Check out what’s new at CommunityHubsOntario.ca:

Check out what’s new at CommunityHubsOntario.ca: Tamarack’s ‘A Guide for Community Planning’ “Tamarack Institute’s Deepening Community Practice explores programs, policies and practices that strengthen communities and neighbourhoods and mobilize citizen leadership to enhance social capital. Working with local residents, not-for-profit agencies and public and private sector partners, Action for Neighbourhood Change took place between 2005-2007 in Surrey, Regina, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Halifax. This Guide is one of a series of tools Tamarack has developed to aid communities during the key stages in the development of the ANC project. Tools are based on Tamarack’s experience and have been shaped and modified by communities to ensure they remain relevant to the local experience. It includes helpful, step by step advice to develop a Community Planning Process, and checklists to help you engage and build your community collaborations and conduct a community asset map. http://deepeningcommunity.ca/sites/default/files/anc_tool_guideneighplan_finale.pdf New Data Sets in the Community Hubs Mapper We have added publicly-funded school locations and community health centre locations as a data layers available in the Community Hubs Mapper. Come check out the mapper to see what it can do! Upcoming Webinars We are hosting a series of free webinars to help our members familiarize themselves with the tools and resources on CommunityHubsOntario.ca and to learn how to use the Community Hubs Mapper. Visit our Events page to sign up for an upcoming session. Community Hubs in the news Parry Sound Community Hub ready to open its doors (ParrySound.com) Youth room to open in south Whitby this fall: Town will team up with school board to establish community hub at Henry Street High School (DurhamRegion.com) $1.1...

Revised FOPL Board Working Groups: Call for Volunteers

Revised FOPL Board Working Groups: Call for Volunteers The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (www.fopl.ca) is seeking member volunteers for our newly chartered Working Groups.  This posting provides background on our process, structure and strategic plan.  Most public libraries in Ontario are FOPL members and Working Group participation is limited to members’ staff or board trustees. If you want to submit your name to participate or volunteer, please apply to Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL. sabram@fopl.ca  Background: At our June 9, 2017 FOPL Board of Directors meeting the board continued its strategic planning deliberations as we seek to continue the success of FOPL’s strategy initiatives. On Nov. 18, 2016, the Board approved a new FOPL Strategic Plan 2016-2020.  This plan is included below for your convenience. Our goal in June 2017 was for the Board to  land on a structure to frame the next three years to execute our plan and frame our executive director’s performance goals (through to the 2020 goal of our strategic plan) at which point another review should be done. As a reminder, the FOPL Board has worked with the following Task Forces from founding through 2017. ADVOCACY TASK FORCE As a single, strong voice, the Advocacy Task Force advocates on behalf of all Ontario public libraries with all levels of government and with other stakeholders. It aims to increase awareness of the valuable contributions public libraries make to our communities, and to increase awareness of public libraries’ strategic directions and financial requirements. MARKETING TASK FORCE To develop professional marketing campaigns designed to increase awareness of the value and contributions public libraries bring to the development...

Announcement: SOLS Connectivity Funding

Our efforts to restore connectivity funding this year have been successful.  Thanks to the Ministry staff and leadership for listening to the key role this funding plays in Ontario communities and public libraries. See notice below regarding procedures and hard Sept. 15th deadline. We are pleased to announce that SOLS will receive up to $460,000 in Connectivity Funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the 17/18 fiscal year (April 2017 – March 31, 2018). Distribution of the grant will be based on the following priority criteria: libraries serving a population under 20,000 will be reimbursed 100% of their connectivity costs, and libraries serving a population over 20,000 will be reimbursed at a percentage to be determined as funding allows. Reimbursement process: Send a copy via e-mail or fax of your April – June 2017 invoices, along with a completed reimbursement request form (attached). Respond to this e-mail confirming that your service speed is at least 5 mbs. Timelines: Reimbursement requests must be received by September 15th.  There will be no extensions and no exceptions. Should there be any remaining funds, a notice will be sent by September 29nd for any one-time cost reimbursement requests. Payments will be calculated for the 12-month period, and reimbursed in one cheque by late-October. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter as we want to ensure that all the funds are allocated as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding, If you have any questions, please contact Dayna Lintner at dlintner@sols.org. Barbara Franchetto, BA, MLS Chief Executive Officer/Directrice générale Southern Ontario Library Service/ Service des bibliothèques de l’Ontario-Sud 1, rue...

CBC: Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report

Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report New research says bottom half of families in Ontario are earning less, while richer families earn more http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/income-inequality-report-ccpa-1.4246874 “The poorest families in Ontario are earning less than they were in 2000, while during the same period richer families have watched their income grow, according to a new economic report. The analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) describes an increasingly “polarized” Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing poorer ones. “Really there are two different labour markets in Ontario,” the report’s author and CCPA senior economist Sheila Block said in an interview The new report, titled Losing Ground, analyzed income data for families with children between 2000 and 2015. During that time, higher earning families increased their share of the income pie.The top half of Ontario families in terms of income now takes home 81 per cent of all earnings, up from 78 per cent in 2000. “It’s a totally different story for families in the bottom half,” Block said. The poorest half of Ontario families’ share of earnings shrunk from 22 per cent in 2000 to 19 per cent in 2015.”  ...

Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches

Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches The Ex Libris Association (ELA) recently published the first part of a new occasional paper by Barbara Clubb, former Ottawa City Librarian,  on new and renovated library branches in Canada: Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches. The first set in the series includes: Brampton Library – Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library Calgary Public Library – Nose Hill Library branch Edmonton Public Library – Jasper Place Branch Mississauga Library System – Meadowvale Community Centre and Library Ottawa Public Library – Beaverbrook branch Toronto Public Library – Scarborough Civic Centre branch Vaughan Public Libraries – Civic Centre Resource Library Waterloo Public Library – John M. Harper Branch. The paper is accompanied by a selection of photos for each branch. http://www.exlibris.ca/doku.php?id=occasional_papers:celebrating_stunning_canadian_urban_library_branches  ...