Jean Conochie forged a successful career in librarianship at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), later the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). She took up her appointment in 1946 and remained there for all her working life, gaining an international reputation as a serials cataloguer and bibliographer. She was responsible for cataloguing standards across the entire CSIRO library network, and for the ongoing compilation of the CSIRO union catalogue. She was an active member of the Library Association of Australia as a member of the Board of Examiners from 1966-1972 and of numerous committees and represented the Association at international conferences. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 31 December 1977 for public service in the field of science. The Library Association of Australia honoured her with the H.C.L. Anderson Award in 1985 for outstanding service to librarianship in Australia.
Sources used to compile this entry: Incite, vol. 6, no. 7, 17 May 1985.