Six Palliser Regional Library workers who lost their jobs thanks to the province’s recent funding-cut spoke out at the Saskatchewan Legislature on Monday.
Melissa Silzer-Frank, was the only I-T Tech for Palliser Library. She says with no one to maintain the libraries many computers they may disappear from service all together.
Silzer-Frank says in rural areas internet access at libraries is something that is in high-demand .
“In rural-land, internet usage is still a necessity,” said Silzer-Frank. “There are pockets of no bandwidth. There are pockets of poor bandwidth. We have patrons who run their businesses off public access stations. So when those cease to exist, those businesses cease to exist.”
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In the provincial budget was a 3.5-million dollar cut to regional libraries.
That equates to 50 per-cent of funding for every regional library in Saskatchewan.