Sometimes I wonder why I keep this blog up, basically every day, for over ten years.
Looking through some old blog posts recently, I realised that librarians are natural archivists and that’s part of the reason.
For example, looking for something else, I realised that I’d posted the responses I got prior to the 2007 Saskatchewan Election when, as part of my job as Branch Supervisor for Southeast Regional Library, I was asked to write to the different political parties to get their response regarding support for libraries.
I can’t remember if my boss had told me to do this or if I chose to do it to get more “natural” response but I didn’t identify myself as a library employee when I wrote to the three major parties at the time (not sure why I didn’t bother writing the Greens but did write the Liberals.)
Anyhow, here’s what the Sask Party, who were on the verge of being elected to government for the first time ever, said at the time (which was also, by far, the most professional *and* substantive reply):
November 2, 2007
Mr. Jason Hammond
Dear Mr. Hammond:
On behalf of Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall, thank you for your recent e-mail. Mr. Wall is busy campaigning and has asked me to respond to you on his behalf.
Public libraries in Saskatchewan provide a vital service for many people in our communities. We believe it is very important to support Saskatchewan’s public libraries.
If we are fortunate enough to form government on November 7th, we will continue to fund public libraries in Saskatchewan. A Saskatchewan Party government will work the libraries to ensure they have sufficient resources.
Once again, thank you for your e-mail and interest in the Saskatchewan Party.