About NSLA

National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) is an incorporated association comprising the national, state and territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand.

Our constitutional purpose is to bring together the knowledge and expertise of our ten member libraries in order to build, manage and provide access to library collections and services that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Each member library is represented on NSLA’s board by its chief executive, state librarian, or director-general. The Chair of the board is nominated by vote for a two-year term. 

NSLA Board members meeting at the National Library of New Zealand, November 2022
Board members meeting at the National Library of New Zealand in November 2022. L-R: Sue McKerracher, John Vallance, Patrick Gregory, Catherine Clark, Marie-Louise Ayres, Barbara Lemon, Geoff Strempel, Rachel Esson, Vicki McDonald and Vanessa Little (absent: Paul Duldig).
After fifty years of working together, the NSLA collaboration has become a driving force for innovation and professional development. Our association provides a mechanism for joint approaches to collecting, service delivery, research, advocacy, skills development and library standards, bringing the benefits of shared expertise and economies of scale to a collaborative program of work. The NSLA program is managed by the NSLA office, working with a series of professional networks and advisory groups from across the member libraries.
Board members

Chair: Vicki McDonald, Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian, State Library of Queensland

Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General, National Library of Australia

Catherine Clark, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia

Paul Duldig, Chief Executive Officer, State Library Victoria

Rachel Esson, Te Pouhuaki National Librarian for Aotearoa New Zealand

Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT

Sue McKerracher, Director, Libraries Tasmania

Geoff Strempel, Director, State Library of South Australia

John Vallance, State Librarian, State Library of New South Wales

Library and Archives NT (TBC)

NSLA Office

Barbara Lemon, Executive Director (barbara.lemon@nsla.org.au)

Abi Beatson, Communications and Engagement Coordinator (abi.beatson@nsla.org.au)

Jo Ritale, NED Program Manager (jo.ritale@nsla.org.au)

Aimee Hay, Program Coordinator (aimee.hay@nsla.org.au)

Image credit: Mark Beatty, National Library of New Zealand