The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA) is pleased that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is invested in the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL), something exemplified by the spending of almost $250,000 on an organizational and service review of the NLPL as a whole by an external source in 2016.
The recommendations from the EY report have been encapsulated in the Future State Plan, and now the government must truly show they are invested in our provincial libraries by increasing the budget by $1.7 million, bringing the total budget to just under $13 million.
The EY Report found that, per capita, NLPL is the least well supported library system in Canada. The requests detailed in Phase One of the Future State Plan, such as increases to library hours, library materials, and programming, as well as improvements to technology, and library leadership, will be the first step in reaffirming the Government’s investment in Public Libraries in this province.
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