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COSLA WELCOMES PROPOSALS FOR LIBRARIES

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COSLA's cultural services spokeswoman Elaine Murray has welcomed government plans for the future of Scotland's libr...
COSLA's cultural services spokeswoman Elaine Murray has welcomed government plans for the future of Scotland's library service.

Commenting after publication of the Scottish Office's response to 'New Library: the People's Network,' cllr Murray said that the public library service had for too long been the Cinderella service.

'Over the years we have seen a steady erosion of the service,' she said, 'and it is tremendous that more money is being made available for libraries. It is a whole new direction for libraries, with the ambitious plans to introduce new technology to all branches.

'These proposals will have an overwhelming effect on the future of libraries and we in COSLA will be looking at these plans very carefully over the coming weeks of the consultation period - seeking views from councils and discussing them at the next meeting of the education and cultural services forum - before we submit our response,' cllr Murray continued.

She added that the proposals mean that libraries would become information centres where the public would be able to access the internet and went on: 'But, all of the money the government is making available is for new technology and I think it is important that we do not lose sight of our core library business which is already under considerable pressure.'
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