Margaret Bywater has been a professional librarian for more than 50 years, working in Libraries in Australia and Cambodia. For five years commencing in mid-1986, Mrs. Bywater headed the Quaker team responsible for the Australian funded English language-teaching program at the University of Phnom Penh. Since 1992, Margaret has devoted herself to the development of libraries and information resources in Cambodia. She is based at Hun Sen library, Royal University of Phnom Penh. Her activities include designing training programs, training librarians and encouraging Cambodians to gain access to information through the use of books, libraries, and in more recent years, the Internet and digital collections. [She has helped to organize library and information systems and documentation, build capacity, and vastly expand library collections, in a wide range of government and non-government institutions in Cambodia.
Currently she is working as part of the Maryknoll funded foreign assistance team at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, while also providing consultancy services for researchers, libraries and institutions in Cambodia.
Margaret is an avid reader and has spent her career encouraging others appreciate the delights of reading.