Press Release – The Betrayal of Gower

Swansea Council has reneged on former promises to maintain the only library left on Gower. It seems that the decision to close Pennard Library was made without proper consultation.

Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) was close to achieving the rebuild of Pennard Library, which was threatened with closure in November 2013. FoPL was working in partnership with the City and County of Swansea to create a community hub and generate an income from: a café; a large community exhibition space; and an IT area – which would have Continue reading

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Chasing the “Go-Ahead” from Swansea’s New Cabinet

Will We Get the Go Ahead!?!

The City and County of Swansea’s External Funding Panel was due to meet on 11th September – this was an important meeting for us, as we were hoping for the final go-ahead to rebuild Pennard Library…

The meeting never took place due to a cabinet reshuffle.

Since then, Friends of Pennard Library has been emailing, phoning and trying to speak with the new leader, Rob Stewart, and the new Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Robert Francis-Davies – in order to obtain this increasingly elusive “go-ahead”. Continue reading

Welsh libraries and museums get £2.2m cash injection

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26943911

The National Library of Wales has been awarded more than £320,000 to develop its online services as part of a £2.2m package for libraries and museums around Wales.

The money will benefit two schemes at the National Library in Aberystwyth.

A further £1m will help modernise nine libraries elsewhere.

A mobile library service in Ceredigion and a project which involves making archives more accessible has also won funding.

The £321,000 National Library of Wales grant will be used to deliver and provide online resources including newspapers, the Welshlibraries.org portal and a cross-catalogue search facility.

Libraries to be modernised

  • Llandrindod Wells, Powys: £180,000
  • Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot: £171,394
  • Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan: £120,000
  • Aberfan, near Merthyr £120,000
  • Pennard, Swansea: £118,585
  • Ceredigion (mobile): £90,410
  • Ely, Cardiff (Jasmine Centre): £80.000
  • Grangetown, Cardiff: £80,000
  • Pembroke Dock: £24,300

Source: Welsh government

It will also facilitate the Aberystwyth-based institution to buy online family history resources for libraries, archives and accredited museums.

The library’s chief executive and librarian, Aled Gruffydd Jones, said: “Additional funding such as this will allow for the continued enhancement of the library’s key services enabling future users in Wales from all walks of life to enjoy improved forms of access to publicly-funded information and knowledge.”

Nearly £1m will also be used to modernise nine libraries across Wales.

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PENNARD LIBRARY HAS BEEN AWARDED A MAJOR GRANT TO KEEP OPEN!

Wednesday 09 April 2014

£2.2million investment for Welsh libraries, archives and museums

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths has today announced the latest round of grant funding for Welsh libraries, archives and museums.

http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/cultureandsport/2014/140408-2-million-investment-for-welsh-libraries-archives-and-museums/?lang=en

Making the announcement at the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University the Minister outlined how the £2.2m funding will be used to develop, promote access to and encourage use of the rich and diverse collections on offer at museums, archives and libraries across the country.

This new allocation for 2014-15 will be broken down by:

  • nearly £1m to modernise 9 libraries at Pontardawe, Llantwit Major, Ely, Grangetown, Pembroke Dock, Llandrindod Wells, Aberfan, Pennard (Yes really, Pennard Library!) and a mobile library in Ceredigion
  • £400,000 to ensure the continued success and popularity of Welsh museums including the development of joint marketing opportunities
  • £685,000 to develop library services such as improving digital inclusion and sharing resources
  • £140,000 for archives in order to widen access to archival resources.

The Minister made the announcement at the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University, which is one of four archive services across Wales to benefit from grant funding to open up access to their collections relating to the steel industry as part of the ‘Wales Showing Our Metal‘ project.

A Welsh Government grant of £20,000 along with £56,000 from the from the National Cataloguing grant scheme will enable the Richard Burton Archives, Glamorgan Archives, Flintshire Record Office, Archives and Records Council Wales, Wrexham Archives and Local Studies to catalogue and make details available online of the archives of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, British Steel Collection and the Brymbo Steel works collection.

John Griffiths said:

“This welcome investment will enable local museums, archives and libraries to develop their services, improve facilities and encourage greater use by the public.

“It will help promote our rich culture and heritage and ensure that more people can access and enjoy our collections.
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