FOPL Sessions at OLA’s Super Conference 2017

FOPL is pleased to offer or be involved in many sessions at OLA’s Super Conference 2017. Here they are: *************************************************************** Libraries 2025: Our Provincial Priorities for Public Libraries 3 Feb, 9:00 – 10:15 *************************************************************** The FOPL Innovations in Ontario Public Library Marketing 3 Feb, 11:20 – 12:00 *************************************************************** FOPL’s Stats Project: What Do the Latest Numbers Tell Us? 2 Feb, 15:45 – 17:00 *************************************************************** FOPL’s Annual Business Meeting 2 Feb, 16:00- 17:30 (Just prior to the Public Library Awards Gala) ***************************************************************   Check out the full program and be sure to register here when it gets posted! Super Conference 2017 February 1-4, 2017 Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario http://www.olasuperconference.ca/   Our theme: All in. All in. (Le tout pour le tout.) We are a profession that welcomes all, supports all, serves all. We’re techies, readers, curators, storytellers, humanitarians. Our doors are open, our lights are on, we believe in what we do, and we aren’t holding back. More than ever, our enthusiasm, passion, commitment, and courage are needed. The chips are down, but we’re not shying away from risks. We are all...

Ontario Public Library Statistics: Special Reports Service

Our FOPL members have access to the 2001-2014 analysis and rankings of public library systems in Ontario report here: FOPL_2014_data_report Over the past year FOPL has been leading a pilot study of new measurements for Ontario’s libraries based on the data we have from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.  We have held webinars and symposia on statistics in libraries and offered this white paper for discussion:  discussionpaper_2-2-1 Now we are pleased to offer customized reports to our members for their research, advocacy, and strategic planning needs. About the FOPL Custom Reports Service The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries has continued working on data compiled by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport on those libraries. With the publication and distribution of FOPL’s recompilation of these data, there is now a large, rich dataset about Ontario’s public libraries. The data span the years from 2000 through 2014 so that one can analyze data on all libraries or any subset of libraries and also analyze trends by following the data over a set of years. The dataset is quite rich and the Ministry has done a wonderful job in structuring the data. What can be done with this resource?  Of course, various groups will be interested in different uses of these data. FOPL has already issued survey reports exploring these data with an eye to using them to assess the state of Ontario’s public libraries for assessing our health as a community and driving the communication of the value and impact of public libraries in our advocacy role. As that work is fleshed out, these assessments can be used to...

Libraries Unite Globally on Twitter for #FollowALibrary Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Libraries Unite Globally on Twitter for #FollowALibrary Day September 30th, 2016 On September 30th, 2016, libraries around the world will take to Twitter using #FollowALibrary to promote and celebrate the amazing work other libraries are doing on social mediapromote and celebrate the amazing work other libraries are doing on social media.  As part of their commitment to learning and recreation, libraries participate in social media to discuss, collaborate, and contribute. Whether libraries’ content are informative or lighthearted, there is a unified message to raise awareness of libraries and their relevance in the digital age. Taking conversations into virtual spaces where people gather online is a natural extension of libraries’ ongoing mission to enrich, connect, and inform. Join the conversation to celebrate libraries and all they do for our communities on September 30th using #FollowALibrary For more information, follow the hashtag on September 30th. # # # Media Contact: Dave McMurrin Assistant Library Director Barbara S. Ponce Public Library City of Pinellas Park 727-369-0679 dmcmurrin@pinellas-park.com www.pinellas-park.com/library...

Ontario Releases 2016 Ministers’ Mandate Letters

FYI…   News Release Ontario Releases Ministers’ Mandate Letters September 23, 2016 New Cabinet Focuses on Building Ontario Up for Everyone At the mid-point in the government’s mandate, Premier Kathleen Wynne released to the public today all of the ministers’ mandate letters. As the government continues to deliver on its top priority of jobs and growth, the 34 letters direct the new cabinet and their ministries to work together to deliver more inclusive growth, with measures that will help people in their everyday lives. Key priorities outlined in the letters include: Supporting families by helping to create 100,000 additional licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within five years, starting in 2017 Building an education system for all students to achieve their potential, which includes the introduction of the new Ontario Student Grant to make college and university tuition free for tens of thousands of students from low- and middle-income families Ensuring the growth of Ontario’s innovation-driven economy is inclusive, by providing skills training that aligns with the jobs of today and tomorrow Building a health care system everyone can rely on by improving the availability of same-day, after-hours and weekend care, and continuing to grow the number of frontline workers providing the care people want in home and community settings Continuing to make historic levels of investments to build new schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and transit — about $160 billion over 12 years < li>Supporting good jobs in a competitive, low-carbon business environment by cutting red tape, strategically partnering with high-growth, knowledge-based businesses and helping more Ontario start-ups grow into innovative, export-oriented companies where good jobs...

Explore Libraries of the Future at Free, Online Library 2.016 Conference

San Jose State University Explore Libraries of the Future at Free, Online Library 2.016 Conference Take a break from your day-to-day work and shift your thoughts to the future at the Library 2.016 mini-conference on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from noon to 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. Sponsored by our school, the “Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future” will be a unique opportunity to learn from library experts and civic leaders, meeting at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community. You are invited to participate at no charge, and all sessions will be recorded. Even if you can’t attend the live event, please register and you’ll receive links to the recorded sessions after the conference. Plus, you’ll get a curated conference reading packet to include downloadable reports, articles, and videos focused on trends for libraries of the future. Register today! Conference Schedule The conference will open at noon U.S. Pacific Time with a stimulating conversation featuring industry innovators who will share their thoughts regarding trends and opportunities shaping the future of libraries. Following the keynote presentation will be several 30-minute concurrent crowdsourced presentations covering a range of topics like disruptive technologies, 3D virtual spaces, open source solutions, and STEM librarianship. After the break-out sessions, attendees will come back together in the main conference online room for a closing keynote and conference wrap-up. The conference will conclude at 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. The complete conference schedule with session times and links will be made available to registrants as the conference date nears. Learn More For more information about the conference, including speaker biographies and presentation abstracts, visit the...