Save the Date! May 1 – 3, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit!

Save the Date! May 1 – 3, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit! The Summit will feature keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to interact with and learn from others. Click here for ongoing Summit updates. Notez la date! Du 1er au 3 mai 2017 à Toronto (Ontario) pour le  Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017! Le sommet vous propose des conférenciers d’honneur, des ateliers pratiques ainsi que des occasions d’interagir avec des gens du milieu et d’apprendre de ceux-ci. Cliquez ici pour recevoir nos mises à jour continues à propos de ce sommet....

FOPL’s Emergent Indigenous / First Nation Libraries Strategies

FOPL Members: Here are FOPL’s First Nation (FN) execution strategies as proposed in our FOPL Strategic Plan which aligns with the provincial and federal government initiatives with respect to Indigenous strategies and Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.. FOPL just received the FN Libraries contact list from SOLS and we’re entering it into the system now so we can contact all.  A collaborative FACEBOOK group will be set up by next week and a mailing done to all FN Library contacts.   We are (I am) a registered lobbyist with MTCS for FN and Public Library issues.  Shelagh Paterson at OLA is as well.  We partner with OLA, OPLA, OLBA, FNLA, SOLS, and OLS-North.  We, the CEOs, meet at least quarterly. We coordinate effort and priority setting for public libraries of all stripes in Ontario (The latest effort being the Libraries 2025 Summit). FOPL’s First Nation Caucus has every FN library in the province as a member. We have 47 FN Libraries as FOPL full members. Our board includes two First Nation Library Directors.  Both are proud Status Indians and have served for years in this role.  (One is a librarian and the other is a PhD/MLIS and are very well qualified and involved in FN issues in Ontario.  We have many involved caucus members. First Nations Caucus Sabrina Saunders, CEO, Six Nations Public Library, E-mail: saunders [@] snpl.ca Sheri Mishibinijima, CEO, Wikwemikong Library, E-mail: wikypl [@] gmail.com Our Board meets quarterly in person.  We fund some board members trips to Toronto.  We also meet at OLA Super Conference for our AGM. I contact my Caucus chairs for insights on our activities with respect to FN...

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by rdlankes “A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their community? This presentation makes the argument that our communities do not need more information literacy, a greater emphasis on quality information, or a neutral institution. Rather our communities need trusted partners helping weave together common understandings of events and priorities. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Sarasota.mp3 A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts from R. David Lankes on...

5 steps to better stakeholder management

5 steps to better stakeholder management 5 steps to better stakeholder management “1.  Identify the stakeholders who will help you fulfil your goals Who are the influencers and key players who can help you get things done, and who can prevent plans from being realised? How are you supporting the current higher strategic goals of your institution or those of your library? Whose gains or pains are you trying to address? Who your allies in getting things done, and who do you really depend on? Who are not yet your allies and who are absolutely crucial to gain the funding or take-up you need to move forward with your new idea? List the ones that will help you achieve or obstruct your aims for the coming period by using a mapping software like MindManager or by drawing a mind map. 2.  Create a stakeholder matrix Next, plot your stakeholders by name and/or function on a matrix graph to reveal and/or visualise who your influential stakeholders are and where they stand in relation to your new process, policy, project or service. Key players have the most influence and interest in what you do. Influencers have less interest in your initiative at this stage but they are influential so important to convert. Your Fans are keen followers but lack influence to have a significant effect on what you plan to do. The Curious are stakeholders with less power and less interest in your initiative. 3.  Create a short stakeholder summary Create a short stakeholder matrix summary and prioritise each stakeholder based on their influence and interest. List your Key Players and Influencers first....