The Saskatchewan Library Association is implementing new tools to ramp up pressure on the government over library cuts that were announced last month in the provincial budget.
The Association has launched a website outlining all of their concerns when it comes to the provincial budget and what residents can do to help. The website includes factsheets, letter outlines so residents can contact their MLA, all media coverage on the issue, and much more. As a result of budget cuts to libraries, residents will no longer be able to place holds on materials from any library in the province, and then have those materials delivered to their local branch. Eight employees were also let go from the Parkland Regional Library, while another 6 lost their jobs in Moose Jaw. Association President Michael Shires says this issue is not just specific to Saskatchewan, and there could be solutions to these cuts elsewhere to see if they are really necessary. He notes the provincial government in Newfoundland & Labrador is conducting an audit of their libraries to see if the closures they ordered are needed. Shires says the greatest defense against cuts to libraries is in numbers and that means every individual doing one or two or more significant acts to apply pressure to the government to change their mind.