Update: Ontario Provincial Funding for Public Libraries

Ontario Provincial Funding for Public Libraries Several weeks ago, the Provincial Expenditure Estimates were released, setting out the details of the operating and capital spending requirements of Ministries and Legislative Offices for the fiscal year commencing April 1, 2019, based on the 2019-20 Ontario Budget. The estimates for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport can be found here. Concurrently, Minister Michael Tibollo announced that the province is maintaining its base funding for public libraries. We can now confirm that the following specific investments for public libraries remain unchanged from the previous year, as follows: Over $21 million in operating funding, including the Public Library Operating Grant (PLOG), Pay Equity funding and the First Nations Salary Supplement; Approximately $900,000 to support access to resources for print disabilities through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA); $460,000 for connectivity funding; $40,000 to support ongoing sector initiatives through the Ontario Library Association As you are aware, we shared information regarding reductions in provincial funding to Southern Ontario Library Services and Ontario Library Services – North in a previous advocacy alert. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to meet with Minister Tibollo, his staff and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport on this important issue. OLA and FOPL continue to work with the ministry, SOLS, OLS-N and the public library sector to ensure that Ontario’s public and First Nations Libraries can provide the services and resources that their residents rely upon and that enrich our local communities. We greatly appreciate the comments, information and letters our members have shared with us. They have and will continue to be tremendously...

ibraries across Northern Ontario have launched SaveOLSN.ca

Libraries across Northern Ontario have launched SaveOLSN.ca – a website highlighting the services provided to our libraries by Ontario Library Service – North and inviting members of the public to join our advocacy campaign by contacting their local MPP or the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo.   Featuring stories from libraries across Northern Ontario, this website draws attention to the valuable services that are at risk due to a 50% cut in the OLS-North operating budget, announced in the 2019-2020 Provincial Budget. The website is also an opportunity for libraries to thank staff at OLS-North for their contributions to public libraries, particularly as several staff members are facing layoff, effective May 23, 2019.   New stories will be added as they are submitted, so please check back regularly for updates.   For information about how cuts to OLS-North could impact your local library please contact your library directly.   For more information about this site and the Northern Libraries’ advocacy campaign please contact one of our spokespeople: Dayna DeBenedet, Dryden Public Library – ddebenedet@dryden.ca Caroline Goulding, Fort Frances Public Library –cgoulding@fortfrances.ca   Visit the website at www.saveolsn.ca.     Dayna DeBenedet Chief Librarian/CEO   Dryden Public Library 36 Van Horne Ave Dryden, ON P8N 2A7 Tel: 807-223-1475 ext. 221...

Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario: May 6, 2019

The rules of these regional consultations were that speakers were limited to 10 minutes.  We left time for questions. Mr Seiling noted that the ultimate report would be private and confidential to the Ministry and cabinet. Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario:  May 6, 2019 Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario:  May 6, 2019 Good afternoon. Greetings Chairs Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn. Thank you for the opportunity today to participate in your Regional Government Review consultations. My name is Stephen Abram and I am a professional librarian and the executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries / La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario. We represent Ontario’s over 310 library systems with over 6 million library cardholders – in Ontario’s rural, northern, town, county, suburban, urban, indigenous, and francophone communities including all 82 Southern Ontario communities covered by this consultation. I won’t bury the lede! You asked that we focus on comments, in particular, on the advisors are looking for your feedback on regional governance, decision-making, and service delivery. I believe the context or goal of this consultation is to make recommendations on developing an improved nimble, cost-effective, and efficient governance. Ontario’s Public Library systems are exemplars of good local, community-led, governance, advanced, large-scale consortial and collaborative activities and strong partnerships with local, regional, municipal, provincial, and federal organizations for the benefit of the communities they serve. We have too much data and proofs to share in the time we have today, but we stand ready to provide this at your...