For over a century SPL has been part of the Saskatoon community. Over the years the world around us has changed, and the needs of our community are continually changing. Saskatoon is growing and becoming more culturally diverse. Technology is transforming how we interact, view the world and access information. Around the world, the role public libraries play in their communities is evolving from book repositories to vibrant people places.
In March 2018 the Board released a message to the community about change at the library.
Saskatoon Public Library Board Governance
Saskatoon Public Library is governed by a volunteer library board and the Public Libraries Act, 1996.
The Saskatoon Public Library Board follows the Board Bylaws in their conduct.
In 2016, we released Saskatoon Public Library’s strategic plan with a vision to change lives through community connections, engagement, and inclusivity. The new direction for SPL builds on the rich legacy of community service the public library has provided over the years and strives to meet the needs of our community moving forward.
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We will appreciate hearing from you as we write the next chapter in the history of our Library and its service to Saskatoon.
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Saskatoon Public Library
311 – 23rd St East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J6
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Membership appointments to the board are made by City Council. Saskatoon residents interested in applying to sit on the board can find more information by visiting the City of Saskatoon website.
Saskatoon Public Library Board Members
Candice Grant, Chair
Candice Grant was raised in Biggar, Saskatchewan and has resided in Saskatoon for the past ten years. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2008. Candice is a lawyer with Robertson Stromberg LLP in Saskatoon, with a focus on municipal and employment law.
Candice's dedication to her community is evident in her many volunteer commitments. She is currently the chairperson of CHEP Good Food Inc., a community organization committed to ensuring access to healthy food for all. She is also the president of the School Community Council at Dundonald School, and volunteers as a lawyer-supervisor with Pro Bono Students Canada. This is Candice's second term on the Saskatoon Public Library Board.
Lisa Erickson, Vice Chair
Lisa Erickson lives in the resilient community of Westmount in Saskatoon and works for the University of Saskatchewan as the Manager of Community Engagement at Station 20 West. Previously, Lisa served as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network. In 2013 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for working to improve literacy and skill level of Canadians.
Lisa was lucky to be introduced to her small town library as a young child and welcomed in the library as a teenager. This instilled an unshakeable "library habit" that she actively cultivates in her young children who are weekly SPL visitors. Lisa's a champion for innovative, community-connected and culturally safe libraries through which literacies are nurtured, life-long learning is supported and community connections are strengthened.
Lisa hold a BA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Continuing Education with a Specialization in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary. She's grateful for the most recent teachings she's received from Métis and First Nations knowledge keepers in Saskatoon.
Hillary Gough is the City Councillor for Ward 2 in Saskatoon. Raised in Saskatoon, she studied at the University of Saskatchewan and later the University of Manitoba where she achieved her M.A. Elected in October 2016, Hilary is honoured to represent the eight diverse neighbourhoods that make up Ward 2. She is passionate about health and equity and strives daily to understand better how we can all work together to support healthy community development.
Other appointments that Hillary holds as part of her role on Council are: member of the Standing Policy Committees on Planning, Development and Community Services, and Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services. She also holds membership on the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, the Saskatoon Accessibility Committee, the Ideas, Inc. Board of Directors, the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership Board, and the Board of the Riversdale Business Improvement District.
Hillary is proud to serve as a new member on the Saskatoon Public Library board. She is continually impressed by the diverse and growing services provided by the SPL and its dedicated and creative staff.
Nicholas Kaminski is a professional Structural Engineer with KGS Group in Saskatoon. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and currently, he is undertaking his Master of Engineering at the U of S. He holds his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation with the PMI. Nicholas is also an author with Canadian Civil Engineer, the nationally distributed magazine of the CSCE and has written on important topics including increasing representation of women in engineering and the TRC’s Calls to Action. He has been commended for his professional, volunteer and community achievements being awarded an SGI Anniversary Scholarship, an APEGS Member Scholarship and the 2018 ACEC-SK Young Professional Award.
Nicholas’ commitment to volunteerism and community involvement is evident through his various commitments to boards and committees including the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Saskatchewan (ACEC-SK) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS). He also volunteers with Canadian Blood Services and Habitat for Humanity. He has obtained his certificate in Public Sector Governance with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the U of R and U of S.
Nicholas is hoping to give back to his birthplace by using his engineering, leadership and governance skills to contribute to the incredible service that the library provides for the citizens of Saskatoon.
Robyn Robertson is an Architect at ETTA: DESIGN OFFICE INC. in Saskatoon and is a co-founding member of the design collaborative OPEN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Robyn has travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Studying and living abroad in both France and Italy has influenced her understanding of culture, history and identity. Now back in her birthplace, she is actively involved in contributing to the dialogue of the local built environment. Having always seen the library as the cultural epicenter of a city, she hopes she can share, help grow and build upon an institution that has already generously shaped her.
John Thronberg is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A (with Distinction) in English and Political Studies.
Born and raised on a small pet farm south of Moose Jaw, John has resided in Saskatoon for the past 25 years with the exception of a year spent teaching in Korea and several months spent working with the National Film Board in Montreal.
A passionate advocate of the arts, he has appeared on stage or behind the scenes with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Fringe Festival, Troupe du Jour, Newman Players at St. Thomas More College and served on the board of Live Five Independent Theatre. John also helped organize the first Canadian Theatre Conference in Saskatoon back in 1998.
John has held key positions in several film and television productions in Saskatchewan including Crisis, the first feature film shot in Saskatoon; Wapos Bay Bay, a Gemini-award-winning animated television series; and A New Life in a New Land, a documentary mini-series about the Muslim experience in Canada. He also was on the organizing committee for NextFest, a film industry showcase in Saskatoon.
After spending almost a decade working with CBC Saskatoon, John is currently a producer on CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon where he juggles his time between covering breaking news and booking guests as diverse as Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, David Suzuki, and Rick Hansen along with musical acts like Tom Jackson, Big Sugar and Royal Wood.
He continues to promote education, social issues and the arts in the province. He is married and has two dogs who take up way too much of the bed.
Cheryl is Cree, Nuu-chah-nulth and Metis. She is from Treaty Four but she was raised in Saskatoon in Treaty Six territory. She has grown up with her Cree culture and finds strength in ceremony, prayer and the teachings passed on from her grandparents and parents. Her parents placed importance on education, much like many other families. She chose to go into social work and she attained her degree from the First Nations University of Canada. Upon graduation, she began working with the provincial government and has been there for the past 15 years. She is currently employed by the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth where she is part of a team that works with children, youth, and communities all across Saskatchewan.
Some of Cheryl’s fondest memories are when her aunt took her to the Francis Morrison Library. When her mom was attending university and went to the library to study, Cheryl accompanied her. Through these encounters, she found an appreciation of reading. She strongly believes that literacy is important and feels that the library can be a means of engaging readers of all ages. This is Cheryl’s first term on the Saskatoon Public Library Board and she is honoured with this opportunity to give back to our community in this manner.
Venkat Subramanian hails from the coastal city of Chennai in the southern part of India – a city of nine million people and a peak winter record low of +15C! He moved to Canada in 2000 for graduate studies and has lived in Saskatoon since 2002, apart from a brief hiatus of a couple of years when he worked in Calgary.
Venkat’s work experience spans multiple industry sectors including mining, oil & gas, and utilities in diverse project management, strategic planning and governance roles. He currently works for BHP on the Jansen Potash project. He has also volunteered in CRA’s Income Tax Program helping, eligible individuals with completing income tax and benefit returns.
Venkat holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Madras, India; a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta; and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. Venkat is a sports enthusiast with a passion for cricket. Since moving to Saskatoon he has also picked up an interest in curling and is a proud Roughrider fan. Venkat lives with his wife Mary and son Nirav (born in Saskatoon).
Director of Libraries & CEO
Carol Cooley was appointed the Director of Libraries & CEO on June 1, 2015. Before assuming her new post, Carol was Manager of Adult & Information Services at SPL and before that, was Branch Head of Cliff Wright Branch. Prior to joining SPL, Carol was CEO of The Blue Mountains Public Library in Ontario, and Director of the Fort McMurray Public Library in Alberta.
Mayor Charlie Clark
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