Appointed on 2 March 2017 for a five year term until 1 March 2022
Dr Marie-Louise Ayres has worked in research libraries for more than 20 years, and in senior management roles at the National Library of Australia since 2002.
Her career has spanned development and management of very large archival collections, and development of innovative digital services which provide access to Australia’s rich documentary heritage, including AustLit and Music Australia. More recently, Dr Ayres has worked to increase the prominence of the National Library’s collection – and the collections of hundreds of other cultural institutions – by leading Trove, the Library’s flagship digital service.
She has been a leader and participant in numerous National and State Libraries Australasia projects and working groups, and was a founding member of the GLAMpeak coalition. She is actively involved in discussions around national research infrastructure, the role of libraries in that infrastructure and opportunities to leverage investments across public and research infrastructure. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and has published extensively.
Dr Ayres holds a Ph.D. in Australian Literature from the Australian National University. Reading remains a passion.