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Public consultation launched by MLA

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Local people are being invited to get involved in the planning and delivery of libraries, museums and archives.

A new paper on Community Engagement and Empowerment, published by the Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA), is inviting comment to help shape policy in the delivery of cultural services.

"Museums, libraries and archives help to build strong and prosperous communities; support a strong sense of identity, community and well-being and provide opportunities for people to learn, explore and interact," says the MLA.

The briefing paper aims to inform and provoke debate and sets out the relevant aspects of the Community Empowerment White Paper - describing ways in which museums, libraries and archives can achieve community empowerment outcomes.

The MLA wants to hear views from people in local government and those who work in the museums, libraries and archives sector.

Additionally, it wants examples of best practice and suggestions on the types of research and evidence needed to support this work.

The MLA is a non-departmental public body (NDPB), sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Launched in April 2000 as the strategic body working with and for the museums, archives and libraries sector, tapping into the potential for collaboration between them, MLA replaced the Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC) and the Library and Information Commission (LIC).

The deadline for the consultation is the end of April 2009.

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