SDCC Library Service Secures Creative Studio Funding
The South Dublin County Council library service has been awarded €21,000 in funding for its Creative Studio initiative in the new North Clondalkin library. The funding was secured through the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Public Service Innovation Fund.
The Creative Studio is a free to use digital maker space facilitating the creation of music recordings, podcasts, videos, digital stories, and oral histories. At the centre of this space is a recording booth providing library patrons with access to a variety of audio and video recording equipment and software.
The idea of introducing The Creative Studio is to engage with younger people in particular - energise them and upskill them in digital media, with a view to expanding their horizons on future career possibilities.
The new community library in North Clondalkin was identified as a priority in South Dublin County Libraries’ Development Plan. An expanding youth population and a strong demand for services from local schools and community groups underpin the need for innovative services to be implemented for young people in this locality. The new library will be ideally positioned as a key resource in the North Clondalkin area.
The Public Service Innovation Fund is a competitive fund that aims to support innovative ideas from across public service organisations and turn them into a reality with funding available of up to €50,000. These projects help to add value to public service organisations and make what they do better for the public. It is part of the government’s Our Public Service 2020 framework for development and innovation in Ireland’s public service.