Copyright Update with Wanda Noel – Slides/Audio Available

Wanda Noel is a lawyer and copyright expert well acquainted with the needs of Ontario Public Libraries. Last year she provided an opinion on Access Copyright Canada renewals for all FOPL members. There is a lot happening in the copyright arena in 2014 and Wanda is very involved in representing the interests of libraries and allied sectors. Presentation Slides found HERE This update is timed to follow this year’s Copyright Board hearings and we can expect some early insights. This update would provide a description of the following current copyright activities: the two ongoing Access Copyright tariff proceedings at the Copyright Board (one involving K to 12 schools and the other post-secondary educational institutions); the litigation in the Ontario Superior Court between Access Copyright and York University; a description of some of the recent consequences of the bringing into force of the Copyright Modernization Act; a description of some of the current consequences of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada on fair dealing; and how 1 to 4 impact on the operations of public libraries in Ontario. Presentation Slides found HERE Audio Recording:...

Ontario Election 2014 and Libraries: Week One Task

Greetings FOPL members, Ontario’s Libraries contribute to the top priorities for 21st century government and the people of Ontario: prosperity, technology innovation, digital citizenship, economic development, research, social equity and learning. There are more than 5,000 OLA and FOPL members – together we can engage candidates on the value of libraries to Ontarians! We have created an Ontario Elections 2014 / Ontario’s Libraries web site. Please visit the site and start planning your engagement plan! Over the next few weeks we will send a few “calls to action” and ideas for how you can engage potential decision makers in a positive discussion about the value of libraries. We also welcome your ideas and suggestions. Contact Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, OLA or Stephen Abram, Executive Director, FOPL sabram@fopl.ca Your first task: Review the recommended “Questions for Candidates with...

Ontario Election 2014 / Ontario’s Libraries

Ontario Election 2014 / Ontario’s Libraries Ontario’s Libraries contribute to the top priorities for 21st century government and the people of Ontario: prosperity, technology innovation, digital citizenship, economic development, research, social equity and learning.About the elections Visit Elections Ontario to: find your candidate find where to vote find resources for students Governance and Funding of Libraries More than 16,000 people work for Ontario’s libraries. How can you engage candidates and stakeholders on the value of Ontario’s libraries? Questions for Candidates with backgrounders Email your candidate – sample text (coming soon) Attend an all candidates meeting and ask a question: keep your question positive, straightforward (no speeches), and of interest to the audience. Talk with candidates canvassing your neighbourhood: let them know the value the library brings to the community and ask for their thoughts on libraries. Be informed (which candidates support libraries and education?) and vote! After the campaign – follow up email – sample text (coming soon) More resources: Public Libraries: The Ontario Provincial Elections and Public Libraries – Stephen’s Lighthouse Blog School Libraries – fact...

The Ontario Provincial Elections and Public Libraries

The Ontario Provincial Elections and Public Libraries This is a personal post but it is informed by my work with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (fopl.ca).  I’ve been thinking about this current provincial election and how we can promote the the value, impact and position of public libraries in our province.  These are my initial thoughts: FOPL has a clear point of view (which is different than a political stance).  We are not neutral.  It is found here: http://fopl.ca/what-is-fopl/. It helps me frame these key talking points. The context for public libraries is that we exist in a community and we are largely funded by municipal level taxes (and to a lesser extent there are provincial, federal funding and fundraising through donors and bequests).  As public institutions we must remain very strictly non-partisan but that said: Non-partisan does NOT mean silent. Non-partisan does NOT mean unbiased. We should be vocally biased towards our community’s success, our users’ life experiences, quality information and answers, equitable access to services, technology and resources, and great experiences that have an impact on our neighbours’ lives. Being silent or avoiding interactions that may be falsely framed as political during an election year is not a good strategy. Elections are a great opportunity to communicate the roles and direction of public institutions.  This is an opportunity to engage our communities.  To that end we can: 1. Inform our communities about the vital role of libraries in the overall community priorities context. 2. Talk to and engage community groups that value the public library. 3. Engage politically active citizens in their roles as incumbents, candidates, and...

FOPL Branding / Communication Consultations Slides Available

As promised, here are the slides for last week’s and this week’s branding and communication consultations (funded by the government of Ontario): Fopl phase 2 – webinar for ola from Stephen Abram This project, led by FOPL involves OLA, SOLS and OLS-N to build a foundation for future public library branding, communication and positioning campaigns in Ontario about the value, impact and position of public libraries for Ontarians. Participants will receive a link to the SurveyMonkey survey after all webinar/teleconference consultations are complete. Thank you for your participation....