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Tony Durcan

Tony Durcan
Tony Durcan is Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning at Newcastle City Council, was previously Head of Libraries, Arts and Information for Gateshead Library and Arts Service, and has had a variety of experience from trainee to district librarian.

Public library priorities in Newcastle have been to work with colleagues to modernise services and create a positive profile for the library service, which is now held in high regard by both the Council and stakeholders. One of Tony’s major projects has been the development of Newcastle’s City Library through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) route, and the Council opened its new City Library in January 2009 to a very positive and sustained public response.

A former President of the Society of Chief Librarians, Tony currently chairs SCL’s Books and Reading Group. He was a member of the former Advisory Council on Libraries and a Board member for the 2008–09 Public Libraries Modernisation Review.

Tony Durcan was on the panel at Media, Culture, Voice at Northumbria University in 2013.

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