University Librarian

Mr Philip G Kent, BA Grad Dip Lib Sc AALIA MBA


Office: Level 5, Raymond Priestley Building

Contact: Joyce Bowden, Executive Assistant, telephone +(61 3) 8344 3973 or email Joyce Bowden

Philip G Kent is the University Librarian at the University of Melbourne. He joined the University in March 2009 following an extensive career in universities and CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. In addition to his library positions he has experience in information technology, knowledge and information management, archives and records management, risk and audit roles.

Following the Information Futures Commission and the development of a 10 year information strategy for the University, the Library was reinvigorated under his leadership. Key priorities during 2009 - 2014 were to increase the profile and effectiveness of the Library's contribution to the University's research effort. Access to the unique cultural collections held by the Library was advanced. Innovative learning spaces were developed to support the teaching and learning mission as well as implementing new technologies to support student learning.

In 2015 a new organisational model was implemented. Philip's focus in on strategic and representational matters related to the Library while the operational programs have transferred to University Services.

Philip also leads university-wide responsibility for the rich Cultural Collections held at Melbourne through his strategic role as Executive Director, Collections.

Philip holds an MBA from the Mt Eliza Business School now merged into the Melbourne Business School. He is a Director of CAVAL Ltd, he chairs the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL's), resources purchasing consortium, Chairs the Group of Eight (Go8) Librarians and Chairs the Editorial Board for the Australian Library Journal.