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...

FOPL Webinar: Innovative Partnership Opportunity for Youth: Unity Charity

Do you struggle with innovative programming for teens and young adults who are not traditional library users? Here is an innovative idea for partnership with a successful charity that supports youth and wins awards for the rigorous process and ideas.  I am quite enamored of their work and think the opportunity for some libraries to do some amazing things by partnering with Unity is huge. Check out our next FOPL Webinar!  I promise you’ll be educated and inspired by our speaker. They do such amazing work to support youth and teens. Partnerships for Making a Difference: The Case for Unity Charity and Youth Programming Date: March 2, 2016 Time: Noon-1:00 p.m. Speaker: Michael Prosserman CEO at Unity Charity Register: Monica@fopl.ca I am including some links and videos about Unity for your preview. For some more info on what they do: Annual Report. Click here to view Video: National TV Commercial (airing for free, Nationally on 30 channels) Media: Maclean’s Media: Globe and Mail Media: Global TV (with Ontario Trillium Foundation CEO) Evaluation: Mental Health Innovation Network case study Video: TED x talk by UNITY Founder Preview YouTube video UNITY Charity – Express Your Stress – BEATBOX UNITY Charity – Express Your Stress – BEATBOX Preview YouTube video TEDxYouth@Toronto – Mike Prosserman (UNITY Charity) TEDxYouth@Toronto – Mike Prosserman (UNITY Charity) Preview YouTube video What is UNITY Promo What is UNITY Promo Preview YouTube video Redefining labels: Mike Prosserman at TEDxYouth@NickelCity Redefining labels: Mike Prosserman at TEDxYouth@NickelCity Here’s our speaker’s contact info too: MICHAEL PROSSERMAN Aka BBOY PIECEZ Founder And Executive Director, UNITY Charity p: 416.938.9693 | e: director@unitycharity.com |w: www.unitycharity.com Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | What We Do | National TV Commercial | TED x Talk by UNITY Founder Donate Money | Donate Miles As usual, this webinar will be recorded with...

Register today: FOPL Members receive a 20% Discount on Registration Early Bird Rates through Feb. 29th (Leap Day!)

Register today: FOPL Members receive a 20% Discount on Registration Early Bird Rates through Feb. 29th (Leap Day!) University of Toronto iSchool Ebook Symposium: The Current State of the Art in Libraries March 17-18, 2016 http://www.librarytechandthefuture.org/program1.html The e-book landscape is changing for all libraries.  In the past year we have seen new innovations in e-book technology, changes to licensing terms from some of the Big 5 as well as changes in accessibility for our print-challenged users, and more. Are you up-to-date?  Here’s our one and a half day symposium that explores these changes and provides an opportunity to discuss your library’s strategies for addressing the e-book landscape. A 2015 FOPL Market Probe Canada Ontario public opinion poll showed that: e-Audiobook usage is leveling off Fiction and non-fiction e-book usage is growing very well – in the double digits. 14% of our users have downloaded an item from our library website (300% growth in 5 years) 32% of Ontarians had downloaded books or magazines (but not necessarily from the library) 11% of Ontarians prefer e-books and 14% read both print and digital books equally. Demand is increasing for new e-book, e-news, and e-magazine services. What are the limits to growth in our key library strategies of supporting reading?  What are our best strategies for a hybrid print and digital reading ecology?  How does one market these collections to build awareness? We have assembled a great group of speakers to explore the issues of the changing landscape. Some of our speakers include Stephen Abram, Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library, Sarah Bonato, Reference/Research Librarian, Centre for...