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Vale... Susie Glasson

Dear all,

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we wish to let you know that after a courageous battle with cancer Susie Glasson passed away early Monday morning.

Below is a tribute on behalf of several of our Committee members and is followed by a tribute from Megan Brooks and the library staff at Cranbrook.


Susie was Head of Library at Cranbrook for almost 20 years after a 28 year career there that also included a stint as Matron in charge of the Junior Boarding House. She was a member of the AIS Secondary Teacher Librarian Committee for 20 years. Susie was a fantastic Teacher Librarian, winning the NSW ASLA TL of the Year award in 2011 just before she was diagnosed. Susie was a dedicated TL and did her best in whatever she undertook. The intelligence she brought to our decision making and her depth of knowledge about our profession made her a true leader in our field.


She was our unofficial “AIS expert” on library technology and in particular on Internet searching. She set up a joint working space for AIS TLs, which is still available to us all. Susie loved to share her work with fellow TLs, everything from her reading lists, which were extensive, to information about questioning skills (in which she was an expert) and the huge work she did on finding better ways to search the Internet. She was a Google expert and read anything on Google that she could get her hands on.


On top of all that talent and skill she was a beautiful person – always engaging, cheery, thoughtful and a delight and such fun to be around. She was generous to the max - in every aspect of her professional and personal life. It wasn’t just that she gave us resources whenever we needed help but that she had a philosophy of giving. She was always looking for ways to share ideas, programs, resources, etc.  She had a real and true generosity of spirit. If Susie came to visit she might arrive late because she had been baking a cake to share with you! Throughout her illness she has been a model for us all. Bronwyn recalls visiting Susie with Alison, Liz and Helen at a time when she could barely see, and we arrived to find she had still managed to bake us a cake – we all felt we should be taking things to her, not her baking for us.

Susie loved a chat and always had the best news. She was an avid follower of politics, especially in the US, and would regularly update you on the latest news from the newspapers. She was also a clever and accomplished bridge player, partnering with Mary Collings to win several competitions. Susie took great delight in each day and pleasure in the simple things of life such as cooking, gardening and gossiping. She looked on the bright side of things and was always considerate of the people in her life. Her sense of humour and engaging personality made her a great companion. She had a witty and self-deprecating sense of humour that made every conversation enjoyable and every social occasion entertaining and amusing. Her family (library staff) at Cranbrook she made feel part of her own family. Her two boys, Tom and Dave were the centre of her life.


To say that we will miss her is such an understatement as she has truly enriched all our lives.  She was a great friend and colleague. Vale Susie.


Susie’s funeral is 10.15am on Friday at Macquarie Park Crematorium, North Ryde.