New Board members sought

Can you help shape the future of Scotland's National Library?

The National Library of Scotland is looking to recruit new Board members from all parts of Scotland to lead the future development of one of the country's great cultural institutions.

The Library plays a key role in supporting education, research, business and innovation and in enhancing the reputation of Scotland as a country with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant future. It is advertising for up to seven new Board members who will be responsible for determining the strategies, policies and priorities for the Library as it seeks to make the knowledge and information held within its world-class collections as widely available as possible.

New Board members are needed as a result of the passage of the National Library of Scotland Act 2012 by the Scottish Parliament. The legislation strengthens the Library's role in collecting, preserving and sharing information for the benefit of people in Scotland and further afield. It also creates a modern governance structure, led by a streamlined Board. Applications are specifically being sought from individuals with strategic level experience of finance, audit and risk and from those with a background in marketing, education, research or library services. The posts are not paid, but travel and subsistence costs will be met.

Closing date for applications is Friday 27 September 2013. An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at the public appointments website.

The Library's collections span the centuries from early times to the digital age, housing millions of books, manuscripts, music and maps covering virtually every subject. Through these collections, NLS charts the global and historical influence of Scots at home and abroad, while also recording and reflecting the ideas and cultures of the world. It exists to advance universal access to knowledge about Scotland and in Scotland. It employs 300 people and has a current annual budget of £17.5 million.

30 August 2013

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