Patrick is the Senior Director, Northern Territory Library and Archives, having headed up the Northern Territory Library (NTL) for just over four years.
The NTL is a ‘state library’ with a major role in collecting the documentary record of Northern Territory history and culture, but it also has a very strong connection with the 32 public libraries across the Territory. It provides operational funding, collections (including eResources), a Territory-wide Library Management System, and staff development services. The NTL also runs two public libraries directly, and as the main library is at Parliament House in Darwin, runs a Parliamentary Library Service as well.
Prior to this Patrick worked at the State Library of Victoria for seven years, in a number of roles, and before that was at the Victorian Parliamentary Library. He came into libraries as a web developer in the 1990s and has always had a strong interest in digital library services. He also has a background in history, so has been a long time user of libraries from a research perspective.
He currently lives in Darwin with his partner, four possums and a houseful of tree frogs and geckos. It’s a welcoming town with a relaxed and outdoor lifestyle, great markets and harbour views – but sadly no swimming due to crocodiles!