CULC, ALA Denounce Macmillan Publishers’ eBook Lending Model

In response to Macmillan Publishers’ announcement of their new library ebook lending model, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) and the American Library Association (ALA) have issued statements denouncing the changes and called on Macmillan CEO John Sargent to provide evidence to support claims in its announcement. #eBooksForAll #eContentForLibraries CULC, ALA Denounce Macmillan Publishers’ eBook Lending Model In response to Macmillan Publishers’ announcement (PDF) of their new library ebook lending model, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) and the American Library Association (ALA) have issued statements denouncing the changes and called on Macmillan CEO John Sargent to provide evidence to support claims in its announcement. Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) Statement on Macmillan Publishers U.S. Lending Model Change for Public Libraries The Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) denounces the new library ebook lending model announced today by Macmillan Publishers. Under the new model, libraries will only be able to purchase a single digital copy of any new title when it is released for sale to the general public and will be forced to wait eight weeks before they are able to buy any additional copies. In a recent letter to creators, Macmillan indicated that library lending was “cannibalizing sales” and that “45% of the ebook reads in the US are now being borrowed for free from libraries”. This claim is fundamentally untrue. Libraries purchase copies of licenses for their users to access at a premium, which is often three to four times the cost of a retail copy: these premium prices are ultimately being paid by Canadian library users, whose taxes fund libraries. These licenses...

2019 FOPL/OLA Provincial Government Public Libraries Brief

Ont a r i o ’ s  P u b l i c  L i b r a r i e s St re n g t h e n i n g  Lo c a l  C o m m u n i t i e s 2 0 1 9 B r i e f Public libraries are essential to people and families across Ontario As Ontario’s farthest-reaching, most cost-effective public resource and community hubs, public libraries are helping millions of Ontarians independently train, learn and reach their potential. Reaching 98% of Ontarians in hundreds of Ontario communities of all sizes, public libraries are local, close to home, and adapt to the priorities of the people and communities they serve. Trained, frontline library staff are people focused, responding to these unique needs by developing, providing and offering: • Job training – and re-training – programs and resources • Small business support and community economic development • Equitable, reliable access to broadband internet in underserviced areas • Frontline access and support for digital government services through ServiceOntario • Affordable, high-quality children’s programs for young families It’s no surprise that public libraries are consistently voted by people as one of Ontario’s most trusted institutions. Local public libraries need your help Public libraries deliver a big return on investment in communities large and small. They’ve become experts at maximizing the value of every dollar, with an overwhelming focus on providing frontline support and people-focused resources. Through professional development, association membership and the provincial library services (SOLS and OLS-North), local libraries follow best practices and deliver maximum value with limited funds. But many public...

The 2018 Ontario Public Library Statistics Standard Reports organized by population group are now available on the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport website

Dear public library and First Nation public library CEOs, and lead contacts, We are happy to inform you that the 2018 Ontario Public Library Statistics Standard Reports organized by population group are now available on the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport website at the following link:            http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/libraries/statistics_2018.shtml 2018 Ontario Public Library Statistics are also available on the Ontario government Open Data site:    https://www.ontario.ca/data/ontario-public-library-statistics If you have any questions regarding the Ontario Public Library Statistics, please free to contact program lead staff Rod Sawyer (rod.sawyer@ontario.ca) or Adam Haviaras (adam.haviaras@ontario.ca). In addition to the standard reports, Ministry staff can provide you with an Individual Library Profile Report for your library upon request. Please see the attached report for Innisfil Public Library we provide to you as an example.  Let us know if you would like an Individual Profile Report done for your library. As an ongoing service offer, Ministry staff can also provide you with customized reports related to the information you included in your Annual Survey of Public Libraries. For example, we can provide comparisons of your library with other libraries you identify, or with a user-defined population range different from the range for your library in the published Standard Reports, or user-defined fields.    Please let us know if you are interested in a customized report, and we will be happy to work with you. Thank you very much. Sincerely, <original signed by> Sarah Cossette Manager (acting), Program Planning and Delivery Unit Programs and Services Branch, Culture Division Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport   Avis aux directeurs généraux et aux personnes-ressources responsables de bibliothèques publiques, Nous sommes heureux de...