Society of Chief Librarians recruits a c.e.o.

Society of Chief Librarians recruits a c.e.o.

The Society of Chief Librarians is recruiting its first chief executive as it makes the transition from private company to registered charity.

The SCL, which was formed in 1996, is a professional body that represents the 151 Heads of Library Services in England. The organisation leads and manages public libraries by developing policy, sharing best practice and acting as the voice of the public library sector both nationally and internationally. The new c.e.o. is intended to help the organsation expand its role in delivering innovation to the sector.

Along with a c.e.o. the organisation will also be recruiting a team of three to five people.

The move comes after the organisation received a substantial award of £500,000 per annum from Arts Council England in its latest NPO round of funding for 2018 to 2022.

A spokesperson for the SCL told The Bookseller: "The new team will give the organisation the infrastructure to deliver an ambitious programme of improvement support for our members, which will include partnership development work to drive innovation and help to maintain a sustainable future for public libraries.

"The c.e.o. will also play a key role in building a strong communications strategy for SCL, including a new website, which will enable us to better share information and resources with our members and improve the effectiveness of our advocacy".

As well as using the funding to implement a new leadership team, the organisation will also undertake a review, relaunch its Universal Offer framework and develop new universal evaluation framework for libraries. The organisation also intends to continue to support workforce development an explore and pilot new initiatives which will help libraries to reach new audiences and increase their impact in local communities.

The current president of the SCL is Neil MacInnes.