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Mississippi Mills Council Resolution on Support for InterLibrary Loan

The following resolution was carried unanimously last night by Mississippi Mills Council:

“WHEREAS public libraries provide safe, inclusive, and vibrant community spaces where everyone is welcome to learn, work, connect, and have fun; and

WHEREAS the Mississippi Mills Public Library actively partners with the community to deliver valued services and contribute to a culture of social good by sharing knowledge and resources; and

WHEREAS the Mississippi Mills Public Library continues to deliver services that support provincial initiatives such as lifelong learning and skill development, local economic development, health literacy, and provides equitable access to government websites and services; and

WHEREAS the Mississippi Mills Public Library continues to manage public resources with the utmost care and are committed to the sustainability of their services; and

WHEREAS the Mississippi Mills Public Library requests that the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Council urge the Province of Ontario to recognize the importance of services provided by Ontario Library Service – North and the Southern Ontario Library Service including the administration of bulk purchasing agreements, technology consultation, strategic planning and policy development consultation, the provincial Interlibrary Loan system, board and staff training opportunities, collection development support, support for First Nations libraries and the administration of the Joint Automation Server Initiative; and

WHEREAS the Mississippi Mills Public Library requests that the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Council urge the Province of Ontario to restore funding to Ontario Library Service – North in recognition of the unfair and disproportionate impact of these cuts on Northern Ontario public libraries,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mississippi Mills Municipal Council supports the Mississippi Mills Public Library’s request for the Government of Ontario to restore funding to Ontario Library Service-North and the Southern Ontario Library Service ; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipality of Mississippi Mills urges the Province of Ontario to support sustainable long term funding for Ontario’s Public Libraries; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Office of the Premier, to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to the local MPP, to the Association of Municipalities Ontario, to the Ontario Library Association, and to the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.”

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