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RPL response to cuts

“Regina Public Library concerned cuts will hurt customers” April 3, 2017  RPLConcernedaboutcuts1 http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/RPLConcernedaboutcuts1.pdf

“Cost-cutting forces closure of borders between libraries” April 4, 2017 BordersclosedbetweenSKlibrarysystems  http:/”Cost/www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/BordersclosedbetweenSKlibrarysystems.pdf

“Regina Public Library not requesting mill rate increase”  April 6, 2017  RPLrevised2017budget1

http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/RPLrevised2017budget1.pdf

 

RPL budget at Exec Cttee Oct 28

The RPL Budget will be discussed at the City of Regina Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 11:45 AM at Henry Baker Hall, Main Floor, City Hall.

City of Regina’s recommendation to Executive Committee
“Regina Public Library (RPL)
The Regina Public Library promotes and supports cultural, economic, educational and recreational development in the city through collections, programs and services. Under Section 22(1) of the Public Libraries Act, the Board of the Regina Public Library is required to ask City Council for approval of the mill rate request. The 2016 Library mill rate request is 0.9594. This is a 2.0% increase over the 2015 mill rate”

The budget will then be referred to City Council meeting on December 7th.

To speak at Executive Committee, you do NOT need to send in a submission ahead of time, but simply register at the start of the meeting that you wish to speak.

Submissions/requests to speak at City Council have to be into the City Clerk’s office by 12 noon on Thursday, December 3rd.

For more details, download the Packet for the Executive Committee meeting found at
http://www.regina.ca/…/council-com…/meeting-calendar-agenda/

The RPL budget and discussion of the past year and plans for the year ahead is on pages 20 to 38 of the packet.

Consultation & building assessment reports available on-line now

Links to the Dialog consultations report and the Group Two building assessment report are available here.
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

Leader Post article
http://www.leaderpost.com/…/Regina+libr…/10919215/story.html

City Council meeting on RPL budget tonight

City Council  will holds its budget meeting this evening at 5:30 pm and the RPL budget and plans for the upcoming year will be part of the discussion.

FRPL will be making a presentation. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2015 – Dec 8 – final

Media release from FRPL. FRPL Release – RPL Budget – Dec 8, 2014 – final

City Council Package including RPL budget and FRPL presentation. City Council Package (RPL Budget) Dec 8, 2014

If you cannot attend in person, the Council meeting will be broadcast live on Access Communications.

The Council meeting agenda and the package with the RPL budget and the FRPL presentation are also located here. “View Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Decisions”. http://www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda/

 

RPL Budget at City Council Dec 8 – your thoughts?

The budget of the Regina Public Library will be before City Council on Monday December 8. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm in the main Council chambers

The RPL’s request for an increase in its mill rate to support a 2.7 percent increase will be either approved or not approved by City Council.

The budget is contained in this document that was submitted to teh Executive Committee.

Exec Ctte re RPL budget Nov 12, 2014

FRPL will be making a submission about the budget – if you have any thoughts or ideas on the budget, please forward them to FRPL via the contact listed on this website.

RPL Budget to Exec Ctte Nov 12

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.
http://www.regina.ca/…/council-com…/meeting-calendar-agenda/

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

Upcoming:
– 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

LP article – Library launches new round of consultations

 

Library launches new round of consultations
 Darryl Lucke poses at Central Branch of the Regina Public Library in Regina, Sask. on Tuesday June 24, 2014. The RPL will be holding public consultations on the future of the downtown library.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

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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