Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

2019 FOPL Data Report

The 2019 Data Report is now available!  This data report includes the most recent 2019 operating data. Members may download this report from the Project and Report Members only page. FOPL Data Report 2019 Ontario Public Library Operating Data, 2000-2019 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Published: June...

FOPL Member Benefit: Performance Measures for Ontario Public Libraries

FOPL Member Benefit: Performance Measures for Ontario Public Libraries Greetings FOPL Members Attached is a major report developed by FOPL. Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2001-2013 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics and Collected Tables At 81 pages it’s a bit daunting to read.  So, here’s the plan to help you and your staff and board digest these data. 1.  You’ll have the big report now – just so that you have good measurement data and longitudinal comparisons and rankings for your planning and strategy use as son as possible. 2. We will be breaking up each chapter into a mailing every Tuesday through Labour Day.  This way you can can have a weekly reading ‘care’ package to read, distribute to staff/stakeholders, and choose whether you want to use these as an item for weekly staff meetings or learning lunches.  Here are the posting titles: Introduction by Stephen Abram, MLS, Executive Director A Primer on Library Data by Robert Molyneux, PhD Key Ratios for Ontario Public Libraries, 2013 Population and Circulation at Ontario Public Libraries, 2001-2013, All Reporting Each Year Programs Held and Program Attendance Ontario Public Libraries, 2001-2013, All Reporting Each Year Selected Expenditures at Ontario Public Libraries, 2001-2013, All Reporting Each Year Selected Digital Materials,Held by Ontario Public Libraries, 2001-2013, All Reporting EACH Year Circulations per capita and per active cardholder,2013, Ranked by Bands Expenditures per capita and per active cardholder, 2013, Ranked by Bands Total Operating Expenditures and Materials Expenditures, 2001-2013, [summary and by bands] Active Cardholders as a Percentage of Population (Resident) at Ontario’s Public Libraries, 2001-2013 Circulation per capita and per active cardholders, Ontario Public...

Stats Announcement #9: Changes Reported for Select Digital Materials, 2001-2010, Ontario Public Libraries FOPL Data Report, Week 8

Changes Reported for Select Digital Materials, 2001-2010, Ontario Public Libraries FOPL Data Report, Week 8 Last week we analyzed data reported about the programs offered by the Ontario public libraries and attendance at them for each of the size Bands we have discussed in other reports. The data show general increases in both programs and attendance and also reveal a commitment by these libraries to support and extend these programs. Given the changes in the information environment, this commitment is admirable. There are variables reporting on collections at these libraries and this week, we have selected those dealing with digital materials. This table is formatted like others in these Reports with the years from 2001 to 2010 across the top and the data by year listed for each of the years. The variables are listed in the column on the left and the rightmost columns have percentage increases from 2001 to 2010 and from 2005-2010. In last week’s report, these increases over the period for all of the Ontario libraries varied but impressive given the human resources which were involved. The actual numbers of programs and their attendance was impressive, too: 3 million people attended 160,000 programs in 2010. FOPL_Report_8_Digital_Materials (2 page PDF) Note: There will be no weekly FOPL Stats Reports for the next two weeks so please don’t look for one on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve!...

Stats Announcement #6: Total Operating Expenditures and Materials Expenditures, 2001-2010, by Bands

Total Operating Expenditures and Materials Expenditures, 2001-2010, by Bands FOPL Data Report, Week 5 + primer The Ministry’s data on Ontario’s public libraries include a number of expenditure variables. In previous weekly reports, we have dealt with two which are analyzed further this week: Total Operating Expenditures and General Materials Expenditures. Clearly both are important to the mission of libraries. Materials Expenditures are a subset of Total Operating Expenditures. We now add Electronic Materials Expenditures and, as one would expect, this category of expenditure increased from 2001-2010 while General Materials Expenditures fell as a percentage of Total Operating Expenditures in most. There are ten tables to accompany this report in four pages, with a chart of the increases in electronic periodical titles over the period. The first three pages include summary data for the nine Bands for each year, with calculations of percent increases from 2001 to 2010, as well as percents of the Total Operating Expenditures represented by Materials and Electronic Expenditures. The fourth page has summary data using the last line in each of the nine Band tables, that is, the data for 2010 which include a calculation of percent of growth of the main variables analyzed here. The chart shows one place where these electronic materials expenditures were spent. FOPL_Report_5_Expenditures_detail      ...

FOPL Member Training Series: Influencing Skills – Advocacy for Public Libraries

FOPL is excited to announce that registration is open for members and non-members for our series of webinars and teleconferences to build our sector’s capacity for influence and advocating for the value of public libraries. Registration is required – Please Click Here Influencing Skills: Advocacy for Public Libraries Free FOPL Member Training Series Let’s be prepared! Over the next year we will have a great opportunity to communicate the value of public libraries in our communities and province. The 2014 provincial and municipal elections in Ontario will be held on October 27, 2014. Voters in our province will elect MPPs’, mayors, councillors, school board trustees and all other elected officials in Ontario. This creates a great opportunity to focus our attention on positioning the impact and value of public libraries in Ontario. • Is your whole library team – staff, management and trustees – empowered with the best training and strategies to positively influence the position of public libraries in the public forum? • Do you have all of the tools, talking points, research and information you need to communicate with power and influence? • Do you have a plan? Polished strategies? Great relationships and networks? The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries has developed a 4 month training program for public library management, staff, and trustees to build our library community’s skills and muscle to speak and influence effectively about the wonderful role we play in Ontario’s culture, economy and society. This will be: • A series of webinars and teleconferences with respected leaders in our profession • Based on the voice of experience and best practices • Underpinned...

Revised Proposal for Public Library Operating Grants

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries submitted to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport an updated proposal to increase public library operating grants based on 2011 Census and CPI data.  To ensure equity on a per capita basis across the province, the funding envelope now being requested is $50.9 million. Click here to read the...