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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
This is the RFP with details