Kenneth Whyte (selectively) responds to Libraries on his opinion piece

Kenneth Whyte (selectively) responds to Libraries on his opinion piece: The libraries strike back What have we learned, apart from that I’m stupid and mean? ken whyte Aug 7 Two weeks ago, I argued in the Globe & Mail that the increasingly aggressive lending practices of public libraries are seriously undermining bookselling, the publishing industry, and author incomes. The article didn’t sit well with librarians (much more on this below). First, with apologies to those who read it, a quick summary of the piece: * there are three times as many books borrowed as bought in the US every year, and four times as many in Canada. * libraries don’t passively lend books, they compete with booksellers by advertising how much people can save by borrowing rather than buying books, and they compete among themselves to lend the most books possible. * libraries urge people to borrow books because more borrowing builds their case for more public funding (the more patrons, the higher the funding requests). * libraries claim to deliver nearly $6 of economic activity for every $1 in public funding they receive, a number arrived at by counting each book borrowed as “economic value” equivalent to the purchase price of the book (in fact, book borrowing represents the destruction of economic value, i.e., a lost sales to booksellers and lost income to authors). * the problem has become more urgent in recent decades as borrowing per capita has roughly doubled in both Canada and the US. * all this borrowing has been more detrimental to the publishing industry than the rise of Amazon, which discounts books and floods the market...

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) Statement on Libraries

BPAA Statement on Libraries POSTED 2020-08-06. August 6, 2020 Edmonton — The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) issued the following statement, in response to an op-ed in the July 25th Globe and Mail: “The BPAA has a long-standing positive relationship with Alberta’s libraries. Through our interaction with them at the annual Alberta Library Conference, our partnership with them through the Read Alberta eBooks and Prairie Indigenous eBooks collections, and our ongoing relations as we each seek to serve the reading public, we have forged solid alliances with our library colleagues. “Alberta publishers believe unequivocally in the value of the service that libraries provide, and in the contribution that they make to a better-read society by providing access to reading materials to all citizens, regardless of their socio-economic standing.” -30- For more information, contact: Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director c. 780.918.8375 e. kleblanc@bookpublishers.ab.ca Download the PDF Media...

Ontario Supports Digital Economy in the North Funding will create new jobs and promote technology sector

News Release Ontario Supports Digital Economy in the North Funding will create new jobs and promote technology sector https://news.ontario.ca/mndmf/en/2020/08/ontario-supports-digital-economy-in-the-north.html August 7, 2020 10:30 A.M. Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $1 million to support the technology sector, create jobs and help boost the digital economy in the North. Funding is being delivered to eight companies through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). “As we focus on economic recovery, our government is proud to make targeted investments in growing sectors and businesses here in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “Today’s investments in the North’s digital economy will help businesses grow and thrive, stimulate economic development and diversification across the region and create highly-skilled employment opportunities for the people of Northern Ontario.” NOHFC investments include: $289,340 for KBM Resources Group in Thunder Bay to grow its operations by purchasing state-of the-art aerial survey and mapping equipment and software. $186,778 for Mijem Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie to enhance its mobile commerce phone app, which targets postsecondary students by making it easier to buy and sell items such as textbooks, furniture, clothing and sublets. $165,851 for The Kore Project Inc. in Sudbury to develop cloud-based software that combines vendor compliance and safety and certificate management for employees and contractors into one simple and easy-to-use system. $139,500 for Border Giant Inc. to establish a customs broker and parcel service company in Thunder Bay that makes it fast, easy and inexpensive for consumers and retailers to import and export goods. $100,000 for Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations to...

Bibliotheca: Webinar: How Pandemics Impact Library Buildings and Technology

Webinar: How Pandemics Impact Library Buildings and Technology https://www.bibliotheca.com/webinar-pandemic-impacts-library-building-technology/ According to climate scientists, pandemics could become a regular occurrence. Join MSR Design, bibliotheca and a panel of library leaders as we turn our attention to the new normal. We will discuss how libraries can implement changes now and, in the future, to ensure safe spaces, the wellbeing of their users, and provide agility for libraries of the future. Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM CT / 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM BST / 5:00 PM CEST Register for webinar Webinar panelists Traci Lesneski CEO & Principal of MSR Design David Johnson Library Director of Fayetteville Public Library Charles Pace Executive Director of Gwinnett County Public Library Meghan Davis VP Global Marketing at...

OLA, FOPL oral remarks before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs July 30, 2020

OLA, FOPL oral remarks before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs The written submission will be available next week. July 30, 2020 Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Infrastructure Sector COVID-19 Impact Hearings Presented by: Stephen Abram, Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) Andrea Cecchetto, OLA President OLA-FOPL Standing Committee in Infrastructure Oral Text...