Preview: Ontario Public Library Data Analysis

On Monday Jan. 29th, 2018 we’ll be releasing the Ontario Public Library Data Analysis! Here’s a preview of our performance in our sector: Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2007-2016 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables Robert E. Molyneux, MSLS, PhD, Statistician Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA, Executive Director, FOPL Released: January 2018 Loads of new measures and tables!   Library numbers 2007 2016 Growth POPULATION Total      11,655,750       13,594,876 17% Per library               38,595                45,016 PROGRAMS Total number of library programs            137,488             250,344 82% Total Attendance         2,717,774          4,506,217 66% Programs per library                     455                      829 54% Attendance per library                 8,999                14,921 60% Average attendance per capita                      0.6                       0.8 70% CIRCULATION Total (excludes digital)    115,256,552     125,052,817 8% Per library            381,644             414,082 EXPENDITURES Per Capita  $             61.59  $              62.04 1%   Table of Contents Introduction 1 Primer on Library Data 7 The Ontario Public Library Data 17 Population and Circulation at Ontario Public Libraries, 2007-2016 22 Table 1: Summary Characteristics of Ontario Public Libraries, 2007-2016 24 Charts based on Table 1’s Summary Data 34 Key Ratios 40 Table 2: Key Ratios at Ontario Public Libraries, 2016 44 Rank Order Tables 50 Table 3: Rank Order Table: Circulations per capita 52 Table 4: Rank Order Table: Active Cardholders per capita 58 Table 5: Rank Order Table: Total Expenditures per capita 63 Table 6: Rank Order Table: Electronic Materials Expenditures per capita 70 Table 7: Rank Order Table: Program Attendance per 100 population 76 New Measures 82 Table 8: Material Holdings, by Band 84...

The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has launched!

The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has launched! December 4, 2017 The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has launched! The Canadian Council of Archives is pleased to announce that the 2018 campaign for the program Young Canada Works (YCW) in Heritage Organizations has been launched. Archival institutions as well as libraries operating in English are now able to apply online for both summer projects and internships via the YCW official web site. For more information and to obtain a copy of the Employer Guide, please visit our web site. You will find the links for the program’s Guidelines and application forms on the YCW website. IMPORTANT: The application deadline for the summer projects is January 15, 2018. The application deadline for the internships is February 1st, 2018. If you have any questions concerning your application in the archival field, do not hesitate to contact Louise Charlebois or Isabelle Alain at ycw_jct@archivescanada.ca. If you have any questions concerning your application as a library operating in English, do not hesitate to contact Sabrina Pound at ycw-cla@archivescanada.ca. The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has...

FOPL Discount: iSchool Symposium: UX, DESIGN & CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT, MAR 2-3

FOPL is pleased to announce another University of Toronto Symposium in partnership with FOPL and OLA. FOPL and OLA members are eligible for a 20% discount. UX, DESIGN & CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT A University of Toronto / Dysart & Jones / FOPL Symposium ​ March 2-3, 2017 University of Toronto, Faculty of Information 140 St George Street, 7th Floor Toronto, ON M5S 3G6 User experience (UX) and design are critical for customer engagement.  This symposium brings together experienced and knowledgeable speakers and practitioners to look at strategies and tactics for engaging customers with easy to use programs, web sites, and more. From Jared M. Spool, UX expert & Founder, User Interface Engineering “Of the important things you do every day in your job, what percentage did you learn how to do in school?” When I ask user experience designers this question, most tell me less than 25%. Even those who have only been out of school for just a few years. In fact, some of today’s best user experience designers never learned design in school at all. They taught themselves what they needed to know. They learned from peers, from seeking out their own resources, and through the process of trial-and-error. ​ So come and learn from our experts and your colleagues! All great discussion areas!  Join us. We have assembled a great group of speakers to explore the issues of the changing landscape. You will have a terrific learning experience and a chance to join the conversation and learn what others are doing with the e-book challenge! Speakers: Stephen Abram, executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries MJ D’Elia, University of Guelph David Lee King,...

FACING THE FUTURE: A Vision Document for British Columbia’s Public Libraries

Although this report is from late 2012, we think it will still be of interest to our members.  It was commissioned by the BC government and was made public in December 2012. FACING THE FUTURE: A Vision Document for British Columbia’s Public Libraries Prepared by Ken Roberts, B.A., M.A., M.L.S http://commons.bclibraries.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Facing-the-Future-A-Report-on-the-future-of-libraries-for-the-Province-of-British-Columbia.pdf (30 page PDF)...

Libraries Transform Communities

The Federation wishes to share with MPPs the good news story about public libraries and how they contribute to building a strong province. Below are two documents outlining the importance of public libraries in Ontario. Municipal...