Tag Archives: Government of Saskatchewan

Letter to Minister of Education re SLTA brief

Last year in the Friends of the Regina Public Library’s submission to City Council regarding the Regina Public Library’s 2013 budget we stated that as our province expands and benefits from newcomers from around the world there is an increased demand for library resources in many languages and to some extent for programs such as literacy training. In addition we commented on the importance of the services related to Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal community members and the importance of Outreach services and other services supporting the use of the library’s materials by people with disabilities.

In the fall of 2013 the Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association presented a brief to the Minister of Education and highlighted the first two of these issues. 2013 Ministers Brief – SLTA

FRPL wrote a supporting letter to the Minister of Education supporting the SLTA request for increased funding for Saskatchewan libraries and additional resources for Aboriginal literacy and English as an Additional Language services, as well as for services related to persons with disabilities. FRPL to Hon. Don Morgan Jan 20, 2014

Library budget on-line for comment

The draft Regina Public Library Budget has been put on the City of Regina website.  It will be going to Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:45 am.

If you want to make a verbal presentation to Executive Committee, you just have to show up and fill in a form.  You will have 10 minutes.

The recommendation is to have it forwarded to the February 24th, 5:30 pm City Council meeting.  If you wish to make a presentation to City Council, you have to provide a written brief of your remarks to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, February 20th at 1 pm.  You can email your request and brief to clerks@regina.ca

To see the draft budget go to www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda and then click on the Executive Committee on January 15th and then click on the agenda item EX14-1 on the right hand side and you will either directly see the budget or it will be downloaded to your computer.

Any thoughts on the budget can be sent to FRPL or to your City Councilor if you have concerns or questions.  There is likely going to be a FRPL letter sent to City Council in February.

SLTA brief to the Minister of Education

The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association recently presented a brief to the Minister of Education.

SLTA website http://slta.ca/

Direct link to brief  http://slta.ca/+pub/document/briefs/2013%20Ministers%20Brief.pdf

 

Feb. 19 – Show Your Support for Library Services

The RPL Budget will be discussed at City Council on Tuesday February 19 at 5:30 PM. At that time Council will decide to approve or not approve the Library’s request for a 2.9% mill rate increase. FRPL will be making a presentation about various aspects of the RPL budget. Your attendance will show your support for funding for library services.

Central Library Building Assessment – please review

It’s very important to take a close look at what is being said about the Central Library building! The RPL is planning consultations about new designs in March and people should be well-informed and prepared for these consultations.  The RPL Board continues to say that the building is old and needs to be replaced. Please forward thoughts or comments you have to FRPL.

The Building Assessment about the condition of Central Library building
that FRPL has been requesting for a while has finally been made available on the RPL website http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/?q=node/22 and is also available here. Building%20Assessment%20Summary%20-%20201206

This document has some critical statements about the condition of the building and the potential for adaptive re-use.

“This report was originally prepared in 2009 and has been updated to
reflect the master Program prepared by Resource Planning Group. The
report consists of a facility analysis by P3A as Architects, JC Kenyon
Engineering- Structural, MacPherson Engineering- Mechanical, Ritenburg
and Associates- Electrical, Resource Planning Group- Library Programming
and Functionality. The report reflects the requirements of the Regina
Public Library from a technical and functional perspective and reviews
issues related to building re-use.”

50 years! Modernist Central RPL: Wednesday, Dec 5th@ 7:30: an architectural walking tour

Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. – Central Library

Friends of the Regina Public Library would like to celebrate the official opening day, 50 years ago, of the Izumi-designed modernist Central Library by inviting the public to join us in a walking tour of Central Library. People are invited to talk about a specific part of the architecture of Central Library that touches them, a special place within the library that they love, or a library service that they could not live without. We welcome contributions from the audience.

RPL Central opening 1962 - program cover

RPL Central opening 1962 – program cover

See the original stylishly cool programme (with details on space for future expansion) for inspiration!! RPL50thAnniversary -original opening program in 1962   Also note the star-studded list of presenters at the event.

For a poster to publicize the event click here Celebrate 50 yrs Central Library – poster Nov 25

SK Library Week Oct 15-21,2012

Celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week

Saskatchewan Library Association – poster and book contest winners http://saskla.ca/programs/slw

Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association announcment http://slta.ca/news-events/item/?n=13

Regina Public Library events http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/Oct10_Library_Week.pdf

For Immediate Release, October 10, 2012, “Celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week at RPL”

Regina Public Library is celebrating Saskatchewan Library Week, October 15-21, with special programs and prize draws for patrons at all locations.

Each RPL location is offering a prize draw for a great gift basket containing RPL merchandize and a book by a Saskatchewan author. Each entry will also go into the draw bin for a system-wide prize of an eReader.

In honour of Library Week, RPL is pleased to host a reading by Reginan Melanie Schnell, author of While the Sun is Above Us, which tells the story of two women, one Canadian and one South Sudanese, embroiled in Sudan’s Civil War. Ms. Schnell will talk about her visits to Sudan in 2003 and 2005; why she wrote the book; how she translated her experiences into fiction; and the role pop culture can play in fostering public awareness of issues like human trafficking.

The reading will be held at the RPL Film Theatre on Monday, October 15 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. To register, visit ReginaLibrary.ca or call 777-6120.

RPL is also hosting the inaugural book launch of Regina-based Wild Sage Press on Wednesday, October 17. The evening will feature author readings of selected poems from How to Be a River by Brenda Niskala and Watermarks by Laura Burkart. These exquisite limited editions are hand bound, numbered and signed. They showcase poetry that is powerful, provocative and engaging. Registration is not required for the launch, which is being held at Connaught Branch from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Regina Public Library (RPL) is a non-profit, Board-run organization dedicated to enriching quality of life in Regina. For over 100 years, RPL has provided open access to materials, programs and services that encourage cultural, economic, educational and recreational development. RPL currently operates Central Library in downtown Regina, as well as eight Branch locations throughout the city, all of which play a key role in supporting the diverse cultures in our community.

For more information please contact: Tony Playter, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Regina Public Library, Phone: 306.777.6015

Leader Post article http://www.leaderpost.com/literacy/raiseareader/Celebrating+library+week+saskatchewan/7389930/story.html

“Celebrating library week in saskatchewan”,  Ministry of Education October 15, 2012

Libraries play a significant role in the knowledge economy and community development, especially in the current information age, where education and lifelong learning require quality information resources and services available to every citizen. The theme chosen for this year’s Saskatchewan Library Week is Celebrating Our Past, Imagining Our Future.

Saskatchewan libraries have a long history of working together across institutional boundaries to share resources and/or services in order to provide access to more resources than they could afford individually. The Multitype Library Board, a minister’s advisory board, facilitates this cooperation among various types of libraries (public, school, post-secondary and special). The different types of libraries support people’s information needs for personal development, lifelong learning and recreation regardless of age, geographical location, income, education level or physical ability.

There are 515,000 registered public library borrowers in Saskatchewan and circulation was over 8 million items last year. Public libraries create and maintain local historical records, host after school programs, provide pre-school programs, family literacy programs and various supports for new immigrants (learning English, locating government services and job search assistance).

All Saskatchewan residents have access to nearly 13,000 full-text online journals, magazines, newspapers and encyclopaedias through the Multitype Database Licensing Program, a purchasing consortium including all public libraries, K to 12 schools (including First Nation schools) and a number of post-secondary and special library partners. It provides equitable access to authoritative information resources at home, at school, on the road or at work.

The Ministry of Education has made significant investments in increasing digitized access to documentary collections of historical and cultural significance to the people of Saskatchewan. To further this goal, the Multitype Library Board created a working group called the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance (SDA), to stimulate collaboration and partnerships between libraries, archives, museums and other heritage institutions.

As part of the Saskatchewan Multitype Digitization Initiative, cultural documents, artefacts, historical records, and First Nations and Métis materials are being captured in digital form and housed on a central, searchable website for the benefit of students, researchers, as well as local, national and international library users. This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Saskatchewan and a partnership between the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance.

As part of Saskatchewan Library Week and Education Week celebrations, the University Library at the U of S will host a special event on Oct. 16 to showcase a new online portal that provides digital access to a breadth of Saskatchewan’s cultural resources and materials.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a short presentation followed by a reception in the second floor ‘Link’ exhibition space in the Murray Library on the U of S campus. No RSVP is required. For more information, please call (306) 966-5927.

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