The Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System (PNLS) is asking residents of northern Saskatchewan to provide feedback about libraries and what changes they’d like to see.
That’s according to PNLS Director James Hope Howard who said the provincial government is currently undertaking a library review across Saskatchewan. As the regional body in charge of public, secondary and post-secondary libraries in the North, Howard noted PNLS will be meeting with an engagement panel Nov. 30 to provide feedback.
“Because this current engagement panel process as drawn has no direct public input process directly to the panel, we at PNLS have taken the role of intermediary,” he said. “We’re hoping to hear back from the public about anything they want to talk about in regards to library services.”
Some of the general topic areas the panel is specially seeking feedback for are legislation, governance, role clarity and responsibilities, impacts of fiscal pressures and the future of public libraries. If residents would like to make a submission to PNLS, they can write to [email protected] or contact Howard or a library representative in their community.
Howard said the review is in response to cuts the provincial government made to libraries in the 2017 spring budget, but later rolled back after intense public pressure.
“We’re very excited to pass along northern Saskatchewan representation,” Howard said. “It doesn’t seem like it’s often when we get to have our voices heard, so we wanted to give everyone an opportunity.”
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