3D Printers in Ontario Public Libraries

Well, a majority of our libraries have them – the larger you the more likely but towns are catching up quickly and this is 2017 data. Printable version (PDF): Labs_3D_printers Makerspace and Other Labs, Ontario Public Library Percents and Totals by Band 2017 data All Ontario libraries (309 non-contracting libraries reporting in 2017) Total                   No. of       % of              Total    No. of        % of           Total No. Number of        Libraries   Libraries    No. of   Libraries   Libraries   of 3D Libraries           with Labs  with Labs   Labs     with 3D    with 3D      Printers 309 libraries     121             39                 235       73              24                209 Band 1 (Resident population greater than 250,000) (9 libraries)      8                 89                 49             8             89              68 Band 2 (Resident population greater than 100,000 and fewer than 250,001) (19 libraries)    15                79                 22             18            95              52 Band 3 (Resident population greater than 50,000 and fewer than 100,001) (24 libraries)    15   ...

How to Participate in Girls Who Code in Ontario Public Libraries

FOPL is partnering with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to girls across our community and would love for your public library to host a Club! As a Girls Who Code Community Partner, we are joining students, parents and educators across the nation to promote gender equity in tech. We would love for you to take advantage of our partnership by hosting a Girls Who Code Club! Any 18+ adult who is passionate about the movement is eligible to lead a Club – that means you! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs that are designed to get girls ages 13-18 excited about computer science. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science. This Clubs Overview flyer includes all program details. To learn more about Girls Who Code Clubs, you can sign up for a Girls Who Code Webinar here. APPLY HERE TODAY!* Please let me know if you have any questions about how to get started, and thanks for supporting our partnership with Girls Who Code! Best, Stephen sabram@fopl.ca   Join one of our weekly webinars. Watch for more: (Recordings are available) FREE WED, NOV 14 5:00 PM Webinar: Clubs Info Session – Learn More Before You Apply! (Canada) NEXT STEPS FOR PROSPECTIVE INDIVIDUAL CLUBS – APPLY! The next step for a host site to start a Club is to complete the 2018-2019...

Ontario public libraries providing exceptional support to children and teens OPLA announces new Teen Services Survey and Award Recipients

Ontario public libraries providing exceptional support to children and teens OPLA announces new Teen Services Survey and Award Recipients   http://accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/Divisions/OPLA/Child_and_youth/Teen%20Services%20Report%20-%20Web%20Version%20-%20Oct%2022.pdf NEWS RELEASE TORONTO, ON (November 6, 2018): Across the province, public libraries remain an essential community partner in the provision of services for teens, according to results of the Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA) Teen Services Survey, released today. As the report reveals, teens are recognized as a significant demographic with unique needs and it has become evident that libraries are responding. Some key findings from the report include: • Teen engagement at public libraries is on the rise, with opportunities for teens in communities big and small to be involved in the library by participating in teen advisory groups, strategic planning, and advising on physical teen space. • Public libraries remain a significant source for teen volunteer opportunities, with 93% of public libraries offering opportunities for teens to volunteer towards their OSSD volunteer hour requirements. • 51.3% of Ontario libraries reported having a makerspace at their library – including 50% of libraries serving fewer than 5,000 people. With more libraries incorporating makerspace programming, OPLA has reason to believe this number has increased further since original data was collected. • Teen programming is evolving, with more libraries offering teen programming that focuses on LGBTQ+ specific programming, homework help, and leadership programs. More than half of Ontario’s libraries are offering some kind of maker programing for teens, with just under half offering digital technology/media, STEM and robotics programming. • Public libraries are an important community partner, with libraries reporting more partnerships with diverse community agencies in support of effective...

The Young Canada Works 2019-2020 Campaign has launched!

The Young Canada Works 2019-2020 Campaign has launched! November 13, 2018 The Canadian Council of Archives is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 campaign for the program Young Canada Works (YCW) for both Heritage Organizations and Building Careers in Heritage has been launched. Archival institutions as well as libraries operating in English are now able to apply online for both summer projects and internships via the YCW official web site. Please visit our web site for more information and to obtain a copy of the Employer Guide. You will find the links for the program’s Guidelines and application forms on the YCW website. IMPORTANT: The application deadline for the summer projects is January 15th, 2019. The application deadline to submit applications for internships to CCA is March 1st, 2019. If you have any questions concerning your application in the archival field, do not hesitate to contact Louise Charlebois or Isabelle Alain at ycw_jct@archivescanada.ca If you have any questions concerning your application as a library operating in English, do not hesitate to contact Sabrina Pound at  ycw-cla@archivescanada.ca (Via Canadian Council of...