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Good Morning Colleagues,
In early 2020, the OLS-North and SOLS Boards announced they would explore merging the two organizations. A joint committee was struck and, with the guidance of legal counsel, undertook a due diligence process to determine the feasibility of creating a single Ontario Library Service to serve public libraries across the province of Ontario. This committee found there were no financial or legal impediments to amalgamating the two organizations and that it, in fact, offered more opportunities.
In June 2020, the SOLS and OLS-North boards struck a Transition Committee to negotiate an Amalgamation Agreement to create the new Ontario Library Service. A final report from this Committee was submitted independently to the OLS-North and SOLS Boards at separate special meetings held on August 19, 2020. After thorough discussion and consideration, both the OLS-North and SOLS Boards ratified the Amalgamation Agreement, Letters Patent of Amalgamation and By-Law for the Ontario Library Service.
As a part of this agreement, we would like to announce the following:
- The head office for the Ontario Library Service will be located at 334 Regent St. Sudbury, Ontario
- Barbara Franchetto will retire, effective March 31, 2021
- Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones will become the CEO of the Ontario Library Service (OLS), effective April 1, 2021
OLS-North and SOLS Directors have led both Library Service Boards in examining all aspects of operations and a transition to a consolidated service. We have already expanded shared training, technology and services over the last months, indicating Ontarians will benefit from an adaptable and successful amalgamation. This is a logical next step towards fairly and equally supporting all of the public libraries in Ontario more efficiently by uniting the dedicated resources of these superior organizations. Both boards view this new opportunity with optimism for a promising future.
The SOLS and OLS-North Boards would like to thank both Barbara and Mellissa for their strategic foresight in building a vision for a resilient provincial Ontario Library Service that will be well positioned, and better able to serve the Public Libraries of Ontario, well into the future.
Throughout this process, both the SOLS and OLS-North Boards’ single focus has been, and remains, providing the best programs and services to Ontario’s Public Libraries.
Should you have questions or comments, please contact: Barbara Franchetto (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones (email@example.com).