Clarifying Statement Regarding Response to NLPL Review

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As many of you are aware, Kate Shore, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association, was asked by local media outlets to comment on the Organizational and Service Review of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library System the day after its release. These media appearances included a on-air interview with Anthony Germain on CBC St. John’s Morning Show and with Danielle Barron from NTV. A subsequent article, written by Stephanie Tobin at CBC, was produced with material from the live interview.

The NLLA executive wishes to apologize for any comments that may have been misconstrued or taken out of context from those media reports. Any comments related to Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library (NLPL) staffing were made in response to a direct question related to recommendations eight and nine. These comments were in no way meant to devalue the integral role library assistants and technicians play at the library, nor was there any suggestion to replace workers, but rather to add to the province’s library system.

The NLLA is committed to representing the interests of all library stakeholders and the communities it serves in the province. This mandate is one it holds dear. It is in this spirit that the executive wishes to move forward and build a better tomorrow for the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library System together. By standing together, all of us are in a better position to make that happen.

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