The positions of District Library Manager and Collections Manager for the Central Otago libraries have both been filled.
The District Library Manager position has been filled by Rebecca McElrea, currently Community Development Manager for the Central Otago District Council. Mrs McElrea has been working in the role part time for the last six months and comes from a strong background in both culture and heritage, as well as local government.
'While working for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, I gained an appreciation of how essential cultural services, such as libraries, are to the cultural wellbeing and identity of our communities.
"Libraries not only provide important resources such as books and access to computers, they also are places where people come to explore, interact and meet. Libraries are vital in sustaining strong communities especially as they move into the role of providing a hub for the community."
Keeping up with technologies, developing a collection that caters to the needs of our community and providing other relevant information services to our communities are the focus for Mrs McElrea as she takes on her new role.
"Working in the role for the last six months has given me an opportunity to understand the direction that libraries need to go in to keep up with the changing needs of the community. The recent installation of self-checkout machines in Cromwell and Alexandra is just one example of this," said Mrs McElrea.
The Collections Manager position has been filled by Nikki Williams, currently Library Manager at Cromwell Library. Mrs Williams has worked in Central Otago libraries for five years and has a Diploma of Information and Library Studies. Mrs Williams has had a wide range of experience with the Central Otago collection as she has worked in the Alexandra Library, the Omakau School and Community Library, and now Cromwell Library.
"I am looking forward to taking on this new role and am excited to provide a resource to the community that is relevant. This role will provide me with the opportunity to fully focus on what people are reading and what they would like to see more of in our libraries, both hard copy and digital. It's an exciting new time for our libraries and I am eager to get stuck in," Mrs Williams said.
Anne Pullar, Manager Community Services, is pleased with the two new appointments.
"It's great to be able to give our staff the opportunity to step up and take on these new challenges. Both Nikki and Rebecca are an asset to our organisation and each have skills that will complement them while taking on their new roles.'"
Mrs McElrea will take on the position of District Library Manager in April and Mrs Williams will begin hers in late April/early May.