Sask. government looking for feedback on report on province's libraries

The provincial government is looking for your feedback on the future of Saskatchewan’s libraries.

A report, authored by Legislative Secretary Terry Dennis, was released Thursday and invites the public to submit their thoughts on it in a survey.

“I’m hoping that they take the time to look at the report, as presented to the Minister, before they do the survey,” said Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Clint Repski. “But what the survey is looking for is a commentary on the report.”

The NDP are raising concern, with Education Critic Carla Beck saying public consultation on the matter appears to be an afterthought, as no public meetings are planned and there’s a short timeframe to provide feedback.

However, Repski notes people can take the survey until January 25th.

“Do these things resonate with you, are they important or are they not important and have we missed anything,” he said. “We want to provide an opportunity for the public to provide their comment on the library system.”

Eight themes are identified in the report, including a provincial strategic plan for public libraries, the value of public libraries and funding structure and predictability.