SOLS Anne Marie Madziak – Retirement Announcement

Anne Marie is one of the great ones in Ontario.  FOPL wishes her all the best and we’re thrilled that she’ll continue to contribute to APLL.   Anne Marie Madziak – Retirement Announcement View this email in your browser Southern Ontario Library Service wishes to announce the retirement of Anne Marie Madziak from the position of Training & Consulting Director, effective July 31, 2020. Anne Marie joined SOLS as a Small Library Consultant in February of 1994, eventually doing a range of consulting, training, and facilitating with libraries of all sizes. More recently, she designed the APLL Institute, a two-year certificate program in public library leadership, wrote several articles for Municipal World, and helped build the Governance Hub, as the one place to look for governance information. In reflecting on her career and her time at SOLS, Anne Marie commented: It might sound cliché, but it truly has been a privilege to work with so many CEOs, staff, and board members, from public libraries that span southern Ontario, from small and rural, to large and urban, and everything in between. Together, we’ve assessed problem situations, come up with creative solutions, and reached for new levels of excellence, all with a view to improving library service, facilitating change, and building stronger communities.  While we will greatly miss Anne Marie on the Training and Consulting team, we are beyond thrilled to also announce that Anne Marie will continue to run APLL for one more cycle, on a part-time basis. The move will allow her to continue to play a pivotal role in shaping future and current library leaders across the province. Over...

Expression of Interest – Centre for Equitable Library Access Executive Director

The Board of CELA is seeking a candidate and would like to share the following opportunity. Expression of Interest – Centre for Equitable Library Access Executive Director Expression of Interest – Candidates EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CENTRE FOR EQUITABLE LIBRARY ACCESS (CELA/CAEB) Since October 2019, under the direction of our Executive Director Rina Hadziev, CELA has made significant strides to improve the user experience of the CELA website, develop new partnerships and continue expanding the collection of accessible materials and services CELA offers. As a board we have been very pleased with the progress thus far and look forward to the remainder of her term. We are grateful to the Greater Victoria Public Library for allowing Rina to devote this year to CELA, and it is with mixed emotions that we prepare for her return to her position there in the fall. Rina will be available to serve as a resource for the incoming Executive Director. In order to ensure a smooth transition for our patrons, partners and staff, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Equitable Library Access has been tasked with determining the market interest in the soon to be vacated position of Executive Director. Interested individuals and/or organizations are encouraged to submit an expression as outlined below. The Board is open to a secondment or non-traditional arrangement. The staff are decentralized and thus there is no requirement to be based in the Greater Toronto area. A successful candidate could be hosted by a public library; and will likely develop some local administrative and accounting support structure. The job descriptions and operating requirements are below....

TPL News Release: Toronto Public Library starting curbside drop-off and pick-up service

Toronto Public Library starting curbside drop-off and pick-up service 21-May-2020 Toronto Public Library (TPL) today announced details about the rollout of its curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Starting Monday, May 25, select library drop boxes will be opened to accept the return of library materials. On Monday, June 1, drop boxes at all remaining accessible branches will open to accept returns. TPL estimates that there are more than one million items currently out on loan. The introduction of these services will follow the reopening framework provided by the Province of Ontario, the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Toronto Medical Officer of Health, and incorporates best practices within library and retail industries for the safe delivery of curbside service. Throughout this time, library customers can continue to place holds online, through the TPL website at tpl.ca, and will then be able to pick up their materials through a curbside pick-up service which will be available in early June. The suspension of fines implemented when the pandemic began will continue until regular service resumes. Last week, the Province announced that Ontario libraries are allowed to resume limited services, with curbside pick-up and drop-off of materials, when they are safely able to do so. All library branches remain closed to the public for in-branch services. Many online library services continue to be available throughout these closures: torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/digital-services/2020/03/38-ways-to-use-the-library-from-home.html. Eleven of TPL’s branches have been set up as pop-up food banks and have been serving thousands of clients over the past two months. As these branches open to curbside pick-up of materials, these food banks will be transitioned to other...

Grocery Stores discover the Bookmobile

Like giant ice cream trucks, supermarkets on wheels get ready to roll into the neighbourhood New businesses, services target at-home grocery market even beyond COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/grocery-truck-future-buckner-1.5557710...

CLA 2016 Conference Panel on National Statistics

I had the opportunity to speak this morning about FOPL’s and our partners’ strategies for Ontario public libraries on the CLA national statistics morning session. Here are the  expanded version of my slides. Cla ottawa montreal june 2 2016 from Stephen Abram It was sad to attend CLA’s last conference but we’re hopeful that FCLA will continue the good work....