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Public Libraries and Library Fines

Public Libraries and Library Fines Traditionally, public libraries have collected fines for library items that are returned after the due date and have charged replacement fees for items that have been lost or damaged. Library fines have been considered a deterrent to late returns, damage or loss of items. However, fines can also be a deterrent to a library user to access the resources of a public library. An alternative to fines is suspension of borrowing privileges until the resource is returned. During the initial response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as public libraries were physically closed, many public libraries waived fees. This was to encourage community members to stay home and not feel compelled to immediately return materials, particularly recognizing those community members who under increased financial pressure and concerned about incurring fines. As libraries re-opened, and in response to their communities, more than 200 public libraries across Canada have made decisions to extend a fine-free policy. Re-evaluating Library Fines A fine-free policy may focus on eliminating late fees, eliminating fees on lost materials and on implementing alternative strategies for encouraging the return of library materials, such email reminders or longer loan periods. Some public libraries have waived fee universally, while others have taken a more targeted approach. Brampton Public Library received the 2019 Ministers Award for Innovation[i] for its initiative to eliminate fees for children’s materials. For many public libraries, eliminating library fines is a strategy to better align with the core mission of the public library – to serve communities. Library fines and the anxiety prompted by the threat of fines are a deterrent...

Ontario’s 2020 Fall Budget Consultations

The Ontario Library Association, with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), has submitted recommendations as part of Ontario’s 2020 Fall Pre-Budget consultation process. Libraries are an essential part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery. The following priority recommendations by OLA and FOPL will ensure that libraries can continue to adapt and perform their critical role during the disruption of the pandemic and beyond: Maintain critical provincial funding for Ontario’s public libraries at current levels and work with municipalities to prevent unsustainable cuts to public library funding. Leverage Ontario’s broadband action plan funding to ensure that modern broadband connectivity is available in more public library branches in communities across Ontario. Provide critical e-learning support through fair access to modern, digital resources for the people of Ontario – no matter where they live – by creating an Ontario Digital Public Library. Preserve the proven impact of school libraries on student achievement and success by requiring that provincial funds currently allocated for school libraries, teacher-librarians and school library professionals are used for their intended purpose. Learn more: Read the OLA and FOPL’s Joint Fall 2020 Pre Budget Submission. Read the Executive Summary     Send your MPP OLA and FOPL’s Pre-Budget Submission We understand it may be difficult to meet with your MPP during this time. You can still help amplify OLA and FOPL’s Pre-Budget submission by writing to your MPP to share our joint recommendations: Template Letter – introducing the budget submission OLA and FOPL’s Joint Fall 2020 Pre Budget Submission Complete the Direct Submission Tracking Worksheet to let us know you’ve shared this with your MPP Organizing a meeting with your MPP? If you are able to organize a meeting with your...

CCA is still accepting YCW applications for the current fiscal year / Le CCA accepte toujours les demandes JCT pour l’année fiscale en cours

Le français suit. Dear Colleagues, The Canadian Council of Archives is continuing to accept applications for both Young Canada Works (YCW) short-term jobs (summer jobs) and internships in archives (operating in French and English) and libraries (operating in English) to be undertaken during the current fiscal year 2020-2021. Students and graduates have demonstrated resilience as we have all faced the pandemic. Many students are still looking for work, while graduates are looking to increase their experience to be better prepared for the job market.  With the increased flexibility for YCW jobs, this is an unprecedented opportunity for archives and libraries to increase the pool of skilled candidates in the heritage sector and realize important work.  Students and graduates are working on site and remotely! Current projects underway across Canada include updating finding aids and online content, transcription, digitization work, outreach and literacy initiatives, fall and winter programming, etc. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year only, the YCW contribution to help with the salary costs of each candidate is 85% (as opposed to the usual maximum of 75%).  Further, your project can exceed the regular maximum funding thresholds for YCW positions and additional resources are available to support youth at risk. As an employer, you can submit a project that includes onsite or remote supervision. Your candidate may work full-time, part-time, or a combination of full-time and part-time.  You may also consider selecting a candidate who has previously worked at your institution on a YCW project or another government-funded position. Please remember that if you apply, your student or intern position must end on or before March 31, 2021. We have...

Ontario Supporting Independent Book and Magazine Publishers

  News Release Ontario Supporting Independent Book and Magazine Publishers October 5, 2020 Targeted programs will help promote Canadian content to a broader global audience TORONTO ― The Ontario government is investing nearly $5 million in grants to help independent local book and magazine publishers access new markets and bring Canadian creative content to new audiences, both at home and around the world. The funding will be used for business development, enable participation in virtual industry activities and events, allow for the development of business strategies, and support innovative business practices. Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, approved 95 grants to Ontario-based businesses to support the recovery of Ontario’s culture industry, including: 32 grant recipients approved through the Book Fund, supporting the business development of independent, Ontario-based book publishers as they promote the works of Canadian authors in both foreign and domestic markets. 20 grant recipients through the Book Export Fund to help Ontario publishers participate in virtual industry activities and events that will help them build their networks, access new international markets and support company growth. 42 recipients through the Magazine Fund, providing grant funding to independent Ontario-based magazine publishers to support business strategies that will help them grow their businesses and reach new audiences. 1 recipient through the Industry Development Program, supporting innovative business practices with grant funding that helps businesses grow and develop industry-related skills to become a leader in the market. “When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit. They will take the longest to recover but are vital to the...

The Value of California’s Public Libraries

The Value of California’s Public Libraries Natalie Cole & Cheryl Stenström  Received 07 May 2020, Accepted 21 Aug 2020, Published online: 14 Sep 2020 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01616846.2020.1816054 Download citation https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2020.1816054 In this article ABSTRACT Introduction Preliminary framework Method Findings Individuals, families, groups, communities, and society Learning and knowledge development Health and wellbeing Community development Economic development Public library value is delivered through unique means Public libraries are aligned with community values Library supporters must continue to promote library value Further goals Conclusion Additional information Footnotes References  Full Article  Figures & data  References  Citations  Metrics  Reprints & Permissions  PDF ABSTRACT “The purpose of this paper is to show how Californian libraries deliver value, by taking a preliminary value framework previously developed from a study of academic literature, and applying it to the public library landscape in California. A “bricolage” approach was used to develop an evidence-based framework of value and subsequently to gather data about Californians’ use of and attitudes about public libraries. The framework was developed through an extended literature review and applied across data gathered through a survey of residents, interviews with library stakeholders, a review of statistics on library usage, and a review of the outcomes of grant-funded programs in California public libraries. The most significant outcome of our project is a unique value proposition for California’s public libraries. These libraries deliver value for individuals, families, groups, communities, and society as a whole. They provide opportunities and support for learning and knowledge development, health and wellbeing, community development, and economic development. Value is delivered through a unique combination of resources, people, and space. California’s public libraries are largely offering services...

Pollinator paradise: Library’s butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem

Interesting outdoor program to start now to plant for spring blooms. Pollinator paradise: Library’s butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem. https://www.newsandtribune.com/indiana/news/pollinator-paradise-librarys-butterfly-garden-takes-aim-at-ecosystem/article_a4f9d3de-d2cd-50d3-b8bb-374731049e55.html?fbclid=IwAR0QcgfC-gdEsTX7HBhpPSyiY0ywe_z8gOLXzrR9ewM9HMm9BYcVgZdOgMA  ...

First Nations Public Library Week runs from Oct. 4-10

First Nations Public Library Week runs from Oct. 4-10 and recognizes the vital role of public libraries in indigenous communities. This year’s theme is Celebrating Diversity, with a number of online events scheduled, including an author reading, a panel discussion on indigenous literature, and the importance of indigenous storytelling. Nipissing First Nation artist Juliana Armstrong’s painting titled Raising Readers was used for this year’s poster, and illustrates how libraries inform and enlighten new generations. Currently there are 46 public libraries in First Nations communities in Ontario, providing books and other content that help to raise awareness about indigenous culture both past and present. Join NPL in congratulating First Nations Public Libraries on their success and achievements. You can check out this year’s online events...