Forward-thinking libraries meet in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss the future of library service and extending access with bibliotheca’s open+

Press Release: Bibliotheca [November 9, 2018] Forward-thinking libraries meet in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss the future of library service and extending access with bibliotheca’s open+ Oakdale, Minnesota – November 8, 2018 – Last month, Hamilton Public Library in Ontario, Canada, welcomed more than 30 library directors and management team members from 17 different Canadian library systems to participate in an open house focusing on its successful implementation of bibliotheca’s open+ library solution. Hamilton Public Library is the first Canadian library system to use the solution, which has been popular in Europe for a decade. open+ is a comprehensive system that allows libraries to extend access and increase open hours. Designed to complement traditional staffed hours, open+ offers libraries the ability to control building access, security, announcements and more from a remote central hub – all while integrating fully with libraries’ existing ILS. Hamilton Public Library first installed open+ in its Freelton branch to extend limited open hours and provide the rural community with improved access to the library’s space, materials and resources. Using open+, the Freelton branch increased its hours from just 17 to 60 per week, resulting in a 100% increase in library use compared to the same time last year. Due to the success of the first installation, Hamilton Public Library decided to install open+ at the Lynden branch, another location that serves a rural community. “We’re using innovation and technology to add hours to best meet our rural communities’ needs. open+ allows us to think differently about opening new branches and the ROI on smaller, rural locations,” explains Paul Takala, CEO and Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library. The...

Municipal Talking Points for Ontario Public and School Libraries

Municipal Talking Points for Ontario Public and School Libraries PUBLIC LIBRARIES There are few things that provide an opportunity to engage in city-building and place-making, with high social and economic return on investment than investing in a 21st Century public library as community hub. Broadly, the Ontario-wide trend for the past 10 years has been: A 66% increase in program attendance. A 83% increase in number of programs. An 8% increase in circulation. Over $5.00 in economic ROI for every dollar invested in public libraries Even higher social ROI returns to the community. The consequences of under-funding public libraries are a well researched area.  At the end of this executive summary are a selected long list of independent research studies that show the impact, value and outcomes from public library strategies on their communities. In short, communities with adequate public library service experience these consequences (and in the corollary they experience the negative consequences): Higher economic impact and development: The economic local impact of public libraries in Ontario average $5.41 for every dollar invested by the community. This is a very conservative calculation on economic impact alone. Real estate professionals report that public library branches increase home values (and therefore property taxes) and serve as a locus point for renewed re-development. This has been experienced in, for example, case studies of Vancouver Public Library’s central branch and the TPL Fort York branch.  They also attract new businesses and students. More successful employment and business development: A 2018 study by Nordicity of libraries of all sizes found that public library digital access services accomplished the following: 26% of library users...

13 AMAZING FREE READING APPS TO TAKE YOUR BOOKS EVERYWHERE

13 AMAZING FREE READING APPS TO TAKE YOUR BOOKS EVERYWHERE https://bookriot.com/2018/11/08/free-reading-apps/ FREE READING APPS These free reading apps are free to download and also offer free books through their app. 1. ALDIKO 2. BOOKFUNNEL 3. FB READER 4. OODLES EBOOK READER 6. PROLIFIC WORKS 7. WATTPAD FREE DOWNLOAD, PAY FOR BOOKS OR SUBSCRIPTION These are free reading apps to download, but from there you pay for a book subscription. Many are pretty affordable. 8. AUDIBLE 9. IBOOKS Apple’s bookstore for both ebooks and audiobooks. Designed to be simple and accessible across any Apple device. iOS 10. KINDLE (Pssst, want to give Kindle a try for free? Here you go.) 11. KOBO 12. NOOK 13. SERIAL BOX Looking for reading apps for kids? Get them here. Book clubs have their own apps too! And here are even more great apps to support your reading life....

It’s that time to prepare and get our influence hats on again!

Here at FOPL we’re carefully planning our relationships with our government funders and supporters. We’re at the start of a new four-year cycle with a new provincial government and many new municipal governments. This is a great opportunity to re-introduce ourselves and the roles, impacts and value of our public libraries in Ontario’s communities. You can help and prepare yourself, your board and your management teams and staff! Consider implementing these Board, CEO and Management/Staff activities. Listed below are links to: Board training and resources for legacy planning and board member recruitment. Template letters of welcome for new Councillors or Trustees. A great book gift to offer in your meetings to introduce your library and yourself to new Councillors (along with a library card) Our FOPL series of Influence webinars designed specifically for public libraries by our greatest advocates. Library Boards Featured Learning Moment: Getting the best public library board for your community Leadership by Design Module 5: Legacy and Succession. http://fopl.ca/news/library-boards-featured-learning-moment-getting-the-best-public-library-board-for-your-community/ Before your next board meeting, take a moment to review “Choosing an Effective Library Board” Library Board Transitions: Getting the best public library board for your community Leadership by Design Module 5: Legacy and Succession. Consider asking your board members to engage in these learning (and thinking) activities: As the election dates get closer, consider creating a Screening Matrix customized to what your community needs. Looking ahead: to ensure continuity and to prepare the incoming board, it is important to prepare legacy documents including providing organized and up to date documents. Read more about this. http://fopl.ca/news/library-board-transitions-getting-the-best-public-library-board-for-your-community/ Library Board Transitions: Preparing for Board Recruitment in Your Community Leadership by Design Module 5:...

Girls Who Code expands free programming to Canada, the organization’s first international market, to help close the gender gap in technology

FOPL will be providing more information soon on how public libraries in Ontario can participate. Girls Who Code expands free programming to Canada, the organization’s first international market, to help close the gender gap in technology https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/girls-who-code-expands-free-programming-to-canada-the-organizations-first-international-market-to-help-close-the-gender-gap-in-technology-699933722.html To learn more about Girls Who Code, visit: ca.girlswhocode.com. Social media links Twitter: twitter.com/girlswhocode Instagram: instagram.com/girlswhocode Facebook: facebook.com/GirlsWhoCode YouTube: youtube.com/user/GirlsWhoCode About Girls Who Code Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Through their programs, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 girls in the United States since starting in 2012. To join the movement or learn more, visit ca.girlswhocode.com....