Library welcomes cultural review in Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is looking forward to taking part in the unprecedented review of cultural services in Scotland that has been announced by the Scottish Executive.

For 12 months from 1 June, an independent Cultural Commission will look at the place and provision of culture throughout the country, before making recommendations to the Executive on boosting access and excellence. The commission will be headed by James Boyle, who currently chairs the Scottish Arts Council.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian

Following Culture Minister Frank McAveety's announcement to the Scottish Parliament today (22 April), the National Librarian, Martyn Wade (pictured), described the review as 'an excellent opportunity to map out a vision for the provision of all cultural and related services for the people of Scotland for the foreseeable future. It will allow all organisations to have their say and paint a picture of how they envisage providing facilities over the coming decades,' he said.

One of Scotland's oldest institutions, the Library is already in the process of change, with access and excellence at the core of a new strategy for the way our services are used by the public.

21 April 2004

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