Hugh Rundle is a librarian from Melbourne, Australia. He tries to make it simple and easy to share and use information. Hugh has an interest in Open Access, Open Government and privacy issues. He also likes to write about himself in the third person.


Hugh was recently appointed Systems and Resources Coordinator at Brimbank Libraries. He has previously held positions at the City of Boroondara Library Service in children’s & youth services, information & reference services, and systems & IT.

Hugh has been an Associate member of the Australia Library and Information Association since 2005, and an ALIA Certified Professional (AALIA CP) since 2012.

In 2013 Hugh was invited to join the Editorial Board of In the Library with the Lead Pipe, a leading peer reviewed and open access online journal for the library profession.

In 2014 Hugh was accepted into Cohort 1 of the International Network of Library Innovators (INeLI) Oceania, one of only 16 librarians to be accepted into the program.

UTS University Librarian Mal Booth has called Hugh "one of the leading thinkers with regard to libraries in Australia".


Hugh writes semi-regularly about libraries and librarianship here at hughrundle.net.

Hugh has also been published at In the Library with the Lead Pipe and contributed a chapter to the recent ALA publication Planning our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025. Hugh's blog posts have featured twice in American Libraries Direct - the American Library Association's weekly email newsletter - and his first article for In the Library with the Lead Pipe featured as the Library Link of the Day.

Hugh's writing has initiated robust international discussions about 3D printing in libraries and the nature of information. Hugh's blog has also featured as set reading for Michael Stephens' Hyperlinked Library MOOC and influenced leading library web designer Matthew Reidsma's conference presentations. Hugh's post on 3D printers in libraries also featured in the LISNews.org 'Ten stories that shaped 2013.'.


Hugh was invited to be a guest speaker at VALA's AGM in March 2013 and gave a presentation rather grandiosely styled "Technolust: The Fifth Column of the Information Counter-Revolution."

Hugh has also spoken at ALIA New Grads events about applying for library jobs.

In February 2014 Hugh presented a paper at the VALA 2014 Conference about his experience setting up a workplace learning network.

In April 2014 Hugh spoke on an IFLA New Librarians Global Connection webinar, and in June he was the keynote speaker at the ALIA WA Symposium.

Public Affairs

Hugh has made submissions to the Victorian Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee Inquiry into the use of social media in the Assembly and Members reflecting on the Office of the Speaker, and the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy at both the Issues Paper and Discussion Paper stages.