Made in Canada Solutions for Public Library Leadership Development

Made in Canada Solutions for Public Library Leadership Development In 2018 we have seen enormous change at the CEO level of Ontario’s public libraries through job moves, retirements, etc.  The pressure is on! Preparing the next cohort of leaders in our field for public libraries is a challenge.  However the team (SOLS, OLS-North, OLA and FOPL) have been working on this issue. Here is a list of Made in Canada and Ontario programs for learners and leaders to consider to build their c.v.’s, prepare for leadership and develop themselves for promotion.  Summaries of each are listed below and check them out by following the links. APPL (SOLS/OLS-North) Excel (SOLS/OLS-North) LearnHQ (SOLS/OLS-North) PLLF: Public Library Leadership Fellows EI: Education Institute (The Partnership) NELI: Northern Exposure to Leadership APLL The Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL) Institute is a two year certificate program designed to expand and advance the leadership capacity of public library CEOs and managers. EXCEL EXCEL is a practical, flexible, distance education program that provides an opportunity to upgrade library skills and management techniques. Students can complete individual courses based on interest or can choose to pursue the EXCEL Certificate Program. LearnHQ Training and resources for Ontario public library staff & board members. CULC Public Library Leadership Fellows Program n the 21st Century, public libraries face unique issues that warrant focussed thought, research, discussion, and visioning. The Public Library Leaders (PLLeaders) program, a partnership of the iSchool at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC), is about the future of public libraries and the changing communities they serve....

The Complete List of Measurement, Metrics & Statistical Tools & Resources for Ontario Public Libraries

We have built a fabulous wealth of statistical tools in Ontario to help us to manage the operations, plan strategically, and justify our value with measurements, statistics and impacts.  The team of FOPL, OLA, SOLS, OLS-North and CULC listened to your voices in Libraries 2020 and Libraries 2025 and have created or assembled a made in Ontario approach to Measurements for Public Libraries.  We built easy-to-use tools for all sizes of libraries, accessed best practices from around the world, held symposia, and created sustainable training opportunities. We have so many tools now – good on us!  – but it can be confusing to decide which tool to use and when!  So, this blog posting attempts to provide our members with: A summary of each tool Links to each of the tools How each tool can have a positive impact on your operations Which tools deliver the return on effort in which context A visual that helps you to understand the relationships of our tools (in development) A major trend in our funders – governments (municipal, provincial, and federal) and foundations – is to ask for greater return on investment reporting, more accountability reporting, and measurements of outcomes and impacts.  We are well prepared in Ontario to address these demands and we have the talent pool and toolkits to share and do so. What are all of these Library Statistics Tools in Ontario and what can I do with them? Each tool covers a specific measurement task. All of the tools may not be right for your system’s resources and needs.  However, it’s wise to be aware of all of...

Reading List: Podcasting

Reading List: Podcasting   Reading List: Podcasting “I. Background: The Rise of Podcasting Timeline of Podcasting | October 2015 | Vanessa Quirk created an interactive timeline to highlight the development of the podcast as a new content medium (on behalf of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University). Audible Revolution | February 2004 | Ben Hammersley wrote about the rise of this new “online radio” format back in 2004 for The Guardian, featuring early efforts by then-startup Audible to focus on it instead of audiobooks. The Future of Podcasting: A History Lesson | July 2017 | Justine Moore and Olivia Moore from VC firm CRV outlined the rise of podcasting up to 2017 as part of a 5-part series on the format. From the initial development of RSS feeds and coining of the term to initial hype, a lull for many years, and then a resurgence in 2014 as Apple launched its Podcasts app and the premiere of the hit podcast Serial. II. Background: Data on the Current Market The Future of Podcasting: Where Are We Now? | July 2017 | Justine and Olivia Moore highlighted data on the state of podcasting in summer 2017, looking at consumer awareness of the format and demographics. They also note barriers to growth. The Podcast Consumer 2018 | April 2018 | Edison Research’s widely-cited annual report on who is listening to podcasts and how. They also create the more broadly focused annual report The Infinite Dial (in US, Canada, and Australia versions) that puts podcasting in the context of music streaming, radio, voice interfaces, and general consumer audio trends. There is additional country-specific research out there for Canada (Canadian Podcast Listener), the UK (Ofcom Communications Market Report), Germany (Bitkom), and Sweden (EGTA). James Cridland, editor of podnews.net made...

Invitation to Participate: Cultural Sector Labour Market Information (LMI) Survey

Results from this survey will provide government policy makers and cultural sector stakeholders with a comprehensive repository of knowledge on Canada’s current labour market. The LMI Study will also identify trends and provide recommendations on how to address issues arising from forecasts of cultural labour supply-demand gaps. Survey Invitation to Participate: Cultural Sector Labour Market Information (LMI) Survey November 27, 2018 Dear colleague, The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) and the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) are undertaking an update of the 2010 Labour Market Information Study of the cultural labour force. An essential component of the update is an online survey which we are inviting you to complete: https://www.conferenceboard.ca/CulturalLMIsurvey The survey will take 10-15 minutes. Individual answers will be kept confidential and will be presented only in aggregate form. Your voice as part of Canada’s cultural sector labour force is very important to us. CHRC and the CBoC are committed to hearing from employers, artists and workers in all of the arts disciplines and cultural industries. You are receiving this invitation as a member of CHRC or by referral from CHRC’s LMI Advisory Committee or LMI Steering Committee. Results from this survey will be included in the LMI study to be published by CHRC in September 2019. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), it will provide government policy makers and cultural sector stakeholders with a comprehensive repository of knowledge on Canada’s current labour market. The LMI Study will also identify trends and provide recommendations on how to address issues arising from forecasts of cultural labour supply-demand gaps. Please forward this email and/or the link to any cultural colleagues...