€86,000 for Louth li­braries

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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.

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