State Librarian

Vicki McDonaldVicki McDonald, State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer.

Vicki McDonald is a key player in the transformation of the library sector in Queensland.

As State Librarian and CEO of State Library of Queensland she understands the need for a strong, relevant and innovative library service.

Her national and international experience led to her appointment as State Librarian and CEO of State Library of Queensland in 2016 following a career of passionate library advocacy that began with her first job as a library assistant at the Dalby-Wambo Public Library.

Her appointment at SLQ renews a long association that started in 2001 when Ms McDonald was seconded from Brisbane City Council. As an Executive Director at State Library, Ms McDonald was involved in policy, client services and collections before taking up a position as Associate Director Library Services (Client Services and Learning Support) at Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to her appointment as State Librarian and CEO, Ms McDonald was Executive Director Library and Information Services at the State Library of New South Wales, managing the library’s $3billion worth of collections.

Ms McDonald is excited by the opportunity to elevate the role and importance of State Library of Queensland.

“SLQ belongs to the people of Queensland. It is inclusive and welcoming, a trusted source for information and a custodian of Queensland’s memory.”

Ms McDonald is the President of the Australian Library Information Association.  She is very active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), as incoming Chair of Division I she will also be a member of the IFLA Governing Board.  She is also a member of IFLA’s FAIFE (Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) Advisory Committee and the Asia Oceania Section Committee.

To contact Vicki, please email Office of the State Librarian osl@slq.qld.gov.au or phone 3840 7866 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

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