The University of Queensland Library is run by the University Librarian and the Library Executive.

  • The University Librarian is the Chief Executive Officer of the Library and reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of The University of Queensland.
  • The Library Executive are Directors of Library Services.

Caroline Williams
University Librarian

Office: Level 6, Duhig Building, The University of Queensland.




Karen Platz


Personal assistant

Karen Platz

+61 7 336 56551

About Caroline Williams

As the University Librarian, Caroline Williams is responsible for leading The University of Queensland Library, with a particular focus on enhancing the student experience of the Library, developing partnerships and collaborative ways of working, and building support for research, including open access.

Prior to her appointment at The University of Queensland in February 2019, Ms Williams was Director of Libraries, Research and Learning Resources at the University of Nottingham.

During her time at Nottingham, Ms Williams led a student-focused transformation strategy that saw an increase in student satisfaction with library services and oversaw a number of major projects including an award winning library building redevelopment and strategic University-wide projects including research and data management (RDM).

Library Executive

Amberyn Thomas, PhD
Director of Learning and Research Services

Amberyn Thomas is Director, Learning and Research Services at The University of Queensland Library, with direct responsibility for the provision of client and liaison services, the Digital Scholars Hub and services around the institutional repository UQ eSpace, open access, scholarly communication and publishing, research data management, and research impact and evaluation services.

Amberyn has been immersed in the university sector for more than 30 years across a range of areas. She is an active member of the international scholarly communication sector, currently on the arXiv Member Advisory Board (since 2017).

Amberyn completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons Class I), PhD (field of Physics) and Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary) at The University of Queensland. 

Tom Ruthven
Director of Information Systems and Resource Services

Tom Ruthven has worked for libraries for 32 years and during that time he has played an integral role in the creation of the current academic library environment in Australia. Through his work at the National Library of Australia, The University of New South Wales Library and The University of Queensland he has increased access to scholarly information resources and enhanced the profile of academic libraries in the areas of scholarly communication, information management and data management. 

In his role at UQ Library he oversees the coordination and management of the online user experience, analysis of the overall client experience, process analysis and business requirements and coordination of web content. 

In 2011 Tom was recognised for his leadership in transforming scholarly publishing in Australia with a Council of Australian University Librarians Achievement Award. He currently represents UQ on the Standards Australia Committee for Computer Applications, Information and Documentation. 

Tom completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Library Studies at South Australian Institute of Technology. 

Library Executive

Heather Todd
Director of Library Strategy Implementation

Heather Todd is the Director of Library Strategy Implementation and she brings a wealth of knowledge to the role from over 30 years working in academic and research libraries. She has made significant contributions across all library services, including, managing human, financial and physical resources, strategic planning, organisational change, collection development, repository management, information services and project management. 

In her role, she is responsible for leading the implementation of the new UQ Library Way and Strategy and work to realise the connections and alignment with the UQ Strategic Plan, associated strategies and the One UQ ethos.

Heather completed a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) at the University of Canberra and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership at the University of Queensland in 2014.  In 2011 and 2016 Heather was awarded the VC’s UQ Leadership Award. 

She is actively involved in the library profession and has been a member of various Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) executive committees. She is currently the Chair of the IFLA Health and Biosciences Section.  

Director of Library Corporate Services

The directorship is currently vacant.