That’s great news Suzanne.

Bravo to APLA and all our colleagues who spoke so passionately in support of libraries since this news broke! A Happy Canada Day long weekend to all indeed.

Mark Leggott

On Jun 30, 2016, at 12:04 PM, Suzanne van den Hoogen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Sometimes, government officials listen…  Promising news for our colleagues in Newfoundland and Labrador! 
Education and Early Childhood Development
June 30, 2016
Ensuring a Long-Term and Sustainable Library System
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Organizational and Service Review to Inform Future of Provincial Library Resources 
The Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, has requested that the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board suspend its decision to implement a regional library model while a complete organizational and service review of libraries is conducted. 
"Our government wants the best for the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. At this point in our history we are faced with a challenging fiscal situation that we must address. We do have to make tough choices, but we are also open to listening to residents. We have heard from very strong voices about the future of our libraries and we feel that before moving forward with any closures we should have an external assessment that contemplates the full impact a library has on its community. We still contend that we need to improve library services to meet the changing needs of users. At the end of this review, we want to have a clear and transparent overview of our library system to inform the next steps in our decision-making process."
- The Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
A steering committee will be formed including members from the Provincial Government and Provincial Information and Library Resources Board. The review will include:
· Provincial stakeholder consultations; 
· Analysis of the current service delivery landscape including locations, types of services offered, usage and service delivery methods;