Ontario’s 2020 Fall Budget Consultations

The Ontario Library Association, with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), has submitted recommendations as part of Ontario’s 2020 Fall Pre-Budget consultation process. Libraries are an essential part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery. The following priority recommendations by OLA and FOPL will ensure that libraries can continue to adapt and perform their critical role during the disruption of the pandemic and beyond: Maintain critical provincial funding for Ontario’s public libraries at current levels and work with municipalities to prevent unsustainable cuts to public library funding. Leverage Ontario’s broadband action plan funding to ensure that modern broadband connectivity is available in more public library branches in communities across Ontario. Provide critical e-learning support through fair access to modern, digital resources for the people of Ontario – no matter where they live – by creating an Ontario Digital Public Library. Preserve the proven impact of school libraries on student achievement and success by requiring that provincial funds currently allocated for school libraries, teacher-librarians and school library professionals are used for their intended purpose. Learn more: Read the OLA and FOPL’s Joint Fall 2020 Pre Budget Submission. Read the Executive Summary     Send your MPP OLA and FOPL’s Pre-Budget Submission We understand it may be difficult to meet with your MPP during this time. You can still help amplify OLA and FOPL’s Pre-Budget submission by writing to your MPP to share our joint recommendations: Template Letter – introducing the budget submission OLA and FOPL’s Joint Fall 2020 Pre Budget Submission Complete the Direct Submission Tracking Worksheet to let us know you’ve shared this with your MPP Organizing a meeting with your MPP? If you are able to organize a meeting with your...

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....

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...