FRPL’s public meeting brought forward a number of points of discussion regarding the RPL’s recent reports on the Central Library upgrade.
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Links to the Dialog consultations report and the Group Two building assessment report are available here.
Leader Post article
Central Library will be discussed at the RPL Board meeting, Tuesday March 24 at 4:30 pm, second floor Boardroom.
– Jennifer Fix of DIALOG will be making a presentation about the consultation process this summer.
– An engineering firm will be making a presentation on their assessment of the physical condition of the library building.
Please attend if you can.
Please try to get there about 4:15 so seating can be arranged if there are a lot of people attending.
The Dialog report should be available on-line shortly after the Board meeting. Most likely at this webapge: http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld
And could be at this site that has the Dialog consultation process material from 2014 http://www.reginalibrary.ca/centralengagement
Friends of the Regina Public Library’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday December 10 at 7 pm at the United Way, 1440 Scarth Street. Please enter by the North Entrance off the parking lot. The building is Wheelchair accessible. Find out about the latest developments concerning the revamping of Central Library, North Central Shared Facility and other library services. Give your ideas for the actions needed in the year ahead. Refreshments will be provided – also feel free to bring treats to share! For more information call (306) 535-9570.
The RPL budget and related request for a mill rate increase from the Library Board goes before City Council’s Executive Committee on Wednesday Nov 12 at 11:45 am.
See the meeting agenda and the budget here.
If you wish to make a presentation to Executive Committee you do not have to pre-register. Just attend the meeting and sign in at the beginning of the meeting to make a presentation. (On the other hand, presentations to City Council meetings must be booked in advance.) The budget will go before City Council for approval of the mill rate increase in December.
The budget contains highlights of the past year and the RPL’s priorities for the year ahead – worth the read! (Only 10 pages.)
Past year activities:
– Glen Elm, Dunlop & Children’s upgrades
– Literacy Cafe and family literacy kits in several languages
– HOOPLA and digital film theatre
– 2.7% mill rate increase
– commitment to North Central Shared Facility continues,
– Central Library “a new, vibrant, modern gathering place in downtown Regina. A new Central Library will become a distinguishing city landmark, an anchor for downtown activity,and a model of sustainability”
– [branches] will look more like a bookstore than a traditional library
– budget for capital and operating expenses for IT and Collections has increased….there is a strong demand not only for physical books, CDs,and DVDs, but also electronic information sources, downloadables, and streaming resources
– Makerspace conference November 28-29,
– new Service Plan to be developed
– Development Manager hired to lead fund-raising campaign for new Central Library
The following is an invitation from the Regina Public Library. Please attend this important event.
You spoke and we listened!
The Regina Public Library is nearing the end of a four-month community engagement process regarding your 21st Century Central Library. You are invited to drop by a come-and-go open house on September 18th, to learn “what we heard” from the citizens of Regina.
Participants are also welcome to offer further input.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE: Your 21st Century Central Library
Thursday, September 18th
Central Library – 2311 12th Avenue
2nd Floor, Mezzanine Area
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
For more information, please contact Joan at
REGINA — Regina Public Library is launching a Take 2 of sorts for the Central Library’s revitalization, engaging residents in another round of public consultations intended to move the main branch into the 21st century.
“It’s time to go back and say ‘What do the people of Regina actually want? What’s important?’” said Regina Public Library board of directors chair Darryl Lucke.
On Wednesday, the library is launching a series of public consultations that will drag into the fall. The hope, said Lucke, is to fashion a vision for an updated library that will serve the community for the next half-century.
This visioning process couldn’t come soon enough. At 50 years old, the library is already showing its age. The windows, roof and heating system need replacing. It’s too small, and existing programming — not to mention future needs — have outgrown what space is available.
But this consultation is about a lot more than repairs.
Dialog, a Vancouver-based public engagement firm behind reinventions of the Vancouver and Calgary public libraries, has been hired to lead the public consultations.
“Central libraries help revitalize downtown areas as long as they’re designed in a way that keeps them as a destination, and as long as they look like something that people are exceptionally proud of and they become iconic,” said Ken Roberts, a consultant with Dialog who tracks global library trends.
To accomplish that task, Roberts said libraries need to not only consider esthetics but their function. In 2014, that means a strong focus on digital offerings and digital workspaces. It also entails providing more meeting and collaborative spaces, as well as appealing to the “creative side of people’s lives”: Building music, art and video rooms, for example.
The public consultations, which will involve in-person sessions such as Wednesday’s at the Central Library at 7 p.m., online surveys and mobile polling units at summertime events, will attempt to engage both current and potential library users.
Roberts said the main challenge of libraries nowadays is not the long-lamented decline of the printed book but the perception that libraries’ only purpose is to provide paperbacks.
“What we’re about is enabling discovery,” he said.
The library’s last attempt at reinvention perhaps took that multi-purpose role too far. The Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project envisioned a combined new Central Library, Globe Theatre, restaurants, stores, museum and hotel.
The Friends of Regina Public Library opposed the idea and criticized what it considered the board of director’s non-transparent approach.
“We’re cautiously optimistic that the library board is making more of an effort to communicate with the public,” said Joanne Havelock, Friends of Regina Public Library chair, of this round of consultations.
The group’s primary concern remains the preservation of the existing building. While it’s looking forward to upgrades to the current structure to meet users’ needs, Havelock said she fears the bigger the project, the more likely it becomes a public-private partnership.
The library currently has a request for proposals out for tender on the price tag of remedial work required for the building — a contract that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of entirely replacing the library. The engineering review contract will be awarded in July.
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