OLA FOPL Ontario Budget 2019

  Problem viewing this email? Click here. Ontario Budget 2019 Yesterday afternoon, the government of Ontario released their 2019 Ontario Budget. In the lead up to the 2019 Budget, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) engaged with the government to share our recommendations for ensuring modern, sustainable public libraries in communities across Ontario. Working alongside many of our local library partners, we prepared a budget submission, presented before the Legislative Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and participated in the Minister of Finance’s pre-Budget consultations. Although a library is prominently featured in the cover image of the 2019 Ontario Budget, the content of the Budget document itself does not include specific references to libraries. We will be working with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport in the days and weeks ahead to better understand the Province’s fiscal plan and its impact on Ontario libraries. We look forward to engaging with you further regarding yesterday’s announcements as we learn more. Learn more: Read the full Ontario Budget 2019  Library Day at Queen’s Park 2019 OLA and FOPL are focused on a long-term advocacy strategy to advocate on and work with the Ontario Government to secure a modern approach to supporting libraries so that Ontario’s Public, School and First Nations Libraries can continue to support local communities with reliable broadband Internet access, supports for local economic development, and frontline access for digital government services. As part of OLA and FOPL’s ongoing advocacy efforts, we are looking forward to organizing a Library Day at Queen’s Park on November 28, 2019. Library Day at Queen’s Park is an opportunity...

Official Notice of SOLS Cuts

Yes – this affects services directly to residents of Ontario’s towns and equity of access to collections across the province. “It is with great sadness that I have to inform public libraries in southern Ontario that the SOLS interlibrary loan delivery service will permanently cease to operate, effective April 26th, 2019. I know this is very sad and disappointing news but given the enormity of the cut to our operating budget, there is no alternative. Even under our previous budget allocation, it was becoming difficult to sustain the service because of ever increasing operating costs. Please read the following information carefully: Interlibrary Loan Service VDX accounts will all be under suspension until at least May 31.  This will prevent ZPortal patron access as well.   What does this mean for ILL operators? You can monitor your existing ILL requests, and apply actions (e.g. returned, received, checked in) as necessary. Existing requests in a pending state will automatically expire and end up as “Not supplied/check manual” or “end of rota”, in your work queue. Either way, the pending requests will not be filled. You will not receive any new lending requests, or be able to issue any new borrowing requests. If you have books from other libraries that need to be returned after April 26th, you must mail them. Use the Library Shipping tool at https://libraryshippingtool.ca/en/home/ to access the library book rate. Libraries should be prepared to absorb the cost of postage. We can’t stop out of province (out of INFO) requests from being processed by VDX. You have the option to fill these requests or not. What does this mean for...