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.



CFLA-FCAB Concerned about US Net Neutrality Protection Elimination

Bilingual message — Message bilingue GATINEAU, December 14, 2017 – Canadian Federation of Library Associations – Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Concerned about US Net Neutrality Protection Elimination Recent news of the United States’ Federal Communications Commission Order[1]calling for the end of protecting net neutrality raises grave concerns. The future of information sharing globally could be put at risk if net neutrality is no longer protected. Ensuring that intellectual freedom is preserved, and access to information remains equally open to all is crucial to fostering an informed, educated democratic society. The Order named “Restoring internet freedom” aims to remove the 2015 Open Internet Order clause that requires: transparency (network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of services must be made available); and, no unreasonable discrimination (providers cannot discriminate the transmission of lawful network traffic). “Net neutrality is required to ensure there is equitable access for all, to all types of information on the internet. The removal of Net Neutrality Protection would allow corporations to provide priority services for those willing to pay more, and disenfranchise those without the ability to pay” stated Peter Bailey, CFLA-FCAB Chair. “CFLA-FCAB fully supports the statements put forward by the American Library Association[2] and the Association of Research Libraries[3]in encouraging the United States Congress to vote against this Order”. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) is the united, national voice of Canada’s library community. Our member associations represent over 10,000 library workers in every province and territory. Our purpose is to advance library excellence in Canada, champion library values and the value of libraries and influence national and international public... read more

Check out what’s new at CommunityHubsOntario.ca

Check out what’s new at CommunityHubsOntario.ca Complete Your Profile & Get Connected If you haven’t already, please log back into CommunityHubsOntario.ca and complete your profile. It’ll only take a minute and will help you to connect with other members. Now available: Two-Year Progress Report Update on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan The Community Hubs Division released  its “Two-Year Progress Report Update on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan” on October 12/17.  Read the report on Ontario.ca CommunityHubsOntario.ca Re-launch Since the beta launch of CommunityHubsOntario.ca we have received fabulous feedback, suggestions and comments about improvements to the site. (Please keep them coming!)   We have been busy working through all the input, holding planning sessions with our partners at KFL&A Health Informatics Unit and implementing many of your suggestions! A lot of that work happened behind the scenes to make improvements in features, functionality and adding new tools and resources to the website. We’re very excited that the first phase of work is completed and re-launched CommunityHubsOntario.ca on October 12 to coincide with the release of the Two-Year Progress Report. 2017 Community Hubs Summit Materials & Videos Now Online You can now find the Program from the 2017 Community Hubs Summit on CommunityHubsOntario.ca as well as links to a collection of videos called HubTalks that were filmed at the Summit. These include short compilations of interviews conducted during the Summit as well as full – length videos of keynote presenters & plenary panels. View the summit videos  on CommunityHubsOntario.ca. In addition to new content from the 2017 Community Hubs Summit, changes... read more

Advocating for Libraries Tips for talking to your legislators

Advocating for Libraries Tips for talking to your legislators Advocating for Libraries “Don’t overestimate what legislators know (or understand) about your cause. Be ready to educate them each legislative session, and do so in engaging ways. Legislators are busy people who get a lot of information thrown at them, often about unfamiliar subjects and issues. Make it simple for legislators to absorb—and remember—your library’s story and why it’s important to their constituents and your state. For example, we have created eye-catching brochures and infographics that clearly illustrate facts, statistics, and issues in a way that is easy to understand and retain. And these materials can be customized with data about a legislator’s district or a particular part of the state. Research your legislators. Focus your efforts on senators and representatives whose stated goals and interests align the best with the library mission. For example, one of our agency’s strategic goals concerns workforce development, which is also a stated priority for one of our key legislators. In our correspondence with this legislator, we demonstrate specific library and agency programs, services, and assistance that the community uses to spur workforce and economic development. We also include a success story that highlights the issue and the effect the agency and library have on the topic and the community. The story personalizes the subject and makes it more relevant and memorable. And we customize a version of a brochure or infographic to reinforce the topic. Tailor your message. Find out what messages might resonate with the people who have control over the purse strings and tailor a pitch to each one. This can go a long... read more