The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is a non-profit with a mandate to benefit Ontario public libraries through advocacy, research, and marketing.

La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario est un organisme à but non-lucratif. Elle a comme mandat, de répondre aux besoins de toutes les bibliothèques, en concentrant leurs efforts dans la recherche, en marketing et en agissant comme plaidoyeur.

Explore Libraries of the Future at Free, Online Library 2.016 Conference

San Jose State University Explore Libraries of the Future at Free, Online Library 2.016 Conference Take a break from your day-to-day work and shift your thoughts to the future at the Library 2.016 mini-conference on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from noon to 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. Sponsored by our school, the “Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future” will be a unique opportunity to learn from library experts and civic leaders, meeting at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community. You are invited to participate at no charge, and all sessions will be recorded. Even if you can’t attend the live event, please register and you’ll receive links to the recorded sessions after the conference. Plus, you’ll get a curated conference reading packet to include downloadable reports, articles, and videos focused on trends for libraries of the future. Register today! Conference Schedule The conference will open at noon U.S. Pacific Time with a stimulating conversation featuring industry innovators who will share their thoughts regarding trends and opportunities shaping the future of libraries. Following the keynote presentation will be several 30-minute concurrent crowdsourced presentations covering a range of topics like disruptive technologies, 3D virtual spaces, open source solutions, and STEM librarianship. After the break-out sessions, attendees will come back together in the main conference online room for a closing keynote and conference wrap-up. The conference will conclude at 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. The complete conference schedule with session times and links will be made available to registrants as the conference date nears. Learn More For more information about the conference, including speaker biographies and presentation abstracts, visit the... read more

#FollowALibrary Day is Sept. 30, 2016

#FollowALibrary was started Oct 1, 2009. It was started by this guy, (also @dpgreen) an Australian librarian.  It was promoted by David Lee King in 2010. It’s run each year since then. It has an account linked to it: @followalibrary, which references Mr Green but is based in Amsterdam.The goal of #followalibrary day is to encourage citizens to follow their library, or other libraries who are active on Twitter and producing great content.  Background and #LibraryFollow On #SocialMediaDay 2016, a group of libraries started using #LibraryFollow to share out libraries they enjoyed following and encourage others to follow. They gave library mentions to multiple libraries in tweets which resulted in greater exposure for all, and other libraries joined in. Follows were still coming in up to three days after the event. Currently some libraries are using #LibraryFollow when they are followed by another library account. This year, use the already in place hashtag #followalibrary to encourage others to follow a library whose content they enjoy or find meaningful. October 1st has been the day in the past for #followalibrary, so there might be others using it too. We will be using Sept 30th, as Oct 1st  is a  Saturday this year, library social media day. So, FOPL libraries and all the rest – adopt this Twitter hashtag and increase your followers!   Footnote: Coincidentally I’m told that ALA was also founded on Sept.... read more

A Spring Session and Throne Speech Update

A Spring Session and Throne Speech Update A lot has been going on in our provincial parliament! To keep you up to date, here’s a review of Ontario legislative highlights relevant to nonprofits (via ONN) from the 2016 spring session and the September 12 Speech from the Throne. The first seven pages of Ontario Hansard contain the Sept. 12, 2016 Speech from the Throne: Although the news media reported primarily the Hydro story, there were actually 8 themes in the throne speech: The government’s TOP priority is job creation and economic growth. This is combined with a commitment to eliminating the budgetary deficit (not debt) by 2017-2018. The full list of key themes was: Enhancing childcare and community hubs Invest in education Invest in skills training Strengthen our healthcare system Invest in roads, transit and modern infrastructure Building a competitive business environment Play a leadership role in improving retirement income security Deliver additional relief on electricity bills From a public library perspective, we would be wise to highlight our roles in: Childcare support Small, medium business and entrepreneur support Education and skills training (in particular online courses) Cultural infrastructure and community hubs presence It will be a difficult funding environment, given the commitment to a balanced budget.   We need to play well with others in our communities through partnerships and alliances.   Highlights for the nonprofit sector from the Throne Speech (Adapted from the ONN release) The Throne Speech held little news for most Ontario nonprofits. Much of the speech was devoted to reiterating what the Ontario Government had already done or tabled in the last session of the Legislature.... read more