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Philip Kent is the University Librarian at the University of Sydney Library. Philip's pronouns are he/him. Philip's qualifications include BA Qld. GradDipLibSc Qld.UT MBA MBS-Mt Eliza.

Philip Kent joined the University of Sydney Library in 2020 following an extensive career in Australian and UK universities and the CSIRO. This is his fourth post as University Librarian and he is the first to hold this role at both Sydney and Melbourne. His broader experience includes responsibility for cultural collections, information technology, knowledge and information management, archives and records management, risk and audit roles.

Philip has led new university library building projects in Australia and the UK. He was a member of the judging panel for the UK Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Library Design Awards in 2019, and serves on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Library Buildings and Equipment Section.

Philip’s national and international professional activities have included: arXiv Members Advisory Board, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Group of Eight Librarians, CAVAL Ltd, Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), and the SCONUL Mentoring Oversight Group.

His vision for the University of Sydney Library is to see us build on the rich legacy of the past to be even more innovative in our approach to client service and student experience, changing approaches to education, and to support the very best in scholarly research. Our technology, rich collections and expert staff will enable this aspiration.


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