ON BEHALF OF THE THE PEOPLE OF SASKATCHEWAN - THANK YOU!

Sask. government turns back page on library cuts

 

The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association would like to express their appreciation on the government’s move to reverse its previous decision and reinstate the funding to Saskatchewan libraries.

SLTA will continue to advocate for libraries in Saskatchewan; to support adequate, sustainable funding in order to maintain a high quality of library service for the province.

We appreciate the government taking time for consultation and look ahead to future collaboration.


 


Media Coverage

Regina Leader-Post - Premier Wall asks Education Minister Morgan to 'review the library funding issue' (Apr. 20)

CBC News - Sask. government reviewing $4.8M in cuts to libraries (Apr. 20)

Estevan Mercury - Southeast Regional makes key decisions (Apr. 13)

Northern Pride - Public protests library cuts (Apr. 13)

Northern Pride - Find ways to fund libraries (Apr. 13)

Yorkton This Week - Parkland Library hacks staff and services (Apr. 12)

Regina Leader-Post - Letter: Gov't take note - we are going to fight for our libraries (Apr. 12)

Discover Weyburn.com - Province meeting with regional libraries after services suspended (Apr. 12)

Regina Leader-Post - Sask Party government misguided on library cuts (Apr. 12)

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - Letter of the Day: Disconnecting Saskatchewan (Apr, 7)

The Globe and Mail - SK should take note: Libraries are sanctuaries of civil societies (Apr. 9)

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - Libraries are fundamental (Apr. 8)

Regina Leader-Post - How small rural libraries are funded (Apr. 7)

Regina Leader-Post - Protesters Drop everything and read and MLA Offices (Apr. 7)

CBC News Saskatoon - Hundreds of readers silently protest outside MLA offices agains library cuts (Apr. 7)

Weyburn This Week - Library cuts are 'devastating' say NDP MLAs (Apr. 6)

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - SPL faces 800K deficit and prepares to make substantial cuts (Apr. 6)

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - SPL reviews how it curates its collection as ILL ends (Apr. 5)

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - One Province One Card Program cut (Apr. 4)

Global News Regina -gov’t hopes to avoid elimination of ILL (Apr. 4)

CBC News Saskatoon – Education Minister responds to ILL elimination (Apr. 4)

CBC News Saskatchewan – laid off library staff speak out (Apr. 3)

Regina Leader-Post – advocates continue fight (Apr. 2)

CTV News Regina – staff layoffs and petition (Mar. 30)

CBC News Regina – interview with SLA President (Mar. 27)

CTV News Saskatoon -Cuts a huge blow to Wapiti Region (Mar. 24)

 


SLTA Responses to Budget Cuts

SLTA Media Release

SLTA Letter to Premier Wall


Responses to Budget Cuts

Atlantic Provinces Library Association

BC Library Trustees Association (Apr. 18)

Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians

Canadian Federation of Library Associations

Canadian Health Libraries Association

CUPE Saskatchewan

Friends of the Regina Public Library

Lakeland Library Region

Library Association of Alberta

Manitoba Library Association

oursask.ca

Palliser Regional Library (Apr. 6)

Regina Public Library Media Release (Apr. 6)

Regina Public Library Media Release (Apr. 4)

Regina Public Library Media Release (Apr. 3)

Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians

Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church of Canada

Saskatchewan Information & Library Services Consortium Press Release

SLA - Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities

SLA - Premier Brad Wall

SLA - Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association

Southeast Regional Library

SUMA Calls for Meaningful Consultation

Wapiti Regional Library

Wapiti Regional Library Finances: Countering Saskatchewan Government Misinformation (Apr. 21)

 


Miscellaneous

An Example of Library Funding - Provincial/Municipality

As 2016 crashed in flames, libraries were the last good place

Why Libraries Matter

Celebrating Co-operation among Saskatchewan’s Libraries: The Multitype Library Board, 1996-2016

Chinook Regional Library - Rally to Save Saskatchewan Libraries

Letter from MLA addresses substantial accumulated library surpluses 

  • Value of regional library buildings, books, and vehicles constitute surpluses

Letter to Regina Leader-Post explains SK library systems (Apr. 4)

Libraries Represent a Tradition Clearly Worth Saving (May 31, 2016)

The Public Libraries Act, 1996

Regina Public Library 2016 Fact Sheet

SLA Responses to Budget Cuts Misconceptions

SLA You Belong Poster (PDF)

Saskatchewan Information & Library Services Consortium

Questionnaire - Saskatchewan Provincial Election 2016 (see pages six and seven)

 


Petitions

Two petitions are available.  Both have different guidelines but they share the same goal of asking the Saskatchewan Government to take action on it cuts to public library funding.

Vote Petition is for Saskatchewan residents over the age of 18 (info on the petition) calling for a vote.  15% of the voters of Saskatchewan or approximately 125,000 people need to sign to bring it to the legislature to hold a referendum.

VOTE Library Petition_Form

VOTE Library Petition signing instructions

VOTE Library Website

VOTE Petition FAQs

The Save Saskatchewan Libraries Petition voices concern and can be signed by non-residents, those under 18 years of age, and others.  It demonstrates the opposition to the impacts on public libraries but this petition doesn’t require action from the government.

Petition_Libraries_Form

Petition Libraries Web Form

Petition to Reverse Cuts to Saskatchewan Libraries (NDP Caucus)

 


Please see the Advocacy Link for more information on how to support your library.


My library matters because...

The library offers many programs which are free to the public and the kids programs are excellent - Joan, Milestone.

I write my exams there for post-secondary. As a single mom I love the opportunity to go to the library to write while my child reads books - Brittany, Redvers.

If your library matters to you please tell us. Email njk@sasktel.net.

 


 

THE SASKATCHEWAN LIBRARY TRUSTEES’ ASSOCIATION (SLTA) IS A VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES FROM ACROSS THE PROVINCE WHO HAVE JOINED TOGETHER IN THEIR DEDICATION TO HELP PROVIDE LIBRARY SERVICES THAT WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF SASKATCHEWAN PEOPLE AND THEREBY IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

 

SLTA was established in 1967, made its first annual brief to the Minister in 1968, and was incorporated under provincial law in 1969.

SLTA represents 2,500 trustees representing libraries throughout Saskatchewan, in northern hamlets, rural communities, as well as towns and cities. All persons in Saskatchewan may access the information in these libraries, in whatever media they are provided, without a user fee. Resource-sharing and co-operation are the fundamental strengths of what is called Saskatchewan’s “one province” library system – a system that is the envy of the country.

Municipal public libraries exist in Regina and Saskatoon. The seven regional library systems in southern Saskatchewan are Chinook, Lakeland, Palliser, Parkland, Southeast, Wapiti and Wheatland. The northern part of the province is served by the Pahksimon Nuye-áh Library.

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