The Regina Public Library Board held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday January 8 at 4:30 pm. All RPL Board members were in attendance. No agendas were distributed to the audience, but a written summary of the RPL Chairperson’s annual summary comments was distributed to audience members. The Chair noted that work on Central Library would be the main focus of the RPL in the upcoming year. It is also anticipated that the new detailed designs for the North Central Shared Facility will be available after the end of March.
The Board has the same members as previously. The following positions were filled at the meeting:
Chair: Darlene Hincks
Deputy Chair: Elaine Kivisto
– Art Acquisitions: Janet Brown, Shelley Monson, Darryl Lucke
– Fundraising: Darlene Hincks, Renu Kapoor, Darryl Lucke
– Governance: Janet Brown, Shelley Monson, Gerald Kleisinger
Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association rep: Gerald Kleisinger
More members may be added to the Fundraising Committee during the year due to the anticipated extra effort needed for fund-raising for Central Library.
At the AGM the RPL Board indicated that it would be asking for a 2.9% increase in its mill rate. The Library Director indicated that the main areas where the increase will be going are: technology spending including self service machines; collections especially e-books and audio books; security at the branches; programming such as “Read to Me” distributing books at hospital to parents of newborns, Aboriginal programming; increased hours at branches.
Gerry Kleisinger asked that the Library Board would appreciate receiving a presentation from the Library Director about “What will the 21st century library look like?”
Janet Brown expressed appreciation for being involved in a good board that was doing so many positive things.