Inquiry into Public Libraries in Wales

As was mentioned in a previous post (January 2013), the National Assembly of Wales  –  back in November 2013  –  invited organisations and residents etc in Wales, to submit written comments to them in respect of Public Libraries in Wales.

Such comments  –  of which there appear to have been approximately thirty-two (32) from an eclectic mix of Councils, Charities, Libraries, Associations and Individuals  –  have been appended (in both pdf and html formats) on the National Assembly for Wales website at http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=8295 where they also can be read.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Of the thirty-two comments received, three of them relate to the Swansea Local Authority’s area; one being the Pennard Library Working Group’s response to the Inquiry, one being the City and County of Swansea’s response, and one being an individual’s response (which relates to a different library, but does contain some wording of relevance to several libraries within the Swansea area).

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National Assembly for Wales Inquiry re Public Libraries (in Wales)

In late November 2013, the National Assembly for Wales commenced an “Inquiry into Public Libraries” when it posted online a letter stating “The National Assembly for Wales’ Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is to undertake a short inquiry into public libraries in Wales“, and went on to say “To assist with its inquiry, the Committee would welcome your views on the following matters:

  • The extent to which progress has been made by the Welsh Government towards achieving its Programme for Government commitments relating to libraries, and how sustainable any progress is in the current climate;
  • The extent to which the current legislative and policy frameworks are suitable to meet the challenges facing local authorities delivering library services in Wales;
  • How well-prepared the Welsh Government and local authorities are to mitigate the impact of public sector cuts on library services;
  • Options for improving the financial sustainability of library services, including alternative models of provision;
  • The contemporary and community role of public libraries in Wales.

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry
The Committee welcomes responses in English or Welsh from both individuals and organisations and will hold oral evidence sessions in due course.”

N.B.  To read the National Assembly for Wales’ original letter in full, please see http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/documents/s21921/Consultation%20letter.pdf

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Unfortunately, the Pennard Library Working Group only found out about the said ‘Inquiry’ in early January 2014, and as all replies had to be submitted to the ‘Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee [at the] National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff’ by 17 January 2014 latest, a reply was quickly formulated and sent.