Michelle Blake is the University Librarian. Michelle has worked in higher education for 20 years in both NZ and the UK. She brings a wealth of committee, board and advisory group experience from the higher education and international library sector. Michelle is leading initiatives in the open research space within Aotearoa NZ and her term are leading work to indigenise the Library. She is a skilled relationship builder, a champion of user experience techniques, and has an ability to harness digital technologies to enhance innovation and instil an ethos of continuous improvement. She believes in universal access to knowledge which should be collaborative, inclusive and sustainable. Michelle was elected to Council by and from the staff of the University of Waikato in 2023.