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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Written Statement – Public Libraries in Wales

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport

Our public libraries are vital to Welsh Government strategies, policy and delivery for knowledge and skills, education and community development.  On 3 December, I announced an expert review of current and future plans by local authorities to deliver public library services. I would like to update members on progress to establish the expert review panel which will produce a report by July 2014. In supporting the review, my officials in CyMAL will work closely with local authorities through the Welsh Local Government Association. The panel will also consider the work  of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s short inquiry into public libraries in Wales.

The review will be undertaken by a small reference panel chaired by Claire Creaser, Director LISU, Loughborough University. Claire is an authority on library performance measures and led the development of the latest Welsh Public Library Standards Framework. The other panel members are Prof Hywel Roberts, a respected authority on libraries in Wales, Dr Steve Davies, Cardiff University who has a particular interest in the management of community libraries, and Peter Gomer, a Policy Officer at the Welsh Local Government Association, who has extensive experience in managing local authority cultural and leisure services. The panel will be tasked to produce a report by July 2014. I am grateful to the Chair and the members of the review panel for agreeing to complete this important work.

The panel will be initially tasked to review the current situation relating to local authorities’ delivery plans for public library services. Information will be sought from each local authority and further research commissioned on the likely impact of proposed changes on the performance of library services in meeting the current Welsh Public Library Standards Framework. A comparative benchmarking of the position in Wales against other national public library services outside Wales will also be available to the panel. The panel’s conclusions will be included in their report which will outline the position on an all Wales basis, highlighting best practice and any areas of concern.

In considering the position on a Wales-wide basis, the panel will be further tasked to consider whether alternative service delivery models would provide more efficient and effective library services, based on collaboration and joint procurement.

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