Interlibrary Loan in the News

In the news: *Bradford Today – Provincial cuts have ‘significant impact’ on Bradford library service, says CEO – April 22, 2019 *Cornwall Seaway News – SD&G Library announces cancellation of inter-library loans – April 22, 2019 *My Kawartha – Rural library users dealt a blow, reader says | Opinion – April 24, 2019 *Niagara Falls Review – Fort Erie library feels pain from provincial funding cuts – April 22, 2019 *Orillia Matters – We have to stand up’ to Ford cuts, say county councillors – April 23, 2019 *Owen Sound Hub – 82 cents a year to use 227 libraries – April 19, 2019 *St Catherine’s Standard – Delivery service for libraries’ books shelved – April, 2019 *The Waterloo Region Record – ‘It is really devastating’: Local library staff speak out about end of interlibrary book loaning service – April, 2019 CBC (Dryden) – Cuts to Ontario library services devastating to under-served populations, says librarian – April 22, 2019 CBC (Ottawa) – Rural book borrowing in peril as librarians slam PC budget cuts – April 20, 2019 CBC Radio – Ontario Morning with Wei Chen – April 23, 2019 Global (Durham) – Durham Region libraries react to Ontario provincial funding cuts – April 23, 2019 Global (Kingston, Peel) – Ontario provincial funding cuts will hurt Kingston, Perth library services: officials Globe and Mail – Funding cuts to Northern, Southern Ontario library systems hit rural and Indigenous communities – April 23, 2019 HuffPost – Ontarians Fight Back Against Province’s Cuts To Library Services – April 21, 2019 National Post – Funding for Ontario’s two library services cut half by the...

We are excited to share that Ontario will be the first-ever Canadian province to roll out Edge 2.0!

Welcome to Edge 2.0!! Dear Library Director, The registration link we shared yesterday was incorrect. Please use the one below. We are excited to share that Ontario will be the first-ever Canadian province to roll out Edge 2.0! Edge is a management tool that helps libraries of all sizes benchmark their technology infrastructure in an effort to highlight areas of excellence as well as areas requiring improvements, and will align technology resources to community priorities. Your library’s participation in Edge will help assess your technology, communicate its impact and plan for the future – all in an effort to build more resilient communities. Edge 2.0 complements the service that Toronto Public Library is providing through the Bridge project. Edge benchmarks technology infrastructure by peer groups, while the Bridge toolkit measures customer outcomes resulting from the availability of technology services. When presented together, libraries can better respond to community needs. To start your free subscription: Register your library at platform.libraryedge.org Please check your SPAM if you do not receive confirmation. Download the Assessment Workbook. Assessment responses are saved in the system as you go. Libraries will be able to print out their completed assessment report. Peer comparison reports will be shared with libraries when the Edge Representative Sample is complete. Please join us for Edge 2.0 – the technology tool to get you from assessment to impact webinar on Monday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. ET. Ontario’s commitment to ensuring digital inclusion and equity for communities throughout the province is a powerful step to enrich and advance people’s lives. The Edge team is eager to support your use of the Edge Toolkit. Do not hesitate to contact us if there...

Survey/Sondage : CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee – Comité des questions autochtones (IMC-CQA)

Survey/Sondage : CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee – Comité des questions autochtones (IMC-CQA) Reminder: If you missed the April 15th deadline, the next data assessment will be May 30th. Rappel : Si vous avez manqué l’échéance du 15 avril, la prochaine évaluation des données sera la 30 mai. Bilingual message – Please share widely and apologies for cross-posting Message bilingue – Veuillez le partager à volonté et S.V.P., excusez les envois multiples   The IMC-CQA working group responsible for promoting initiatives in all types of libraries to advance reconciliation by supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and promoting collaboration on these issues across all Canadian library communities (the White Team) has developed a survey to allow libraries to report their activities and self-assess their progress. Responses to the survey will be used to guide the IMC-CQA and in particular, aid the White Team to compare reported activity against the TRC Calls to Action to identify good practice and detect gaps. We would like to encourage as many libraries as possible to participate to create a robust snapshot of the Canadian landscape. The deadlines are April 15, 2019 and May 30, 2019. English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yyBz6bTB2RJPs0BCVkGoB49A9aj5gdVUUXdgmx5TCWg/edit?usp=sharing For more information on the work of the Indigenous Matters Committee, please consult the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Resources page at  http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/indigenous/.   ——————–   Le groupe de travail du CQA-IMC responsable de faire la promotion des initiatives dans tous les types de bibliothèques afin de faire avancer la réconciliation en appuyant les appels à l’action de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation (CVR) et afin de favoriser la collaboration à cet égard dans toutes les communautés de bibliothèques...

Advocacy Alert

Last week, we provided an update following the release of the 2019 Ontario Budget. With specific details about the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s budget for the coming year still to be determined, we committed to engaging further with our members as we continue to learn more. As many of you are aware, this week Ontario Library Service – North (OLS – North) and Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) announced that their budgets have been reduced for the 2019-20 year. We understand and share your concern about the impact on the services and other supports that OLS – North and SOLS provide to your libraries and local residents. Today, OLA and FOPL issued the following statement: “Public libraries are essential to people and families across Ontario, providing hundreds of services such as job training, access to broadband in under-serviced areas, children’s programming, and supporting lifelong learning. Today, in a formal statement, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport has committed to maintaining base funding for libraries across Ontario. We are working with the Ministry to fully understand the status of provincial support for public libraries. SOLS and OLS North provide highly-valued services, like inter-library loan, that give all people in Ontario, especially those in rural and Northern communities, the ability to access resources through their local public library. OLA and FOPL will be working with members, local public libraries and the Province to continue to discuss how libraries can provide the services and resources that residents rely upon.” OLA and FOPL are focused on our long-term strategy to continue to work with the Province  on the value of local public libraries....