Library community mourns CILIP chief executive

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CILIP chief executive Bob McKee died in Sweden where he was attending the World Library and Information Congress. He was attending the meeting as a member of the Governing Board and Executive Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).

Bob McKee had been a prominent member of the UK library and information community for many years. He was previously chief executive of The Library Association, and oversaw the launch of CILIP, which was created in 2002 from the unification of the Library Association and the Institute of Information Scientists.

A statement on IFLA's website described McKee as an active, friendly and committed member of IFLA for many years. 'His contribution to the IFLA Governing Board, his membership of the FAIFE Committee and his expertise in the management of library associations earned him the respect of his fellow professionals. He was also, as all those who met him would testify, a deeply intelligent man whose quick wit and sense of humour made him many friends in the library world and beyond,' continued the statement.