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During 1997/98 over£2.8m was awarded to 30 library authorities in ...
During 1997/98 over£2.8m was awarded to 30 library authorities in

Great Britain by the DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund.

The awards have helped to develop and apply information technology,

enhance reference sections and renovate and refurbish library


Some of the awards are outlined in the fund's 1997/98 Report,

published this week. Welcoming the Report, culture secretary

Chris Smith said:

'This scheme has proved both popular and effective in its inaugural

year. I am extremely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for agreeing

to partner DCMS in creating the Fund in 1997-98 and for its

continuing support this year and in 1999-2000.

'The library authorities which have benefitted from the scheme have

noted a range of advantages within the local authority and wider

community. It has also given library authorities an opportunity to

establish good relationships with other local authority departments,

local education providers, local businesses, special needs groups and

other libraries.

'The 1997/98 projects have set a fine example of what can be

achieved. I hope that they will continue to grow and develop along

with the communities they serve.'

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