MFIPPA and Ontario Public Libraries

What are the privacy responsibilities of  public libraries? http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/5000/10308563.pdf For a library visitor, privacy essentially means the right to be able to read any book or access any reference material without fear of having the subject matter made known to others. Can someone obtain a list of the books you have borrowed? If you use a computer at a library, does anyone later check to see which Web sites you visited? This publication looks at some common questions library users and library staff may have about privacy rights and what libraries can do to protect privacy. Public library boards are institutions governed by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). This Act specifies how organizations such as libraries may collect, use, retain, disclose and dispose of personal information. Public libraries are also governed by the Public Libraries Act, which establishes specific operating rules. “Personal information” encompasses a wide range of information. It is defined in MFIPPA, in part, as “recorded information about an identifiable individual.” This could include, in the library context, information on a patron’s borrowing habits, as well as information related to one’s computer use, including sign-up sheets and information on any Internet use. INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER/ONTARIO December 2002 ANN CAVOUKIAN, Ph.D. COMMISSIONER Q: Why do libraries need to collect the personal information of library users? A: Libraries require this information in order to provide library service. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Public Libraries Act for the administration of library operations. An example of this is a library collecting your name and address when you apply for a library card....

The importance of keeping a beat: Researchers link ability to keep a beat to reading, language skills

The importance of keeping a beat: Researchers link ability to keep a beat to reading, language skills https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2013-09-importance-link-ability-language-skills.html “A study in The Journal of Neuroscience by Dr. Nina Kraus shows a relationship between neural response consistency and ability to keep a beat. Dr. Kraus’ lab, shown here, investigates the neurobiology underlying speech, music, and learning. Credit: Dr. Nina Kraus. The findings of a Northwestern University study of more than 100 high school students lend proof to the surprising link between music, rhythmic abilities and language skills. The study—the first to provide biological evidence linking the ability to keep a beat to the neural encoding of speech sounds—has significant implications for reading, according to Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory. Previous investigations found a link between reading ability and beat-keeping, says Kraus in a study published in the Sept. 18 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Previous research has established a link between reading ability and neural responseconsistency. “By directly linking auditory responses with beat-keeping ability, we have closed the triangle,” Kraus says. The study demonstrates that accurate beat-keeping involves synchronization between the parts of the brain responsible for hearing as well as movement. Where previous research investigations focused on the motor half of the equation, Kraus and co-author Adam Tierney focused on the auditory component. Because hearing sounds of speech and associating them with the letters comprising written words is crucial to learning to read, the Northwestern researchers reasoned that the association between reading and beat synchronization likely has a common basis in the auditory system.” Stephen  ...

PLA published three new books in its Quick Reads for Busy Librarians series in 2018

Three new ‘Quick Reads’ books published PLA published three new books in its Quick Reads for Busy Librarians series in 2018. The Quick Reads series features publications under 100 pages long and covering topics deemed essential to modern public library workers. Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century focuses on library service to entrepreneurs and “solopreneurs” — individuals who operate a business completely on their own. PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs consists of ten essays highlighting educational programs that took place at the PLA 2018 Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. Teaching Early Literacy to Teen Parents contains practical, tried, and tested advice for any public library to get started or to improve teen parent programming. All three books are available free of charge to PLA personal members in good standing and can be accessed through the PLA Member Library (ALA Connect login...

Project Outcome reaches important milestones

Project Outcome reaches important milestones In December, PLA’s Performance Measurement program for libraries, Project Outcome, surpassed 200,000 patron surveys collected from more than 1,000 libraries. Project Outcome also reached more 2,000 people in 2018 through outreach efforts at conferences, regional training workshops, and webinars. Project Outcome is a free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing...

New toolkit for increasing awareness of family engagement work

New toolkit for increasing awareness of family engagement work In July, PLA released a free promotional toolkit* designed to help libraries raise awareness of family engagement through libraries. This resource can be used to supplement libraries’ marketing, fundraising, community relations and political advocacy work. The Family Engagement Toolkit was developed in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), as part of ALA’s Libraries Transform public awareness campaign. Best known for its signature “Because” statements, Libraries Transform was created to help libraries of all kinds communicate in one clear, energetic voice. The Toolkit offers both strategy and tactics for family engagement advocates, including message points, customizable graphics, promotional ideas, and program examples from IDEABOOK: Libraries for Families, a family engagement publication released in 2017 by PLA and the Global Family Research Project. The term “family engagement” describes a shared responsibility among families, educators and communities to support children’s learning and development. Building upon the early-childhood literacy success of Every Child Ready to Read@ your library® (ECRR), PLA established a Family Engagement Initiative in 2015 to help libraries serve families of all types with children of all ages. Public libraries are critical to family engagement, given their ability to develop strong and lasting relationships with families, engage all members of the family no matter their ages or interests, and offer access to afterschool, weekend and summer programming, particularly in communities lacking many resources. *Registration on the Libraries Transform website is required to download the...

CFLA: Consultation – Creating the Canadian Research and Development Classification / Élaboration de la Classification canadienne de la recherche et du développement

Message bilingue – Bilingual message Dear CFLA-FCAB members, Forwarding this message as your members may be interested in contributing. ————– Chers membres de la FCAB-CFLA, Je vous envoie ce message, car il est possible que vos membres veuillent participer à cette consultation.     Katherine McColgan, CAE Executive Director — Directrice générale   Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques     75 rue Jolicoeur, Gatineau QC, J8Y 1A8 613.867.7789 www.cfla-fcab.ca @CFLAFCAB @kdmccolgan   CFLA-FCAB recognizes the Algonquin peoples as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located. La FCAB-CFLA reconnaît les Algonquins comme les gardiens traditionnels des terres dans lesquelles se trouve notre secrétariat.   From: Legendre,Ariadne <Ariadne.Legendre@SSHRC-CRSH.GC.CA> On Behalf Of SSHRC-R&D-Classification Sent: February 12, 2019 12:09 PM Subject: Consultation – Creating the Canadian Research and Development Classification / Élaboration de la Classification canadienne de la recherche et du développement   Le texte français suit.   Dear colleague,   A national consultation to inform the development of the new Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC) was recently launched by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Statistics Canada.   The CRDC will improve how research and development activities and investments are classified in Canada, and will allow greater harmonization, integration and coordination among Canada’s granting agencies.   We invite you and the members of your organization to share your views through the online consultation, which is open until March 22, 2019.   Your expertise as a key stakeholder and important contributor to Canada’s research community is valuable to this initiative.  ...