The Department of Housing Planning, Community and Local Government, in conjunction with the LGMA and the Libraries Development Committee, has commenced the development of a new 5 year strategy for the public library service in Ireland. As part of our early consultation on developing the new strategy, we would like to invite the Public Participation Network to give some feedback on the progress of the Strategy developed to date – this is in advance of a more detailed public consultation which will take place in the Autumn.
Recent enhancements to the library service have greatly increased its value to the community. The public library service can be very proud of the many initiatives delivered as part of the last strategy ‘Opportunities for All’ 2013-2017 which was a progressive programme for the development of our public library services. Indeed the latest innovation launched on the 29 May 2017 is ‘Libraries Ireland’ – a single library system providing a single access for library members to over 15 million items in the 333 library branches across the country. It is a landmark step in the positioning of the library as the ‘go to’ place for communities.
Your views, as Public Participation representatives are welcomed on what you consider will add to the new strategy and assist to inform its development so the public library is positioned to realise its full potential.
A hard copy of any observations can be sent to Eileen Davey, Libraries Development Section, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co Mayo