Vicki McDonald

Vicki McDonald

President 2017-2018

Information provided for nomination as Vice-President 2016:

Lib. Tech. Cert., BA (Librarianship), Grad. Dip. Business Administration.

Executive Director Library & Information Services and Dixson Librarian - State Library of New South Wales

• QUT.  Associate Director [Library Services] Client Services and Learning Support. 
• SLQ.  Director Client Services and Collections and Executive Manager Policy and Development.
• Brisbane City Council.  Senior Program Officer Strategic Direction.
• Toowoomba City Council.  Manager Library and Information Services.

Active ALIA member:

• Information Online. Conference Committee 2017, 2015, 2013.
• ALIA Queensland Group Convenor 2010-2013
• PLAC Convenor 2002-2004
• ALIA Board member 2002-2004
• ALIA National Conference Committee 2004

IFLA: Chair Academic & Research Libraries Standing Committee [2015-2017}.

Professional Concerns:

My career has been libraries:  public, university and state, creating libraries that are relevant and accessible.  I understand today's context: reducing budgets, increasing accountability, digital opportunities and challenges, and our need to develop new skills.  I am committed to freedom of information and expression, equity of access and policies and practices to support these ideals.  Through our professional associations we advocate to government on the value of libraries and the importance of our professional ideals to society.  My participation in ALIA and IFLA demonstrate my commitment, and I seek the opportunity to contribute at a national level.

From the State Library of Queensland website:

Vicki 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 collections valued at $3B.

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 Past President of the Australian Library Information Association.  She is also very active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), as Chair of Division I she is also a member of the IFLA Governing Board.  She is also a member of IFLA’s Asia Oceania Section Standing Committee.