What do you know about Ontario Development Charges and Libraries?

Given that in the past 2 years 32% of public library CEO’s have changed, with 21% in the past year alone,  many of our CEO’s have never had to deal deeply with development charges and this topic is in their purview with their Boards.  These are a major funding mechanism given to municipalities for building infrastructure like sewers, road and even libraries and community centres. We’ve assembled this little list of links as an orientation to the topic.  We (OLA, FOPL, SOLS) plan to cooperate with AMO and AMCTO in delivering a webinar on development charges and libraries in 2019. You can likely find your municipality’s or county’s development charge policy by searching Google and “development charges” and the name of your jurisdiction. Pro-Tip: Be aware of the cycle of development charge reviews in your area.  Some exclude social infrastructure like libraries, culture centres, and community centres.  Some have odd rules (at least from our perspective) about new builds versus renovations/additions.  Be ready to influence when these opportunities come up – especially if you dream of an addition, replacement, or new building/branch in your system’s future. Useful Links: TorStar: A brief explanation of development charges https://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2013/03/01/a_brief_explanation_of_development_charges.html “BILD (the Building Industry and Lane Development Association) agrees with the principle that growth should pay for growth and it is important to understand that the people who come to live in this region will pay for the infrastructure they require to live here. Of all the government charges and fees related to the construction of new homes, development charges are the most significant and they are becoming a big part of the...

Recent News Summary from FOPL

Here are some recent postings on the FOPL website. For quicker access friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@foplnews). Ontario Public Library Board Centralized Governance HUB Launched https://www.sols.org/index.php/governance-hub   Hi-Lite: 10 Things You Need to Know as a new library board member: Understanding Public Library Board Governance in Ontario http://fopl.ca/news/10-things-you-need-to-know-as-a-new-library-board-member-understanding-public-library-board-governance-in-ontario/   Made in Canada Solutions for Public Library Leadership Development http://fopl.ca/news/made-in-canada-solutions-for-public-library-leadership-development/   The Complete List of Measurement, Metrics & Statistical Tools & Resources for Ontario Public Libraries http://fopl.ca/news/what-are-all-of-these-library-statistics-tools-in-ontario-and-what-can-i-do-with-them/ Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada: Libraries http://fopl.ca/news/municipal-benchmarking-network-canada-libraries/ 120,000 American libraries just got even cooler thanks to Grow with Google http://fopl.ca/news/120000-american-libraries-just-got-even-cooler-thanks-to-grow-with-google/ National Influencing Activities: CFLA/FCAB http://fopl.ca/news/national-activities-cfla-fcab/ Municipal World: The other climate change – how local political winds can alter the landscape following municipal elections http://fopl.ca/news/the-other-climate-change-how-local-political-winds-can-alter-the-landscape-following-municipal-elections/ Tourism is a Strong Economic Contributor for Ontario, but its Potential is Far from Realized http://fopl.ca/news/tourism-is-a-strong-economic-contributor-for-ontario-but-its-potential-is-far-from-realized/ REMINDER The 2nd cycle of OCLC funding for small public and academic libraries has begun http://fopl.ca/news/reminder-the-2nd-cycle-of-oclc-funding-for-small-public-and-academic-libraries-has-begun/ The Young Canada Works 2019 campaign! http://fopl.ca/news/the-young-canada-works-2019-campaign/ 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Librarians and Book Lovers http://fopl.ca/news/2018-holiday-gift-guide-for-librarians-and-book-lovers/ Enjoy! Cheers, Stephen Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca FOPL: 416-395-0746 Blog: http://www.fopl.ca Twitter: @foplnews stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com Twitter:...

Dec. 7th announcement re: red tape reduction (bill to be tabled in the Leg this afternoon) by the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Todd Smith will be taking place at the Belleville Public Library, located in his local riding.

FYI – note that tomorrow’s announcement re: red tape reduction (bill to be tabled in the Leg this afternoon) by the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Todd Smith will be taking place at the Belleville Public Library, located in his local riding.     Media Advisory Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade to Make an Announcement December 6, 2018 Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burden, will make an announcement about cutting red tape and restoring Ontario’s competitiveness. Date:               Friday, December 7, 2018 Time:               9:30 a.m. Location:         Public Library (3rd floor meeting room) 254 Pinnacle Street Belleville Livestream:     Government of Ontario announcements YouTube channel           CONTACTS Sarah Letersky Minister Smith’s Office Sarah.Letersky@Ontario.ca Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade...

Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada: Libraries

Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada What is this Service? Libraries are an important resource to meet the changing needs of individuals and communities. They foster literacy, life-long learning and support a love of reading in people of all ages. Libraries also provide support for newcomers and job seekers and build diverse communities. They address the digital divide and help individuals and communities transition to a global, knowledge-based economy. http://mbncanada.ca/practice/libraries/ Here is the 2017 report: MBN Libraries_2017   Here is the 2016 report: NBM libraries_2017 Here are links to the historical reports: Libraries Archive 2016 Performance Measurement Report – Libraries Download Now 2015 Performance Measurement Report – Libraries Download Now 2014 Performance Measurement Report – Libraries Download Now 2013 Performance Measurement Report – Libraries Download Now 2012 Performance Measurement Report – Libraries Download Now 2011 Performance Measurement Report – Libraries Download Now  ...

120,000 American libraries just got even cooler thanks to Grow with Google

120,000 American libraries just got even cooler thanks to Grow with Google https://www.fastcompany.com/90273681/120000-american-libraries-just-got-even-cooler-thanks-to-grow-with-google BY MELISSA LOCKER “As everyone knows, libraries are cool. They are open to all (even ghosts, according to Ghostbusters), and can beat any Black Friday sale by offering free books on every subject every day (see the Instagram below). And way before WeWork was a thing, libraries had desks, Wi-Fi, and outlets for anyone looking for a communal workspace. See? Libraries are amazing. That’s why Google is teaming up with the cool kids (aka libraries) to expand its Grow with Google network. Google and the American Library Association are launching the Libraries Ready to Code website, an online resource for libraries to teach coding and computational thinking to kids. The collaboration kicked off last June with pilot programs in 30 libraries across the United States. Now their “by libraries, for libraries” hub is open to all 120,000 libraries across the country, where library staff can choose the programs that are most relevant to their communities. Google is also getting more involved with libraries. Starting in January, its Grow with Google workshops will be available in libraries in all 50 states, helping more people launch careers in IT by spending more time in more libraries. The workshops will teach digital skills that can help jobseekers and small businesses get involved with Grow with Google’s IT development tools and earn IT certificates. It will also offer library staff an IT and web dev curriculum they can use for free. Finally, Google announced a $1 million sponsorship to the American Library Association, to create a pool of micro-funds that local libraries can access to bring digital skills training to their...