NEWSROOM

CBC: Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report

Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report New research says bottom half of families in Ontario are earning less, while richer families earn more http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/income-inequality-report-ccpa-1.4246874 “The poorest families in Ontario are earning less than they were in 2000, while during the same period richer families have watched their income grow, according to a new economic report. The analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) describes an increasingly “polarized” Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing poorer ones. “Really there are two different labour markets in Ontario,” the report’s author and CCPA senior economist Sheila Block said in an interview The new report, titled Losing Ground, analyzed income data for families with children between 2000 and 2015. During that time, higher earning families increased their share of the income pie.The top half of Ontario families in terms of income now takes home 81 per cent of all earnings, up from 78 per cent in 2000. “It’s a totally different story for families in the bottom half,” Block said. The poorest half of Ontario families’ share of earnings shrunk from 22 per cent in 2000 to 19 per cent in 2015.”  ...

Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches

Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches The Ex Libris Association (ELA) recently published the first part of a new occasional paper by Barbara Clubb, former Ottawa City Librarian,  on new and renovated library branches in Canada: Celebrating Stunning Canadian Urban Library Branches. The first set in the series includes: Brampton Library – Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library Calgary Public Library – Nose Hill Library branch Edmonton Public Library – Jasper Place Branch Mississauga Library System – Meadowvale Community Centre and Library Ottawa Public Library – Beaverbrook branch Toronto Public Library – Scarborough Civic Centre branch Vaughan Public Libraries – Civic Centre Resource Library Waterloo Public Library – John M. Harper Branch. The paper is accompanied by a selection of photos for each branch. http://www.exlibris.ca/doku.php?id=occasional_papers:celebrating_stunning_canadian_urban_library_branches  ...

Ontario Library Service – North, in collaboration with its provincial partners, Communities of Practice strategy of Libraries 2025.

Ontario Library Service – North, in collaboration with its provincial partners, is working on the Communities of Practice strategy of Libraries 2025. To help us create communities that meet your interests and needs, please complete the online survey before August 22. Please read the attached pdf for more information and for a link to the survey. Le Service des bibliothèques de l’Ontario – Nord, en collaboration avec ses partenaires provinciaux, élabore la stratégie liée aux communautés de pratique survenant de Bibliothèques 2025. Pour nous aider à créer des communautés qui correspondent à vos intérêts et à vos besoins, veuillez répondre à l’enquête au plus tard le 22 août. Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez consulter le document d’information ci–joint et un lien pour accéder l’enquête. Thank you / merci, Marjatta Asu, M.L.S. Service Team Lead – Skills Development Chef d’équipe de service, perfectionnement des compétences Ontario Library Service – North Service des bibliothèques de l’Ontario Nord 334 rue Regent St. Sudbury, ON P3C 4E2 Tel./Tél 705-675-6467 ext./poste 213 Tel./Tél 800-461-6348 ext./poste 213 Fax/Téléc. 705-675-2285 www.olsn.ca  ...

IFLA’s Global Vision Discussion reaches 140 countries across 6 regions

Stage 1 complete! IFLA’s Global Vision Discussion reaches 140 countries across 6 regions. Now it’s your turn!   The Hague, the Netherlands, 8 August 2017— The worldwide response to International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) ‘s Global Vision Discussion, a venture which will generate a united library field roadmap for the future, has been nothing short of remarkable.  A staggering 178 librarians from approximately 140 countries not only engaged in the discussions, but also embraced the unifying ethos behind the campaign by sharing words of encouragement to the next region waiting to pick up the baton. North America, buoyed by their Global Vision experience that took place at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on the 3 May 2017, said:    “Libraries are different across countries and they are united in certain parts. We can all play our own role, towards the same score. And it is better together rather than alone. You might have solos but it is better together. Together that you achieve it. No one can do it alone.”   The IFLA Global Vision Regional workshops have focused on how to strengthen the ties within the library field and respond to the fast-pacing globalisation that is opening new opportunities and challenges. From the very first kick-off meeting in Athens this Spring, each workshop has contributed its own droplet into an ever-increasing river of ideas.  For participants, the inclusive approach to these opportunities and challenges allows for every voice to be heard and during Africa’s regional workshop the Global Vision discussion was summed up perfectly: “Everybody is connected. No one is excluded. If we...

Implementing Follow-Up Surveys @ Your Library & More

Project Outcome E-News View this email in your browser Implementing Follow-Up Surveys at Your Library Tutorial Videos New Website Designs & Features Coming Soon Capturing Outcomes of Library Programs Transforming Libraries, Impacting the Classroom Share Your Story Upcoming Webinar Peer Discussion Latest News Regional Training Workshop Project Outcome Progress Share Your Story! Hastings Highlands Public Library and Bancroft Public Library CEO’s presented at the OPLA Community-Led Think Tank. Our topic was Initiating Outcome Based Planning and Evaluation. During our presentation, we shared that many of the tools that we had been using were part of the toolbox in Project Outcome. We look forward to spending more time with the website and embracing more of the resources provided. As small, rural library administrators, we appreciate that this is an accessible and equitable opportunity. SHARE YOUR STORY & be featured in the next e-News! Virtual Meeting: Implementing Follow-Up Surveys at Your Library Thursday, August 24, 1-2 p.m. Central Time Have you been wanting to follow up with your patrons but don’t know where to start? This virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for libraries interested in implementing Project Outcome Follow-Up Surveys to collaborate, ask questions, share ideas, and discuss challenges and strategies for following up with patrons. Participants will receive a brief overview of Project Outcome and the Follow-Up Surveys and learn from real library examples. Participant interaction is highly encouraged in this meeting. Registrants will receive an email invitation with meeting and login details closer to the event. REGISTER HERE Tutorial Videos A series of video tutorials will soon be released to help libraries get started using Project Outcome. These videos will...

Show Your#ArtInOurWallets Library Cards!

Some libraries are having challenges submitting so we’ve made the process a bit easier.  We’ve created a page on the HPL Virtual Library with all the steps and information they need: http://www.huntsvillelibrary.ca/en/aboutus/–art-in-your-wallet.asp Show Your#ArtInOurWallets You’re invited to participate in a project in conjunction with Canada 150 and Ontario Library Month festivities. Huntsville Public Library is putting together a book that celebrates library cards that are #TheArtInOurWallets. Public libraries use wonderful images on library cards to share library ideas, stories, histories, messages and more. If you want to show off your library’s card, complete the application form by July 28. Included are instructions for submitting the form and sharing attachments. CONTACT DEBBIE DUCE FOR MORE INFORMATION >> Just a reminder that we’d love to see your cards in our book and promotions. We’re hoping to find this helpful as a centrepiece for a cardholder growth initiative as well as using it for Canadian Library Month and Ontario Public Library Week/Month. If you could please look at the attachments and have someone from your library send us your cards!  ART in Your Wallet – The most valuable card you can own. Hello Everyone: You’re invited to participate in a great project in conjunction with Canada 150 and Ontario Library Month festivities. We are putting together a book that celebrates library cards that are # the Art in Our Wallets.  Public libraries use wonderful images on Library cards to share library ideas, stories, histories, messages and more. The goal is to have information from all libraries submitted by July 28, 2017.   The initiative is supported by FOPL, OLA and SOLS.  Join in the...

CFLA-FCAB Appoints Katherine McColgan as Executive Director / La FCAB-CFLA nomme Katherine McColgan

CFLA-FCAB Appoints Katherine McColgan as Executive Director / La FCAB-CFLA nomme Katherine McColgan The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine McColgan as Executive Director commencing August 8, 2017. Ms. McColgan succeeds Kevin Brennan, who has served in an interim role as CFLA-FCAB’s Senior Project Executive since June 2016. “Katherine is well known to our community as a champion for the library sector. Her extensive experience in government relations, advocacy for the library community, and stakeholder management will be vital to CFLA-FCAB’s continued success in addressing key issues facing Canada’s library community, including Reconciliation and copyright. The CFLA-FCAB board very much looks forward to working with Katherine,” said Peter Bailey, Chair, CFLA-FCAB. Katherine is a Certified Association Executive and has 18 years of experience working at the national level supporting academic and research libraries, most recently as the Manager, Administration and Programs at the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL-ABRC). She is the Past President of the Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and has previously served as the interim Executive Director of CARL-ABRC. Katherine will continue to support CARL-ABRC one day a week. Based in Ottawa and fluently bilingual, Katherine will directly engage with federal government representatives to raise the profile of key issues and ensure that the voice of the Canadian library community is represented in policy decisions. CFLA-FCAB will continue to press the federal government for action on issues including support for Indigenous languages and cultures, digitization of and access to Canadian cultural content, and recognition of libraries as cultural institutions....

One library’s creative advocacy campaign

One library’s creative advocacy campaign Lisa Lindle writes: “In light of the threatened cuts to IMLS and federal library funding, we have seen an outpouring of support and an increase in advocacy efforts by librarians across the country. In April, Manchester-by-the-Sea (Mass.) Public Library decided to showcase how different types of fundinghelp the library to provide valuable services for their patrons. The librarians tied balloons around objects and materials in the library, using different colored balloons to signify the different funding...

Sept 11, 2017 The Power of Branding, a new, one-day, interactive workshop for library professionals

Click here to view this message in a browser window. David Vinjamuri, President of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and NYU Professor of Marketing will present The Power of Branding, a new, one-day, interactive workshop for library professionals who want to understand how to action branding to strengthen their library’s future and benefit the community they serve. As a participant, you’ll work individually and in groups to build a brand positioning for your library – no matter what its size or budget. Throughout the day, you’ll be led through exercises and receive insights, best practices and tools to help you build or reinvent your library’s brand and evolve your relationship with your community. What you will learn The essential 8-step branding process to help you define your brand Understand the role of branding and how it can serve your library and community Construct a brand positioning statement Use brand positioning to connect to your outreach and programming efforts and influence everyday decisions And much more! VIEW FULL PROGRAM Who should attend? This workshop is designed to optimize the contribution and impact of all library staff, including front line librarians who interact with the public as well as management, emerging leaders, marketing and PR staff and library board and foundation members. Directors are encouraged to send staff for a unique team-building experience. Groups of five or more will receive 10% off of each ticket. Contact us for more information. September 11, 2017 / 9:00 – 4:00 PM Vaughan City Hall Level 100 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive Vaughan, L6A 1T1 Lunch at Civic Centre Resource Library (across the street) Can’t make it this...

What’s New on CommunityHubsOntario.ca

What’s New on CommunityHubsOntario.ca Ontario’s Surplus Property Transition Initiative On June 29, 2017, Ontario announced the Surplus Property Transition Initiative. The new initiative aims to support and maintain a number of publicly owned surplus properties that have the potential to be redeveloped as community hubs. Community proponents can request additional time to support planning for the creation of community hubs at surplus provincial, school board or hospital properties. MPAC’s Community Hubs Assessment Guide The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for accurately assessing and classifying all property in Ontario and also determines the tax liability of property and whether a property is eligible for a property tax exemption. Non-profit organizations, similar to service providers often found in community hubs, may qualify for the residential property class if they own and occupy a property. However, where they are a tenant and lease space from a municipality, school board, church or within a commercial space, such as a shopping mall or plaza, the ownership requirement in the residential property class are not met, and the property or portion of property occupied by the organization defaults to the commercial property class. This online information guide outlines the process for registered charities and non-profit organizations in Ontario to seek an exemption or a reclassification of the property. School Board Boundaries in the Community Hubs Mapper We have added school board boundaries as a data layer available in the Community Hubs Mapper. Come check out the mapper to see what it can do! Community Hubs Mapper Webinars We recently launched a series of webinars to help our members learn how to use the...