Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Vancouver Island Regional Library generated a total economic impact of $94,783,558 in 2015

“Vancouver Island Regional Library published their economic impact study in July 2016, with the following findings: The full economic impact of Vancouver Island Regional Library in 2015 was $94,783,558 For every $1 invested, customers receive $5.36 in value ROI is 335% Value per open hour: $1,107.73 Vancouver Island Regional Library serves a population of 430,000 citizens across 77,000 square kilometers, through 39 branches and an expert staff of 391 people. Access: Assessing the Economic Impact of Vancouver Island Regional Library on our Member Communities VIRL Economic Impact of Your Library infographic“...

Kawartha Lakes Demonstrates the Value of Local Libraries

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library recently announced the results of their economic impact study. Based on 2014 data, and using the methodology developed for the Toronto Public Library by the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, the study demonstrates that for every dollar invested in the library, Kawartha Lakes residents received $7.05 in benefits. Read: Study shows City libraries are much more than just books Access: Kawartha Lakes Public Library Economic Impact Study...

Pickering Public Library Video “Next Generation Library”

Pickering Public Library’s Board has an advocacy campaign on at the moment, called “Next Generation Library” The purpose of the campaign is the generate public interest in a proposed Central Library Expansion. The campaign features an amazing video that I am very proud to share with the library community. Hope you enjoy it! Cathy Cathy Grant CEO | Pickering Public Library 905.831.6265 ext. 6236...

CBC Radio: Why we still need public libraries in the digital age

Why we still need public libraries in the digital age http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/garrison-keillor-chinese-writer-xue-yiwei-christiane-amanpour-and-librarian-john-pateman-1.3866221/why-we-still-need-public-libraries-in-the-digital-age-1.3867526 Member John Pateman, CEO of Thunder Bay Public Library, did a great interview on CBC Radio Sunday Edition with Michael Enright this weekend. Follow the link to hear John and his ‘revolutionary librarians’ focus! www.cbc.ca/1.3867526...

New FOPL Strategic Plan, 2016-2020

At our FOPL Board of Directors Meeting on Nov. 18, 2016 the Board approved a new strategic plan for FOPL. Aligned with this plan are the performance goals of the executive director as well as our collaborative activities with our Libraries 2025 partnerships. Here’s the plan!: Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Strategic Plan 2016-2020, Final Draft Vision:  One Voice for Ontario’s Public Libraries The purpose of the Federation is to support and advocate furthering Ontario public libraries and the communities they serve. In order to further strengthen and improve the provision of public library service, the Federation will act in a cooperative manner with other affiliated library organizations to market public libraries’ value and collaboratively, coordinate opportunities to build people capacity within Ontario’s public libraries. To ensure sustainability, the Federation will increase organizational resiliency. Strategic Objectives and Initiatives 2016-2020 Advocacy & Influence Positively influence legislation and government initiatives impacting Ontario Libraries Build relationships with provincial elected officials and civil service to influence government policy and practices Collaborate with other library associations, organizations and agencies to lobby for public libraries in provincial political arena such as Library Day at Queen’s Park Support members’ libraries efforts in municipal government advocacy Support First Nations libraries with national and provincial advocacy Remain agile to enable timely response to emerging issues and opportunities Act as a conduit for government to supply information to Public Libraries   Marketing Public Library value and Impact Coordinate and assist in the implementation of strategic marketing for Ontario Public Libraries Be recognized as the trusted single voice of Ontario Public Libraries Inspire and mobilize the library community Develop and...