January 10, 2019

Province Seeking Public Input On Report On Saskatchewan Libraries Engagement

As part of the library engagement process, the public is now invited to provide their feedback on Legislative Secretary Terry Dennis’s Report of Saskatchewan Public Libraries Engagement.

The survey and report are available at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/report-of-saskatchewan-public-libraries-engagement-survey, the report outlines eight themes identified by Saskatchewan’s library sector during the engagement process.  This process fulfills the commitment made by the Government of Saskatchewan in the spring of 2017.

“Two public library directors and the Saskatchewan Provincial Librarian accompanied me as we met with representatives from all of Saskatchewan’s public library systems this past fall,” Dennis said.  “During these engagement meetings, stakeholders identified several important themes which are included in the report, and I’d like to thank them, and the panel, for their valuable contributions.”

Over the course of the engagement period, Dennis and the panel met with representatives from the 11 public library systems in the province, including board members, staff and municipal representatives.  Saskatchewan’s public library systems operate more than 300 library branches.

The engagement sessions began in Saskatoon on October 10 and concluded December 10 in Regina.  In addition to holding in-person engagement sessions with representatives of all the province’s library systems, the panel also conducted in-person engagement sessions with other library stakeholders, including:

  • Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association;
  • Saskatchewan Library Association;
  • Multitype Library Board;
  • Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association; and
  • Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

The panel also received and considered several written submissions from library sector stakeholders, including the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples, in preparing their report.

The eight themes identified in the report are:

  • Funding Structure and Predictability
  • Provincial Public Library Strategic Plan
  • One Card, One Province
  • Communication with the Provincial Library
  • Governance Training
  • Indigenization
  • Value of Public Libraries
  • Legislation

Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant commends the library sector, and the panel led by Dennis, on the work that was done to develop this report.

The themes presented will now form the basis of the next stage of the engagement process; to ask the public to provide feedback on the report.

“Our government understands how much Saskatchewan residents value their libraries and we are committed to continuing to support the contributions libraries make to our communities,” Wyant said.  “I invite all Saskatchewan residents to read the report and provide us with their thoughts through an online survey.”

The survey will remain open until January 25.  Feedback from the survey will be compiled for consideration by the Minister of Education.