Communication Change". Third Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication. Lund. PowerPoint presentation available from Conference Papers page. April.

"Library and Institutional Futures in the Digital Environment". National Library of Australia. Canberra. April.

"Open Access Initiatives and Institutional Repositories: European Perspectives". URLS. National Library of Australia. March.


"What do our Users Want". With Margaret Henty, UCRLS, Canberra.

"Death of the Book: Overview". National Scholarly Communication Forum with Australian Academy of Humanities, National Maritime Museum, Sydney. March.

"The Empire Strikes Back: Global Trends in Scholarly Electronic Publishing". First International Conference on the Future of the Book. Cairns. April.

"What do Researchers Want and Do We Know if they Get It?" Scholarly Communication Issues for Library and Information Professionals'. Educause Australia, Adelaide. Colin Steele with Margaret Henty. May.

"Digital Dreams or Nightmares? Creator to Consumer in the 21st Century". Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series, Somerville College, Oxford. August.

"Recent Global Developments in Scholarly Communication"; "Electronic Publishing" and "Scholarly Communication and Digital Repositories". Content and Digital Infrastructure Issues. Three lectures given at Feng Chia University Library, Taichung, Taiwan. September.


"Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century". Perth. Curtin University. May.

"The Future of Scholarly Communication - University Eprint Repositories". Group of Eight seminar series. With Lorena Kanellopoulos. Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth. May.

"E-Prints Australia: The Future of Scholarly Publishing". Canberra. Australian National University. July.

"Celebration of 400th Anniversary of the Bodleian Library, Oxford". After dinner speech. Keble College, Oxford. September.

"Globalisation, Information Access and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Australia". ISAA Conference 'Blurred Boundaries: Australians and Globalisation'. Canberra. National Library of Australia. October.

"Scholarly Communication Futures: A Global Perspective"; "Publishing Trends in the 21st Century. Free or Commercial in the Information Superbowl"; "Electronic Publishing Changes and the Impact on Libraries"; and "Library Users and the Information Future". Feng Chia University Library, Taichung, Taiwan Conference on Scholarly Communication. October.


"Have Libraries a Future in the Internet Era?"University House. Emeritus Faculty Lecture. February.

"Scholarly Information Futures: A Perspective From Down Under". Invited lecture University of Pennsylvania Library, Philadelphia. May.

"New Futures for Research Libraries". Canberra, Australian National University. November.


"Coalitions for Knowledge Australian and International Perspectives". "The Library as Change Agent in the 21st Century". Directions in Information, Culture and Economy Seminar, Wellington, New Zealand, February.

"Virtual Libraries: Virtual Communities. From Bricks to Clicks: Unified Campus Delivery Systems and Information Futures." Keynote speaker at International Association of Technological University Libraries, Brisbane, Australia. May.

"International Strategic Initiatives related to Information Infrastructure. Australia's Information Future". Canberra, Australian Research Council. August.


Keynote speaker at SCONUL Conference, Dublin, Ireland, April 1999. 'Australia and Scholarly Communication Initiatives.'

The University of British Columbia Library Lecture, Vancouver, Canada, October 18, 1999. 'Darwin's Radio - Evolutionary patterns of Scholarly Communication - an Australia Perspective'.

Speaker at ARL/SPARC Conference, Washington, USA, October 1999. 'Plugging the Gap: SPARC and the Australian Information Infrastructure Crisis.'

Ausinfo, February 6, 1999. Globalisation or Niche Markets: Do Librarians and Information Professionals Have a Future?


International Symposium on Libraries in the 21st Century, Peking University Library. Speech on 'Staffing the Digital Library in the 21st Century'. (with Guha, Mechthild).


CAUSE in Australia '97, Information Technology - The Enabler, Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Australia, 13-17 April 1997. Keynote speech 'Digital Dilemmas: Are Libraries and IT Centres Causes for Concern in the Twenty First Century'.
CAUL/Industry Thinktank, Rydges, Melboure, 27-28 November. Keynote speech 'The Changing Nature of Scholarly Communication'.
Pacific Digital Library Conference, San Diego, 16 June-1 July. Speech on 'Australian Database Directions'.


'Australasian Electronic Initiatives'. National Scholarly Communications Forum Roundtable 4: Future of Academic Publishing, Academy of Science, Canberra, 22-23 February 1996.
'Knit One, Purl Two: The Organisation of Knowledge on the Internet'. Mollie Thomson Memorial Lecture, State Library of New South Wales, May 1996.
'The Death of the Print Journal'. Fellows Seminar, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 14 October 1996.
'Digital Library Developments in USA'. CSIRO Library Network Conference, Olim's Canberra Hotel, 1 April 1996.
'Global Resource Sharing Initiatives'. Western European Conference, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 15-17 November 1996.
'The Role of Information Specialists in the Digital Era'. CSIRO Library Network Conference, Olim's Canberra Hotel, 1 April, 1996.
'Tomorrow's Access Today's Decisions: Ensuring Access to Today's Electronic Resources'. U.S. Research Library Directors Conference, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 11-12 March 1996.
'Virtual Professions and Digital Libraries'. Professional Perspectives Lecture series, University of Canberra, 8 May 1996.
'Yellow Brick Road: Reality or Illusion on the Net'. ALIA Acquisitions Seminar, Melbourne, 7 October 1996.
"Will the Virtual University mean 'Farewell Bookish Don?". University of Sydney, ANZAAS Seminar, 25 May 1996.
'Print and Electronic Publishing', Academy of Technological Sciences, Academy of Science, 14 October 1996 (with Barry, Anthony).


"Changing library structures and digital libraries", University of Melbourne Library staff, Melbourne, June 1995.
"The future is now". Panel presentation, Educating for the Future Conference, University of Canberra, July 1995.
"Have librarians a future in cyberspace?" Postgraduate seminar, Faculty of Communication, University of Canberra, March 1995.
"The library of the future". Vice-Chancellor's Academic Advisory Group, James Cook University, Townsville, July 1995.
New romances or pulp fiction? Do libraries and librarians have an Internet future?" Follett Lecture Series, Manchester Business School, Manchester, and Edinburgh University, April 1995.
"The evolving virtual university". DEET Seminar for Deputy Vice-Chancellors, University House, Canberra, October 1995.


"Electronic strategies for the future". Staff of Queensland University of Technology, Library, Brisbane.
"Some thoughts on a recent trip to China". ALIA's Asia Pacific Special Interest Groups, National Library of Australia (with Susan Prentice).
"The Information Superhighway". United States Information Service Satellite Linkup.


"Asian/Pacific cooperation in Australasia". Bi-annual Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries' Directors, University of Hawaii.
"Electronic information access and delivery and the special library". South African Library Association Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa.
"Electronic publishing and the networks". National Book Council Seminar, Melbourne.
"Have librarians a future in the electronic age?" Keynote paper at the Annual Research Seminar of the GSLA, Melbourne.
"Millennial libraries: management changes in an electronic environment". South African Library Association Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa.
"New romances - the convergence of IT structures - ANU's experiences in IT developments and structures with particular relevance to the Library and its involvement in electronic access and services". CAUSE Conference, Hobart.


"Developments in the Australian library and information scene". 120th meeting of the Association of Research Libraries Directors, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 1992.
"Overcoming the tyranny of distance: electronic information access in Australia". American Society of Information Science Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 1992.
"Electronic information and Australian implications". Presented at the National Library of Australia Conference "Towards Federation 2001", Canberra, 1992.
"The science serial crisis and the electronic library". Presented to the Australian Deans of Science Meeting, Canberra, 1992.


"Academic library developments and the new technologies" presented to "New Frontiers in Library and Information Services Conference", Taipei, May 1991.
"Priorities in university library collections". National Roundtable on Libraries in Asia.
"Murder or suicide: John Jenkins' death and Texas forgeries" presented at the Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand".


"The Information Super Highway: New Challenges for University Administrators" paper presented to the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators' annual conference and University of Canberra Summer School Master in Information Management Students.
"Libraries in the 1990s: the Real Dimension of Information Access" presented at the Eighth Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL), Jakarta, Indonesia, June 1990.
"Document Delivery and Australia's Distributed National Collection" presented to the Second International Conference on Interlending and Document Supply, United Kingdom, November 1990.
"Australian Automation Developments 1989-1990", presented at the 14th International Online Conference, London, December 1990.


Major speaker on "Satellite Information in Libraries" at the Second Pacific Conference on New Information Technology, Singapore, May 1989.


"Automation in Australian Libraries" at the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Library Association, February 1986.
"Trends in Australian Librarianship" at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington.
"Strategic Planning: A Sop or Panacea" at the Australian Library Association/IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Conference, August 1988.
Presented a paper to the biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia on library collections for Asian Studies in Australia, Canberra, February, 1988.


"The Role of Literary Festivals" at the Adelaide Writers week during the Adelaide Festival.
"The Politics of Information in Academia" at the University and College Library Seminar "Academic Libraries and the Information Marketplace", Darwin, June 1986.


"Managing Cataloguers Without Catalogues, or Catalogues Without Cataloguers: a View from the 21st Century". National Cataloguers' Section Conference "The Management of Cataloguing", Canberra, October 1985.
Paper on administration of automation at the National URICA Users Group, Perth, September 1985.


"Observations on Library Developments in the United States and the United Kingdom". Paper delivered at the Library Association of Australia ACT Branch, Canberra, July 1983.
"The Third Revolution - The Information Explosion" at Beijing University Library, China, September 1983.
"General Issues in the Management of New Technologies" at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, September 1983.


"Australian Libraries Steady State/Zero Growth: The Debate Continues". Paper delivered at the Library Association of Australia 22nd Biennial Conference, Adelaide, August 1982.


"British Academic Libraries 1979, with some Australian Comparisons". Library Association of Australia, ACT and Queensland Branches, July 1979.
"Early British Collectors of Mexicana" at Mexican-Australian Seminar on Prehistory, History and Culture. September 1979. ANU.


"The Making of Major Libraries of the World". Monash University, Graduate Library School.
"Why Do We Acquire" (with J. Horacek). Library Association of Australia. Acquisitions Special Interest Group. July 1978. Bathurst, NSW.


"The Making of Major Libraries of the World". ACT Branch of Library Association of Australia.


"The British Library". Lectures given at Chicago University, Wisconsin University and University of California at Los Angeles.
"Library Catalogues". Lectures given at North-western University and the Newberry Library, Chicago.


"Libraries and Bibliographical Resources". Four lectures given each Michaelmas Term in the Faculties of Modern History & Social Studies, Oxford University.


"Book Purchasing and Exchanges in Mexico and the Andean Republics" Institute of Latin American Studies Seminar, London, September 1971.


"How to build a Latin American Collection" Institute of Latin American Studies Seminar, London, September 1970.


'The computerisation of the Bodleian pre-1920 catalogue" at the 1969 Newcastle (UK) University Seminar on the "Management of Computing Activity in Academic Libraries.

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