1. The Library Board is delighted to welcome back Theresa Hrab, who steps into the Library Manager position on April 1. Theresa held that position in the early 2000s and is coming back after an absence of nearly 5 years, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience that staff and patrons will appreciate.
In the absence of a Library Manager, Donna Cunliffe ably stepped into that role and kept things running, for which the Board is very grateful.
If you haven't been in the library for awhile, stop in and say "hello" to Theresa, Donna and the other staff.
2. The Peace River Municipal Library small-but-mighty Board needs some new faces. If you have an interest in the library and could spare a few hours a month to contribute to your community, please contact me and I'll pass your name along to the Board Chair. If you're not familiar with sitting on a board and would like to find out more, get in touch and I'd be happy to discuss this.
Our library is such an important resource to Peace River and area residents. People who are travelling come in to acquaint themselves with the area and use the free Internet service to check their email. Children come in with parents for special activities. There are pleasant areas to sit and read magazines or book. And with Interlibrary Loans, patrons are able to access nearly any book they want.
Although the library's website needs updating due to staffing shortages and transition over the past months, you can still find information about the library's services and use the links to the catalogues by visiting: http://www.prmlibrary.ab.ca/
I also thought that readers might be interested in knowing more about how libraries in Alberta work. In a previous blog entry I talked about the Peace Library System, which our library has been a part of since its inception. But did you know that Alberta libraries operate under their own legislation?
Here's how the Alberta Municipal Affairs & Housing website describes the relationship that libraries have with the province, schools and municipalities:
The Libraries Act defines the roles of the partners in library development. It recognizes the municipality as the foundation for public library service and the library boards as the major building blocks. It allows for cooperation between municipalities and school authorities to provide equitable and enhanced service through library systems in large regional areas.
The Libraries Act sets out the governance structure for public library service. It provides for the establishment of municipal and community library boards at the local level and system boards at the regional level. These autonomous boards cooperate through provincial networks and resource sharing agreements to give access to public library resources to all Albertans.