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 Appoints Katherine McColgan as Executive Director / La FCAB-CFLA nomme Katherine McColgan

CFLA-FCAB Appoints Katherine McColgan as Executive Director / La FCAB-CFLA nomme Katherine McColgan The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine McColgan as Executive Director commencing August 8, 2017. Ms. McColgan succeeds Kevin Brennan, who has served in an interim role as CFLA-FCAB’s Senior Project Executive since June 2016. “Katherine is well known to our community as a champion for the library sector. Her extensive experience in government relations, advocacy for the library community, and stakeholder management will be vital to CFLA-FCAB’s continued success in addressing key issues facing Canada’s library community, including Reconciliation and copyright. The CFLA-FCAB board very much looks forward to working with Katherine,” said Peter Bailey, Chair, CFLA-FCAB. Katherine is a Certified Association Executive and has 18 years of experience working at the national level supporting academic and research libraries, most recently as the Manager, Administration and Programs at the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL-ABRC). She is the Past President of the Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and has previously served as the interim Executive Director of CARL-ABRC. Katherine will continue to support CARL-ABRC one day a week. Based in Ottawa and fluently bilingual, Katherine will directly engage with federal government representatives to raise the profile of key issues and ensure that the voice of the Canadian library community is represented in policy decisions. CFLA-FCAB will continue to press the federal government for action on issues including support for Indigenous languages and cultures, digitization of and access to Canadian cultural content, and recognition of libraries as cultural institutions.... read more

One library’s creative advocacy campaign

One library’s creative advocacy campaign Lisa Lindle writes: “In light of the threatened cuts to IMLS and federal library funding, we have seen an outpouring of support and an increase in advocacy efforts by librarians across the country. In April, Manchester-by-the-Sea (Mass.) Public Library decided to showcase how different types of fundinghelp the library to provide valuable services for their patrons. The librarians tied balloons around objects and materials in the library, using different colored balloons to signify the different funding... read more

Sept 11, 2017 The Power of Branding, a new, one-day, interactive workshop for library professionals

Click here to view this message in a browser window. David Vinjamuri, President of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and NYU Professor of Marketing will present The Power of Branding, a new, one-day, interactive workshop for library professionals who want to understand how to action branding to strengthen their library’s future and benefit the community they serve. As a participant, you’ll work individually and in groups to build a brand positioning for your library – no matter what its size or budget. Throughout the day, you’ll be led through exercises and receive insights, best practices and tools to help you build or reinvent your library’s brand and evolve your relationship with your community. What you will learn The essential 8-step branding process to help you define your brand Understand the role of branding and how it can serve your library and community Construct a brand positioning statement Use brand positioning to connect to your outreach and programming efforts and influence everyday decisions And much more! VIEW FULL PROGRAM Who should attend? This workshop is designed to optimize the contribution and impact of all library staff, including front line librarians who interact with the public as well as management, emerging leaders, marketing and PR staff and library board and foundation members. Directors are encouraged to send staff for a unique team-building experience. Groups of five or more will receive 10% off of each ticket. Contact us for more information. September 11, 2017 / 9:00 – 4:00 PM Vaughan City Hall Level 100 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive Vaughan, L6A 1T1 Lunch at Civic Centre Resource Library (across the street) Can’t make it this... read more