Some news

libraries-change-livesIt’s mid-winter and Melbourne is in lockdown again due to a second wave of COVID-19 infections, making it an odd time for announcements. But here goes: I have a new job. After nearly three years as CEO of Writers Victoria, I have secured a new role as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria (PLV).

The appointment was made public on Friday 24 July in announcements on both organisations’ social media streams.

Though nearing the end of my contract, I wasn’t in a rush to leave Writers Victoria. But when two friends alerted me to the PLV role, I felt I had to seize the day. I was absolutely thrilled to be offered the job, and I’m grateful to both the friends who helped me update my CV and fine tune my application, and those in the library sector who helped me prepare for the interview.

I joke that I am moving from Writers Victoria to Readers Victoria — although today’s libraries are so much more than repositories of books. They are, to quote my new employer, a ‘primary source of information and 21st century literacies.’ They are also going through a crucial transition: from passive, product-based environments to ones that deliver active, service based experiences that are relevant to the community’s changing information, content and literacy needs. This makes for a fascinating time to be working in this sector.

Here’s the media release, which was picked up by Books + Publishing and ArtsHub:

Public Libraries Victoria Announce Inaugural CEO

Dr Angela Savage has been appointed CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.

PLV Chairperson Chris Buckingham said: ‘Dr Savage was recruited after an extensive process that attracted a strong field of candidates. Angela stood out because of her intelligent, values led approach and success as CEO of Writers Victoria and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria.’

Dr Angela Savage’s appointment marks another significant milestone in Public Libraries Victoria’s evolution and growth as the peak body for public libraries in Victoria.

Dr Savage said: ‘I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to champion Victoria’s public libraries in this new role. I look forward to bringing my experience in both the community and arts sectors to support our state’s readers, writers and all whose lives are changed by libraries.’

Mr Buckingham said, we have been on an incredible journey of change as an organisation and are now well positioned to support the sector through what will undoubtedly be a sustained period of disruption.

Mr Buckingham said: ‘We are grateful to Katrina Knox who served the organisation as Executive Officer for two years and played a significant role in positioning PLV as the Peak Body for Public Libraries in Victoria.’

Dr Savage will serve out her three year contract as CEO Writers Victoria and then commence as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria on September 28th.

Mr Buckingham concluded: ‘We are thankful to Writers Victoria for working with us to ensure a smooth transition and look forward to working with them on projects that encourage reading and writing in our community.’

*Ends*

And here is the image description of the above portrait, which was posted on Facebook–much to the amusement of several friends:

Image description: Dr Angela Savage, a fair skinned woman with black plastic rimmed glasses and shoulder length curly, black and grey hair poses for a studio portrait with a black background. Her right hand, with one red resin and one silver ring, is positioned under her chin. She has a large red flower in her hair to match a red earing [sic.] and her red lipstick.

About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel, Mother of Pearl, is published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing and currently works as CEO of Writers Victoria.
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12 Responses to Some news

  1. Jo says:

    Congratulations. PLV is very lucky to have you…and that description is hilarious.

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  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    This is wonderful news, Angela! Congratulations and well done you! I’m very happy for you, and I wish you all success.

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  3. Oh congratulations Angela. I’m absolutely thrilled for you and for public libraries. Although I rarely go to my public library these days – I have too many books from elsewhere to need them – I believe that are absolutely critical to democratic societies.

    I think of all the different types of libraries we have, they are the most interesting and exciting. They are so open to all sorts of community initiatives, and ones that can be tailored to individual communities. They just need vision and energy (which I know you have) – and decent resources (which I hope you can help ensure!)

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    • Thanks Sue. I feel truly privileged to be able to devote my next working role to championing public libraries. They are at such an interesting time and, as you say, some of them are outstanding in their responsiveness to community needs.

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  4. Kathy D. says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Savage! Public Libraries Victoria is very lucky to have you. You will do a great job.
    And, oh, yes, the red. There always seems to be a touch of red in your couture. It looks great.

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  5. FictionFan says:

    Congratulations! A difficult time to be leading an organisation that’s so affected by the plague, but new challenges are fun… enjoy!

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    • It’s a very strange time to be starting a new job, FF. My hometown has been declared a State of Disaster due to COVID-19, with tough restrictions in place for the next 6 weeks. Library doors are closed, though many continue to offer online borrowing and activities. It will be strange to ‘meet’ all my new colleagues via screens but I suspect I’ll be working from home until the end of the year. Just as well I like a challenge!

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  6. Mrs P. says:

    Many congratulations, Angela! This sounds like a brilliant role in an absolutely vital area. Wishing you every success – and let’s hear it for libraries!

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