The Importance of Coffee in Community Building: Exploring the Holroyd Latte Index

And this is why coffee is so important – or having coffee with others (tea works too) Exploring the Holroyd Latte Index Municipal World Exploring the Holroyd Latte Index “There is not a small town or city in Canada that doesn’t obsess about attracting and retaining professionals. Getting teachers to come to smaller towns and rural areas is a challenge, but even larger centres have trouble attracting medical professionals, lawyers, accountants, and top IT talent. In a robust job market, like we have now, getting high-demand professionals to relocate to non-metropolitan centres is a formidable challenge for municipal leaders.” “Dr. Carin Holroyd – a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, an unrepentant Vancouverite, and a small-town admirer – has given a great deal of thought to these issues. She has created, unofficially, the “Holroyd Latte Index” to describe what she thinks is an important indicator of community vitality. The Holroyd Index rates towns based on the quality, variety, and character of the cafes in the...

Ontario Libraries: Learn about Edge

Did you know that you have free access to a tool to help you assess your library’s digital services? This tool will allow you to answer questions, such as: What are our library’s digital strengths and opportunities? What are ways to take action on these identified opportunities? How do our program offerings compare to other libraries in Ontario and North America? As part of the Ontario province-wide Edge subscription, you have access to a toolkit that enables your library to assess technology services and operation Did you know that you have free access to a tool to help you assess your library’s digital services? This tool will allow you to answer questions, such as: What are our library’s digital strengths and opportunities? What are ways to take action on these identified opportunities? How do our program offerings compare to other libraries in Ontario and North America? As part of the Ontario province-wide Edge subscription, you have access to a toolkit that enables your library to assess technology services and operations to make improvements to better serve your community. Join us for an Edge 2.0 overview to learn about the resources and tools available to you. The Edge Team at the Urban Libraries Council Next Webinar: Edge 2.0 – the technology tool to get you from assessment to impact Thursday, September 19, 2:00pm-3:00pm Hear from the Edge Team directly about the different phases of Edge from preparing for your Edge Assessment to taking action on your results. Sign-Up for the Webinar Create an Account By creating your Edge account, you will get access to all of the Edge toolkits and resources...

Guelph PL: City staff nails down recommended cost of new library, size to be determined

City staff nails down recommended cost of new library, size to be determined https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/city-staff-nails-down-recommended-cost-of-new-library-size-to-be-determined-1677950 City staff is recommending council approve a $67.1 million price tag for the new main library Sep 6, 2019 1:35 PM by: Kenneth Armstrong Early concept drawing of the new main library. “City staff has backtracked on an earlier recommendation to dramatically cut the proposed budget of the new main library, instead they are recommending it be increased. Staff says that plan to reduce the cost did not align with the expectations of the project and they have made a new recommendation to finally assign a dollar amount to it. What remains to be seen is the final square footage. Staff is recommending a $67.1 million budget but will allow library brass and the developer to hash out the final square footage and level of finishes, said Helen Loftin, general manager of Business Development and Enterprise with the City of Guelph. “The recommendation is that council approve $67.1 million toward the library construction and that the architect then sits down with the library team to figure out how we can maximize that to build a library that has the programming the library needs,” said Loftin by phone on Friday. Last month, city staff recommended investigating cutting the budget for the building from about $46 million to $34 million. That would have cut the proposed new library from a planned 88,000 square feet approved by council to one that is no bigger than 47,000 square feet. Guelph Public Library CEO Steve Kraft said that report last month caused a ‘moment of anxiety.’ In a new report heading to council’s Sept. 16 meeting, staff is no...