We are both happy and sad to announce that after 16 years at the PMI, Tim McKenna (Secretary Librarian) is officially retiring from his position at the end of this year.
After sixteen years at the PMI, eight of them as Secretary Librarian, I have decided to retire at the end of this year.
I have really enjoyed my time at PMI. It has been a pleasure meeting and getting to know our dedicated committee and staff and you, our members.
My chief focus as a librarian has always been our local history collection and it has been with a great sense of satisfaction that I have watched it develop into something really significant.
I leave confident that the PMI, with the support of you, our members, will continue on its successful path.
Tim’s contribution to relocating the library, maintaining the excellent quality of the collection and understanding every aspect of what is needed to run the library has been unwavering. Without him the PMI Library and its collection would not be to the standard it is today.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the PMI’s new Secretary Librarian, Steven Haby.
Steven comes to us with an extensive background in public and special libraries undertaking a number of roles including management, technical and IT services and reference and information services. Steven has worked in Melbourne and regional Victoria and his most recent role was Bass Coast Principal Librarian at the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation.
Steven has a Bachelor of Social Science in Library and Information Services from RMIT and has also lectured at Monash University, Chisholm and Swinburne TAFEs in library cataloguing and classification. Steven’s interest in local history stems from his parents who are involved in various local history and genealogical societies. His passion for local history has had a significant influence on his 10 year old son, Domenic, who loves old Victorian ghost towns and railway stations and his 20 year old daughter, Shara-Louise, who is interested in retro fashion and old Australian cook books.
Apart from an interest in local history, Steven is a passionate railway, bus and tram enthusiast, and collects timetables, maps and other ephemera. He also spends time writing and photographing old buildings and street architecture across Melbourne and Victoria. Steven was born in Geelong (one of his favourite places) and has a particular fondness for the route 70 Wattle Park tram route.
“I’ve been a member of the PMI Victorian History Library for many years and its collection of resources on Victorian local history and latterly expanding into Australian local history is a core strength and the fact that this material can be borrowed is a key value proposition to our members and the community. As a very keen railway enthusiast and member of the Australian Railway Historical Society it is pleasing that the ARHS library collection is also based within the PMI Victorian History Library along with the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society. I am very keen to use my skills to support our team to expand our reach into the community and to provide more opportunities to access our incredible collection and services through various means. I am very keen to get the younger generation interested in local history. It is an honour to carry on the great work that Tim McKenna has done over the past decades.”