Public Appointment Opportunity: Appointment of the Chair to the Board of Libraries NI

Date published: 16 October 2023

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of Libraries NI. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 6 November 2023.

Advertisment for competition to appoint a Chair to the Board of Libraries NI

Libraries NI is an arm’s-length body of DfC, with its primary duty being to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service for persons living, working or studying in Northern Ireland.

Libraries are community hubs that provide free, inclusive, shared, accessible and trusted spaces. They are embedded in communities and used by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. With 89% of the population living within two miles of a branch library or mobile library stop, there is tremendous potential for libraries to provide local access to, and support for, a range of citizen-focused services. 

The Chair has a key leadership role to champion the work of the Board and Libraries NI, embed positive values and behaviours, and work closely with the Department and Chief Executive. This high profile position presents a number of challenges but they are highly rewarding, and provide a multitude of new opportunities and experiences.

Those with the required skills, knowledge and determination, from any background, are encouraged to apply.

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