Today (Tuesday 3rd December 2013), the Minister for Culture and Sport in Wales (John Griffiths AM) published a written statement on Welsh public libraries. You can view it on the page for Cabinet statements on the Welsh Government website.
In it he outlines the contribution libraries make to various important agendas such as digital inclusion, the partnerships among Welsh libraries and his intention to launch a review of public libraries in Wales, looking at current and future issues. It’s anticipated the review will report by late spring 2014.
The Plenary session of the Senedd today also features oral questions to the Minister for Culture and Sport in Wales, including one on the future of libraries. You can watch the debate online on Senedd.tv (around 2:15 or 2:30pm) or read the transcript which is usually published a few days after the session, again on the National Assembly for Wales website.
Update: 4th Dec: Transcript now available on NAfW website.
This is in addition to the inquiry into public libraries by the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee, announced on 21st November and which will look at a range of issues including: current legislative and policy frameworks, the impact of public sector cuts on library services, options for improving the financial sustainability of library services, and the contemporary and community role of public libraries in Wales. You can contribute to this inquiry by submitting your views and evidence by 17th January – follow the instructions on their webpage and the information which is in the consultation letter.