Good News: CELA Funding and Update

Dear Ontario CULC Member CEOs and Directors, I am thrilled to announce that the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has extended full funding for CELA services to all Ontario public libraries for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2017. We’d requested a longer extension but they reluctantly cannot commit to that level of funding at this time. However, they are very supportive of our efforts and happy to work with us toward a more sustainable solution. Thank you to you and your staff for your continued support. In our pursuit of sustainable public funding, CULC member library endorsements cannot be over-estimated. Here are some highlights from the previous year: Strategic Plan 2017-2021 The CELA Board recently approved CELA’s strategic plan for 2017-2021. The plan touches on several of the priorities identified at the October CULC meeting in Halifax and establishes our strategic goals for the next four years. I have attached a copy of the document for your perusal.  Usage Since its launch on April 1, 2014, CELA has solidified its place as a sustainable and necessary public service component of its member libraries. The implementation and nurturing of CELA services in Ontario’s public libraries has elevated awareness among public library staff of the needs of Ontarians with print disabilities, and has inspired an improvement in overall service. In our first 3 years, we anticipate that patrons will have borrowed over 3 million books and other media in accessible formats offered by CELA through local public libraries in Ontario – a number unimaginable and unattainable if each individual library were responsible for providing the service...

Registration Now Open for 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit ǀ Début des inscriptions au Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017

Hello, We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit.  Spaces are limited, so please take a minute to register at https://event-wizard.com/2017OntarioCommunityHubsSummitLand/0/welcome/. Should you have any questions, please contact us at community.hubs@ontario.ca. Sincerely, The Community Hubs Team   Madame, Monsieur, Nous souhaitions vous informer que vous pouvez maintenant vous inscrire au Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017. Le nombre de places étant limité, veuillez prendre un instant pour vous inscrire à l’adresse https://event-wizard.com/2017OntarioCommunityHubsSummitLand/0/welcome/. Si vous avez des questions, veuillez communiquer avec nous aux coordonnées suivantes : community.hubs@ontario.ca. Veuillez agréer l’expression de nos sentiments les meilleurs, L’équipe des carrefours communautaires...

UPDATE: FOPL Office Move

Due to construction  through early 2018 at North York Central Library, the FOPL offices have moved to the B1 level of Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street (At Bloor). Our telephones are now working!  Our cel phones do not work underground here. Since we work three days per week each, the best way to contact us is by using e-mail. Stephen Abram, executive director. sabram@fopl.ca Cel: 416-669-4855 Office: 416-395-0746 Fax: 416-395-0743 Helen Morrison, Administrative Assistant. admin@fopl.ca Office: 416-395-5638 Fax: 416-395-0743 Our  mailing address remains the same. Federation of Ontario Public Libraries c/o North York Central Library 5120 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M2N 5N9  ...

The Federal Budget and Libraries

The Federal Budget and Libraries The Federal Budget this week had a lot of opportunities for libraries and was nicely aligned with the FOPL and CFLA agenda. (Your FOPL membership also makes you members of CFLA).  We recommend that you watch the federal envelope closely for grant and funding opportunities.  FOPL will be too. In this e-mail we communicate where to find the Federal Budget documents and provide you with the official summary. There are federal funding opportunities for public libraries in this budget.  Read the following highlights that relate to our sector and focus on indigenous partnerships, digitization initiatives, employment, STEM, training, $300m over 10 years to equip creative spaces and hubs, and more related to Innovation. Specific Highlights for Public Libraries to watch are related to indigenous programs and programs for the digital economy are clipped below: 167 Budget 2017 is proposing to invest $89.9 million over the next three years to support Indigenous languages and cultures. This includes: $69 million to significantly enhance the Aboriginal Languages Initiative. This new funding will support a range of activities such as developing learning materials, funding language classes and culture camps, and archiving Indigenous languages. $14.9 million for Library and Archives Canada to support the digitization of existing Indigenous language and cultural materials. Funding would also support the development of an Aboriginal Oral Testimonies Project to document Indigenous heritage. $6 million for the National Research Council Canada to develop, in collaboration with Indigenous stakeholders, information technology to preserve oral histories by converting speech to text, and creating other interactive educational materials. 71+ PREPARING FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY More and more...

Burlington Public library generates $57m in economic value

Media Release from Burlington Public Library Mon Feb 27 2017 Public library generates $57m in economic value Burlington Public Library reports new study findings Burlington, ON –  At a presentation to City Council today, Burlington Public Library Board chair Nancy Douglas and chief executive officer Maureen Barry revealed that the public library added $57 million in economic value to the city of Burlington in 2015, and clearly contributes to the quality of life of Canada’s #1 ranked medium-sized city. The Library recently conducted an economic impact analysis based on a landmark study by The Martin Prosperity Institute in 2013. The Martin Prosperity Institute, an economic think-tank at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, devised a way to measure how much Toronto Public Library contributes to Toronto’s economy. Burlington Public Library is one of 14 Canadian libraries that has conducted a similar study based on the Institute’s methods. Ms. Douglas explains that economic impact is a new way to measure and talk about the library’s value to the community. “It’s a way to put a real dollar amount to the library’s value as a service provider, an employer, and as a consumer in our community,” she adds. The Library relied on in-house expertise to study Burlington Public Library’s numbers, and will report back to the Library Board and community every June with an updated economic impact statement. “Burlington residents need to know that when the City directs their tax dollars to the public library, it is a solid investment,” says Maureen Barry, chief executive officer. Key findings from Burlington Public Library’s study show that in 2015: The City of Burlington invested $57.20...