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Tuesday, 12th August 2014

Public Libraries in Wales

Source: Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (Wales)

From Press Release:

Libraries provide essential services which go far beyond lending books, says a National Assembly for Wales committee.

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee found that libraries contribute to many areas of community life, including health and wellbeing, education, and tackling poverty and social exclusion.

They can also bridge the ‘digital divide’ by providing free internet access, something the Committee believes should continue.

Noting an overall growth in visitor numbers to Welsh libraries, the Committee is calling on the Welsh Government and local authorities to do more to promote the wide range of services on offer.

Further recommendations surrounding potential revenue raising opportunities outside of essential services, and co-location, where a number of local authorities’ facilities and services are contained on one site, are also included in the Committee’s report.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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