1st Notice of 2014 FOPL Annual General Meeting

Issued November 1, 2013 Notice Of 2014 Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – 4:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto (Room TBD) The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on the opening day of the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2014.  The order of business will include: Receipt of Combined Report of the Chair and CEO Receipt of Treasurer’s Report, 2014 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report Approval of Auditors for the Year ending October 31, 2014 Receipt of Reports of Task Forces and Special Committees Approval of Proposed Resolutions Nominations and Elections to the Board for 2014 Other Business Adjournment Submission of Resolutions Resolutions shall be prepared and submitted to the Board no later than December 30, 2013. Resolutions, other than resolutions proposed by the Board, may not exceed 200 words in length, and shall be signed by the presiding officer and the secretary of the submitting body. Members, Associate Members, and the Board may submit resolutions to the AGM. Emergency resolutions shall have the same requirements as regular resolutions, respective of word length and signatories. Emergency resolutions may be presented to the AGM where the matter provoking the resolution could not reasonably have been known by the submitting body more than 30 days prior to the AGM, subject to the approval of the Board. By-law amendments shall be regarded as resolutions, but must be approved by a two-thirds majority of those Members present and voting at the AGM. Registration Costs Members or Associate Members shall be required to have...

Audio for Training Series – Webinar: Oct 25th

Audio Files for FOPL Member Training Series – Influencing Skills: Advocacy for Public Libraries We are recording all sessions and making them available to those who couldn’t make it, or, for those who just want to listen to it again. Click here to listen to the speaker and see the slides for the whole 60 minute session.   — SUMMARY — October 25, 2013: Webinar Factors influencing funding decisions by elected politicians at the state/provincial level: a case study of public libraries in Canada: Part 2 Instructor: Cheryl Stenström, PhD Continue to examine applications of influence in a variety of settings, e.g., local, provincial, and national.  How do you identify stakeholders in your local setting?  What are the key strategies you need to know and what is a good framework for action over the longer term?  Cheryl Stenström shares her insights and completes this two-part foundation for exploring influencing and advocacy strategies for Ontario public...

Ontario Public Library Reading Week

Ontario Public Library Week (Oct 20 – 26) is a time to celebrate library staff, board members, volunteers, advocates and friends of the library who provide a hub of valuable resources and experiences to community members of all ages. More than 98 per cent of Ontarians live in communities served by a public library, and over five million Ontarians hold a public library card. Public Libraries, there are many ways you can celebrate OPLW: In libraries: Under contest entries, you’ll see the many ways Ontario’s libraries are celebrating OPLW, which include Foods for Fines programs, contests and events for all ages. Online (social media): Engage your customers through giveaways and shareable posts via Facebook and Twitter. All week long, we will be tweeting using #OPLW. Follow this hashtag and join the conversation! In communities: Display OPLW posters and bookmarks at community centers, schools, and in shopping centers. Ontario Public Library Week will be launched by the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at Toronto Public Library’s Cedarbrae Branch on Monday, Oct. 21. (Text supplied by OLA, Cover image by Stewart...

Public Libraries Support All Levels of Government in Canada

100% of Ontario’s public libraries support their communities by providing access and support for online government forms and information. Toronto, ON:  Since the 1990’s governments at all levels, federal, provincial and municipal, have increasingly been migrating their forms to digital and online formats.  This e-government strategy has saved all levels of government money by increasing efficiency while raising tax and non-tax revenue.  Sadly, research shows that significant portions of the population of Ontario do not have cost-effective or great access to the Internet or necessary digital devices to engage effectively with mandated forms for government or employment purposes. The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries administered a survey to its membership in September 2013 to determine the extent of public library support for government forms and access.  It showed that at just about every age and stage of an Ontarian’s life, the public library is playing an important role in helping our communities bridge digital and economic divides. Public Libraries Support e-Government “Public libraries let a little steam out of the kettle for those Ontarians who struggle with access to digital resources,” noted Stephen Abram, executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.  “No other institution is in every Ontario community, and has the professional staff, technology, internet access, open hours, and mandate to serve our communities.  Someone needed to level the playing field and public libraries are the most cost-effective strategic partner to government.” Some community voices from our survey: “Staff recall the gratitude that seniors show in having a place to go for assistance. Many elderly patrons have no internet at home and need help with getting...