Vale Heather Gordon - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Vale Heather Gordon

One of USC’s original staff members – Ms Heather Gordon – passed away on Friday 9 August.

Heather was USC’s foundation University Librarian and Executive Director of Information Systems. Heather joined USC in July 1995 and in her first year worked tirelessly on a design brief for the University Library with architects John Mainwaring and Associates, and Lawrence Nield and Partners. Heather also developed the original library collection and services, which commenced in February 1997.

Heather’s goal for the Library was to stimulate and give access to ideas and information that would contribute to the University’s scholarly communication. Heather wanted the Library to be an ‘inviting place for discovery and discourse’ that reflected the ‘University’s values of fostering freedom of inquiry and expression in the pursuit of lifelong learning’. This goal was achieved in large part due to Heather’s leadership and expertise in information systems at a time when the discipline was needing to adapt to emerging technologies.

Heather said that the Library was ‘placed to significantly contribute to the life and character of the University’ and we believe this to also be true of Heather at such an important time in USC’s development. Heather devoted much of her life to the Higher Education sector and, after more than a decade at USC, she went on to join James Cook University as Director and University Librarian in 2006 and retired in 2017 as acting Executive Director and DVC of the University Services Division.

Heather leaves a legacy and will always be remembered by the USC community for her significant contribution to student and academic life at the heart of the campus – the Library.