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Roberts to retire as SLV CEO and state librarian

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced that Sue Roberts will retire from her role as CEO and state librarian.

Roberts will step down from the position in mid-April but will continue to consult for the library until the end of June while a new CEO is recruited. Roberts has been CEO since 2012 and was previously head librarian at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Library Board of Victoria president John Wylie said in a statement that the board was ‘enormously grateful for Sue’s leadership of the institution over the past three years’, which have been ‘a period of great progress and development at the Library’. Wylie said that Roberts oversaw the development of a new strategic direction for the library and an expanded education program for Victorian schools, as well as exhibitions, programs and acquisitions.

Roberts said in the statement: ‘My motivation when I joined the Library was to ensure we inspired, delighted and educated our various audiences and that we opened up the Library to the wider Victorian community. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved and excited about the next chapter of the Library’s story.’

Library services and experience director Justine Hyde will be acting CEO until a replacement is appointed.

 

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