WANTED: Head of Libraries and Information, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

The Head of Libraries and Information post has been advertised, after a vacancy of over five years:

Doncaster Council has just developed and agreed a new strategy to transform it’s [sp] Library service and requires a dynamic and specialist individual who is willing and able to drive and deliver the changes required. Please see the attached job description, strategy and proposed service delivery model with map.

The main strategic aims will be to increase the use of libraries, improve literacy levels across the borough, drive the community library initiative by working closely with communities to shape and deliver services ensuring vulnerable people’s needs are met and to ensure the Council meets its commitment to deliver a comprehensive and efficient library service as informed by the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964.

The role of libraries is very important to Doncaster Council and in particular, the next two years will be a transformational time for the library service in Doncaster. If you feel you are up for this challenge, we look forward to hearing from you.

Interviews for this post will take place on 6 May 2011. If you have not heard from us by this date, please assume you have not been short-listed for interview for the post. Many thanks for your interest in this vacancy.

For further information relating to the vacancy please contact the Recruiting Manager Julie Grant on Tel: 01302 862496.

We wonder who will be willing to take on the role of executing the Mayor and his Cabinet’s package of devastating cuts, that were developed by a team with no library knowledge whatsoever who largely ignored the commissioned review by a libraries expert. Surely the right thing to do would have been to employ a Head of Libraries and ask him or her to conduct a review? That would, apparently, be too competent for Doncaster Council. A cynic might suggest that to ask a qualified and professional individual to conduct a review would  (again) give the council answers they do not wish to hear and would make  it difficult to drive  forward their ideological cuts and wash their hands of their statutory duty to provide a  comprehensive and efficient library service. There is still no evidence that it would be viable or legal to implement a ‘community library initiative’. Good luck to the successful candidate; they’ll certainly be taking on a challenge.

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1 Response to WANTED: Head of Libraries and Information, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

  1. Tom Roper says:

    Five years without a Head of Service? Extraordinary.

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