Interim University Librarian, Louise White, released a letter today to Premier Dwight Ball on behalf of Memorial University Libraries. White wrote “It is time to focus attention on a renewed dialogue between government, specifically Minister Kirby, and those who have devoted their professional lives to libraries, reading, information literacy and community development.”
She went on to question the lack of consultation that seems to have gone into the recent budgetary decisions. “There is much at risk when decisions such as the closure of libraries and the taxation of books are made without a rigorous consultation process.” You can read Memorial University Libraries full letter here.
On May 24, the NLLA sent a letter to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dale Kirby, requesting a meeting to address questions that have been raised concerning the planned closure of 54 branches of the NLPL and are awaiting a response.