OCLC: How Canadian Public Libraries Stack Up

OCLC: How Canadian Public Libraries Stack Up 2012: https://www.oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/reports/canadastackup/214109cef_how_libraries_stack_up.pdf This new report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of public libraries in Canada. As the current economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, libraries are in need of tools that help to demonstrate the value they offer to their communities. Information includes statistics on: Libraries as providers of free services to the community such as Wi-Fi access, technology training and meeting rooms Libraries as a resource for small businesses Canadians receiving job-seeking help and career assistance at public libraries The prevalence and scope of library activity in Canada Comparisons of library activities to various retail and entertainment businesses Download the report in color (English) (PDF, 1.19MB) Download the report in French (PDF, 1.21MB)...

Executive Director’s Annual Report 2018

ED 2019 AGM Report to Members Subject:                   FOPL Executive Director Update based on 2017-18 Goals Date:                                  Dec. 14, 2018 Prepared by:                   Stephen Abram, FOPL Executive Director Prepared for:                  FOPL Annual General Meeting, Jan. 31, 2019 Once again, I am reporting my activities based on the 2017/18 ED Goals aligned with our approved (Nov. 18, 2016) FOPL Strategic Plan 2016-2020. My top priorities and time commitment in 2017-18 are: Addressing the community’s needs with respect to the Public Library Program Funding Review under the Culture Strategy Ensuring the stable and sustainable transfer of financial activities and other operational activities from TPL to the FOPL offices. Managing the OMD project, Statistics, and the Marketing campaigns. Working closely with our partners to ensure “One Voice for Ontario’s Public Libraries” and success As we have passed our year-end, I take time for reflection on our fiscal year’s accomplishments and look forward. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the FOPL Board for their strong support of our activities this year.  We’ve had big successes and disappointments but we are staying the course and the credit goes to Julia Merritt’s leadership and a visionary FOPL Board.  I also couldn’t succeed without the support and advice of Helen Morrison, your FOPL executive assistant who makes a difference to our progress every day. The BIG Stuff: Details in other report on statistics, government relations, OMD, etc. FUNDING: FOPL/OLA 2018/9 revised Provincial Budget “ASK” – re-framed for the new Ontario government. Shelagh Paterson and I along with...

Save the date – Date à retenir : CFLA-FCAB 2019 Annual General Meeting – Assemblée générale annuelle 2019 de la FCAB-CFLA

The CFLA-FCAB 2019 AGM will be held January 30, 2019 10:30am – 12:00pm ET Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario More information to come. ——— Chers membres, L’Assemblée générale annuelle de la FCAB-CFLA aura lieu Le 30 janvier 2019 10 h 30 à 12 h HE Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto (Ontario) Plus d’informations à suivre.   Alix-Rae Stefanko Chair – Présidente Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques Phone: 204.986.4252 Email: astefanko@winnipeg.ca...

Library and Archives Canada: a new era with Aurora

Library and Archives Canada: a new era with Aurora In its continuing efforts to renew its library system, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has launched Aurora, a new interface to access LAC’s published holdings. With Aurora and the successful launch earlier this year of Voilà, the new National Union Catalogue that contains the holdings of hundreds of Canadian libraries, LAC now offers two easy ways to access Canada’s rich published heritage from anywhere in the world. Both Voilà and Aurora are hosted by OCLC, the world’s largest online resource for discovering library materials. With the new library system, LAC will benefit from state-of-the-art tools, in line with library peers, that will enable us to gain daily efficiencies to better serve Canadians and the library community. Aurora will also help raise awareness of LAC’s collections and increase user autonomy for requesting materials. For over 20 years, LAC has been relying on the now technologically outdated AMICUS as its library system. In preparation for the decommissioning of AMICUS scheduled for the spring, users are now invited to consult Aurora and Voilà for their library...