Wapiti - May 1, 2017

May. 1, 2017
May 1, 2017
Provincial Library System Returned to Full Service

The online, province-wide library catalogue has been turned back on, and people from across the province once again have access to thousands of books, e-books, DVDs and more.
"As of this morning, full province-wide lending was restored, and the entire online catalogue is once again available to the people of Saskatchewan," reports Tony Murphy, Wapiti Regional Library Regional Director. "The Wapiti Regional Library Board is very pleased that we can once again provide province-wide access to this valuable service."
The provincial catalogue is a joint system managed by the province's seven regions, two urban libraries, and the northern library system. It enables anyone from anywhere in the province to request items and have them delivered to their home library.
"Cooperation and sharing resources has always been at the heart of our province," Murphy said, "and our public libraries epitomise that philosophy. Sharing library materials is a decades-old practice in Saskatchewan and our SILS "One Card, One Province" system is envied across Canada as an effective and exemplary means of providing learning and literacy opportunities to anyone, regardless of location, age, income, education, or social status."
The ability to borrow items from across the province had to be closed off as a result of funding cuts in the province's 2017 budget. When funding was restored on April 24, libraries were once again able to support province-wide use of the system.
"The provincial grant for public libraries is specifically for resource sharing at the province's two municipal libraries," Murphy explained, "and for Wapiti Regional Library, it is the sole source of operational funding for Wapiti's Regional Office. The Wapiti Regional Library Board, as well as our communities and libraries, are appreciative of the provincial government's decision to reinstate that grant for the 2017 fiscal year."
Library stakeholders across the province will be working in the months ahead to review the system and determine whether changes or improvements can be made.  
Tony Murphy
Regional Director
Wapiti Regional Library
Phone: 306-764-0712
Fax: 306-922-1516


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