Is Your Annual Report Telling the Best Story?

Your annual report is more than a report—it’s the story of your brand. It also reaches many different audiences, which is why it’s important to hook everyone from the start. Learn more about why story matters in your annual report, and find out how to tell yours from cover to cover. Why Your Annual Report Should Be a Piece of Master Storytelling...

FOPL is Seeking an Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Position: Administrative Assistant – Part-time (3 days/week)   JOB DESCRIPTION The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is a not-for-profit member organization which was launched in 2005 to provide a single, strong voice for the public libraries of Ontario to advance library policies and programs through four strategic pillars: advocacy, marketing, research and development, and consortium purchasing.   This position presents the opportunity for a dynamic individual to contribute to the development of an organization that has an important public interest mandate.   The Administrative Assistant will report directly to the Federation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will be responsible for oversight of FOPL’s web presence as well as providing administrative and clerical services to the CEO, Federation’s Board of Directors, Task Forces and Committees, in an effective and efficient manner.   PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides administrative support to ensure that operations are maintained in an effective, up-to-date and accurate manner.   Main Activities Basic office bookkeeping (AR, AP, expense tracking, financial reporting, payroll) for an office of two people. Prepares and delivers the agenda packages for meetings of the Board, Task Forces and general membership of the Federation, and attends and takes minutes of same Prepares correspondence, types reports and minutes, and distributes accordingly Manages membership records and fees, and serves as a point of contact for members Updates the website, social media, and membership discussion lists Maintains office files – both electronic and paper, including those confidential in nature Organizes special events and the Federation’s presence at conferences Maintains office calendar and coordinates the dates of various meetings Oversees purchasing activities in relation to...

Nominations Open for 2017 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

I am writing to let you know that nominations are open for the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. In Ontario, there are many ways to live with culture — thanks to our artists, producers, innovators and performers. Their work breathes life into our communities, helps drive innovation and strengthens our culture sector, adding more than $25 billion to the province’s economy each year. These awards are an important way we can recognize their artistic achievements. The program recognizes professional artists and arts organizations whose contributions span a significant period of time. Each year, two awards are presented: an artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. Please help us celebrate your peers, colleagues and mentors for their invaluable contributions. We have attached a toolkit to encourage you to share the information and help to spread the word. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ONPremiersAwards. Nominating is easy. Details and nomination forms are available on the Ontario Arts Council website. The nomination deadline is December 1, 2016. Any Ontario resident is welcome to submit a nomination. Thank you for helping us celebrate the talented and creative people across this province.   Mesdames, Messieurs, Je vous écris pour vous annoncer l’ouverture des candidatures à l’édition 2017 des Prix de la première ministre pour l’excellence artistique. Grâce à nos artistes, producteurs, innovateurs, et interprètes, les activités culturelles ne manquent pas en Ontario. Leur travail insuffle de la vie dans nos collectivités, stimule l’innovation et renforce le secteur de la culture de l’Ontario en générant plus de 25 milliards de dollars par an dans l’économie....

FOPL and OLA/OLBA/OPLA are proud to announce the full availability of the Leadership by Design on LearnHQ public library board development e-learning program on LearnHQ

FOPL and OLA/OLBA/OPLA are proud to announce the full availability of the Leadership by Design on LearnHQ public library board development e-learning program on LearnHQ.  These developments were led by FOPL and OLA in cooperation with SOLS and OLS-North. This communication is your invitation to review the resources and implement them in your library system’s board development activities.  All of these Leadership by Design courses are FREE. What you can do:  We encourage library CEOs to share this information with their board chair and members. We encourage the Board Chair and CEO to consider placing a small development activity as a regular item on every meeting agenda. We’re here to help, so every two weeks (on Thursday) we will send you an e-mail highlighting a specific topic and task from this rich board learning resource.  Each will include some suggested pre-readings for Board members, a short agenda item on a topic for board discussion, and some suggested post-meeting activity.  These will be merely suggestions and provides you with a framework to integrate board development into your meetings and important work.  If your Board is dealing with a specific issue, it is likely that Leadership by Design has resources to help. This week’s task: Encourage you board members to sign up for LearnHQ (if they haven’t already) and review the Leadership by Design links in this message. This modern e-learning system is developed in cooperation with SOLS and their learning management system, LearnHQ.  LearnHQ was developed with a grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  The library board e-learning modules – under the rubric of OLBA’s Leadership by Design...

Launch of Ontario Public Libraries Tagline Website: “A Visit Will Get You Thinking”

FOPL and OLA in partnership with SOLS and OLS-North are pleased to announce the availability of  a new website to support Ontario Libraries in their use of the new tagline [“A Visit Will Get You Thinking.”] for the coming years!  Many library systems have started to complement their marketing with this Ontario-wide tagline.  This is also the theme of Ontario Public Library Week 2016! (http://www.oplw.ca) Check it Out!  http://www.thinkaboutlibraries.ca/ On this website you can find Guidelines, Downloads and a recording of the Webinar launching the Tagline with much of the background and research. French translation are in process. HOW TO USE THE TAGLINE Resources are available for Ontario’s public libraries to promote the value and impact of your library in the Ontario context.  They are licensed to you under a Creative Commons license at no charge. Narrative Toolkit “A Visit Will Get You Thinking.” isn’t just a simple sentence. It’s a hard-working tagline that acts as a call to action and when placed in the right storylines, activates the public’s imagination. This narrative toolkit is designed to help you create those storylines. It gives you everything from strategic thought, to messaging structure and key sound bites. It is a resource for you to return to over and over as you bring the tagline, and your own Library’s brand to life with new relevance. DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT Graphic Guidelines Your adoption of this line is important to us all. Most research shows that people need to see a message over eight times before it registers. In today’s very mobile society, the more we use the line the more we help each other...