The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has today (Wednesday) in Trim Library officially launched ICT upgrades in public libraries across the country, including new Digital Learning Centres, which were funded by his Department and local authorities.
The Minister said:
In 2018, Minister Ring approved an €8 million investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries. It seeks to establish the library as not only a community hub but also an important enabler of digital services and facilitator of digital skills development. This significant investment is the first step towards realising this aim.
The funding includes the provision of:
The Minister also thanked the local authorities and the library staff for their ongoing commitment, passion and enthusiasm and support to the public library service.
The new public library strategy Our Public Libraries 2022: Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities was launched in 2018 and it focuses on removing barriers to access and improving accessibility for all. The library service will draw on capacity across the library network to support and facilitate services provided by other sectors, developing existing relationships and building new ones to support delivery of integrated public services.
Libraries will also work with local partners to reach disadvantaged, marginalised and new communities, increasing these communities’ awareness of services available and firmly establishing the library as a resource for all.
The strategy contains three Strategic Programmes that reflect the core functions of the public library service:
The Information and Learning Strategic Programme will be delivered using enablers such as: