Estimates have been released and can be accessed here

Estimates have been released and can be accessed here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-volume-1-table-contents-2019-20 The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-ministry-tourism-culture-and-sport-2019-20 As to the library specific-details, here are the relevant line items and comparison with 2017-18 (as last year’s estimates reflected the 2018 Budget which was ultimately not reflected in the actual allocations). These each are given their own line under the culture program here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-ministry-tourism-culture-and-sport-2019-20#section-5 Libraries Sector Support 2019-20 – $25,394,600 2017-18 – $26,694,600 Ontario Library Service North 2019-20 – $1,000,000 2017-18 – $1,645,000 Southern Ontario Library Service 2019-20 – $1,500,000 2017-18 – $3,145,800 You will note that the overall “Libraries Sector Support” is $1.3 million less than in 2017-18. However, all of the individual items (PLOG, FN salary supplement, Pay equity, CELA, OLA, connectivity) all easily fit under that amount based on the historical data 2016-17 individual values before we went into Budget lock-up.  The cuts seem solely to be in the Agencies SOLS and...

IMPORTANT: Reminder to complete your 2018 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / Rappel pour compléter votre enquête annuelle 2018 sur les bibliothèques publiques

Dear Public Library CEOs and contacts, and First Nation Public Library CEOs,   There are only three weeks to go. If you have not already done so,  please submit your 2018 Annual Survey of Public Libraries (ASPL)! The Ministry released the 2018 ASPL with a May 31st deadline to get results to you sooner. As you know, submission of a complete and accurate ASPL is also one of the requirements for annual public library operating support. To access the ASPL go to: https://edcs.tcu.gov.on.ca/Main/ . Enter your GO Secure ID which is your email, and your password.  If you have forgotten your password, click on ‘Forgot your Password?’ If you still cannot login or find your password, contact the IT help desk at:  DDSB.ITSupport@ontario.ca   If you have not yet registered on the GO Secure system that provides access to the ASPL, please go to this link:   https://www.iam.security.gov.on.ca/ If you are having difficulty completing the survey or have questions about a survey field, you can contact Adam Haviaras(adam.haviaras@ontario.ca) or Rod Sawyer (rod.sawyer@ontario.ca) for assistance. I hope the information above is helpful. Thank you. Sarah Cossette Manager (A), Libraries, Arts and Heritage Services Unit Programs and Services Branch Culture Division Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport À l’attention des directeurs généraux de bibliothèque publique et de leurs personnes-ressources, et des directeurs généraux de bibliothèque publique des Premières Nations, Il y a seulement trois semaines avant la date limite. Si vous ne l’avez pas encore fait, veuillez soumettre votre enquête annuelle sur les bibliothèques annuelles de 2018! Le ministère a publié l’enquête de 2018 avec une date limite de soumission fixée au 31 mai pour vous rendre les résultats plus tôt. Comme vous le savez, la présentation de cette enquête complète...

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....

Cycling for Libraries Ontario Tour! August 5-11, 2016

The Cycling for Libraries Canadian team has come up with a manageable route and program for Cycling for Libraries and are ready to go.  They have opened up registration and have over 20 registrants so far; many are from Europe! UNCONFERENCE BIKING. NETWORKING. ADVOCATING. August 5-11, 2016 The website is at www.cyclingforlibraries.org/2016. Cycling for libraries is an annual international advocacy tour and an unconference for cycling librarians and library lovers since 2011 — “Cycling and Libraries with Love and Passion!” Follow #cyc4lib Testimonial from a past participant and an organizer for this Tour: “I am so excited to be a part of this.  From my own perspective, the two tours that I participated in across Europe exposed me to new ways of thinking about libraries, our spaces and services, and about myself.  I have colleagues all over the world with whom I am still in contact.  We now have the opportunity to connect more Canadians to this fantastic...

Fair Ebook Pricing: Update and Twitter Chat

  Hello there, Thank you for helping us spread the word and advocate for more reasonable prices and terms for ebooks from multinational publishers. Your support is greatly appreciated. Our initial campaign received media attention across North America, generated significant discourse on Twitter and Facebook with#FairEbookPrices, and has received the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which passed a motion at its annual general meeting, calling on the federal government to take action. Public libraries welcomed Penguin Random House’s recently announced reduced ebook prices for libraries as a positive step in the right direction. This new pricing model will help public libraries achieve our goal of providing universal access to ebooks. So far, other multinational publishers have not adjusted their pricing. Today we sent out a press release with an open letter to Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster to advocate for a pricing model that introduces fairness and flexibility. We’d love for you to read and share this letter with your friends, colleagues and constituents on social media and beyond. We also invite you to take part in a Twitter chat on Thursday, March 31from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library City Librarian (@vbowlesTPL), Tim Tierney, Ottawa Public Library Board Chair (@TimTierney), and Sharon Karr, Manager, Collection Management & Access at Edmonton Public Library (@sharonkarr), will host the chat. Publishers, libraries, media, authors, government officials, library users and anyone interested in discussing this issue are invited to join with #FairEbookPrices. Thank you, Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook...