Municipal World: New Councillors: “keep your stick on the ice!” by W.D. (Rusty) Russell

Some great advice here for anyone making town council presentations. Municipal World: New Councillors: “Keep your stick on the ice!” by W.D. (Rusty) Russell New councillors: “keep your stick on the ice!” 10 Rules for Surviving Political Body Checks Summary: Let’s take stock of some of your initial experiences. “First, you are finding that the municipality has a ton of complex issues. …  There are no simple answers!” “Secondly, since you are custodians of “public money,” you are constantly reminded that you must take decisions within the confines of numerous provincial statutes and regulations.” Operating in the Fishbowl Don’t Re-invent the Wheel 10 time-tested rules for surviving “Political Body Checks.” 1. Learn to listen with interest. Summary – Discipline yourself to listen with interest. 2. Learn the skill of asking questions. Summary – Avoid direct confrontation. Reply with a question. 3. How to get someone to stop talking. Summary – You can often end a conversation by asking the speaker to summarize his or her points. 4. When addressing council, get your facts right. Summary – When addressing council, make sure your facts are correct. 5. Do not waste your gun powder. Summary – Keep your cool. Keep your stick on the ice! 6. There are times you should apologize. Summary – There are times you should bite the bullet and apologize. 7. Be prepared to compromise. Summary – Be prepared to make compromises and trade-offs. 8. Do not use profanity. Summary – Avoid profanity like the plague! 9. Remember, you will be in the media spotlight. Summary – To a councillor, a newspaper can be a double-edged sword. 10. Respect your municipal staff. Summary – Your municipal staff...

Measuring the Results of Library Services from the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries

Measuring the Results of Library Services from the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries ere is another report from the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries and resulting 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics.   This report is on the write-in field “Measuring the Results of Library Services”. Kudos to Rainy River Public Library for the fine entry below.   Libraries that are measuring their results, impact, economic impact, outcomes etc. report on using PLA’s Project Outcomes, OLS-North’s Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit, and other library values and economic impact models.  Others report they prefer data and written accolades attesting to their service impact, or that they plan to measure outcomes soon.   Over to you, this report could be posted on the FOPL  http://fopl.ca/news/special-reports-from-the-2017-ontario-public-library-operating-data/ and  http://fopl.ca/news/2017-ontario-public-library-statistics/  sites.   Rainy River Rainy River PL was one of six pilot sites for the Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit project of OLS-North: http://home.olsn.ca/resources/valuing-northern-libraries-toolkit. Based on the Toolkit indicators, and using our 2017 data, preliminary results for the Social Return on Investment for all programs and services delivered by our library is as follows: 1. Raw Economic Benefit, $882,913.02. 2. Total Economic Benefit, adjusted by the cost differential between Toronto and our region (as calculated by the annual Nutritious Food Basket report of Ontario Public Health Units): $1,196,434.01. 3. Benefit per Resident of our catchment area, $602.43. 4. Benefit per Household in our catchment area, $808.95. 5. Economic Impact of One Library Public Service Hour, $251.59. 6. Total Social Return in Investment, based on local operating funding from our appointing council: 3,474%. We would be glad to share full results. Excel file: Measuring the Results of Library Services from the 2017 Annual...

Culture sector partnerships and activities reported in the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics

Culture sector partnerships and activities reported in the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics This report covers culture sector partnerships that public libraries and First Nation public libraries reported in the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries and resulting 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics.   The report has three data and information sheets organized alphabetically by library.  The first sheet is on library-culture sector partnerships including with archives, art galleries, community museums, ethno-cultural and newcomer service organizations, heritage organizations, municipal cultural planning partnerships, and other cultural partners.  Highlights and examples that libraries reported are included.    The first sheet also has an explanatory key and data summary at the end of the sheet.  The report’s second sheet covers details on other cultural sector partnerships that libraries wrote in that they have.   The third sheet covers cultural programs and attendees.   A fourth sheet shows the Annual Survey’s questions the report draws upon.   Data and text information in the report can assist FOPL and partner organizations in research and advocacy work for the sector.   The report provide qualitative and anecdotal evidence to complement data.   Text field coverage in these reports is not included in published Ontario Public Library Statistics standard reports or as Open Data. This report is modeled the same way as the Education Partnership report we sent you earlier.   That report is on this FOPL website:   http://fopl.ca/news/ontario-public-library-education-partnerships/ Excel file: Culture sector partnerships and activities reported in the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics Cultural Partnerships Reported in 2017 Annual Survey rev1    ...

Call for participation: CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee — Appel de participation : Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle de la FCAB-CFLA

Message bilingue – Bilingual Message Dear Members – Chers membres The CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom committee is seeking nominations for the following: Intellectual Freedom Committee The committee has three vacancies that it is seeking to fill. Please consult the Terms of Reference on our website for more information on the role and planned activities of this committee. http://cfla-fcab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TOR_intellectual_freedom_cmte_CFLA-FCAB.pdf. Working Groups The committee has struck two working groups. The first is to review and revise the CLA Intellectual Freedom Statement that was adopted by CFLA-FCAB in 2017. The second is to create an Intellectual Freedom Toolkit. The committee is looking for 1 to 2 people to volunteer for each of these working groups. If your association is interested in nominating representatives to fill any of these vacancies, please contact me by Friday December 21, 2018. Best, Katherine   ———————– Le Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle de la FCAB-CFLA est à la recherche pour des mises en candidatures pour les postes suivants : Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle Il y a trois postes vacants sur ce comité que nous cherchons à pourvoir. Veuillez consulter le mandat sur notre site Web pour plus amples renseignements sur le rôle et les activités de ce comité à http://cfla-fcab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mandat_comite_liberte_intellectuel_FCAB-CFLA.pdf. Groupes de travail Le comité a constitué deux groupes de travail. Le premier pour examiner et réviser la déclaration de l’ACB sur la liberté intellectuelle adoptée par la FCAB-CFLA en 2017. Le deuxième est pour créer une boîte à outils sur la liberté intellectuelle. Nous cherchons 1 ou 2 personnes pour devenir membres à l’un ou l’autre de ces groupes de travail. Si votre association souhaite nommer des représentants pour pourvoir...

2019 CFLA-FCAB Board Elections: Canadian Indigenous Ancestry representative — Élections de la FCAB-CFLA au CA 2019 : représentant(e) des membres d’ascendance autochtone canadienne

Bilingual message – Message bilingue Dear CFLA-FCAB members, As you are likely aware, the Director that is currently representing Canadian Indigenous Ancestry (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) on the CFLA-FCAB Board is Camille Callison(2017-2019). This means we will need to fill this position in January 2019. Owing to the fact this role is national in scope and is not tied to one association, we are reaching out to all member associations to inform you of the need to fill this position. The nominee to stand for election on January 30, 2019 will be elected to begin a 2-year term as a Director of the Corporation. Please find the nomination form attached. Best, Katherine ———– Chers membres de la FCAB-CFLA, Comme vous le savez sans doute, Camille Callison est l’administratrice qui représente actuellement les membres d’ascendance autochtone canadienne (Premières nations, Métis, Inuits) au sein du conseil d’administration de la FCAB-CFLA (2017 à 2019). Cela veut dire que nous devions pourvoir ce poste en janvier 2019. Étant donné que ce rôle a une portée nationale et n’est pas lié à une seule association, nous nous adressons à toutes les associations membres pour vous informer de la nécessité de pourvoir ce poste. Le candidat qui se présentera aux élections du 30 janvier 2019 sera élu pour un mandat de deux ans à titre d’administrateur de la Société. Veuillez trouver ci-joint le formulaire de mise en candidature. Cordialement, Katherine Katherine McColgan, CAE Executive Director — Directrice générale Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques 75 rue Jolicoeur, Gatineau QC, J8Y 1A8 613.867.7789 www.cfla-fcab.ca @CFLAFCAB @kdmccolgan CFLA-FCAB recognizes the Algonquin peoples as the traditional...