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History of RPL book launch Oct 28

Biblio Files: A History of the Regina Public Library will be launched on Saturday October 28 at 3 pm at the Central Library in Regina.

Sign up here for the publisher University of Regina Press’ Facebook event page

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FRPL AGM

FRPL AGM Sat Oct 21, 2017, 1:30 PM, Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Avenue. It’s been a significant year for libraries in the province. Topics include: Central Library, Prairie History Room, new Albert Library, RPL Strategic Plan, Provincial library funding, FRPL Events, History Book launch

Albert Library building for sale

As has been known for quite some time that this would happen, the Albert Library building is now up for sale, as the library functions will now move into the new Mâmawêyatitân Centre shared facility.

Here is a news article

http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1164131

This is the RFP with details

https://www.reginalibrary.ca/sites/default/files/guides/AlbertLibraryRFP-2017-05-25.pdf

Library funding being restored!

After weeks of public outcry, the Sask. Party government is restoring funding to libraries in the province

Funding levels for regional and municipal libraries will be brought back to 2016-17 levels, meaning they will be getting $4.8 million beyond the $3.5 million they received in the budget when it was released on March 22.

The funding will allow the intra library loan service to continue. Libraries said that would be one of the cuts following the province’s original budget, which saw 58 per cent less funding going to them.

“Premier Wall has always said that we would be the kind of government that would admit of mistakes and then fix those mistakes,” Education Minister Don Morgan said in a statement.  “There were many necessary, difficult decisions taken in this budget, however the reductions in library funding without giving libraries the tools to meet the new challenge was as mistake.  So today I am announcing restoration of library funding as well as a consultative review with the Saskatchewan libraries and municipalities to determine the way forward in terms of what is best for library users and communities as well as what is also financially responsible.”

Funding for the Pahkisimon Nuyeáh library system in Northern Saskatchewan remains consistent with last year’s funding level at $974,000.

“The decision by Minister Morgan and Premier Wall to restore funding will ensure the continuation of the best provincial library system in Canada,” according to Sean Quinlan, Regina Public Library (RPL) Board Chair.

Morgan said in the statement the province will be working with libraries and municipalities to develop a long-term strategy for libraries. That will include a review of the laws governing libraries in the province and an effort to “find efficiencies, including options for transportation and co-location, to ensure the most effective use of available resources,” according to the press release announcing the change.

http://leaderpost.com/storyline/after-weeks-of-public-outcry-the-sask-party-government-is-restoring-funding-to-libraries-in-the-province

Two petitions to sign

1. The petition calling for funding cut-backs has regularly been presented in the legislature by MLA Carla Beck.  A copy can be downloaded here https://savesasklibraries.ca/action-centre    Petition_Libraries_2017_03_24    Save Sask Libraries petition instructions Mar 28, 2017

2. The petition calling for a referendum on restoring library funding is well on its way to getting the 125,000 signatures required to legally force a referendum. See the website at http://www.votelibrarypetition.ca/   Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/librarypetition/

VOTE Library Petition  VOTE Petition FAQs   VOTE Library Petition signing instructions

Volunteers are need to assist in this process by collecting signatures at public events.

Update on budget cut action

Thanks to library supporters for all the letter-writing, phone calls, petition signing and attending events. The government is now in the process of reviewing its budget on library funding! There may be Cabinet meetings concerning the budget this weekend – so keep on contacting your MLA!

1. The two RPL sessions on how the budget cuts would affect services in Regina and province-wide were very well attended. Information about the situation affecting the RPL and provincial library services is located at https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/in-the-media

2. The Saskatchewan Library Association has the RPL information, plus other facts, and a good updated list of items that have been in the media. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/in-the-media

3. The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association also has a position statement, media reports, and responses to the budget cuts from across Canada. http://slta.ca/

4. The movement across Saskatchewan is highlighted on the Save Saskatchewan Libraries (formerly Support Our Saskatchewan Libraries) Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1863999523837974/

5. Actions being taken are at the website https://savesasklibraries.ca/news/

“Drop Everything and Read” events April 7

On Friday April 7 at 12 noon, people from around the province are gathering at the offices of MLAs to show their support for libraries.

https://savesasklibraries.ca/2017/03/25/drop-everything-and-read-support-of-your-local-library/

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/114435322428072/