LEGER: Back to the workplace: Yay or Nay?

Hello, Every week, we survey Canadians and Americans to explore their perspectives on COVID-19 and other current events. To help you stay up-to-date, we are sharing our latest results. This survey is conducted using our representative LEO (Leger Opinion) panel, in partnership with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), and published in The Canadian Press. Here’s what you need to know this week. BACK TO WORK 32% of Canadian workers and 33% of American workers still work from home, while 23% and 18% are now back at their workplace. [AMONG THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY WORKING] When they think about the next few weeks, 15% of Canadians and 23% of Americans are afraid of losing their jobs. [AMONG THOSE WHO ARE WORKING FROM HOME] 89% of Canadians and 86% of Americans describe their telecommuting experience as positive. If their manager ordered them to return to the office, 32% of Canadians and 41% of Americans would start looking for a job that allowed them to work from home. THE THRONE SPEECH Following Trudeau’s Throne Speech, 52% of Canadians are confident that the plan he presented will create more jobs and strengthen the economy. COVID-19 55% of Canadians and 35% of Americans believe the worst of the crisis is yet to come – a 5 percentage point increase among Canadians since last week. VIEW THE SURVEY RESULTS THE BRAND MOMENTUM STUDY, CREATED BY LEGER Do you currently have what it takes to stay and grow in your category?​ The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed how consumers interact with brands, both in-store and online. With this in mind, Leger is launching a first-of-its-kind study focused on building and maintaining brand momentum.Discover the key findings of this study and Canada’s Top 10 brands. DISCOVER THE BRAND MOMENTUM STUDY Leger is the largest Canadian-owned, market research and analytics company...

Ontario rolling out free Wi-Fi on all GO Transit buses and some trains starting Monday

About time! Ontario rolling out free Wi-Fi on all GO Transit buses and some trains starting Monday https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/09/28/ontario-rolling-out-free-wi-fi-on-all-go-transit-buses-and-some-trains-starting-monday.html NEWS RELEASE Ontario Launching Free Wi-Fi on GO Transit https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58562/ontario-launching-free-wi-fi-on-go-transit New portal will keep commuters connected, productive and entertained September 28, 2020 Transportation Table of Contents Content Quick Facts Additional Resources Related Topics TORONTO — Beginning today, the Ontario government is providing free Wi-Fi for passengers on all GO buses and approximately 50 per cent of GO trains. This is part of the government’s commitment to improve public transit across the province. “More than 80 per cent of GO customers named Wi-Fi as their most desired amenity, and our government is committed to make life easier for the people of Ontario by keeping commuters connected throughout their journey,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This initiative will make an important difference as it will help people work more efficiently, finish school projects or get important news and updates from family and friends.” GO Transit riders will have access to GO Wi-Fi Plus, a user-friendly portal that offers free Wi-Fi as well as a variety of entertainment content. Once connected, riders get free data and will have unlimited access to the GO Wi-Fi Plus content portal where they can enjoy TV shows, audiobooks, e-books, music, podcasts and more. Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,399 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi. Full rollout of GO Wi-Fi Plus on GO trains is expected to be completed in early 2021. Commuters will be notified of these changes through onboard announcements, decals and notices. Customers will have free access...

SOLS: Untypical Typical Week

Untypical Typical Week SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 PEGGY MALCOLM ANNUAL SURVEY OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES,  https://www.sols.org/blog/2020/09/28/untypical-typical-week/ “On September 18th, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries released the form for “One Week Survey of Public Library Use”; a survey better known as the “Typical Week Survey”.  This information is collected during a week without a statutory holiday in October, November or the first part of December.  The information collected during this one-week period is then used early in 2021 when you complete Section G of the Annual Survey of Public Libraries covering the 2020 year. As an overview, this survey is conducted at each service point within a library system.  A service point must offer library service directly to the public; be open at regularly scheduled times; have a permanent collection and be staffed by library personnel.  For those libraries with more than one service point, the information from each service point is collated into one report. As the Typical Week survey information ends up as a collation of information for your entire library system, there are some questions within the survey which may not have to be collected at the individual service points.  For example: Circulation figures for print and DVD materials covering the one-week period can be obtained from your ILS system. Circulation figures for e-books and e-audiobooks covering the one-week period can be obtained from your service provider such as OverDrive (via Marketplace) or CloudLibrary. Figures for the number of times that electronic databases are accessed by library users from across the library system during the one-week period can be obtained from each of your vendors such...

Are you participating in the virtual Indie Author Day this year? Nov. 7, 2020

Post Tweet Share Indie Author Day has gone virtual! We know this year may look a bit different with in-person events being canceled left and right. Thankfully, Indie Author Day is set up to help support digital programming as well with an abundance of educational videos, workshops, and beyond. Your library can still be a part of this day even if it’s not in person! Check out our virtual event guide to help plan your day of events. As a bonus for this year, we’re hosting a few virtual sessions throughout the day so your community can join in on the fun! Here’s what you can expect: An interview with our 2020 Indie Author of the Year, Jacqui Castle Announcement of the 2020 Indie Author Project Winners YA Fiction Author Panel Adult Fiction Author Panel All events will be free and available to anyone hosting an Indie Author Day. Stay tuned for a full schedule and how to register. These sessions will also be available in our archive following the events. Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time to join in on the fun! HOST AN EVENT PARTNERS  |  Thank you to our 2020 sponsors RESOURCES | Workshops videos, graphics, and more Thanks to our partners, both past and current, we have educational videos available to use as part of your day. Everything from marketing yourself as an indie author to the costs of self-publishing. Also available are graphics and flyers to help promote your event to your community to help make it a smashing success! MAKE YOUR EVENT A SUCCESS | How-to plus tips + tricks Speaking of success—have no idea where to start when it comes to planning an Indie Author Day? No sweat! We put together an outline of what a typical Indie...

ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) Releases List of the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Decade

ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) Releases List of the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Decade Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2020/09/27/alas-office-of-intellectual-freedom-oif-releases-list-of-the-top-100-most-banned-and-challenged-books-of-the-past-decade/ “From the American Library Association: Today, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) released the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books from the past decade. The list’s release launches Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, a vibrant week of programming to rally readers to the cause of First Amendment protections and remind them to remain vigilant about continual threats to our freedom to read. Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” tops the list as the most banned and challenged book from 2010-2019. Alexie joins Toni Morrison, Alex Gino, John Green and E. L. James as some of the most censored authors. Many of the titles on the list have also been adapted for the screen, including “Captain Underpants,” “The Hunger Games,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Hate U Give,” “The Glass Castle” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” The list includes books challenged for a variety of reasons: LGBTQIA+ content, sexual references, religious viewpoints, content that addresses racism and police brutality, and profanity. Although the reasons differ, the censorship of literature in libraries share a common result: the violation of our First Amendment rights. Top 20 From the List The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Looking for Alaska by John Green George by Alex Gino And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Drama by Raina Telgemeier Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James...