If libraries get rid of fines, the benefits may outweigh the losses

Libraries Are Dropping Overdue Fines — But Can They Afford To? If libraries get rid of fines, the benefits may outweigh the losses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/libraries-are-dropping-overdue-fines-but-can-they-afford-to_us_5913733ae4b0b1fafd0dccc2 “The New York Public Library has joined the growing ranks of public library systems contemplating the end of overdue fines for children, according to a WNYC report. A fifth of NYPL accounts held by children have been blocked due to unpaid fines, but the library president, Tony Marx, would like to motivate kids to be good library users without charging them for failures. “We’ve heard stories of parents saying to their kids, ‘We don’t want you to borrow books because you might be late with them and then you’ll have fines to worry about,’” he told WNYC. In fact, overdue fines can end up keeping thousands of kids from accessing library resources, just because they’re unable to pay what they...

Resources for the Ontario Public Libraries Tagline

  Launch of Ontario Public Libraries Tagline Website: “A Visit Will Get You Thinking” Ontario Public Library Week: October 15 – 21, 2017 http://www.accessola.org/web/OLA/OPLA/Ontario_Public_Library_Week/OLA/OPLA/Ontario_Public_Library_Week.aspx How to use the Branding Tagline and Guidelines. (Now in French and English)   http://www.thinkaboutlibraries.ca/  ...

MTCS will be implementing a one-time $1 million investment in our northern, rural and Indigenous libraries

Dear valued colleague and partner, In the 10 months since assuming the Tourism, Culture and Sport portfolio, I have had the opportunity to travel the province to meet with artists, arts workers, librarians and heritage advocates. You have graciously welcomed me into your theatres and galleries, your studios and on to your film sets. And we have engaged in some wonderful conversations about Ontario’s thriving culture sector. You were not shy about sharing your opinions about our successes, and also areas where we could use some improvement. I have listened carefully to each and every one of you, and that is why it’s my absolute pleasure to share today’s news with you.Earlier today our government released the 2017-18 provincial budget, which brings enhanced investment in the culture sector. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will receive a $20 million increase over four years. The Ontario culture sector is growing and it’s important that the OAC keeps pace and I look forward to seeing the  impact that this increased investment will make. I am also pleased to announce that MTCS will be implementing a one-time $1 million investment in our northern, rural and Indigenous libraries. Libraries are the hearts of our communities, and I know that this investment in digital services and connectivity will be welcomed across the province. We’ll have more details to share with you on this program soon. I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to implement Ontario’s Culture Strategy, and ensure that Ontario’s culture sector flourishes. All my best, Eleanor McMahon Minister Post-budget letter to Culture Stakeholders (1)...

Update on Public Library Funding Review/ Mise à jour sur la révision des programmes de financement des bibliothèques publiques

Dear Public Library and First Nation Public Library CEOs, I am writing to update you on the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s progress in implementing the Culture Strategy commitments related to public libraries. As you know, the Culture Strategy contains three commitments directly related to public libraries: Review and update the provincial funding programs for public libraries to build the capacity of libraries serving rural and remote communities, improve digital services and support leadership and innovation. Work with First Nation public libraries to better understand their unique needs and identify opportunities for responding through improved supports. Work with government partners and culture stakeholders to maximize the use of public libraries, museums, galleries and other culture facilities as community hubs and explore opportunities to integrate arts and culture activities and spaces into schools and other community facilities. To move forward on these commitments, we have been engaging with sector association representatives through roundtable discussions (see Appendix for participant list). The topics of these meetings include Leadership and Innovation, Community Hubs, Standards and Performance Measurement and Digital Services. Meetings are occurring over spring and summer. Following the roundtable discussions, the Ministry will survey all public libraries to gather more information. This input will help to ensure that future policies and programs are reflective of the needs of Ontario’s diverse library sector. In addition, we have hired a consultant to undertake a needs assessment of First Nation public libraries. This included two regional meetings, individual interviews and an online survey conducted with First Nation public libraries. A final report has been submitted to MTCS and its findings will be shared with...