€86,000 for Louth libraries
THERE was good news for library users as 86k funding is being made available for the Louth library strategy
Fergus O’Dowd, TD for Louth and East Meath, has welcomed the news that the substantial fund has been made available to fund a new library strategy for County Louth.
‘My colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Micahel Ring TD, confirmed to me that his department were making available €65k to County Louth for the strategy with Louth County Council contributing over €21k to the final amount available.’
‘ This is fantastic news and my hope is that this new Library Strategy will focus inter alia on increasing both the membership and the use of our public libraries. This can be achieved through improved promotion of the library service, development of the library workforce and continuing development of quality services that will attract an increased number of users and members over the five-year period of the strategy.’
The funding was sought for a number of different streams including RFID Self-Service Technology – to support the introduction of self-service machines and other ancillary technologies in libraries; Hot Desk Facilities for the Work Matters Initiative – to supplement existing resources including book-stock relevant to business people and jobseekers; and Book-stock for the Rightto-Read Initiative – to support the purchase of book-stock for children, family reading and literacy development.