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Join CFLA-FCAB’s Intellectual Freedom Committee / Joignez-vous au Comité de la liberté intellectuelle du CFLA-FCAB

Le francais suit. Hello,   CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for four new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA member associations and interested individuals who are members of a CFLA/FCAB member association. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.      The Committee strives to include a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, uniting individuals who value the principles of intellectual freedom and their application in the present context.  The Committee is particularly interested in nominations from individuals from school libraries, academic libraries, government libraries, from the middle and eastern part of the country, and those who bring a francophone perspective.     Appointments will be made for a term of 3 years, renewable once.       The Committee will normally meet monthly between September and June, with additional meetings scheduled as required.  For 2022/2023 the meetings will occur on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00am PST, 10:00am MST, 12:00pm EST.  The Intellectual Freedom Committee is a working committee. All members are expected to attend meetings, advance plenary activities, and contribute to two or more working groups.  More information about the work of the Committee can be found at https://cfla-fcab.ca/en/about/committees/intellectual-freedom-committee/    / https://cfla-fcab.ca/fr/programmes/enquete-sur-les-contestations-sur-la-liberte-intellectuelle/ Those interested, and nominations from the member associations can contact the current committee chair, Richard Beaudry, at librarianlai@icloud.com .    _____________________________________ Bonjour, Le Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle de la Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (FCAB) est à la recherche de quatre nouveaux membres. Nous accueillons les candidatures des associations membres de la FCAB et des personnes intéressées qui sont membres d’une telle association. Une fois nommés...

Call for Expressions of Interest to represent CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

Le francais suit. The CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee (CMSC) is seeking expressions of interest in representing CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC). One CFLA-FCAB position is currently open and CMSC would like to have someone in place for September 1, 2022. The appointment will be for a three-year term ending August 31, 2025. The Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/cataloguing-metadata/Pages/canadian-committee-cataloguing.aspx) is a national advisory committee on matters of cataloguing and bibliographic control. It also represents Canada on the North American RDA Committee (NARDAC). NARDAC represents North America on the RDA Steering Committee (RSC). Among the responsibilities of CCC are:  ·        To formulate policy on questions concerning cataloguing and bibliographic control that are referred to the CCC by any of the organizations represented on the CCC  ·        To receive, evaluate and make recommendations on proposed national and international models for cataloguing and other related standards  ·        To provide representative Canadian opinion on matters within its field of interest at international meetings and to related organizations, committees or groups outside Canada  Applicants should submit an expression of interest and a summary of experience and expertise working with Resource Description & Access (RDA) to CMSC Chair, Christopher Carr (christopher.carr@concordia.ca). Members are encouraged to submit a c.v., and any supporting documents that demonstrate significant experience working with the RDA toolkit.  Successful candidates must meet the following requirements:   a.      Membership in a CFLA-FCAB member association and if required by that association, permission of that association to represent them.  b.      An MLIS or MIS degree from an ALA-accredited program. ...

Four Seasons of Reconciliation

Exciting news! First Nations University of Canada and Reconciliation has partnered with the Royal Bank of Canada to offer complimentary access to the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation online course for June, July and August. The self-paced, online program offers 10 modules on truth and reconciliation.  Upon completion of the online course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion issued by the First Nations University of Canada. Seats are limited and first come first serve. The registration link is below. Feel free to forward to others who may be interested. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation offered by RBC...

Call for Submissions

FOPL will be attending the AMO Conference in Ottawa on August 14th. We will be putting together a video to view at the booth that highlights our libraries across the province. Please submit one or two photos of something your library has done this past year (or two) that reflects your contribution to your communities. Please accompany it with a short sentence or two (30 words) to describe the photo. We would like the councilors, mayors, and representatives at AMO to recognize the libraries in their hometowns and feel connected to those libraries. Some examples include: info from your annual reports, pandemic supports and unique contributions to your communities. Please submit your photos and the descriptions to Mark Pagliaroli at mark.pagliaroli@vaughan.ca by July...

OCUL Seeks New Director

The Ontario Council of University Library (OCUL) is searching for an Executive Director. OCUL is Ontario’s academic library consortium, comprised of 21 libraries with a mission to “collaborate to enhance research supports and create rich learning environments for Ontario’s diverse and growing university population.” Reporting to the Chair of the OCUL Executive Committee, the Executive Director (ED) oversees the organization’s staff, planning, administration, and operations budget of over $5 million annually, and a content licensing budget of over $21 million annually. On behalf of the consortium, the ED sets programs, services, and infrastructure, and oversees technology and service activities. The ED manages the OCUL staff team of seven, as well as a dotted line report from the leadership of the Scholars Portal unit of the University of Toronto Libraries, which provides core technology services to OCUL. The Candidate Brief is attached to this blog post and we’ve linked to the job posting here: https://griffithgroup.ca/executive-director-ocul/. Candidate Brief – OCUL – Executive Director...

National Indigenous History Month Pt. 2

June is National Indigenous History Month. Though it is encouraged that we all do this year round, I’d like to draw attention in June to the rich and diverse histories and current realities of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples across the province and Canada. Indigenous peoples continue to inspire us with their strength, resiliency and steadfast commitment to Indigenous values, often in the face of incredible obstacles. These obstacles include, amongst other challenges, the tragic impact of the Indian Residential School system on Survivors, and their families and communities.  Indigenous History Month 2022 – Teaching History & Reconciliation Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program Talk4Healing – a culturally grounded helpline for Indigenous women Hope for Wellness Help Line for Indigenous...

National Indigenous History Month / Mois national de l’histoire autochtone

Le francais suit June is National Indigenous History Month. Though it is encouraged that we all do this year round, I’d like to draw attention in June to the rich and diverse histories and current realities of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples across the province and Canada. It is an important opportunity to learn more about the distinct cultures, languages and experiences of Indigenous peoples, as well as how their contributions and achievements have, and continue to, shape our province and country. By deepening our collective understanding and appreciation of Indigenous histories, strengths, and contributions, we can all actively embrace the journey towards advancing the process of reconciliation. Resources to consider: Celebrating National Indigenous History Month Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada Read Books by Indigenous Authors Treaties Teaching and Learning Resources Indigenous History Month 2022 – Teaching History & Reconciliation Juin est le Mois national de l’histoire autochtone. J’aimerais alors souligner la richesse et la diversité de l’histoire des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis de la province et du Canada, ainsi que les réalités actuelles — un exercice fortement encouragé à longueur d’année. C’est une occasion importante d’apprendre davantage sur les cultures, les langues et les expériences distinctes des peuples autochtones et sur la façon dont leurs contributions et leurs exploits ont façonné et continuent de façonner notre province et notre pays. En approfondissant notre compréhension et notre appréciation collectives de l’histoire, des forces et des contributions des autochtones, nous pouvons tous nous engager activement dans le processus de réconciliation. Considérez ces ressources : Mois national de l’histoire autochtone Apprenez-en davantage...

Second Notice – Annual General Meeting

Hello Members, The Annual General Meeting for the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place virtually via Zoom on Friday, June 10th at 10:00am. Registration will begin at 9:30am. The Draft Agenda Package can be found on the website under AGM in the members section. Only members in good standing are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM.   Registration is Required To attend the AGM, please register on Eventbrite. The zoom link to attend will be sent via Eventbrite after registration. REGISTER HERE   Proxies The Proxy Form is available on the AGM webpage. The proxy form is designed to provide Members who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the AGM, with a method of participation in the meeting.  Proxies also ensure that quorum is achieved for this very important meeting. Proxy forms can be sent to admin@fopl.ca. Proxy forms can be sent in until Thursday, June 9th at 4:00pm. If members have any questions with any of the information provided in this Second Notice of the 2022 Annual General Meeting, please contact admin@fopl.ca. — Hannah Saunders FOPL Administrative...

Great News from OLS!

The Ontario Library Service (OLS) continues to work towards implementing the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative on behalf of the Province of Ontario. Last year, the government announced an investment of $4.85 million to upgrade high-speed internet at approximately 50 public libraries in unserved and underserved communities across the province. We are delighted to report that through the successful Request for Proposal (RFP) process, we will be able to upgrade 111 library locations, which more than doubles the original target of 50 public library branches. Through the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative, these 111 locations in unserved and underserved communities in Ontario will have an opportunity to improve their high-speed internet connectivity.  This investment in high-speed internet by the Province of Ontario will provide greater community access to education and vital services, while creating economic opportunity and contributing to economic growth. “Our government understands how important it is for people to be connected and be able to take part in today’s digital economy,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “This exciting initiative to increase broadband capabilities at more than 100 public libraries will provide Ontarians in unserved and underserved communities across the province with better access to digital resources and services – including digital collections, online skills training and career development. We thank the Ontario Library Service for leading this important project.” “Our government is working tirelessly to ensure that every region in Ontario has access to high-speed internet services by the end of 2025,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Through the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative, more local libraries will be able to provide reliable high-speed internet...

FOPL Annual Info Series

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is pleased to announce a new annual info series.  The info series will be comprised of four webinars which are free for our members that focus on furthering advocacy efforts of libraries across the province. The first two webinars, Building Partnerships with First Nations Public Libraries and Advocating for Development Charges, are live and available for registration. For more information on each session and for registration, please visit FOPL’s Eventbrite page:...