#FollowALibrary Day is Sept. 30, 2016

#FollowALibrary was started Oct 1, 2009. It was started by this guy, (also @dpgreen) an Australian librarian.  It was promoted by David Lee King in 2010. It’s run each year since then. It has an account linked to it: @followalibrary, which references Mr Green but is based in Amsterdam.The goal of #followalibrary day is to encourage citizens to follow their library, or other libraries who are active on Twitter and producing great content.  Background and #LibraryFollow On #SocialMediaDay 2016, a group of libraries started using #LibraryFollow to share out libraries they enjoyed following and encourage others to follow. They gave library mentions to multiple libraries in tweets which resulted in greater exposure for all, and other libraries joined in. Follows were still coming in up to three days after the event. Currently some libraries are using #LibraryFollow when they are followed by another library account. This year, use the already in place hashtag #followalibrary to encourage others to follow a library whose content they enjoy or find meaningful. October 1st has been the day in the past for #followalibrary, so there might be others using it too. We will be using Sept 30th, as Oct 1st  is a  Saturday this year, library social media day. So, FOPL libraries and all the rest – adopt this Twitter hashtag and increase your followers!   Footnote: Coincidentally I’m told that ALA was also founded on Sept....

A Spring Session and Throne Speech Update

A Spring Session and Throne Speech Update A lot has been going on in our provincial parliament! To keep you up to date, here’s a review of Ontario legislative highlights relevant to nonprofits (via ONN) from the 2016 spring session and the September 12 Speech from the Throne. The first seven pages of Ontario Hansard contain the Sept. 12, 2016 Speech from the Throne: http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/12-SEP-2016_L001.pdf Although the news media reported primarily the Hydro story, there were actually 8 themes in the throne speech: The government’s TOP priority is job creation and economic growth. This is combined with a commitment to eliminating the budgetary deficit (not debt) by 2017-2018. The full list of key themes was: Enhancing childcare and community hubs Invest in education Invest in skills training Strengthen our healthcare system Invest in roads, transit and modern infrastructure Building a competitive business environment Play a leadership role in improving retirement income security Deliver additional relief on electricity bills From a public library perspective, we would be wise to highlight our roles in: Childcare support Small, medium business and entrepreneur support Education and skills training (in particular online courses) Cultural infrastructure and community hubs presence It will be a difficult funding environment, given the commitment to a balanced budget.   We need to play well with others in our communities through partnerships and alliances.   Highlights for the nonprofit sector from the Throne Speech (Adapted from the ONN release) The Throne Speech held little news for most Ontario nonprofits. Much of the speech was devoted to reiterating what the Ontario Government had already done or tabled in the last session of the Legislature....

A New Tagline for Ontario Public Libraries: Webinar Recording Link

FOPL Members: After a few years of research and strategic thinking we are finally ready to launch some of the components of our province-wide marketing plan as our library community has wanted and voted on in our Libraries 2020 and Libraries 2025 Summits. Please find information below regarding the province-wide tagline to be used as part of the Ontario Public Library Week celebrations this year and continuing through 2017-8.  Keep reading to find out what this new tagline will be. FOPL led this project to develop and implement a tagline for all Ontario public libraries based on research and in partnership with SOLS, OLS-North and OLA. It was soft-launched at OLA’s Marketing Think Tank on Friday August 19th, and a webinar was subsequently offered on Wednesday August 24th.  To date the feedback has been very positive. The webinar title is: One Tag Line to Rule Them All: Six Words to Get Patrons Into Your Library Please enjoy the recording of the webinar found here: http://bit.ly/2bGGLcM, and go to OPLW.ca for more information about the week. Drum Roll: The tagline is: “A Visit Will Get You Thinking.” or “Une visite: ça fait réfléchir.” Branding and usage Guidelines will be released soon.  We are awaiting the french translation of the guide.  It has been designed to complement your own taglines and efforts, not replace or complete with them. Next steps are narrative storytelling training and the development of integrated tools and a dashboard for a coordinated social media campaign using a team at FOPL. Look for an opportunity to register for a 2 day symposium at the University of Toronto iSchool on October 3-4, 2016 soon.  (Draft program is at http://www.DoItOurselvesFuture.com) which...

Letters to Eleanor McMahon, The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Here are copies of two letters from FOPL to  Eleanor McMahon, The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The first one is our welcome to her new role as Minister after the Culture Strategy Launch at AGO where we met her. mcmahonltr-on-congratulations-and-culture The second letter is about our concerns about the cuts to connectivity funding (through SOLS) and the worrisome lack of commitment for funding in 2017 during our budgeting period this autumn. mcmahonltr-on-funding Many members has asked about the SOLS connectivity funding for 2017-18 fiscal year as you work on your budgets for submission over the autumn.  At this point the Ministry has no news about continued connectivity funding.  Also, SOLS has exhausted the fund committed to date and has sent an e-mail to those whose funding is cut by up to 50% (although First Nations libraries were protected for this year). Stephen Abram, executive director...

Relevant LIBRARY Recommendations in the Ontario Culture Staretgy

Here are specific recommendations in Ontario’s Culture Strategy that are relevant to FOPL and our library community.  I have highlighted sections of particular interest to public libraries in red and yellow but there are links to library and municipal strategy all through the recommendations and document.  It’s always wise to echo these themes in government relations between your institution, municipality and library. Full website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-culture-strategy-telling-our-stories-growing-our-economy#section-5 Strategy 1 – Help build strong community-based culture organizations work with government partners and culture stakeholders to maximize the use of public libraries, museums, galleries and other culture facilities as community hubs and explore opportunities to integrate arts and culture activities and spaces into schools and other community facilities review and update provincial funding programs for public libraries to build the capacity of libraries serving rural and remote communities, improve digital services and support leadership and innovation work with First Nation public libraries to better understand their unique needs and identify opportunities for responding through improved supports review and update provincial funding programs for community museums and heritage organizations to build capacity, strengthen leadership and support more diverse organizations collaborate on the continued implementation of the Ontario Volunteer Action Plan [26] and promote the Partnership Grant Program, [27] which helps build the capacity of the not-for-profit sector, including arts and culture organizations Strategy 2 – Conserve and promote Ontario’s diverse cultural heritage help heritage property owners use clean, low carbon technologies, and enable the province to develop and share expertise on heritage and energy conservation, by leveraging opportunities for energy efficiency improvements through Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan provide online access to information about...