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3rd Notice of 2020 FOPL Annual General Meeting

OPL MEMBERS: IMPORTANT ACTION: Attached is a copy of the agenda and the proxy form.  If you or your library’s representative is unable to attend the FOPL AGM at OLA Super Conference no Thursday Jan. 30 at 4 pm, please send us the proxy form by fax or scan and e-mail it.  Thank you.  We need these to assure quorum to complete important Federation business. FOPL_AGM_AGENDA_2020 2020_FOPL_PROXY 3rd Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto  (Room TBD) at the OLA Super Conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Registration opens – 3:30 p.m   PLEASE LOGIN TO THE MEMBERS SECTION TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD AGM DOCUMENTS http://fopl.ca/committeestask-forces/board-of-directors-2/ If you have issues accessing this, please contact Helen Morrison at admin@fopl.ca Attached is a copy of the agenda and the proxy form.  If you or your library’s representative is unable to attend the FOPL AGM please send us the proxy form by fax or scan and e-mail it.  Thank you.  We need these to assure quorum to complete important Federation business. Cheers, Stephen Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca FOPL: 416-395-0746 Blog: http://www.fopl.ca Twitter: @foplnews stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com Twitter:...

Note the New Funding for Broadband, Community Hubs and Museums: Province moving forward with new intake for Rural Economic Development program and three broadband pilots

From the Premier’s speech at ROMA yesterday. Note the new funding for “economic growth, such as restoring museums and heritage sites, setting up community hubs, and streetscaping“. News Release Building Rural Ontario Together January 20, 2020 Province moving forward with new intake for Rural Economic Development program and three broadband pilots As part of the government’s Plan to Build Ontario Together, Ontario is helping rural communities across the province attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Earlier today while speaking at the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) annual conference, Premier Doug Ford announced the province is now accepting applications for a new intake this year under the RED program. “Many rural communities are feeling left behind,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We need to make sure everyone, no matter where they live, can find a good job, grow a business, start a family, and build a better life for themselves. The RED program is one of the many ways that our government is helping to bring real benefits to more communities in rural Ontario.” Rural communities and regions, Indigenous communities and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and local service boards can all apply for the RED program starting today through February 24, 2020. As part of the program’s Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream, the province will cover up to 50% of the costs for eligible projects that help remove barriers to job creation and attract investment and skilled workers that will help regions grow. The Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream of the program enables the province to cover up to 30% of eligible minor capital...

2019 Annual Survey of Public Libraries is Open / l’Enquête annuelle sur les bibliothèques publiques 2019 est ouverte

Sent on behalf of Sarah Cossette / envoyé au nom de Sarah Cossette Dear Public Library and First Nation Public Library CEOs, The Annual Survey of Public Libraries Library Statistics (LibStats) database is now open for 2019 annual survey submission. CLICK HERE to Log-in to Go Secure to begin your Annual Survey. *Please note:The Final Deadline for submitting your Annual Survey of Public Libraries is May 31st, 2020. New this year… New Fields A few new fields have also been added to the Annual Survey, based on annual consultation and input from the library sector. For the 2019 Annual Survey you complete in 2020, you will see: A new E4.0 field for Facility Rentals and Bookings A new, E5.0 field for ‘Pop-up’ Libraries A new E6.0 field for Extended Services and Facilities A new H1.7.3 write-in field for Government Services Partnerships A new H1.9.3 write-in field for Business and Economic Sector Partnerships If a survey question or field is not applicable to your library, you can pass over the question. No need to await a municipality, board or Band audit **Please note: you do not need to have your municipal or board or First Nation Band audit to fill out the Annual Survey’s Financial section.  You can use your best available financial or pre-audit financial information. By clicking on ‘Help’ when you are in the LibStats/EDCS system, you can access the guides, definitions, and printable blank survey forms that will aid you in gathering your information prior to inputting your data. If you have forgotten your Password, please click “Forgot your ID or password?” on the login page. Please make use of the new attached...

A newly proposed bill, HB 2044, in Missouri would send librarians to jail for checking out books… Seriously!

Odious of so many levels! ALA responds to potential legislation in Missouri Missouri House Bill 2044, introduced on January 8, proposes the creation of five-member “parental library review boards” to identify “age-inappropriate” public library materials and restrict access to them. According to its sponsor, State Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho), the bill grew out of concerns with drag queen story hours at public libraries. It proposes criminal prosecution for library workers who make those materials available to minors and would deny funding to libraries that do not employ parental review boards. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released a statement on the legislation that reads, in part: “We support the right of families and individuals to choose materials from a diverse spectrum of ideas and beliefs.” The Missouri Library Association has also issued a statement.… This is the United States and EveryLibrary has a petition ging: “A newly proposed bill, HB 2044, in Missouri would send librarians to jail for checking out books… Seriously! The worst part is that we are seeing similar tactics begin to circulate in other states. We need to stop it here, in Missouri, before it spreads to other states. Sign the petition today regardless of where you live. Then, help us reach more Americans like you by clicking here to share it on FACEBOOK and TWITTER House Bill 2044 sets up a crisis that does not exist in libraries. Materials in libraries are already reviewed by librarians who are specifically trained in collection development. They select age-appropriate materials based on a wide range of guidelines. Library users may also already challenge the placement of materials in a library through a process for reconsideration. In many cases, this process...

Ottawa considering ‘significant and meaningful’ compensation for privacy breach victims

Ottawa considering ‘significant and meaningful’ compensation for privacy breach victims Innovation minister’s mandate letter also hints at ability to ‘erase basic personal data from a platform’ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-breach-compensation-mandate-letter-1.5417467 “Canadians who fall victim to privacy breaches could soon be eligible for some sort of compensation as the Liberal government works on introducing a new set of online rights. Mandate letters for Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault say they’ve been asked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to work on a “digital charter” that would include legislation to give Canadians “appropriate compensation” when their personal data is breached. It’s not clear when the legislation will be introduced, or what a compensation package would even look like, but Bains said it will include punitive fines for those found guilty of breaching personal data.”  ...

8Rs LIBRARY HUMAN RESOURCES SURVEY PARTICIPATION : deadline for completion is January 21

RE:  8RS LIBRARY HUMAN RESOURCES SURVEY PARTICIPATION   On behalf of the 8Rs Research Team, I would like to thank you for completing the 8Rs Survey. If you have not yet completed the survey, this is a reminder that the deadline for completion is January 21 Your participation in this study is extremely important in our goal of understanding the current human resource climate in CULC libraries throughout the nation.  We ask, at this time, that you complete the survey by clicking on the following link: https://ualberta.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3x8Qp4SOCkB3p53 Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary and your responses will be held in the strictest confidence.  Completion of the survey is an anonymous process since we do not ask you to identify yourself in any way. All results will be presented at an aggregate level only (e.g., by type of occupation).  Completion of the survey implies your consent to participate. The survey will take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a participant or how this study is being conducted, you may contact the University of Alberta’s Research Ethics Office at 780-492-2615. This office has no affiliation with the study investigators. Should you have any questions, comments, or technical difficulties accessing or completing the survey, I would be pleased to assist you. I can be reached at 780.430.1179 or via email at marianne@socialresearch.ca. Thank you for participating in this important survey. Sincerely, Marianne Sorensen, PhD, Tandem Social Research Consulting The 8Rs Redux Library Human Resources Research Team MARIANNE SORENSEN, PHD, marianne@socialresearch.ca; 780-430-1179 KATHLEEN DELONG, PHD, Kathleen Delong kathleen.delong@ualberta.ca; 780-492-7675...

FOPL Library People Capacity Working Group: ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARY CAPACITY AND EMERGING LEADERSHIP: RESEARCH SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARY CAPACITY AND EMERGING LEADERSHIP: RESEARCH SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOPL Library People Capacity Working Group PHASE II Project Report December 2019 Read the Full Report [18 page PDF] here: FOPL HR Survey Research Summary and Recommendations EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Throughout 2019, the FOPL People Capacity Working Group conducted research with members of the FOPL network to assess the state of leadership development in Ontario public libraries and identify opportunities to support succession at the CEO level. This need was identified based on anticipated transition of CEOs out of the workforce within the next 5-10 years (based on demographic data). CEOs overestimated interest in the CEO position from Emerging Leaders. They indicated that internal emerging leaders, for the most part, required between one and five years development towards the CEO role. Relatively few CEOs have a succession strategy in place, and many were unclear whether their board would be willing to invest in the development of a CEO candidate if they were not already fully qualified for the role. When asked to identify development needs, CEOs felt Emerging Leaders particularly needed to enhance their competencies for ‘HR Management’, ‘Budgeting and Finance’, ‘Strategic Planning’, and especially ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Political Acumen’. Emerging leaders identified fewer gaps in their development, but agreed that ‘Political Acumen’ and ‘Strategic Planning’ were areas of focus. Both groups surveyed identified ‘Emotional Intelligence’ as the most important competency for CEOs and ‘Promotion of a Diverse Workforce’ as the least important. The CEOs indicated that the responsibilities that absorbed most of their time included predominantly internal, functional tasks including finance, HR and operations management, rather than outward-facing,...