2017 First Nation Communities READ Competition

We are excited to announce the selected title for this year’s First Nation Communities READ competition. Bearskin Diary by Carol Daniels (Nightwood Editions 2015) Carol is also the recipient of the Aboriginal Literature Award, a $5000 prize, sponsored by the Periodical Marketers of Canada. The jury, which consisted of First Nation Public librarians, had the onerous task of reading the over 50 books nominated for consideration this year in the Young Adult/Adult category. After deciding on a shortlist of books, it was their absolute pleasure to name the selected title. The shortlist consisted of the following books: Bearskin Diary by Carol Daniels Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence (Clockwise Press 2015) They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks 2013) Price Paid by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks 2016) How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (Roadrunner Press 2015)   Honourable Mention The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir by Augie Merasty(University of Regina Press 2015) For more information, please contact Nancy Cooper at ncooper@sols.org. Meegwetch! Nancy Cooper First Nation Consultant 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1504 Toronto, ON  M5E 1E5 416-961-1669 ext. 5194 1-800-387-5765 416-961-5122 (fax) ncooper@sols.org Download the release: 2017 Aboriginal Literature Award Recipient Release (3)...

June is National Aboriginal History Month with National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

June is a busy month in Canada and on Curio.ca! In addition to our year-end free trial take advantage of the limited-time offer on the CBC series CANADA: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY. June is National Aboriginal History Month with National Aboriginal Day on June 21. Explore the challenges and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis with the many Indigenous Studies resources available on Curio.ca. CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS VOICES This collection of 51 titles focuses on cultural awareness, traditional knowledge and the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada . Explore the Collection MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN The videos in this collection present a snapshot of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women. Explore the Collection Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and to appreciate the contributions of all multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society. Our DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COLLECTION offers 32 titles on this topic. Explore the Collection CANADA: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY LIMITED-TIME OFFER CBC’s landmark series and Curio.ca’s most-viewed title, CANADA: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY is available to purchase as a Digital File until June 30. Make this 32-hour documentary series and Teacher Guides part of your permanent collection today. School pricing: $899 School boards: contact  Veronica Barton for pricing Purchase We are happy to announce the Grand Prize winner of the #StandForCanada Youth Challenge: Ms. Hilton’s Grade 5/6 class Cadarackque Public School Ajax, Ontario Congratulations to the students at Cadarackque Public School! Share Tweet...

Huron Library Board Receive Social Capital Presentation

Huron Library Board Receive Social Capital Presentation BY BOB MONTGOMERY JUNE 4, 2017 6:03AM “The Project Manager for the Rural Ontario Institute brought a message about Social Capital to members of the Huron County Library Board yesterday. Mark Cassidy explained most of us have our own social networks, as do most of the people we know. So social capital is bringing all of those networks together and using the resources that result from bringing those social networks together. Cassidy says attracting newcomers is vital to the growth of communities in Huron County and those newcomers could be retirees coming here to enjoy the scenery and lifestyle, it could be workers coming here for jobs or it could be immigrants. Cassidy says scenery and lifestyle can be effective in attracting those newcomers but he says tapping into that social capital and making them feel part of the community is what will keep them here. Cassidy says rural Ontario communities are known as welcoming communities but we have to go the next step and engage newcomers in our communities.”...

Symposium discount for FOPL Members: 2020 & Beyond: Strategies & Practices for Library Impact

2020 & Beyond: Strategies & Practices for Library Impact University of Toronto iSchool, July 20/21 Program Schedule: http://www.thefutureoflibraries.org/program.html Take the time to step back from your day to day issues and challenges to focus on positioning your organization for a sustainable future.  In an intimate setting, look at fast approaching trends, discuss key issues with colleagues and industry leaders, get new insights and perspectives, leave energized with new ideas for the future!  This symposium is for all types of libraries and covers all the hot topics of our world: trends, practices, collections, staff, technology, change and positioning for a successful future. It brings together speakers from different backgrounds and perspectives to look at our challenges in different ways and find innovative and creative new solutions for library success and impact in their various communities. All FOPL and OLA members are eligible for a 20% registration discount. Register here, http://www.thefutureoflibraries.org/registration.html  Includes: 2 days of programming including light breakfasts and catered lunches First evening reception in the new iSchool Inforum Bag of goodies with a unique Canada 150 print from our digital artist; copy of Don Tapscott’s book Blockchain for first 25 registrants; and maybe more! Chance to win a copy of the newly released book, Building Smarter Organizations, but also an opportunity to buy one & have it signed by the author Lots of networking opportunities with colleagues and speakers Discount of 20% for OLA & FOPL members before July 10, 2017 Speakers (We continue to add speakers, so please check back for updates to the schedule.) EEPMON, Digital Artisan Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library Christina de Castell, former Manager, Policy & Advocacy, IFLA,...

ORION and the Impact of Connectivity

What is the role of broadband ubiquity in Ontario?  What is the impact? Here are a few links to some of the episodes from the award-winning video series from ORION that brought some relatability and clarity to articulating their value proposition through compelling storytelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYDJ7Evr2A4&t=6s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6yW0KLZDhU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_pYQzqEBLc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhiBRP-TKZM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YBeoHtO4_8 A number of the executive directors and CEO’s of library organizations are on the library advisory board of ORION and participated in last month’s ORION THINK Conference. We’d like to do similar stories about libraries in Ontario and how connectivity makes a difference.  Any...