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.

Introducing Canadian Voices for School Libraries

Useful stuff for Public Library – School Library liaisons, outreach and partnerhsips. Introducing Canadian Voices for School Libraries Canadian Voices for School Libraries is a new organization dedicated to fostering the growth of the school library learning commons in Canada and to developing a national network of school library practitioners and supporters. The notion of a new national school library organization has clearly engaged the group of leaders who have worked so hard to leverage the gains achieved with the publication of Leading Learning and the success of Treasure Mountain Canada. Response to an online survey from school library practitioners, leaders and supporters indicates overwhelming support for the formation of this new national school library organization. The CVSL Working Group has been hard at work, analyzing results of our national survey and negotiating with the Canadian Library Association for transfer of ownership of major national projects. Please read on to learn more about our... read more

OLA Children’s and Youth Services Expo

Reality Check: Level Up You want me to do what!? This is the reality of being a children and youth services library worker. It’s no longer only planning for storytime, you are also making key connections to ensure the viability of public libraries. You innovate, you learn, you use your expertise in community building to shape the future of libraries. Step beyond your comfort zone – fast! OLA     9 AM – 4:15 PM Thursday, November 3   Central Library, London Public Library Follow this link to learn more:... read more

Webinar on Empathy and 21Toys on Monday June 6, 2016

Here’s the recording from Monday’s webinar. Learning to Read Each Other: The Empathy Toy in Ontario’s Libraries Description: We explore the Empathy Toy. Already in schools, offices, makerspaces and libraries across 43 countries, this award-winning communication tool helps players aged 6 – 99 practice a variety of challenging skills related to collaboration, creative dialogue and problem-solving. You will meet Twenty One Toys, the Toronto-based social enterprise behind the Empathy Toy, and will discover specific applications for the Toy in both student programming and staff professional development. Webinar... read more