Libraries Supporting Economic Development

In today’s post-pandemic climate, the Ontario government is focused on economic recovery and development. Have you ever considered how your library contributes to that development? An interesting case for advocacy: libraries support small and local business, impact literacy rates which are intrinsically tied to economic development, provide services for the disables, contribute to ongoing education for skills upgrading, and more. Read more here: https://blog.pressreader.com/libraries-institutions/role-libraries-play-in-economic-development...

LAC Funding Opportunity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Organizations

Listen, Hear Our Voices is an initiative to support Indigenous nations, governments and non-profit organizations in their efforts to: digitize existing documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures; and build the skills, knowledge and resources required to carry out this work in their communities. Program staff are available for advice and support on Listen, Hear Our Voices funding applications. To find out more or to apply, visit the Library and Archives Canada website, here:...

2020 Data Report

The 2020 Data Report is now available!  This data report includes the most recent 2020 operating data. Members may download this report. The dataset is also available to remembers free of charge. Please contact Dina Stevens for a copy of the full dataset in excel format.  Peer Comparison Reports are also available and can be commissioned by request. FOPL Data Report, 2020 Ontario Public Library Operating Data, 2000-2020 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Published: November 2021   Dina Stevens Executive Director...

Thinking of Going Fine Free?

Many libraries are eliminating fines… and people are noticing! Even Forbes. NYPL President Andrew W. Marx said in a statement that such fines, “are an antiquated, ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books; for those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive. For those who can’t afford the fines— disproportionately low-income New Yorkers—they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept. This is a step towards a more equitable society,…” To read more, the link to the Forbes article is below:...

Impact of COVID on Book Borrowing

Interesting article from BookNet Canada. 40% of Canadians said that COVID impacted their book borrowing and book buying habits in 2020. This data is compared to similar data points collected in 2019. The results? Canadians want in-person libraries, and they visit predominantly to pick up their holds. However… online visits led to more checkouts per visit than in-person visits. Interesting! Click on the article for full details and more stats!...