ML photoDr Marie-Louise Ayres was appointed Director-General of the National Library Australia in March 2017, having joined the Library in 2002. She has worked in research libraries for 25 years, after completing a PhD in Australian Literature at the Australian National University. She is committed to achieving the Library’s strategic goals: to collect today what will be important tomorrow; to connect with communities and connect communities with collections; and to collaborate with others to maximise the national impact of cultural collections.


Jones Dr Mike Jones is an archivist, historian, and collections consultant with more than a decade of experience working with universities, archives, libraries, and museums. In July 2019 he joined the Australian National University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Rediscovering the Deep Human Past project, funded by the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate. He is also a Research Associate at Museums Victoria, an Honorary Fellow with the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre, and holds national leadership positions with the Australian Society of Archivists and the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities.


AIES Guest Speaker: Prof Heidi Julien

Heidi Julien Heidi Julien is a Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University at Buffalo. Her research and teaching interests focus on digital literacy and information behaviour. She has served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (CJILS), and on the editorial boards of Library & Information Science Research, CJILS and for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. At the time of the RAILS Conference, Dr Julien will be Past-President of the Association for Library & Information Science Education. She is also active in the Association for Information Science & Technology where she has served as chair of SIG USE.