Manitoba Library Association (MLA) Launches Manitoba Libraries Advocacy Website

The Manitoba Library Association has launched a new website – Manitoba Libraries – to promote public awareness of the value and services offered by Manitoba libraries. The site highlights stories and useful statistics to encourage informed discussions about local libraries. MLA Advocacy Committee Launches Manitoba Libraries Website! The MLA Advocacy Committee has launched a new website devoted to Manitoba Libraries, mblibraries.ca. This site will be used to promote public awareness of the value and services offered by Manitoba libraries. They highlight stories and useful statistics to encourage informed discussions about our local libraries. The Your Voice section currently highlights the cultural policy review undertaken by the provincial government, and provides a summary of how library workers and patrons can make their voices heard. Remember, the deadline for contributing to the review is June 30, 2017. We want to make sure the government hears all about how Manitobans use their libraries, what more they wish libraries would offer, and what we think the future of this life-long learning service should be in the province. The poster below is also available for libraries to print and hang to spread the word! Click here to download an 8.5×11 version (PDF). Larger sizes will be available at mblibraries.ca.  ...

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and Public Libraries:

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and Public Libraries:   Official Legal Opinion for Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and Public Libraries http://fopl.ca/news/fopl-direct-member-benefit-official-legal-opinion-for-canadian-anti-spam-legislation-and-public-libraries/ FOPL Direct Member Benefit: Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Webinar (Sept. 17/14) http://fopl.ca/news/slides-from-casl-webinar-on-sept-17-2014/ FOPL Direct Member Benefit: Template Board Policy for Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation http://fopl.ca/news/fopl-direct-member-benefit-template-board-policy-for-canadian-anti-spam-legislation/ Software updates, installations now require consent  ...

Fully customizable advocacy training curriculum is now available through Turning the Page: Building Libraries, Strengthening Communities.

Good training for public librarians and FREE. Build advocacy skills and confidence through Turning the Page! A fully customizable advocacy training curriculum is now available through Turning the Page: Building Libraries, Strengthening Communities. Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities PLA is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available at www.PublicLibraryAdvocacy.org. This training curriculum is an updated version of Turning the Page that was developed for library associations and networks around the world, with input from the Public Library Association and other grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative. Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is a complete training package that includes an Advocacy Training Implementation Guide—a recommended read before diving into the curriculum—and a set of 15 training sessions that each includes a trainer script, PowerPoint presentation, and handouts. An Advocacy Action Plan Workbook accompanies the training so participants can develop an advocacy plan for their library in real-time. All materials are free, and we hope you find them helpful. Anyone is welcome to download and use Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities today; the curriculum and other resources are free to use and share! If you are interested in a more formal training experience, several PLA-trained Turning the Page facilitators are available to help implement the content at your library. All of these facilitators have extensive experience with the Turning the Page content and would bring a dynamic and successful advocacy program to your library. While the content is free and downloadable, we ask that when using the materials, you...

Four Complementary Public Library Metrics Supports

FOPL FOPL can provide customer statistics report and peer comparison on a variety of measurements and metrics based on the Ontario Public Library Data Collection (1998-2015) Ontario Public Library Statistics: Special Reports Service First Nation Indigenous Libraries Statistical Analysis and Peer Comparison FOPL Releases Ontario Public Libraries Statistics Report and Rankings (Feb. 2017)   PLA Public Libraries Association (ALA) About Project Outcome Wherever public libraries are working, possibility lives. Project Outcome is a FREE toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the true impact of essential library services and programs by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. Project Outcome also provides libraries with the resources and training support needed to apply their results and confidently advocate for their library’s future. While many public libraries collect data about their services and programs, what is often lacking are the data to support what good they are providing their communities, such as programs serving childhood literacy, digital and technological training, and workforce development. With Project Outcome, patron attendance and anecdotal success stories are no longer the only way libraries can demonstrate their effectiveness. Developed by library leaders, researchers, and data analysts, Project Outcome is designed to give libraries simple tools and supportive resources to help turn better data into better libraries. Measuring outcomes helps libraries answer the question, “What good did we do?” An outcome is a specific benefit that results from a library service or program. Outcomes can be quantitative or qualitative, and are often expressed as changes that individuals perceive in themselves. Project Outcome helps libraries measure four key patron outcomes—knowledge, confidence, application, and...

North, West, East, and Central regions, and for the city of Toronto. This is the second time the Ontario Trillium Foundation Canadian Index of Wellbeing regional vitality reports

Dear volunteers, For those of you that attended our volunteer conference last month, you will recall having seen the reports and learning about how the Foundation is using this data. Today, OTF released  “A Profile of Wellbeing” five detailed reports of community wellbeing for the North, West, East, and Central regions, and for the city of Toronto. This is the second time the Ontario Trillium Foundation has commissioned the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to help answer the question, “How are we really doing?” The CIW uses research to determine whether Canadians are making progress towards sustainable wellbeing in eight inter-connected domains, or categories – Health, Living Standards, Community Vitality, Environment, Leisure and Culture, Education, Time Use, and Democratic Engagement.   As a public agency, the Ontario Trillium Foundation wants to ensure we are directing our resources to where there is the most need, so that we can have the greatest impact. We wanted to take an evidence-based approach, so that we could demonstrate the value of our investments.  Using an index like the Canadian Index of Wellbeing allows us to make granting decisions that will make the biggest positive change to individuals and to communities. Watch OTF’s CIW explainer video: How are we really doing? RESOURCES: A Profile of Wellbeing in Ontario The North Region The West Region The East Region The Central Region Toronto Backgrounder & Quick Facts The Ontario Regional Reports contain information about crime rates, access to physicians, greenhouse gas emissions, stress rates, and commute times. That is why OTF used the Index in the creation of our Action Areas – the areas in which OTF focuses its investments. As OTF accumulates more data, these reports in...