The developments in the EU bring culture and heritage issues to the fore and the association will be working with DCMS and other organisations on developing this agenda following the comprehensive spending review. In the context of the review, the regions will also be paramount. In her inaugural address Verna Taylor said:
'As a strong believer in the need for regions and the shift from central to regional autonomy, I believe we are at the start of a new era. More funding and development opportunities will be directed through this mechanism. In terms of library and information provision we need to re-align ourselves in order to influence the agenda and the providers of that agenda.'
Verna Taylor is passionate about equality and access, as a librarian, a woman and a manager. She said: 'We have moved into the information society and technology, if used and available, can empower all people and communities.'
Verna Taylor became county librarian in Northamptonshire in 1990 and
strategic director (environment) in 1998. Apart from The Library Association and other national library associations, she has been a member of the Arts Council literature panel. She is currently on the Advisory Council for Libraries and is a non-executive director of BLCMP.