Libraries 2020 and 2025 Update at OLA Super Conference

FOPL, OLA, SOLS and OLS-North have a great history of cooperation and collaboration.  At OLA Super Conference we reported on our mutual progress on YOUR 2020 priorities and the new 2025 foci. Here are our slides: 2025 presentation ola jan_2016(2) from Stephen Abram...

FOPL 2015 Public Policy Submissions to the Ontario Government

We thought it might be useful as we head into our New Year (and prior to the FOPL AGM at OLA Super Conference next week), that we post a good set of links to the formal submissions that FOPL made to the Ontario government in 2015. In addition to our activities at Library Day at Queen’s Park and various conversations and representations at Town Halls and multiple ministries’ consultation events we made these written submissions: Several submissions on e-Resources funding issue Several submissions on e-Book pricing issue Coteau Library e-Reources August 25 See the website: http://www.fairpricingforlibraries.org/ Included in 2016BudgetSubmissionOLAFOPL as number one recommendation. Cabinet level submission to Karen Pitre, Cabinet Task Force on Community Hubs PitreSubmissionJune 3 2015 PitreSubmissionJune 3 2015 Cabinet level submission to Task Force on Ontario’s First Culture Strategy Culture_Strategy_Discussion_Paper Submission on the Ontario government review of Municipal Act and associated legislation MunicipalReviewLetter Joint OLA/FOPL submission on the 2016 Ontario Budget 2016BudgetSubmissionOLAFOPL...

FOPL and OLA Submission for Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations

Attached is a link to FOPL’s and OLA’s Joint submission for the Ministry of Finance’s 2016 Pre-Budget Consultations.  A number of members are also using this document in their local consultation events. 2016BudgetSubmissionOLAFOPL Recommendations Executive Summary:  Each of these recommendations is outlined in more detail in the formal submission. Restoration of the funding for e-resources to public libraries as well as increased funding through a partnership between the relevant ministries to support education in this province.  Public Libraries are a key piece of the infrastructure for continuous learning, early literacy, homeschooling and independent learning and K-12 homework.  Research on the positive impact of libraries on Early Years / Early Literacy / Early Learning is clear. Despite this fact, all funding for public libraries has come solely through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities should recognize that their path to student success must involve funding and programs for the only accessible information infrastructure in every Ontario community.  A joint funding program for digital resources that crosses the boundaries between schools and public libraries is needed to address the needs of ALL Ontario communities. Increased, mandatory, sustainable funding for school libraries and staff to support the transition to digital resources.  Research on the positive impact of School libraries shows that the staff and programs have a strong and positive influence on student performance.  Programs that encourage joint partnerships between schools and public libraries should be funded and encouraged. Research on the positive impact of school libraries is clear and research shows that partnerships of this nature between school and...