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(The Star Religion)


18 may 2019 19:29:24

Inter-library loans to be revived in north after outcry
(The Star Religion)

Inter-library loans will resume in northern Ontario starting in June — but with the future of such loans in the southern part of the province still in limbo, it remains unclear how much of the popular service will return.And local libraries are also raising concerns about the government’s huge funding cut to the two provincial organizations that co-ordinate the book sharing, and the impact that will have on other crucial services and support the two provide.“It is now clear that provincial cuts to the (southern and northern) Ontario Library Service will impact programs and services beyond inter-library loan,” says a recent letter from almost 60 library systems in northern Ontario.“The diminished capacity of (Ontario Library Service-North) to deliver those programs will negatively impact our public libraries, and we believe that even programs and services that are maintained will operate at a reduced capacity due to extensive personnel cuts.“We believe these cuts have disproportionately and unfairly impacted libraries in northern Ontario and jeopardize our ability to provide equitable library service in the north.”Last month, the Ontario Library Service-North and the Southern Ontario Library Service learned the Ford government would be cutting provincial funding in half. The move sparked a huge outcry among patrons — and even prompted “read-in” protests — as inter-library loans were immediately suspended as a cost-saving measure.The two provincial library services also provide support, staff training and resources to local libraries and run a common cataloguing system for municipal systems, along with tech support — vital help that may now be under threat given staff layoffs.Regarding the two library services’ budget cuts, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Tibollo said the province is working to balance its budget and must spend money efficiently. He also stressed base fund ...

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