Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

Lynne leaves for top library role

University Librarian and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Lynne Brindley is to be the new chief executive of the British Library

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson said: "We were proud to have brought Lynne to Leeds some two-and-a half years ago to run one of the UK's largest academic libraries and develop information services provision as University Librarian and Dean of Information Strategy. "Her considerable skills were recognised by her subsequent appointment as our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Information Technology.

Lynne Brindley

"Her professional standing has been reflected in a wide range of national appointments, including her nomination by the Culture Secretary to the Library and Information Commission two years ago.

"Lynne has made a tremendous contribution to the University, particularly in areas of management and information strategy. We shall be extremely sorry, of course, to lose Lynne, but we share her joy in her appointment to run the country's greatest library."

Lynne Brindley said: "I shall be leaving the University with much sadness as I really enjoy being here, and have been touched by the collegiality, friendship and support of so many people.

"I believe the Library and the whole area of communications and IT at Leeds will continue to thrive and maintain its international reputation through the dedication of its staff and their willingness to innovate and embrace new ideas. I hope to stay in touch - the British Library has a northern site at Boston Spa, so there will always be reasons for coming back regularly to Yorkshire."

Lynne will be joining the British Library on July 1. The University's Committee on Pro-Vice-Chancellorships will meet to consider her replacement. The post of University Librarian will be advertised internally and externally in due course.

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