After six years at the helm of the fourth busiest library in the world, Kate Torney has taken on a new challenge: supporting research into cancer.
(6 Sep 2021) When Kate Torney was announced as the new CEO of the State Library Victoria (SLV) in 2015 she was an outsider. The first non-library trained CEO of the organisation, Torney had served 20 years with the ABC, with six of those leading the news division including through a difficult restructuring.
‘I certainly look back on my first year at the library and I just can’t believe how welcoming and professionally generous the library sector was to me,’ Torney enthused. ‘I often would say to my former journalism colleagues at the ABC that I don’t think journalists would be as welcoming of a librarian coming in to run a news division as the sector was with me, because it was a massively steep learning curve.’
ArtsHub has the interview in full here.