Joint ILLO Statement: Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North 

It appears that the latest result is partial reinstatement (I think about 82 cents) of the former $2.13 average which will result in rationing. Stephen SOLS_OLSN_Joint_Statement_FINAL “Joint Statement: Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North  Over the last month, the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North have worked with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to revise our 2019-20 budgets to achieve a common goal. That goal was to focus on programs that have the greatest impact to public libraries and their users. As a result of that work, a solution has been found to restore inter-library loan services across the province beginning on June 1, 2019. Both library service organizations will provide partial reimbursement to libraries for delivery costs through Canada Post. This will preserve the online system libraries use to coordinate the program, ensuring that this key service continues to reach Ontario communities. The inter-library loan program is an important tool that allows libraries to share their catalogues, connecting people with the books they want to read – regardless of where they are in the province. We will continue to work with our partners, including local libraries, library organizations and the ministry, to deliver the services that our communities rely on. Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones SOLS CEO/ Directrice Générale Barbara Franchetto OLS – North  CEO/ Directrice...

Libraries Approve Reciprocal Borrowing New agreements allow residents to get free library cards in neighbouring communities

Please find a good news story – attached. It’s about reciprocal borrowing between Six Nations, Brantford and County of Brant PL systems. https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/libraries-approve-reciprocal-borrowing Libraries Approve Reciprocal Borrowing New agreements allow residents to get free library cards in neighbouring communities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2019 Residents in Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations of the Grand River now have more access to library services and materials, thanks to recently established agreements among the three library systems. The Library Boards of the County of Brant Public Library, Six Nations Public Library and Brantford Public Library have all approved reciprocal borrowing agreements with each other with all agreements coming into effect by June 1. The Brantford Public and Six Nations Public Libraries previously established reciprocal borrowing between their systems on January 1, 2019. This agreement provides Six Nations residents with free access to materials available at Brantford Public Library, and provides Brantford residents with access to material at Six Nations Public Library, which is the country’s largest First Nations Public Library. The new relationships between the Brantford and Six Nations Public Libraries will be marked by a celebration event to be held on June 20, at Brantford’s Main Library location. The County of Brant Public Library’s agreements with Brantford Public Library and Six Nations Public Library take effect on June 1. As of that date, Brantford Public Library cardholders can become a member at the Brant County Public Library for free, and vice versa. Also, residents of Six Nations and Brant County can use each other’s library systems for free. These arrangements provide full membership privileges, including free access to programs,...

Ontario Improving Broadband and Cellphone Connectivity in Ontario

Last week’s broadband announcements regarding EORN and SWIFT: “Ontario is committing $71 million to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network’s (EORN) project to virtually eliminate coverage gaps in the region. The public-private initiative requires contributions from the federal government as well private sector and municipal partners. Total value of the project is estimated at $213 million and is expected to generate up to 3,000 jobs over 10 years and potential revenues of $420 million.” https://news.ontario.ca/moi/en/2019/05/ontario-improving-broadband-and-cellphone-connectivity-in-eastern-ontario.html Better Broadband Service Coming Soon to Norfolk County SIMCOE — Ontario’s Government is funding expansion of broadband internet into the southwest, Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton announced today, as he unveiled a key piece of the province’s budget commitment to improve people’s connections, no matter where they live. Ontario Improving Broadband and Cellphone Connectivity in Eastern Ontario ROSENEATH — Ontario’s Government is putting people first by taking a giant step towards improving mobile broadband and curing cellular dead zones in Eastern Ontario today, as the province announced $71 million in funding that will make people safer and open Ontario for business, open for jobs. May 17, 2019  |  Ministry of...