Library Board of Queensland

The Library Board is the governing body of State Library of Queensland and draws its powers from the Libraries Act 1988 [PDF 470kb]. The object of this Act is to contribute to the cultural, social and intellectual development of all Queenslanders.

The Library Board has adopted a Code of Conduct [PDF 211 KB] which all members uphold and which has been approved by the responsible Minister.

The Library Board is committed to improving access to information and knowledge for all Queenslanders. The Board periodically meets outside of Brisbane to keep informed about local issues and to strengthen relationships with local councils and the community.


Professor Jan Thomas (Chairperson)

Jan ThomasJan Thomas is the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Southern Queensland.

Before taking up this position in January 2012, Jan was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Murdoch University from 2003 until 2010 and the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2010.

Jan has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. She has received numerous national and international awards for her leadership in education.

Jan currently holds the position of Deputy Chair for the Managing Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She is also the Chair for the Regional Universities Network.

She is a strong advocate for the transformative role of education, both as a mechanism for social justice and as a key driver for national productivity and innovation.

Professor Emeritus Roland Sussex OAM (Deputy Chairperson)

Roland SussexRoland (Roly) Sussex was Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland from 1989 until 2010. Before that he taught Linguistics and Russian at the University of Reading (UK) and Monash University in Melbourne, and was the foundation professor of Russian at the University of Melbourne from 1977 to 1989.

He is currently Research Professor in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, and the School of Languages and Cultures, at the University of Queensland.

He was chair of the Library Board of Queensland from 2009 to 2014, and is now Deputy Chair. He has been President of the Alliance Fran├žaise of Brisbane since 2010. In 2012 he was made Patron of the Institute of Professional Editors.

His current research is located in the triangle between language, culture and society, and technology.

Roly Sussex writes a weekly column on language for the Brisbane Courier-Mail, and has been broadcasting every week to Queensland on ABC radio since 1997, and for the last decade to South Australia.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Professor Andrew Griffiths

Andrew GriffithsAndrew Griffiths is the Dean and Head of School at the UQ Business School.

Andrew completed his PhD in September 2000 and currently holds the Chair in Business Sustainability and Strategy.

Andrew is an internationally recognised scholar with his works published in The Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Management Studies. His areas of research include: the management of corporate change and innovation, strategic issues relating to the pursuit of corporate sustainability and innovation. He has published four books, The Sustainable Corporation (1998), Sustainability (2000), Organisational Change for Sustainability (2006) (with Dexter Dunphy and Sue Benn) and Corporate Sustainability and Innovation (2004).

Ms Heather Linaker

Heather LinakerHeather Linaker has more than 25 years' experience in the publishing industry, principally for the local operations of global publisher John Wiley & Sons. She held roles across a wide range of areas - including sales, marketing, project management and IT leadership - before her final two years as Managing Director for Australia. Since 2011, she has built a new career specialising in executive coaching, initially through her own boutique practice and now with the Stephenson Mansell Group—one of Australia’s leading leadership development firms—for which she is the Queensland State Director and an Executive Coach and Mentor. Heather has an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from Deakin University and is a Fellow of The CEO Institute.

Mr Matthew McDonnell

Matthew McDonnellMatthew McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a registered company auditor.

Matthew is a chartered accountant and has 19 years' experience in the accounting profession. He is currently a Partner at KPMG providing audit, accounting and advisory services to clients in the private and government sectors. In this role, he has also been responsible for the deployment of key project management initiatives including IT software and various regulatory requirements.

Matthew chairs the Library Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Mr Scott Reid

Scott ReidScott Reid is Regional Manager for Cisco Systems, responsible for its entire operations in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea, including business strategy development and execution for the region and high level corporate and government relationships within the region.

A seasoned ICT executive, Scott has over 22 years' experience in the ICT industry in Queensland and has held management roles with national and international companies such as Dell Computer Systems and Volante. He previously owned and operated a large local ICT firm, Silicon Data.

Scott is dedicated to ensuring the ICT industry's participation in social responsibility and continues to be a strong advocate for the industry.

He is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association and head of its Infrastructure Sub-Committee, a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee to the Lord Mayor and a committee member of the Smart Connected Transportation Centre of Excellence.

Scott holds a Diploma of Education from Launceston State Institute of Technology.

Associate Professor Grace Sarra

Grace SarraGrace Sarra is presently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and a researcher within the YuMi Deadly Centre at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Born and raised in Townsville, Associate Professor Sarra is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. She has been teaching in schools and universities for over 20 years. She completed her Doctor of Creative Industries at QUT. Her interests are in the area of Indigenous education with a particular focus on school change and leadership, social justice and inclusive education.

Grace is the Chair of the Library Board's Indigenous Advisory Group; is a Board member of the State Archives Public Records Review Committee; a member of the Board of Advice for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF); a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Australian Council for Educational Research; a member of the Good Beginnings Australia Program Advisory Committee; and a member of the equity committee at QUT.

Adjunct Professor Joan Sheldon AM

Joan SheldonJoan Sheldon ran her own physiotherapy practice and was actively involved in advancement of the profession before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1990. In that role she held a range of senior positions, including Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for the Arts. Other portfolios included Tourism, Consumer Affairs, Women’s Policy, Trade, Employment, Training, Industrial Relations, Economic Development, Health, Family Services, and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs. She is the Ethics Advisor of the Local Government Association of Queensland, an Adjunct Professor at the Sunshine Coast University, Chair of the Board of St Leo’s College within The University of Queensland, and former Chair of the Board of the Queensland Ballet.

In attendance

Ms Sonia Cooper, State Librarian and CEO

The State Librarian is responsible for the proper and sound management of State Library of Queensland, under the authority of the Library Board of Queensland. The State Librarian provides strategic advice and direction to the Library Board; plans and develops new initiatives, services and programs; manages the resources of the State Library; initiates strategic partnerships and leads the State Library of Queensland.

Under the Libraries Act 1988 (Queensland) [PDF 470 KB], the State Librarian must attend all meetings of the Board unless excused or precluded by the Board.

Library Board committee

The Library Board has appointed an Audit and Risk Management Committee to advise and inform the Library Board on issues that arise within the scope of the committee.

Library Board advisory groups

The Library Board appoints a number of advisory groups which, while not undertaking the functions of the Board, provide strategic advice and act as a consultative arm. These groups are currently:

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