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FRPL presentation to RPL Board re submissions and delegations

FRPL will be making a presentation today at the Regina Public Library Board meeting citing ways to improve the Board’s policy around public input into Board meetings – 4:30 pm in the 2nd floor Boardroom at Central Library.

 The RPL Board instituted a new Submissions and Delegations policy in May 2018.

“Many of the new rules are copied from City Council and laying them out provides some clarity”, said Joanne Havelock Chair of FRPL. “FRPL has some recommendations for improving these rules.”

A key question will be how the Board handles submissions and requests for presentations that contain criticism of the Board or library operations.

Under the new policy, the topics that can be addressed are limited to items already on the Board’s agenda, limiting the opportunities for members of the public to make presentations on other emerging issues.

“Library patrons send messages to the Library Board – praise and criticism – all aimed at improving library operations. The Library Board needs to ensure that it is encouraging and not restricting public input. FRPL has tried to have respectful discussions with the RPL Board, encourage good consultation processes by the RPL and encourage public participation in opportunities to put their views forward. FRPL is encouraging dialogue between the Board and patrons on these new submissions and delegation policies so that future exchanges of ideas can be productive.”

A rally is being held at 4:00 pm at Central Library, organized by patrons concerned about their ability to have their voices heard at the Library Board.

Note that the Board meeting will start with a half hour AGM, followed by the regular January meeting agenda.

Film Theatre, Prairie History Room at RPL Board March 27

On March 27, 2018 delegations will be making presentations to the Regina Public Library Board on changes to the Film Theatre, the Prairie History Room and change management at the RPL.

The RPL Board meeting will be held at the Regent Place Branch, 331 Albert Street, Tuesday March 27 at 4:30 pm. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/locations/regent-place

Please arrive early to ensure seating is available.

RPL Board – agenda March 27, 2018 The agenda is also available at https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/board-meetings-2018

 All the presentations are in this document RPL Board – delegations Mar 27, 2018  and also available at  https://www.reginalibrary.ca/…/files/2018-03/DELEGATIONS.PDF

There will be several statements related to the Film Theatre.

 

FRPL’s presentation, which is the last one in the document, contains follow-up on a number of items, and discussion of the Prairie History Room, change management at RPL and the Film Theatre.

 

At the RPL Board meetings, it is nice to know who is asking questions –  the photos of Board members and names of the Library Administration are on this page https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership

 

Please come out and support the Film Theatre and other recommendations for improvements in library services!

 

If you can, stay after the delegation presentations to hear Agenda items #8 and #9. The manager presentations are usually quite interesting, showing how their department is organized, recent accomplishments and future plans. For a long time FRPL has been encouraging the Library Board to have more openness and information in the public portion of their meetings, and they have responded and included these manager presentations and other discussions in the open part of the meetings.

 

8. Manager Presentation
a. Physical Plant   THERE COULD BE NEWS ON THE CONDITION OF CENTRAL LIBRARY BUILDING
b. Information Technology  LIKELY SHOWING THEIR NEW IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE PROJECTS AND INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY

 

9. Information Items
a. Former Albert Branch Building THE RPL IS TRYING TO SELL THE BUILDING TO SOMEONE WHO WOULD USE IT FOR A COMMUNITY-RELATED PURPOSE
b. RPL Inspires Update THIS IS THE SURVEY THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PUBLIC RESULTS FOR

 

Want to help out FRPL? Stay and hear these presentations and take some notes and pass them along to the Friends of the Regina Public Library to share with others.

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RPL 2018 budget at City Council Feb 27, 2018

FRPL ‘s letter to City Council re the RPL budget, the mill rate increase, or lack thereof,  to be approved by City Council on Feb. 27th. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2018 – final

The RPL budget can be found here on pages 65 to 85  RPL budget 2018 pages 65 to 85

 

 

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