Mississippi Mills Public Library removes all non-resident fees for Lanark County library users

Mississippi Mills Public Library removes all non-resident fees for Lanark County library users   The Mississippi Mills Public Library (MMPL) Board and staff believe the future of library services is sharing resources & information and breaking down barriers to access   31 March 2021 — The future of library services across Lanark County is sharing resources and knowledge without added costs to taxpayers. As the next step to County-wide reciprocal borrowing agreements among Lanark County library boards, Mississippi Mills Public Library (MMPL) has removed all non-resident fees for all Lanark County library users who wish to use MMPL.   As a sign of goodwill to all of our neighbours, the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board has resolved to eliminate non-resident fees for library users in Lanark County. Through this decision, library patrons in Beckwith, Carleton Place, Lanark Highlands and Perth, Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley may join MMPL at no charge. Residents must present a valid library card from their home library in order to receive a free membership at the Mississippi Mills Public Library.   What is a reciprocal borrowing agreement?   A reciprocal borrowing agreement between library boards allows residents to use participating library systems without taxpayers paying any additional non-resident or cost sharing fees.   In 2019, the Perth & District Union Public Library and the Mississippi Mills Public Library signed a reciprocal borrowing agreement. On March 18, 2021, the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board signed a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Lanark Highlands Public Library Board. These agreements bring Lanark County libraries one-step closer to open, barrier-free access to resources and information. Through these reciprocal... read more

FOPL Executive Director – Job Posting

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is seeking a dynamic, politically astute, Executive Director to lead advocacy, marketing and professional development initiatives for Ontario’s Public and First Nations’ Public Libraries.  If interested in pursuing this impactful and rewarding part-time position, please submit your resume and covering letter to vpl.admin@vaughan.ca by April 9, 2021 http://fopl.ca/fopl-executive-director-job-description-rev-0321-002-2/... read more

Development Charges Training with Hemson Consulting Ltd.

Subject: Development Charges Training with Hemson Consulting Ltd.   Hello FOPL Members,   Following the Q3 2020 changes to Bill 108: More Homes, More Choices and the successful increase to library funding through development charges:   Please join us on Friday, April 9th at 12-1:30 pm for customized, Library-centric training on Development Charges by premiere DC firm Hemson Consulting Ltd.   The initial training will be video-based and there will be a written training manual provided as well.   Topics to be covered: –          Changes to the legislation and implications for capital development planning for libraries –          Municipal best practices for assessing capital project needs –          Developing capital budgets & long-term forecasts –          Financing and funding “growth-related” infrastructure –          Administering and reporting on the revenue –          Practical steps that library Boards can take to ensure they fully participate in Municipal capital asset planning   If you are not able to attend the live training, you will be able to access the video recording and written training materials through the FOPL website.   Please email admin@fopl.ca your request to participate by April 5, 2021.  A zoom link with instructions will follow.   We look forward to seeing you there!   Sincerely, Paul Ainslie, Chair... read more