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Friday, 14th September 2018

€275k for enhanced digital services at Louth libraries

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Minister Michael Ring at Tallaght Library where he announced the new digital package this morning.

Libraries in County Louth are to receive a total of €275k towards the cost of digital services and equipment. The money is part of an €8 million package announced today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD.

Minister Ring said: “This investment will enhance ICT infrastructure, create new meeting spaces with state of the art technology and provide dedicated digital learning suites. The new facilities and services will attract new users of all ages to our public libraries.

“I am delighted to see innovative technology such as Dementia Tables which include dementia and learning disability software being installed as well as virtual reality headsets. All of this shows how progressive our libraries have become. We are to the forefront with new technologies and services for the communities we serve.

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd has welcomed the news saying that the new facilities and services will attract new users of all ages to public libraries.

"We need to invest in our public libraries in order to increase footfall and improve constituent's access to modern technology and learning tools that would otherwise be impossible. I want to see our libraries become mini enterprise hubs where people from every background come together to access information, share ideas and have the equal opportunity to learn." 
 
The funding includes the provision of: 

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  • iPads/tablets/smart devices for users and for staff to assist users
  • Computers and workstations including image deployment technology 
  • Software to support design, gaming and coding
  • Meeting space technology
  • Podcasting equipment and workstations 
  • “Dementia Tables” which facilitate play and learning for people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties and autism
  • Mobile LCD screens with audio
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Digital training suites 

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