FOPL Members:

We’re really looking forward to seeing all of you this week at OLA Super Conference!
Here are some updates:
Our formal “ASK” of the provincial government has been submitted jointly with OLA and FOPL.  You can read it and share it here:
FOPL will be exhibiting all day Wednesday in the Community Partners Boulevard (MTCC Lobby).  Please drop by and say Hello!
We’ll be signing and selling copies of Art in Your Wallet: http://fopl.ca/news/ola-super-conference-art-in-your-wallet-author-signings/
    Stephen Abram, Deb Duce, Sue Morris
    Art in Your Wallet: Library Cards and You (and Your Neighbours)
    Wednesday Jan 30th 3-4 (OLA Store)
    Stephen Abram, Deb Duce, Sue Morris
    Art in Your Wallet: Library Cards and You (and Your Neighbours)
    Thursday Jan. 31st 3-4 (right before the FOPL AGM outside the door of ICTC
    Ontario Room)
The FOPL Annual General Meeting is at 4 pm in the Intercontinental Hotel Ontario Room. Come, hear and vote about the business of the Federation with updates from your Chair, Treasurer and Executive Director. http://fopl.ca/news/final-notice-of-2019-fopl-annual-general-meeting-jan-31-2019-4-p-m/
Last week both FOPL and OLA met with Finance Minister, the Honourable Vic Fedeli.  At FOPL’s urging, we also attended and presented at other provincial Finance consultations in, among others, Ajax, Whitby, and Dryden.
We maintained a wonderful presence at ROMA this week (Rural Ontario Municipalities Association – part of AMO).  We spoke with many Mayors, Councillors, and MPPs about the value and impact of public libraries.  This was a joint initiative with FOPL, ARUPLO, OLA, and SOLS.  You’ll be pleased to note that everyone spoke very highly of your operations!
With the appointment of new Library Boards for the next four years, we need the contact information for your Board Chair/FOPL Board Liaison.  Every member has two votes (one for the CEO and one for the Board).  We appreciate you sharing the information about your newly formed Board as well as double-checking our CEO contact information.  We use this information ethically and provide information to our members about the funding, policy, learning, and the environment for public libraries in Ontario.  There are only three questions and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete.
Follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MGPNK8V

Cheers,
Stephen
Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA
Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
FOPL: 416-395-0746
Twitter: @foplnews
Cel: 416-669-4855
Twitter: @sabram