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Memento : Issue 23
3 In January, after a distinguished career with the Archives spanning 20 years, Acting Director-General Anne-Marie Schwirtlich left the Archives to take up the position of CEO of the State Library of Victoria. Anne-Marie had been Acting Director- General of the Archives since the retirement of the former Director- General George Nichols in 2000. In that time, Anne-Marie oversaw major advances in government record- keeping standards and advice, the preservation and digitisation of archival records, the review and documentation of the Archives collection, and improved accessibility to the records, including the launch of the Australia's Prime Ministers website. We wish Anne-Marie a fond farewell and warmly welcome Ross to the Archives. Former Acting Director-General Anne-Marie Schwirtlich with (left to right) former Director-General George Nichols (1990--2000), Acting Director-General Steve Stuckey, former Director-General Brian Cox OBE MVO (1984--89), former Director Keith Pearson AO (1970--71) and (seated) former Director-General Professor Robert (Bob) Neale AO (1975--84). may 2003 memento New Director-General in the chair Ross Gibbs comes to the Archives with a wealth of experience in the archives and library sector. For more than a decade he was Director and Keeper of Public Records at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). In that role, he was responsible for the development of VERS, an innovative solution to the long-term storage of electronic information, and Archives@Victoria, a web-based management and access system for PROV's collections. The Melbourne Archives Centre was the result of Ross's close collaboration with the National Archives. Opened in 1997, the joint reading room enables researchers in Melbourne to consult the PROV and National Archives collections in the one centrally located place. Ross is Deputy Chair of Visions of Australia, the Commonwealth government's touring exhibitions funding body. He is also a member of the National Collections Advisory Forum established in 2002 to provide strategic advice to Australian governments on archives, libraries, galleries and museums. On 20 February the Minister for the Arts and Sport announced the appointment of Ross Gibbs as our new Director-General. Ross took up his appointment on 7 April. New Director-General Ros s Gibbs. Photograph: Norman Wodetzki