Libraries, Registrars, and Coroners…Oh My!

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I’ve just seen this post advertised, and I am not quite sure what to make of it just yet. I am certain that I am misunderstanding the details, but it seems as though Northumberland County Council is looking for a qualified librarian with senior management experience to manage its libraries, registrars, and coroners.

I will post more on this once I’ve had time to read through the job description further and think about the implications of this advertisement as the arrangement seems unusual to me having worked primarily in American and Scottish organisations. The part that really stood out for me (of course) is the fact that the incumbent is to have overall management of the delivery of the schools library service and will be responsible for its evaluation. Once again, I find myself questioning why fundamental education services in the UK are being managed by Council employees with extremely wide remits, instead of by dedicated education professionals who can give school libraries the attention they deserve if they are to remain relevant.

Can anyone shed any insight into the details of this position? Is this a common arrangement in the UK or elsewhere?

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About thegreatnorthernlibrarian

I am a newly qualified librarian and law student currently living in Scotland. The name of this blog was inspired by my extreme northern location at the time of the blog's creation. Savvy readers will recognise that it is also a Twin Peaks reference. I do not necessarily categorise myself as "great."
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