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Kate Torney

Kate Torney

Kate Torney is Chief Executive Officer of State Library Victoria, a position she has held since 2015.  Kate joined the Library during an exciting period of transformation, overseeing an $88.1 million redevelopment project – Vision 2020 – building new spaces, services, and technologies across the iconic heritage site, due for completion in 2019.

Kate is the Chair of National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA), and she serves on the boards of Circus Oz, The Conversation and the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas. She is a former member of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers and the Ministerial Council for the Creative State.

Kate spent twenty-five years in journalism before joining the State Library. From 2009 to 2015 she was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1,400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in eleven international bureaus.

Photo credit: Teagan Glenane

'Australian libraries join forces to build national digital collection' by Kate Torney

Book Talk 16 August 2019
This month something truly remarkable has happened for Australia. It won’t make front-page news or cause a Twitter storm, but it exists for every one of us. The national, state, and territory libraries joined forces to launch one giant national digital collection of Australian publications. It’s called National edeposit – or NED for short. By ‘Australian publications’ we’re ... (read more)