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Libraries 2025 Priorities Website Available

http://symposia.library.on.ca/?id=2025.asp&label=2025 This website captures the themes that most public libraries in Ontario participated in and provided at the Libraries2025 Summit at the Royal York Hotel.  Building on the success of Libraries 2020 Summit it provides a report on what we’ve done collaboratively, where we stand, and what is still to do.  The directors and CEOs of FOPL, CULC, OLA, OLS-North, and SOLS are committed to tackling all of these themes in conjunction with public libraries across the province. This is what we heard from you: Three themes emerged at Libraries 2025: the need for libraries to have the tools to tell their story; the need to have trained and knowledgeable staff; and the ongoing transition and evolution of libraries. What are we doing now: How to get involved: IMAGINE THE FUTURE Sharing our stories: via social media We need your: stats, HR coordinators, special skills Identify specific interests: create pilot programs Upcoming & Future: Joint webinar: update on Libraries 2025 progress On demand feedback e.g.: government platform (polling plug-in) forums (survey monkey) Take a look at the website ans you can see the map we’ve created collaboratively through our work with our community though our collective associations and agencies to build capacity in Ontario’s public...

Save the Date! May 1 – 3, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit!

Save the Date! May 1 – 3, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario for the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit! The Summit will feature keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to interact with and learn from others. Click here for ongoing Summit updates. Notez la date! Du 1er au 3 mai 2017 à Toronto (Ontario) pour le  Sommet sur les carrefours communautaires de l’Ontario 2017! Le sommet vous propose des conférenciers d’honneur, des ateliers pratiques ainsi que des occasions d’interagir avec des gens du milieu et d’apprendre de ceux-ci. Cliquez ici pour recevoir nos mises à jour continues à propos de ce sommet....

FOPL’s Emergent Indigenous / First Nation Libraries Strategies

FOPL Members: Here are FOPL’s First Nation (FN) execution strategies as proposed in our FOPL Strategic Plan which aligns with the provincial and federal government initiatives with respect to Indigenous strategies and Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.. FOPL just received the FN Libraries contact list from SOLS and we’re entering it into the system now so we can contact all.  A collaborative FACEBOOK group will be set up by next week and a mailing done to all FN Library contacts.   We are (I am) a registered lobbyist with MTCS for FN and Public Library issues.  Shelagh Paterson at OLA is as well.  We partner with OLA, OPLA, OLBA, FNLA, SOLS, and OLS-North.  We, the CEOs, meet at least quarterly. We coordinate effort and priority setting for public libraries of all stripes in Ontario (The latest effort being the Libraries 2025 Summit). FOPL’s First Nation Caucus has every FN library in the province as a member. We have 47 FN Libraries as FOPL full members. Our board includes two First Nation Library Directors.  Both are proud Status Indians and have served for years in this role.  (One is a librarian and the other is a PhD/MLIS and are very well qualified and involved in FN issues in Ontario.  We have many involved caucus members. First Nations Caucus Sabrina Saunders, CEO, Six Nations Public Library, E-mail: saunders [@] snpl.ca Sheri Mishibinijima, CEO, Wikwemikong Library, E-mail: wikypl [@] gmail.com Our Board meets quarterly in person.  We fund some board members trips to Toronto.  We also meet at OLA Super Conference for our AGM. I contact my Caucus chairs for insights on our activities with respect to FN...

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by rdlankes “A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their community? This presentation makes the argument that our communities do not need more information literacy, a greater emphasis on quality information, or a neutral institution. Rather our communities need trusted partners helping weave together common understandings of events and priorities. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Sarasota.mp3 A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts from R. David Lankes on...

5 steps to better stakeholder management

5 steps to better stakeholder management 5 steps to better stakeholder management “1.  Identify the stakeholders who will help you fulfil your goals Who are the influencers and key players who can help you get things done, and who can prevent plans from being realised? How are you supporting the current higher strategic goals of your institution or those of your library? Whose gains or pains are you trying to address? Who your allies in getting things done, and who do you really depend on? Who are not yet your allies and who are absolutely crucial to gain the funding or take-up you need to move forward with your new idea? List the ones that will help you achieve or obstruct your aims for the coming period by using a mapping software like MindManager or by drawing a mind map. 2.  Create a stakeholder matrix Next, plot your stakeholders by name and/or function on a matrix graph to reveal and/or visualise who your influential stakeholders are and where they stand in relation to your new process, policy, project or service. Key players have the most influence and interest in what you do. Influencers have less interest in your initiative at this stage but they are influential so important to convert. Your Fans are keen followers but lack influence to have a significant effect on what you plan to do. The Curious are stakeholders with less power and less interest in your initiative. 3.  Create a short stakeholder summary Create a short stakeholder matrix summary and prioritise each stakeholder based on their influence and interest. List your Key Players and Influencers first....

Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books

Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books The latest bookmobile will hit the road in May http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-mobile-library-books-1.3991581 “The Toronto Public Library is putting the finishing touches on its newest asset — a technology-filled branch on wheels. The city’s Library Board will be updated on Tuesday about the state of a new bookmobile that will be hitting the streets later this year. “The bookmobile provides service to some of the city’s most vulnerable and isolated residents.” city librarian Vickery Bowles told CBC Toronto Monday in an interview. Bringing books to refugees Bowles says the rolling branch played an important role last year in helping Syrian refugees when they were temporarily housed in hotels. City librarian Vickery Bowles says Toronto residents rely on the library for access to technology as much as they do books. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) “The bookmobile visited regularly to those hotels and got people library cards and books to those families when they were just getting settled in Canada. The bookmobile is also able to reach people who lack mobility due to age, illness or some kind of socio-economic or linguistic barriers.””  ...

FOPL welcomes Helen Morrison, our new administrator

After a long search, we’re happy to announce that Helen Morrison has joined FOPL as our member administrative assistant. Helen comes to use with many qualities that will help us keep the FOPL ship sailing well. She has experience with not-for-profits, office management, bookkeeping, editing, desktop publishing, and marketing. Please join me in welcoming Helen to FOPL.  Her e-mail is admin@fopl.ca Stephen Stephen Abram executive director, FOPL  ...