Treasuring All Voices: Reflecting on 30 years in the Library Profession

In this keynote presentation, Dr Ayres will look back over the big issues and changes she has observed in her 30 year career, and consider how they inform and illuminate the four themes of the 2024 conference.  She will especially focus on the power we have in our profession – as individuals and collectively – to effect change that has profound consequences for those we serve, now and in the future.    

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres

Director-General, National Library of Australia

Author Bio

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres FAHA 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 nearly 30 years, after completing a PhD in Australian Literature at the Australian National University.

Dr Ayres is a Director of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), having previously been a leader and participant in many NSLA projects, including NED, the National eDeposit service that was jointly developed by Australia’s national, state and territory libraries. She is the Chair of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries.

Dr Ayres is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.