Libraries across northern Ontario say it’s clear the provincial cuts to the Ontario Library Service will impact programs and services beyond just the interlibrary loan.

In a written release Thursday, the 55 northern Ontario libraries announced they had been informed May 9 that half the unionized staff jobs – five full time equivalent positions –  at Ontario Library Services – North (OLSN), had been eliminated, and another unionized position was being reduced to part time. They were told the job losses were due to recent cuts to the operating budget of OLSN announced during the provincial budget.

Additionally they were also told that one non-unionized position, from a total of five, will be eliminated by the end of this fiscal year and another non-unionized position is being reduced to part-time.

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