FOPL Member Training Series: Influencing Skills – Advocacy for Public Libraries

FOPL is excited to announce that registration is open for members and non-members for our series of webinars and teleconferences to build our sector’s capacity for influence and advocating for the value of public libraries. Registration is required – Please Click Here Influencing Skills: Advocacy for Public Libraries Free FOPL Member Training Series Let’s be prepared! Over the next year we will have a great opportunity to communicate the value of public libraries in our communities and province. The 2014 provincial and municipal elections in Ontario will be held on October 27, 2014. Voters in our province will elect MPPs’, mayors, councillors, school board trustees and all other elected officials in Ontario. This creates a great opportunity to focus our attention on positioning the impact and value of public libraries in Ontario. • Is your whole library team – staff, management and trustees – empowered with the best training and strategies to positively influence the position of public libraries in the public forum? • Do you have all of the tools, talking points, research and information you need to communicate with power and influence? • Do you have a plan? Polished strategies? Great relationships and networks? The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries has developed a 4 month training program for public library management, staff, and trustees to build our library community’s skills and muscle to speak and influence effectively about the wonderful role we play in Ontario’s culture, economy and society. This will be: • A series of webinars and teleconferences with respected leaders in our profession • Based on the voice of experience and best practices • Underpinned...

FOPL Member Survey: E-Government

FOPL is interested in presenting the public library’s role as a key service for e-government. As you know, governments have increasingly gone digital for government forms and public libraries are critical community service points for providing access to forms from municipal, provincial, federal and foreign governments. We have the professional staff, technology, peripherals, web access and more. Public libraries receive funding from many levels of government and we deliver value for this investment despite funding pressures. Here is the link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C3YV9BM Please don’t invest more than 10-15 minutes in filling out this survey. Ultimately we need a little data to help us communicate this important role that public libraries play and the benefits that all levels of government are receiving from our sector in Ontario. FOPL will turn this data into talking points for our advocacy efforts in 2013-14.  (Interestingly, in the U.S., President Obama announced funding at the ALA Chicago Conference in June 2013 a major training program through IMLS to help public libraries support the many online forms for their new health insurance programs.) We recognize that you may not be the right person in your library to fill out this survey. We’d appreciate it if you would forward this on to your front line reference and service staff – as many as you see fit. Thank you for your support. We look forward to sharing the results this autumn. Cheers, Stephen...