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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.

(LAC) Launches 2019–2020 Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP)

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Launches 2019–2020 Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) October 18, 2018 Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Launches 2019–2020 Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP)   Library and Archives Canada today launched the 2019–2020 funding cycle for its Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Eligible libraries, archival centres and other memory institutions have until January 8, 2019 to apply for a portion of the $1.5 million that will be allocated in 2019–2020. Since the Documentary Heritage Communities Program was created in 2015, Library and Archives Canada has invested $6 million in supporting some 170 projects submitted by 130 organizations. Some changes have been made to the program guidelines for 2019–2020: New maximum funding amounts for: Small contributions: Now below $25,000 per project for up to two years Large contributions: Now between $25,000 and $50,000 per project, per funding cycle for up to three years Additional support for organizations located in remote areas: small contributions up to $29,999 per project large contributions up to $60,000 per project, per funding year Amendments to the list of eligible organizations to be more inclusive Criteria used to assess the proposals Library and Archives Canada offers financial assistance to preserve and share your histories and documentary heritage October 18, 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec Library and Archives Canada announced today the launch of the 2019–2020 funding cycle for its Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Since this program was introduced in 2015, some 130 organizations have taken advantage of the financial assistance provided to enhance their capacity to sustainably preserve, share and highlight Canada’s documentary heritage. Every dollar invested helps to increase awareness of and access to local and regional histories that should be known... read more

Amazon is Bringing Something Unique to a Brampton Library

Amazon is Bringing Something Unique to a Brampton Library by Paige Petrovsky on October 13, 2018 The Brampton Library has received a huge donation from Amazon. According to a recent press release, Amazon has donated $10,000 in technology to the Brampton Library new on-the-go STEM van. The donation will go towards Makerspace Brampton’s expansion of accessible STEM-based learning via the new on-the-go mobile STEM van. Makerspace Brampton is a collaboration between the Brampton Library, Sheridan College, and the city of Brampton. To celebrate the collaboration, local Amazonians will give Grade 4 and Grade 5 students from Mount Pleasant Village school an exclusive look at the new van. The van will include the latest tools that will help students develop real world skills, and give them an opportunity to get their hands on the technology before the van is fully available to the public. Donated items include STEM kits, coding robots, and a charging... read more

Canadian Cities’ Red Hot Library Development Continues

Click here for an Adobe PDF version of this article  Canadian Cities’ Red Hot Library Development Continues | October 2018 Compiled by Barbara Clubb with files from Edmonton, Halifax, Kingston, Lethbridge, Markham, Montréal, Regina, Toronto, Vaughan, Victoria and Winnipeg library systems and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.  Second in an Ex Libris series about public library branch development in Canada. In 2018, Canada’s urban libraries are continuing their aggressive development of new and renewed branch facilities as innovative, interactive and integrated community hubs. Learn more about Edmonton’s, Calder branch, Halifax’s Dartmouth North and Musquodoboit branches, Kingston-Frontenac’s Rideau Heights branch, Lethbridge’s Main Branch Modernization Project, Markham’s Aaniin branch, Bibliothèques Montréal’s Benny branch, Regina’s Albert Branch at mâmawêyatitân centre, Toronto’s Albion, Amesbury Park and Eglinton Square branches, Vaughan’s Pleasant Ridge and Vellore Village branches, Victoria’s sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay branch and Winnipeg’s Windsor Park branch. Among the 15 there are 2 LEED Gold and 4 LEED Silver designations. Many of these new or renovated branches are part of a larger community facility and share resources and spaces with municipal or corporate partners. There is a special emphasis on small but mighty spaces (6,000 SF and under) including Halifax, Kingston-Frontenac, Regina, and Toronto’s Amesbury Park. A word cloud about these facilities would include: striking design and artwork, LEED, community consultation, radical transparency, accessibility, lots of space and seating, respect for and acknowledgment of Indigenous culture, maker spaces, community responsive, early literacy, abundance of natural light, big windows, flexibility and adaptability, part of a larger complex, warm and welcoming, hub, a place to go. And a smaller but striking set of words would include:... read more