My IFLA Global Vision campaign

My IFLA Global Vision campaign Dear colleague, You did it! IFLA Global Vision received over 22,000 votes from a total of 213 countries and areas of the world! This is a fantastic response that could not have been achieved without your support. You mobilised your members and your communities to get involved and motivated them to share with their friends and colleagues. This is exactly what a united library field looks like!   Thank you so much. The voting may be over, but the discussion is still ongoing. Please find attached the details of our fun social media campaign, called #MyiflaGlobalVision:https://www.ifla.org/myiflaglobalvision. We hope you will get involved and we ask you to share the attached message with your members and your communities. You will find the attached message translated in the seven IFLA official languages. Select your preferred one and share the news. With kind regards, Gerald Leitner IFLA Secretary General Get involved in #MyiflaGlobalVision An incredible 213 countries and areas of the world voted from ALL continents for the IFLA Global Vision! What’s next? Now, IFLA is analysing all the data and has also launched a fun social media campaign called #MyiflaGlobalVision. Let’s keep the discussion ongoing, until we know the results!   How does it work? The campaign takes the form of a challenge that snowballs across social media. You are being asked:  “What does IFLA Global Vision mean to you? Share your experience. Your thoughts. Your ideas.” It’s quite simple: Sounds great! When can I get involved? Now! Have fun challenging! Find out more and see other people’s...

Canadian Library Workers Day October 20, 2017

Canadian Library Workers Day October 20, 2017  2017_journee_canadienne_employees_biblio 2017_Canadian_Library_Workers_Day The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff. –Timothy Healy More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more. These important support systems can only be achieved through the work of the people within the library. Without library workers libraries simply cannot function. Libraries rely on their staff to provide service to their communities and to help their libraries and communities grow. The vital contribution of library workers to libraries and communities across our country deserves national recognition.   CFLA-FCAB has designated the third Friday in October as Canadian Library Workers Day.  CLWD is a day for Canadians to recognize the valuable contributions made by all those who work in and for the public, academic, school, government, academic, corporate and private libraries that are integral to our communities. Canadian Library Workers Day is recognized during Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers, and the services they provide to their communities. On behalf of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération Canadienne des Associations de Bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) we are very pleased to proclaim October 20, 2017 as Canadian Library Workers Day. You can find out more information about Canadian Library Month on the CFLA-FCAB website at http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/cdn-library-month/   Peter Bailey Chair, CFLA-FCAB ————— Journée canadienne des employés des bibliothèques Le 20 octobre 2017   L’atout le plus important de toute bibliothèque rentre à la maison la nuit – le personnel de la bibliothèque. (traduction) -Timothy...

The Spectator’s View: Happily, Hamilton loves its libraries

The Spectator’s View: Happily, Hamilton loves its libraries http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7091296-the-spectator-s-view-happily-hamilton-loves-its-libraries/ “Have you been to the library lately? Based on numbers presented in a report to council last week, many of you have. The number of visitors to our libraries was up 13 per cent to four million. What’s more, Hamiltonians are tops in the province in ‘circulations per cardholder’, which is to say, we borrow lots of items. But a library is just books, right? In a world where any information we desire is one Google search away, do we really still need them? Judging from the response on social media last week, it would seem so. Questions from a Hamilton city councillor, born out of financial prudence, sparked an uproar. Personal attacks aside, the defence of libraries was passionate, and not unexpected, because libraries are an essential part our fabric.”...

Nominations Open for 2017 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

I am writing to let you know that nominations are open for the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. In Ontario, there are many ways to live with culture — thanks to our artists, producers, innovators and performers. Their work breathes life into our communities, helps drive innovation and strengthens our culture sector, adding more than $25 billion to the province’s economy each year. These awards are an important way we can recognize their artistic achievements. The program recognizes professional artists and arts organizations whose contributions span a significant period of time. Each year, two awards are presented: an artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. Please help us celebrate your peers, colleagues and mentors for their invaluable contributions. We have attached a toolkit to encourage you to share the information and help to spread the word. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ONPremiersAwards. Nominating is easy. Details and nomination forms are available on the Ontario Arts Council website. The nomination deadline is December 1, 2016. Any Ontario resident is welcome to submit a nomination. Thank you for helping us celebrate the talented and creative people across this province.   Mesdames, Messieurs, Je vous écris pour vous annoncer l’ouverture des candidatures à l’édition 2017 des Prix de la première ministre pour l’excellence artistique. Grâce à nos artistes, producteurs, innovateurs, et interprètes, les activités culturelles ne manquent pas en Ontario. Leur travail insuffle de la vie dans nos collectivités, stimule l’innovation et renforce le secteur de la culture de l’Ontario en générant plus de 25 milliards de dollars par an dans l’économie....

Know Our Minister! Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Know Our Minister! Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon becomes Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Ontario Trillium Foundation The Honourable Eleanor McMahon Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as MPP for Burlington. On June 13, 2016 she was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Previously she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, where she initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act. Eleanor has spent her career in senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector and is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill in a number of roles including Press Secretary in the office of the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien. She has served at the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, United Way Ottawa, and the Ontario Medical Association. The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart – killed in a cycling collision in 2006 by a driver with five convictions for driving under suspension – led her life in an entirely new direction. Eleanor’s reaction to this unthinkable loss was to begin a campaign to improve road safety and enhance legislation in Ontario. In 2008 she launched the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling policy and advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly. In 2008 Eleanor began lobbying for enhanced penalties for...