Welcome to Anne-Marie Schwirtlich new Director-General National Library of Australia
I am delighted to have congratulated Anne-Marie on her appointment on behalf of all ALIA members in the ACT. She is wonderful person who without a doubt will make a great contribution in her position at the National Library to that organisation and to librarianship in Australia. She follows a many dynamic and insightful predecessors, not the least Jan Fullerton, who have delivered wonderful developments in services.
Many of you will know Anne-Marie through her career in the National Archives, National Library and the Australian War Memorial. Her most recent position in Canberra was as acting head of national Archives from 2000–2003. She left our borders to be CEO & State Librarian, State Library of Victoria where she has led a major program of transformation which has led to greatly increased use of the collection and state library services.
Anne-Marie is an inspiring librarian – one with vision and passion. She is a fabulous facilitator of thoughtful discussions and incubator of innovative thinking. We are truly fortunate to be able to welcome her back to the ACT and the Canberra library profession.
For some biographical information see http://ourhistory.naa.gov.au/dg.html#schwirtlich
When she settles back in Canberra the ACT ALIA group will, together with other ACT library groups, host a welcome reception for her.