National Library of Ireland “Welcomes Budget Increase for 2017”
From the National Library of Ireland:
The National Library has welcomed the increase in its budget for 2017, which was announced by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht affairs. The increase of over €300,000 [approx. $326,000/USD] reflects Minister Heather Humphrey’s continued support of and engagement with the Library.
The NLI plans to use this budget increase to great effect in addressing some of the priorities outlined in its 2016-2021 Strategy.
The Strategy, published last month, features five key pillars of activity for the NLI over the next five years – Collect, Protect, Connect, Innovate and Collaborate.
This additional funding will assist with the delivery of the Library’s plans to serve Ireland and its diaspora through the Strategic Priorities, including digitisation of key material for the Decade of Commemorations.
Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the NLI, commented: “Yesterday’s budget increase is a further step in creating an exemplary 21st century National Library for Ireland, following from Minister Humphrey’s announcement in late 2015 of a capital investment of €10 million in our buildings.
“Given the National Library’s major engagement with Ireland 2016, we also welcome the announcement of funding of €5 million for implementation of the Culture 2025 / Ireland 2016 Legacy Programme. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Minister and her Department on this exciting development, and building on the success of this remarkable centenary year.”
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