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Colin Steele is an Emeritus Fellow of the ANU. He is the author/editor of seven books on history, libraries and scholarly communication, as well as over three hundred articles and reviews. In 1984 he was awarded the Knight Cross of Queen Isabella La Catolica of Spain for services to Hispanic culture. In 1998 he was awarded a Fellowship by both the British and Australian Library Associations, only the sixth double Fellowship in history. In 2001 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and in 2002 received the Australian Centenary Medal for Scholarly Communication services. He has been a judge for the Prime Ministers Literary Award for Non Fiction from 2010 to 2012 and also for History in 2012.


  • –present
    Emeritus Fellow, ANU
  • 1980–2002
    University Librarian, Australian National University


  • 1972 
    Liverpool University, MA
  • 1967 
    University College London, Graduate Diploma Librarianship