July 30, 2009

Update on provincial grants for public libraries

The BC Library Trustees met with the minister of education this week to discusss the provincial govenrment's support for BC public libraries. Here's a brief report from Andy Ackerman, President of BC Library Trustees' Association:
Peter Fassbender (Mayor of Langley), Andy Ackerman (BCLTA President) and Maureen Woods (Coquitlam Public Library Director) met July 28th, with the Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy and aides to discuss the current library situation. Jacqueline van Dyk (Public Library Services Branch Director) was also present.

In general, the meeting was very positive with the Minister assuring us that the government fully supports libraries ...

We did emphasize that libraries across BC depended on the numerous grants that the government has provided us for many years and that we certainly appreciated their past support. Many of these programs positively impact seniors, children and others who turn to the libraries for support and services. We also thanked PLSB for their continuing support to libraries and the significance of this ongoing support.

The Minister told us that we should be hearing about budgets sometime in early August and that she is committed to working with us in the future.
She stated that the government may not be able to fully support at the levels they have in the past but that she expected a positive change as the economy improves. She also committed to meeting with us after the budgets are announced.


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Keith Guthmiller said...

This is not right. Public libraries are, well, public. They belong to everyone. Our government officials are public employees. It is their duty to us to make sure that we are treated fairly and that our tax money goes to furthering the education of the general populous. Healthcare, education, libraries, social support, and the many other projects that are provided to us so that we may have a better standard of living must never come under the gun. The money that is given away as handouts to business, perks to politicians and their friends, etc., could easily pay for these programs. We the people have every right to demand that our social system is stable. If our government officials (our employees) cannot provide that, then it is time to replace said employees.


Keith Guthmiller