Colin Steele is Emeritus Fellow of the Australian National University. Previously, he was Director of Scholarly Information Strategies (2002-2003); University Librarian ANU (1980-2002); Deputy Librarian ANU (1976-1980); and Assistant Librarian at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1967-1976).
He is the Convenor of the National Scholarly Communications Forum and in September 2009 was the Convenor of the National Academies Forum on Excellence in Research Evaluation, Impacts on Scholarship, Research Funding and Publications. He is the author/editor of 7 books, as well as over three hundred articles and reviews. He is a regular reviewer for several journals as well as the Canberra Times. He is on the board of several international journals, including The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. He has been an invited keynote speaker in 7 countries, most recently in South Africa in June 2009.
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.
- Australian National University (ANU)
- National Scholarly Communications Forum
- National Academies Forum on Excellence in Research Evaluation
- The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science