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The Heritage Minister, said:
“Libraries have an important part to play in these difficult economic times. They inspire people to make a positive difference to their lives by assisting people to develop their knowledge and skills, and providing access to free resources that can help them into work.
“The draft framework aims to build on the success of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Libraries for Life strategic programme (2008-11) and continue to modernise our libraries and encourage more people to benefit from their services.
“Public and other libraries across Wales have to make difficult decisions in trying to maintain their services and to develop services that reflect the changing needs of their users. In these challenging times it is important that libraries evaluate and if appropriate, implement new ways of delivering services through greater partnership working to ensure the best possible service.
“If you haven’t been to your local library recently, make a visit to see what’s on offer and take this opportunity to have your say on Welsh libraries.”
The Libraries Inspire document has been developed by CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries division of the Welsh Assembly Government. In preparing the draft framework, meetings have been held with key stakeholders and focus groups have been held with library users and non users to obtain their views.
The closing date of the consultation is 31 March 2011.