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Suffolk: New libraries body appoints first member of staff

PUBLISHED: 17:52 19 January 2012

Suffolk's Libraries IPS' new general manager Alison Wheeler

Suffolk's Libraries IPS' new general manager Alison Wheeler

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THE first member of staff has been appointed by the organisation running and developing the county's libraries.

Alison Wheeler, who has worked in the libraries industry for nearly 33 years, will become Suffolk’s Libraries IPS’ general manager next month.

She is currently Suffolk County Council’s head of service development for information, advice and library services.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be offer this role and to be given the opportunity to work with the IPS board, staff and local library groups.

“I want to use my new role to make the IPS a strong and successful organisation which will help secure the future of Suffolk’s library service.

“I’m a passionate believer in the contribution that libraries can make to people’s lives and have dedicated most of my working life to them.”

Suffolk Libraries IPS will work in partnership with local library groups to oversee the transfer of library staff and the negotiation of the contract with Suffolk County Council.

Clive Fox, chair of Suffolk’s Libraries IPS’ interim board, said: “She [Alison] will be able to start working with the board on detailed start-up plans very soon, and her knowledge and skills are needed for the many key tasks we have to tackle.

“Those include establishing the future professional team, building the partnerships with local communities, and ensuring that libraries continue to provide their current first class service to the public.”

The interim board will be replaced by a board elected by IPS members within 18 months.

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