Good News: CELA Funding and Update

Dear Ontario CULC Member CEOs and Directors, I am thrilled to announce that the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has extended full funding for CELA services to all Ontario public libraries for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2017. We’d requested a longer extension but they reluctantly cannot commit to that level of funding at this time. However, they are very supportive of our efforts and happy to work with us toward a more sustainable solution. Thank you to you and your staff for your continued support. In our pursuit of sustainable public funding, CULC member library endorsements cannot be over-estimated. Here are some highlights from the previous year: Strategic Plan 2017-2021 The CELA Board recently approved CELA’s strategic plan for 2017-2021. The plan touches on several of the priorities identified at the October CULC meeting in Halifax and establishes our strategic goals for the next four years. I have attached a copy of the document for your perusal.  Usage Since its launch on April 1, 2014, CELA has solidified its place as a sustainable and necessary public service component of its member libraries. The implementation and nurturing of CELA services in Ontario’s public libraries has elevated awareness among public library staff of the needs of Ontarians with print disabilities, and has inspired an improvement in overall service. In our first 3 years, we anticipate that patrons will have borrowed over 3 million books and other media in accessible formats offered by CELA through local public libraries in Ontario – a number unimaginable and unattainable if each individual library were responsible for providing the service...

Registration Now Open for 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit ǀ Début des inscriptions au Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017

Hello, We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit.  Spaces are limited, so please take a minute to register at https://event-wizard.com/2017OntarioCommunityHubsSummitLand/0/welcome/. Should you have any questions, please contact us at community.hubs@ontario.ca. Sincerely, The Community Hubs Team   Madame, Monsieur, Nous souhaitions vous informer que vous pouvez maintenant vous inscrire au Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017. Le nombre de places étant limité, veuillez prendre un instant pour vous inscrire à l’adresse https://event-wizard.com/2017OntarioCommunityHubsSummitLand/0/welcome/. Si vous avez des questions, veuillez communiquer avec nous aux coordonnées suivantes : community.hubs@ontario.ca. Veuillez agréer l’expression de nos sentiments les meilleurs, L’équipe des carrefours communautaires...