Engaging Libraries Associate and Strategic Adviser appointed

August 1, 2019

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The Carnegie UK Trust have appointed a Carnegie Associate, Katie Pekacar and a Strategic Adviser, Andy Wright, to support the Engaging Libraries Phase 2 Development Programme. The Development Programme will encourage interaction, shared learning and the building of professional relationships between public libraries participating in Engaging Libraries Phase 2, through face-to-face workshops and an online network.

As a Carnegie Associate, Katie Pekacar will be working with the Engaging Libraries team to support the creation of the Development Programme. Katie brings experience in delivering development programmes for the public library sector and her recent research report for Arts Council England on the potential for public library and higher education partnerships provides useful learning for this new phase of Engaging Libraries.

Andy Wright will be working with the Engaging Libraries team as a Strategic Adviser, providing expert advice and sector-specific support to the Development Programme. Andy worked with the Trust during Phase 1 of Engaging Libraries, and will draw on his previous experience of the project and his frontline expertise.

The Carnegie UK Trust are delighted to have been able to secure both Katie and Andy to support the programme and are looking forward to working with them.

Applications for Engaging Libraries Phase 2 are open now, and close on Wednesday 25 September. Further information about the programme, an application pack and application form are available at bit.ly/engalibs. The Engaging Libraries team at the Carnegie UK Trust are happy to discuss any ideas for projects or answer any questions – we can be contacted on [email protected] or 01383 721 445.

 

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Katie Pekacar is an experienced researcher, project manager and strategic thinker who has delivered development programmes for the public library sector in reading and creative digital activities over the past 5 years. Prior to that she worked at Arts Council England in the public libraries team and at the Museums Libraries and Archives Council in the policy team. She recently wrote a report for Arts Council England on the potential for public library and higher education partnerships and is excited to be working with the Carnegie UK Trust team to help deliver Engaging Libraries Phase 2.

Andy Wright has almost 30 years’ experience in the public library sector, undertaking a wide range of roles with Wakefield Council, before moving to Kirklees recently to work as their Library Development Manager. He is part of the Libraries Connected Universal Health Offer national committee, and in 2016 represented the then Society of Chief Librarians on secondment at the Wellcome Trust, a direct result of which was the development of the Engaging Libraries scheme.