Council Notebook: Juvenile circulation increases at library

Lisa Goudy
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Terry Gabel, chairperson of the Moose Jaw Public Library board, presents the library's 2013 annual report at the March 24, 2014 council meeting.

At the Moose Jaw Public Library, adult circulation in 2013 is down from 2012, but juvenile circulation is up.

Overall, adult circulation decreased from 146,145 in 2012 to 145,696 in 2013, but juvenile circulation increased from 85,917 in 2012 to 87,562 in 2013.

The circulation grand total decreased slightly from 286,094 in 2012 to 286,071 in 2013. The overdrive/ library2go program increased from 25,031 in 2012 to 37,046 in 2013.

The Moose Jaw Public Library had a big year in 2013 and at Monday’s council meeting, Terry Gabel, chairperson of the Moose Jaw Public Library board, along with Karon Selzer, head librarian, presented the library’s 2013 annual report.

Not only did the library celebrate its centennial in 2013, but programming options and activities also increased by 46 per cent.

“In 2013, the library again increased the volume of material loaned to other Saskatchewan public libraries,” said Gabel. “Materials brought in from other libraries remained consistent.”

Gabel, along with Karon Selzer, head librarian, presented the library’s 2013 annual report at Monday’s council meeting.

The volume of material loaned to other libraries increased from 49,816 to 56,633 while materials brought in stayed steady at 22,942.

In fall 2012, the library hired recent graduate Amanda Oliver as an archives intern through the federal Young Canada Works and Heritage Grant.

“She worked to catalogue and process the backlog of materials in the archives, promoted the collection and developed her archival skills in a work environment. This project was completed in 2013,” said Gabel. “Part of the grant, plus a grant from the Saskatchewan Council of Archives and Archivists, allowed the library to digitize the Lewis Rice photograph collection and make the images accessible on the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network database and on the Saskatchewan History online database.”

The report was received and filed.

Other items considered at Monday’s council meeting:

• Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, provided the 44th update on Mosaic Place and YaraCentre. Hockey Capital Moose Jaw Ltd. (HCL) is continuing to finish deficiency items at Mosaic Place with 12 items remaining. That is a “significant reduction from previous months,” according to Hauta’s report. Those issues are heating levels in the curling rink and inconsistent lighting in the arena.

At YaraCentre, all warranty and deficiency items are completed and HCL has been paid out for the project.

Both projects are estimated to remain within the total project budget of $61.29 million. The contingency remaining to finish the project is $239,492, which is the same as last month’s report.

• Council accepted Sherri Lepitzki’s resignation from the Moose Jaw Public Library and Palliser Regional Library boards effective immediately. Council also appointed Rae Trites as a citizen-at-large to the Palliser Regional Library board for a term to start at once and to end on Dec. 31, 2015.

• Councillors appointed Celeste York, representative of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Separate School Division, to the environment advisory committee and Gerry Gienim representative of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Separate School Division, to the transportation advisory committee. Both terms start at once and will end on Aug. 31, 2015.

• A report discussing the summary report of 2013 assessment appeals was received and filed. In 2013, the board of revision received 162 regular appeals, including 20 that were withdrawn and one that was invalid. The board received three supplemental assessment appeals and nine decisions of the board were appealed to the assessment appeals committee of the Saskatchewan municipal board.

The direct cost of the board, including per diems and expenses, were $21,496.60.

• Council received and adopted the minutes of the recent executive committee meeting, environment advisory committee, heritage advisory committee and the special needs advisory committee. In the special needs advisory committee meeting minutes, council approved the recommendation that an addition garbage container will be provided where medical conditions exist that are verified by a doctor’s note.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Public Library, Young Canada Works, Palliser Regional Library Saskatchewan Council of Archives Saskatchewan Archival Information Network Saskatchewan History Hockey Capital Moose Jaw

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Holy Trinity

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