New State Librarian for Queensland

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch has today announced the appointment of the new State Library of Queensland State Librarian and CEO.

Minister Enoch welcomed Vicki McDonald, an experienced senior executive with extensive experience in the library sector, state and local governments and tertiary education, to the role.

Ms McDonald’s appointment as State Librarian and CEO of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) renews a relationship that started in 2001, when she was seconded from Brisbane City Council to SLQ as Acting Director Policy Development, progressing to the position of Director Client Services and Collections from 2002 to 2009.

For the past three years, Ms McDonald has been engaged as Executive Director Library and Information Services at State Library of NSW (SLNSW) where she managed the Library’s collections valued at $3.14 billion.

Prior to SLNSW, Ms McDonald was Associate Director Library Services at QUT where she led the Library’s client services and learning support functions.

“Ms McDonald understands the key role that SLQ has in supporting regional libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres throughout this state,” Ms Enoch said.

“Her earlier career in local government and libraries in regional areas provides her with a first-hand understanding of this important role.”

Chair of the Library Board of Queensland, Professor Jan Thomas also welcomed the appointment.

“Due to her previous connection with SLQ, Ms McDonald has respect for and feels an affinity with the organisation, so she is excited by this opportunity to lead this dynamic institution,” Professor Thomas said.

“The Library Board of Queensland would like to thank Mrs Sonia Cooper for her leadership over the past eight months as interim State Librarian and CEO, and her commitment to the vital work of the State Library and in particular leading the continuing implementation of the Hunter Review Report Action Plan.”

Minister Enoch also acknowledged Mrs Sonia Cooper for her stewardship of SLQ since late 2015.

“I’d like to thank Mrs Cooper for her dedication and leadership,” she said.

“I look forward to SLQ continuing to deliver innovation in library services throughout the state and making a difference in the lives of all Queenslanders.”

Mrs Cooper will continue in the role until Ms McDonald takes up the appointment in September.

Media enquiries:
Alison Sharp, SLQ Communications

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