The purpose of the Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians is:
To promote the value of Library Technicians throughout the province of Saskatchewan.
To encourage and provide continuing education in the field of library technology.
To foster the exchange of ideas and information between Library Technicians.
Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians Responds to Provincial Funding Cuts to Saskatchewan Libraries
March 27, 2017
The Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians (SALT) is concerned by the $4.8 million in cuts to funding libraries in the 2017-2018 provincial budget. Our organization is also concerned about the 5% reduction in grants to Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions. Public and post-secondary libraries are at serious risk of seeing operations drastically impacted or ended.
For over 40 years, SALT has advocated on behalf of Saskatchewan’s library technicians and library support workers. We emphasize the vital role libraries play in communities and the impact they have in various sectors, whether it be public, school, post-secondary, health, or special libraries. Libraries support Saskatchewan residents in their cultural, educational, professional, and personal endeavors. They support new Canadians, children, seniors, students, the disabled, and the disenfranchised. There is a place for everyone in a public library, and these spaces provide much more than book lending. We cannot stress enough how critical it is that our Government continue to recognize the special place that libraries have in Saskatchewan.
We urge the Provincial Government to work with our regional library systems to find an alternative funding solution.
SALT encourages our members to write to their MLAs, Premier Brad Wall, and Minister of Education Don Morgan to express your concern about the future of our libraries. You can find contact information for your local representative here.
In addition, please continue to voice your concerns on social media, through letter writing, and through involvement in your library organizations. We ask that our members show continued support for their local libraries by advocating for and accessing their programming and services.
Please view SALT’s letter to Premier Brad Wall here.
For more information, please contact SALT at email@example.com.
Saskatchewan Association of Library Technicians
Saskatoon, SK S7K 8B4
Cheers to 40 Years!
Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate SALT’s 40th anniversary!