Survey on the state of digitization activities in Ontario public libraries

Extended deadline until July 25th: This survey is on the state of digitization activities in Ontario public libraries. This research is being undertaken by OurDigitalWorld, a non-profit that works with libraries, archives, and heritage groups to digitize and make available their unique historical collections. Southern Ontario Library Service are partnering with us on this research. We’re collecting this information to get an up-to-date snapshot on how Ontario’s public libraries are approaching digitization work – their tools, capacity, experience, and obstacles. We will be publishing our findings and an edited, anonymized dataset. Every public library in Ontario is invited to submit a response to this survey, even if you have never done digitization and don’t intend to. This survey should take 30 minutes to complete. We have extended the dealine – please submit your response by July 25th. Please coordinate with your coworkers on who is in the best position to answer questions about digitization and special collections. We are looking for one response per library. If you are in a large library system with more than one department doing separate digitization projects, please answer separately – there is a space to indicate which department you’re responding for. If you are unsure about how best to respond, please read over the questions in advance of submitting your answers. You may want to save a copy of this document to draft your answers. You can find the survey here: There is more information about the survey at the link above. If you have any questions or need help, please contact: Allana Mayer, Principal Researcher Media Coordinator, OurDigitalWorld...

Choosing and recruiting an effective library board

We’re coming up to that time after the municipal elections on Oct. 19, 2018 when mayors, councils and CAOs/town clerks will be tasked with appointing new library board members or renewing others. Here are some helpful documents for your boards to consider sharing with the municipalities at the appropriate junctures. Choosing An Effective Public Library Board Choosing an Effective Public Library Board Brochure 2018 (1) The legal requirements An effective public library board will… The qualities needed in a Library Board Member (also referred to as “trustee”) The selection process Recruiting New Public Library Board Members PublicLibraryBoardRecruitmentProcessChecklist Detailed timeline Don’t forget the great list of resources at: Go to the OLBA Leadership By Design linked from OLBA’s Web site at: One Place to Look Leadership by Design Online Learning