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Following an organizational review, The Library Association has appointed Sue Brown to the new post of director of ...
Following an organizational review, The Library Association has appointed Sue Brown to the new post of director of member services. Sue has been director of professional services at the association since 1997.

Under the new structure the management board for the association will comprise Sue Brown, Janet Liebster (managing director of LA Enterprises), and Bob McKee (chief executive).

'The new senior structure will bring greater clarity to the Association's activities,' says Bob McKee, 'with a director responsible for each of the two main business drivers - member and professional services on the one hand and our commercial activities on the other - with myself as chief executive taking on direct responsibility for the corporate support functions.'

The current director of management services, Martin Wright, will retire at the end of the year. The current director of communications, Sherry Jespersen, is taking voluntary severance and will leave the association in September.

'Martin and Sherry have both played a major part in building the Association into the strong and influential body which it is today,' says Bob McKee. 'Martin is responsible for the healthy state of the association's finances. Sherry's flair for marketing and promotion has raised the profile of the Association and the profession with the media, the general public, and a wide range of stakeholder and partner organizations.'


The Library Association has appointed Elspeth Hyams as the new editor of The Library Association Record.

'This is an excellent appointment,' says Bob McKee, Library Association chief executive. 'Elspeth has just the right mix of skills and experience, as well as a thorough understanding of the library and information sector, a high profile, and credibility with the profession.'

Elspeth, currently director of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS), has a strong background in journalism and editorial work. 'I am delighted to be taking on this key role at a crucial stage of planning for unification of the association and the institute,' she says. 'The new professional body will need a monthly magazine that caters for the whole spectrum of library and information services. I look forward to adding my experience with the institute to the association's existing record team.'

David Rigglesford, chair of IIS Council, says: 'While the institute is sorry to lose Elspeth's services as our director, we recognise that she is taking on a pivotal role in planning for the future. Institute members who are concerned about a possible loss of focus for information science in the proposed new association should take heart from this appointment. We wish Elspeth well and look forward to working with her in her new role.'

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