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Derek Whitehead

Adjunct Professor


Derek Whitehead was CIO and Director, Information Technology Services at Swinburne University of Technology to the end of January 2015. He is now an Adjunct Professor in Swinburne's Faculty of Arts, Health and Design / Institute of Social Research; in 2015 he will chair a review of Australian domain name policies.

Derek was previously Director, Information Resources and University Copyright Officer (2000-2013), responsible for management of the university's library, Web site, Records Management Services, copyright, and several information management projects.

Derek was President of the Australian Library and Information Association in 2008-09; he has been Chair of the Australian Digital Alliance since January 2008 ( He has also previously chaired several Australian domain name policy reviews and is currently chairing the 2015 Name Policy Review.

From 1996 to 1999 Derek was Deputy State Librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and from 1994 to 1999 he was involved in the creation and management of the pioneering community website, VICNET. In 2002 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours for his contribution to libraries and the internet.

Fields of Research

  • Library And Information Studies - 080700


Also published as: Whitehead, Derek; Whitehead, D.
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