State Library of Ohio Launches “Libraries by the Numbers”, an Interactive, Online Data Visualization Tool For Ohio Public Libraries

State Library of Ohio Launches “Libraries by the Numbers”, an Interactive, Online Data Visualization Tool For Ohio Public Libraries https://www.infodocket.com/2018/06/01/state-library-of-ohio-launches-libraries-by-the-numbers-an-interactive-online-data-visualization-tool/ From the State Library of Ohio: “The State Library is pleased to announce the launch of Libraries by the Numbers, an online tool to help Ohio public libraries create custom infographics to visualize data from their IMLS Public Library Surveys. Libraries by the Numbers enables Ohio public libraries to use their own statistical data from the survey to create attractive and engaging custom infographics. [Clip] In 2016, the State Library of Ohio received an IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant to develop Libraries by the Numbers. The grant funds were used to contract with a web developer to develop the website for Libraries by the Numbers. Learn More, Read the Complete Launch Announcement Direct to Libraries by the...

Ministry Study/Survey of Library Broadband Connectivity

I am forwarding the attached information on behalf of  the Ministry. Please note there is a deadline of June 29th to submit the information requested. It is very basic stuff so it should not take any time at all! The staff at the Ministry would like to see more libraries submit their contact information. To date, 68 public libraries and First Nation public libraries have done so. The initiative is currently slated to consider First Nation public libraries first, then rural public libraries and finally urban public libraries in need.   Please send your responses to rod.sawyer@ontario.ca   and   adam.haviaras@ontario.ca   and  provide the following information:   Library Name: Library Location: Key Contact Name: Key Contact Email: Key Contact Phone #:   For smaller public libraries and many First Nation public libraries, the contact person with expertise on broadband issues and the Internet may be a staff at the municipality, or band office / education authority.   That is the person’s contact information the Ministry needs, if the library CEO or library staff is not the main contact for the Internet at a smaller public library or First Nation public library.   If an interested public library has multiple branches, the Ministry requests they identify in their response, the branches most in need of broadband modernization.   There may be an opportunity here for the public library sector to improve connectivity across the province, so please that a moment and read the attached information carefully and remember the deadline is June 29th.   Have a great day! Barb   Barbara Franchetto, BA, MLS Chief Executive Officer/Directrice générale Southern Ontario Library Service/ Service des...

National Indigenous Peoples Day

This National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadiennes des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) is continuing to acting on and implement the recommendations of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee report. Truth and Reconciliation continues to be one of CFLA-FCAB’s main priorities therefore the  Federation continues to promote initiatives to all types of libraries to advance reconciliation by supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and to promote collaboration on these issues across Canadian communities. 180621_IndigenousCanadaDay_2018 En cette Journée nationale des peuples autochtones, la Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (FCAB-CFLA) continue de donner suite aux recommandations du rapport du Comité de vérité et réconciliation de la FCAB-CFLA. Le Comité de vérité et réconciliation demeure l’une des principales priorités de la FCAB-CFLA. Par conséquent, la Fédération continue de faire la promotion des initiatives dans tous les types de bibliothèques afin de faire avancer la réconciliation en appuyant les appels à l’action de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation et afin de favoriser la collaboration à cet égard dans la communauté des bibliothèques du Canada. 180621_IndigenousCanadaDay_2018_fr...

FOPL Resources for Ontario Government Transition

Following an extraordinary election, Doug Ford’s PC Party has won a significant majority government. In the weeks, the Premier-designate will announce his new Cabinet. Hiring in the new Premier’s Office has already begun, with the appointment of Chris Froggatt as transition team lead. Hiring in the Ministers’ Offices will begin after they are named. The Cabinet unveiling and swearing in is likely to happen between June 18th and the end of the month. To support your government relations engagement with the new PC government, we have developed a number of resources to help guide your work for the immediate transition period. Please find attached the following: Transition Guide Premier and MPP Congratulatory Letter Template Platform Summary Document Updated MPP List, including new ridings, by party and by region We trust you will find these tools helpful. We will be in touch with you in the coming days to discuss next steps. MPP Contact List – Updated June 8 Platform Summary Document2 Congratulatory Letter Template Transition Guide    ...

“Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement”

New Report: “Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/05/24/new-report-public-libraries-as-platforms-for-civic-engagement/ “The following report comes from the University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). Title Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement Authors Chris Coward Colin Maclay Maria Garrido Source University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). May 2018 Abstract What role should the world’s public libraries have in civic engagement? In recent years, traditional media have weakened, the civic space has become increasingly divisive, and society has become ever more divided socially, economically and politically, yet public libraries have stood strong. They have long fulfilled a vital need for communal spaces where people can engage and exchange ideas and served as a “civic commons” where people can work together toward what they perceive as the public good. With democracy in crisis in many parts of the world, public libraries and librarians are asking how they can re-envision and nourish the role of libraries in promoting civic engagement. To this end, the University of Washington Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab invited a select group of thought leaders for a conversation aimed at sparking new ideas and solutions for global action. This gathering brought together a cross-section of leading thinkers from public libraries, civic media, collective action, peace building, the arts, media and data literacies, civic technology, gaming, and other fields, to explore ideas and practices to advance civic engagement. This report documents the discussions of this event. Direct to Full Text Report 24 pages; PDF. See Also: Blog...