Appointed on 2 March 2017 for a five year term until 1 March 2022


About Marie-Louise

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres was appointed Director-General of the National Library Australia in March 2017, having joined the Library in 2002.  She has worked in research libraries for 25 years, after completing a PhD in Australian Literature at the Australian National University.

Over the course of her career, Marie-Louise has developed and managed very large archival collections (including as Senior Curator, Pictures and Manuscripts at the NLA), and equally large digital services, including AustLit (at UNSW Canberra), Music Australia (at NLA) and – from 2011-2017 – Trove, the Library’s flagship digital service. 

Dr Ayres has been a leader and participant in many National and State Libraries Australia projects, including NED, the National eDeposit service being jointly developed by Australia’s national, state and territory libraries. She was a founding member of GLAM peak, and has a special interest in – and is an advocate for – the need to better integrate the very large digital collections managed by cultural institutions, and the research infrastructure needs of Australia’s humanists and social scientists. 

She is committed to achieving the Library’s strategic goals: to collect today what will be important tomorrow; to connect with communities and connect communities with collections; and to collaborate with others to maximise the national impact of cultural collections.