New Chair for Research Libraries UK – from Wales

Congratulations to Janet Peters who has been elected as Chair of the RLUK Board as of 30 March 2012.

Janet is Director of University Libraries and University Librarian at Cardiff University. She currently chairs the WHELF Business Group.

She succeeds Phil Sykes, who held the Chair of RLUK for two years since 2010, and who now steps down after completing a double term on the RLUK Board.

“I am delighted to pick up the reins as Chair of RLUK following on from the excellent work which Phil has achieved in the last couple of years, particularly in establishing a new strategy,” said Janet Peters, Director of University Libraries and University Librarian at Cardiff University.  “This has generated many strands of activity highly relevant to research libraries and their institutions today, which the Board will continue to pursue enthusiastically. For my term of office, I would like us also to consider our constitution and membership, our connectedness with our potential successors, and our communications with our membership at large.”

The outgoing Chair of RLUK, Phil Sykes, University Librarian at Liverpool University said, “It has been an enormous privilege to chair the Board of RLUK during a period in which it has demonstrated its ability to help its members work together to achieve more than they could individually. Our work in helping to end the cycle of unjustified journal price rises has been particularly successful and has demonstrated the enormous potential RLUK has to help shape the future of information provision. I think there is yet more potential for RLUK to harness the collective power of our libraries at a time when they are busier and more crucial to the work of their universities than they have ever been before, and I wish Janet well in her work as Chair.”

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