Alliance man joins Board of Libraries NI

Cllr Tom Campbell
Cllr Tom Campbell
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Newtownabbey Councillor Tom Campbell has been appointed to the Board of Libraries NI.

The Alliance Party representative was one of five new members appointed to the Board by Libraries Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín MLA.

Mr Campbell will hold his position on the Board until the new local councils become operational in 2015.

Welcoming the appointments, the Minister said: “Libraries play an extremely important and valuable role within society, and the skills and experience which the Board members bring will help ensure that libraries continue to enrich the lives of our communities and help tackle disadvantage.”

Mr Campbell, a solicitor by profession and a local councillor in Belfast and Newtownabbey for 20 years, said that he is looking forward to working as part of the Libraries NI Board.

“This is an exciting challenge at a time when the delivery of library services is changing to meet new technological developments,” he commented.

“It is vitally important that we continue to encourage people, both young and old, to improve their literacy levels. Libraries right across Northern Ireland provide a range of services beyond simply loaning out books.

“The supply of information and knowledge, particularly in the areas where social deprivation is at a high level, is a hugely important task for the library service.

“As a member of the Board, I hope to encourage further services that improve the lives of the public,” the Jordanstown man added.

Libraries NI Board members receive remuneration of £3,000 per annum plus “reasonable expenses”.