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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Swansea University’s Richard Burton Archive, Pennard and Pontardawe libraries benefit from share of £2.2m grant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

Source: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Swansea-University-s-Richard-Burton-Archive/story-20932514-detail/story.html

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport (Photo = Copyright South Wales Evening Post)

John Griffiths-Minister for Culture and Sport (Photo = Copyright South Wales Evening Post)

AN under-threat library and the preservation of our steel industry history are set to receive a hefty cash boost.

The Welsh Government has announced £2.2 million in funding for libraries, museums and archives.

The Welsh Government has announced £2.2 million in funding for libraries, museums and archives.

As part of the pot Pennard Library, which was recently given a reprieve from closure, has been awarded a share of nearly £1 million, as has Pontardawe Library.

Pennard Library was listed for closure under Swansea Council’s 2014/15 budget. However, after a robust campaign, it was taken off the table at the last minute and the community was offered the opportunity to run it with Swansea Council.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

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Swansea Council Budget proposals unveiled

News : February 2014 :

Swansea Council Budget proposals unveiled

(q.v. http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=57563)

………”The report to Cabinet states that next year the Council needs to make savings of around £26m because of a reduction of £12m in Welsh Government funding and more than £14m of extra spending pressures.

The savings programme includes tightly-controlling spending, continuing to drive down management and business costs, increasing income, doing things differently, working with others, providing more services online and encouraging people to help themselves.

The key elements of the report to Cabinet next week include:

• A new £300,000 Community Transformation Fund to provide business planning support to groups who want to set up their own community services.

The proposed closure of Pennard Library to be put on hold to allow for further discussions and a review of library services.”

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

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.