MPP Meeting Schedule for the next few weeks

For those of you planning to meet with your local MPPs to discuss the OLA FOPL Budget “ASK” over the next few weeks, here are some helpful timing information: The Legislature resumes sitting next week on Tuesday, February 20th. MPPs will typically be back in their constituency offices on Fridays – the next few Fridays prior to the March break week are: February 23rd March 2nd March 9th The break week is March 12th to 15th. OLA FOPL budget submission doc v8[1] – DS OLA & FOPL – MPP Meeting Campaign Toolkit REVISED (v3 – new Ministers) OLA FOPL budget submission doc v8[1] – DS...

Milton Public Library’s Quest Milton App

Milton Public Library’s Quest Milton App   Here’s a link to their teaser trailer pre-launch: http://www.mpl.on.ca/78-content/337-quest-milton FYI,  MPL is going to host an info session about the game on March 1st.  If anyone is interested in sending someone, please let me know before next Friday.  At this time we speculate that the meeting will be about an hour and a  half or so (presentation and questions).  May go a wee bit longer, depending on questions.  Have not nailed the time down yet – but we will soon.   leslie   Leslie Fitch, CEO/ Chief Librarian Milton Public Library 1010 Main Street East Milton, Ontario L9T 6H7 905-875-2665 ext. 3252   www.mpl.on.ca...

Highlights of Public Library Education Partnerships                                                                                Descriptions from 2016 Annual Survey / Ontario Public Library Statistics

Highlights of  Public Library Education Partnerships: Descriptions from 2016 Annual Survey / Ontario Public Library Statistics 2016 Ontario Public Library Statistics – Significant Achievements (PDF)   Public Library Education Partnerships:                                                                                         Descriptions from 2016 Annual Survey / Ontario Public Library Statistics Library Name 2016 Highlights of Public Library Partnerships working with the Education Sector, as reported by public libraries and First Nation public libraries Addington Highlands Twp we participate in Success by Six Program Admaston/Bromley Twp We are a school-housed library. Ajax Class visits at schools & at library, parent nights, technology nights, welcome to Kindergarten, author readings. Alfred & Plantagenet Twp Distribution de programmes universitaires pour l’éducation à distance.  Distribution d’objects promotionnels dans les écoles élémentaires avec leur approbation, de plus nous avons faire la promotion de nos services dans les écoles, lors des srencontrees ensuignants et parents. Algonquins of Pikwakanagan FN The Education Department provides the tutor for the afterschool program. Also provides learning materials and snacks for the childern. Armstrong Twp I pad courses provided by College Boreal free of charge through a program; computers being used for online courses; exam proctoring; students from local school come in for reading with their students. Arnprior Our invigilation services continue to expand and now include 4 distance education institutions; We’ve recently partnered with the French Catholic School Board to expand our core French collection in the children’s department.  The Board is looking to construct its first school in our area in 2018. Asphodel-Norwood Library tours, story times/craft events with 2 elementary schools and daycare, Family Resource Hub visits, exam proctoring and study space, Healthy Families Committee bringing guest speakers twice per...

Ottawa Public Library Board’s response to CFLA’s report on the TRC Calls to Action

On Tuesday Jan. 13th, 2018, the Ottawa Public Library Board received OPL’s response to CFLA’s report on the TRC Calls to Action. It was received on consent, with direction to staff to develop a Board Position Statement on Indigenous Services, as well as look into land acknowledgement protocols. The report received some media attention. Monique E. Désormeaux, Deputy CEO / Directrice générale adjointe, was interviewed for the local CBC Radio drive home show. I’ve provided a link in case you wanted to give a listen. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ ottawa/programs/allinaday/the- ottawa-public-library-might- be-getting-some-new-signs-1. 4535632 The Ottawa Public Library might be getting some new signs. Posted: Feb 14, 2018 12:00 AM ET | Last Updated: February 14 All in a Day The Ottawa Public Library might be getting some new signs. (Ones that acknowledge that the buildings rest on traditional Algonquin Anishinaabe territory). 7:27 minutes Audio: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/programs/allinaday/the-ottawa-public-library-might-be-getting-some-new-signs-1.4535632 00:16 07:27 Here is the OPL Board Doc: OPL Indigenous Board Motion...

Ontario Library Board Policies Regarding Provincial, Muncipal and Federal Elections

In anticipation of an Ontario Provincial Election call for June 7, 2018, FOPL though the following sample library board policies might be useful to members. Hamilton Public Library http://www.hpl.ca/articles/advocacy-and-political-participation-policy Advocacy and Political Participation Policy Policy Purpose and Scope This policy provides guidance for Hamilton Public Library (HPL) staff and the Library Board in regards to advocacy and participation in elections and political parties. Background Public Libraries in Ontario, like HPL, are governed by the Public Libraries Act which establishes that we are governed by independent boards.  At HPL a core value is intellectual freedom and our role is to facilitate the expression of a wide range of ideas.  Public libraries also play an important role in encouraging democratic participation and awareness.  In fulfilling these roles, HPL needs to ensure we preserve the public’s trust in us as an independent organization by being careful to avoid the perception of bias or partisanship. Promoting Democratic Awareness and Participation The Library Board encourages staff to support non-partisan activities that encourage political participation and voter awareness.  Approved activities include things like the following: Using library space to serve as polling stations Using library space for non-partisan voter registration tables Using library space to host all candidates meetings Using library space to host programs and discussions about relevant current issues Approval for using the library space or website for non-partisan actives requires approval of the Chief Librarian or designate. Maintaining Public Trust and Independence The Library Board requires staff to refrain from activities that could erode our position of trust and independence.  The Library will not support, endorse, or advocate the viewpoints or beliefs...

Toronto Public Library adds 30,000 movies to new streaming service

Toronto Public Library adds 30,000 movies to new streaming service The library’s new agreement with streaming service Kanopy launched this week http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-library-streaming-1.4501836  “Move over, Netflix, Disney and Amazon — the Toronto Public Library has entered the streaming wars. The library is now offering 30,000 titles through the streaming service Kanopy, including a variety of Hollywood, documentary and Canadian films. The service is free to use to anyone with a library card, though users will be limited to eight titles per...