Canadian DNA Test Survey

For your genealogy clubs: Canadian DNA Test Survey “A survey by Ottawa-based Abacus Data finds that of the 11 percent of Canadians that report having taken a direct to consumer genetic test 61% did so in whole or part to understand history and ancestry. Those who had taken a test were more likely to see themselves as the beneficiaries whereas those who had not believed the testing companies benefited more from such testing. About 60% of the adult population in Canada were open to ordering a home kit genetic test. Most are in no hurry, and 18% would like to do one or are actively looking into it, leaving much room to grow for the sector. Abacus Data conclude that a proactive and consistent story of how these services could contribute to a social net benefit would go a long way in making Canadians more comfortable about the prospect of taking one of these tests.” How to choose the right DNA kit for you: MyHeritage, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and more Are you distantly related to Beyoncé? You should probably find out. https://mashable.com/uk/roundup/which-dna-test-is-best-ancestry-23-and-me-uk/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds#Ddcg4Q5C1Oq8  ...

OLA Super Conference FOPL Session: FOPL Research: Career Development for Middle Managers

FOPL Research: Career Development for Middle Managers Andrea Cecchetto, Monika Machacek, Tanya Sinclair When: Friday, Feb 01 | 9:00 am – 9:40 am Location: MTCC 206D Days: Friday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Careers. Subjects: Careers, Embedded Librarianship, and Management. Description:As libraries continue to modernize their services, programs and environments with increased expectation (and enthusiasm!) to do more with less, a question that the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries has poised is how are middle managers managing and what do they need to make a career move? FOPL is conducting research across various levels of libraries (small, medium and large) to assess attitudes, barriers and opportunities for leadership development for the soft middle”. Middle managers are project leads on implementations and will be promoted into Director and CEO positions, often sooner rather than later. What does the middle manager need from an employer, beyond a pay cheque? What competencies have they identified as necessary to transcend to the next level? What do CEOs feel an organization needs in order to retain talented employees? What does an organization need to offer to attract talented employees?   And here’s the research reports: Emerging Library Leaders Survey: CEO Perspective Data_All_190128 PDF Emerging Library Leaders Survey: Are You Ready to Lead? Data_All_190129 PDF  ...

What You Need to Know for FOPL at OLA Super Conference!

FOPL Members: We’re really looking forward to seeing all of you this week at OLA Super Conference! Here are some updates: Our formal “ASK” of the provincial government has been submitted jointly with OLA and FOPL.  You can read it and share it here: http://fopl.ca/news/joint-fopl-ola-pre-budget-submission-to-ministry-of-finance/ FOPL will be exhibiting all day Wednesday in the Community Partners Boulevard (MTCC Lobby).  Please drop by and say Hello! We’ll be signing and selling copies of Art in Your Wallet: http://fopl.ca/news/ola-super-conference-art-in-your-wallet-author-signings/     Stephen Abram, Deb Duce, Sue Morris     Art in Your Wallet: Library Cards and You (and Your Neighbours)     Wednesday Jan 30th 3-4 (OLA Store)     Stephen Abram, Deb Duce, Sue Morris     Art in Your Wallet: Library Cards and You (and Your Neighbours)     Thursday Jan. 31st 3-4 (right before the FOPL AGM outside the door of ICTC     Ontario Room) The FOPL Annual General Meeting is at 4 pm in the Intercontinental Hotel Ontario Room. Come, hear and vote about the business of the Federation with updates from your Chair, Treasurer and Executive Director. http://fopl.ca/news/final-notice-of-2019-fopl-annual-general-meeting-jan-31-2019-4-p-m/ Last week both FOPL and OLA met with Finance Minister, the Honourable Vic Fedeli.  At FOPL’s urging, we also attended and presented at other provincial Finance consultations in, among others, Ajax, Whitby, and Dryden. http://fopl.ca/wp-admin/post.php?post=7952&action=edit We maintained a wonderful presence at ROMA this week (Rural Ontario Municipalities Association – part of AMO).  We spoke with many Mayors, Councillors, and MPPs about the value and impact of public libraries.  This was a joint initiative with FOPL, ARUPLO, OLA, and SOLS.  You’ll be pleased to note that everyone spoke very highly of...

Joint FOPL OLA Pre-Budget Submission to Ministry of Finance

Our formal “ASK” of the provincial government has been submitted jointly with OLA and FOPL.  You can read it and share it here: 2019 Pre-Budget Submission FINAL (PDF) Last week both FOPL and OLA met with Finance Minister, the Honourable Vic Fedeli.  At FOPL’s urging, we also attended and presented at other provincial Finance consultations in, among others, Ajax, Whitby, and Dryden.  You can read our spoken remarks here: http://fopl.ca/wp-admin/post.php?post=7952&action=edit  ...

Report on Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty for People With Print Disabilities

Report on Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty for People With Print Disabilities The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has published an update to its Marrakesh Monitoring Report: “The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled marks a major victory in efforts to provide equitable access to information for all. For the 300 million people with print disabilities around the world, it promsies to be a life-changer.” “By removing the obligation to seek permission to make or share copies of books in accessible formats, it takes away an important barrier to providing books to people with print disabilities.” “Nonetheless, there are possibilities for Member States to (re)introduce obligations to pay rightholders or undertake other bureaucratic burdens. Governments can also do more or less to favour access to people with other disabilities (such as people experiencing deafness).” “IFLA is therefore periodically reviewing whether governments have passed the necessary national laws to make a reality of Marrakesh, and if so, whether they are maximising the potential for access,” Canada has ratified the treaty. In 2018, IFLA prepared a guide for librarians on Getting Started with the Marrakesh Treaty with the support of the World Blind Union, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the University of...