It could have been a completely different mood at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference this week, but after the provincial government’s decision to rescind the budget cuts, it may be a bit more celebratory.
The Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Library Association realizes that this is just a reprieve, but she hopes there is plenty of opportunity for stakeholders to give their side of the story before the government makes any final decisions.
For instance, one of the reasons given for the original cuts was because the number of library cards had gone down.
Judy Nicholson says this has more to do with the fact that families can now have one library card, rather than everyone having their own.
Also, with the library system that spans the province you only need one card, whereas before if you spent time in more than one community you might have more than one card.
Nicholson says advocating for libraries was always going to be one of the topics at this week’s conference, as was how to deal with a crisis, but now they have also set aside time to speak with the leaders of all the rallies to get input on how their actions rolled out.
The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference is in Waskesiu until Friday.