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Provincial Information and Library Resources Board


Education and Early Childhood Development


Section 3 of the Public Libraries Act


No Remuneration


The mandate of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board is outlined in Section 6 of the Public Libraries Act. It states:

  • The provincial board shall establish and operate those public libraries in the province that it considers necessary and shall provide support to ensure that library materials, information and programs are available to meet the needs of the public.
  • The provincial board shall provide:

(a) a resource collection of selected materials in its provincial reference and

resource library which shall be available to the various libraries in the province;

(b) a centralized cataloguing and processing service through its technical services


(c) library service to communities that do not have a local library through its books-by

mail service;

(d) centralized administrative services through its provincial headquarters; and

(e) other centralized services considered necessary by the provincial board.


The Provincial Information and Library Resources Board is a Crown corporation established by the provincial government under authority of the Public Libraries Act. The corporation is run by the provincial board which is composed of representatives and alternates of the regional library boards and appointees of the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The provincial board has not less than ten and not more than 15 members which include:

(a) a representative from each regional library board, appointed by that board;

(b) the chairperson of the St. John's library board, appointed by that board; and

(c) up to six other members, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Competency Profile:

Members of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board are appointed by virtue of their professional positions. The members should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of Library Services
  • Human Resources;
  • Labour Relations;
  • Education; and
  • Legal Expertise. 


Key personal attributes required of members include:

  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest; and
  • Strong reasoning skills.

Time Commitments:

The PILRB meet at least four times a year (primarily on the West Coast) and possibly other times, as deemed necessary. Members may also be expected to spend additional time to prepare for meetings.


In accordance with Section 4(1) of the Public Libraries Act the members of the provincial board shall be appointed for a term of three years and are eligible for reappointment.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Butler, Ms. JoanMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-242021-02-24
Maddigan, Ms. Beth MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-242021-02-24
McKellar, Ms. SandraMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2019-08-062022-08-05
Sheppard Whalen, LindaMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-242021-02-24
Sheppard, DerrickMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-242021-02-24
Wicks, Ms. HilaryMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2019-08-062022-08-05

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