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Morgan to leave Arts Council

Libraries director Nicky Morgan will leave Arts Council England in July when the organisation implements its latest restructure, ACE has confirmed.

ACE is losing a fifth of staff and reducing its number of regional offices from nine to five, as part of its latest bid to make savings. The dedicated library role is being scrapped as part of that plan, and ACE is now looking for someone to take on a role that combines a responsibility for libraries with a regional manager post.

Morgan, who took on the role in October 2011, was previously programme manager for sector improvement with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Her time at ACE has seen the body undertaking its envisioning the library of the future programme, while it has clashed with the government over who has responsibility for superintending the library service.

ACE is currently seeking to fill newly created roles which combine specialisms such as libraries, museums, and philanthropy along with regional roles in Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol. Two rounds of internal recruitment are being held, followed by external recruitment if a suitable candidate is not found.

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Reducing the dedicated support for libraries at A.C.E. in the current climate isn't a great start to 2013, especially as there are so many library projects/programmes A.C.E. are involved in.

It does not inspire confidence to find that ACE doesn't think libraries are important enough to have one single post dedicated to them. We already feared that public libraries - with their multiple roles in information, business support and education at all levels - would be reduced to their 'cultural' role (crucial, but very far from the whole story). Now it looks a certainty.

It does not inspire confidence to find that ACE doesn't think libraries are important enough to have one single post dedicated to them. We already feared that public libraries - with their multiple roles in information, business support and education at all levels - would be reduced to their 'cultural' role (crucial, but very far from the whole story). Now it looks a certainty.

Reducing the dedicated support for libraries at A.C.E. in the current climate isn't a great start to 2013, especially as there are so many library projects/programmes A.C.E. are involved in.

It does not inspire confidence to find that ACE doesn't think libraries are important enough to have one single post dedicated to them. We already feared that public libraries - with their multiple roles in information, business support and education at all levels - would be reduced to their 'cultural' role (crucial, but very far from the whole story). Now it looks a certainty.

It does not inspire confidence to find that ACE doesn't think libraries are important enough to have one single post dedicated to them. We already feared that public libraries - with their multiple roles in information, business support and education at all levels - would be reduced to their 'cultural' role (crucial, but very far from the whole story). Now it looks a certainty.