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Mississippi Mills Public Library removes all non-resident fees for Lanark County library users

Mississippi Mills Public Library removes all non-resident fees for Lanark County library users   The Mississippi Mills Public Library (MMPL) Board and staff believe the future of library services is sharing resources & information and breaking down barriers to access   31 March 2021 — The future of library services across Lanark County is sharing resources and knowledge without added costs to taxpayers. As the next step to County-wide reciprocal borrowing agreements among Lanark County library boards, Mississippi Mills Public Library (MMPL) has removed all non-resident fees for all Lanark County library users who wish to use MMPL.   As a sign of goodwill to all of our neighbours, the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board has resolved to eliminate non-resident fees for library users in Lanark County. Through this decision, library patrons in Beckwith, Carleton Place, Lanark Highlands and Perth, Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley may join MMPL at no charge. Residents must present a valid library card from their home library in order to receive a free membership at the Mississippi Mills Public Library.   What is a reciprocal borrowing agreement?   A reciprocal borrowing agreement between library boards allows residents to use participating library systems without taxpayers paying any additional non-resident or cost sharing fees.   In 2019, the Perth & District Union Public Library and the Mississippi Mills Public Library signed a reciprocal borrowing agreement. On March 18, 2021, the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board signed a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Lanark Highlands Public Library Board. These agreements bring Lanark County libraries one-step closer to open, barrier-free access to resources and information. Through these reciprocal...

FOPL Executive Director – Job Posting

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is seeking a dynamic, politically astute, Executive Director to lead advocacy, marketing and professional development initiatives for Ontario’s Public and First Nations’ Public Libraries.  If interested in pursuing this impactful and rewarding part-time position, please submit your resume and covering letter to vpl.admin@vaughan.ca by April 9, 2021 http://fopl.ca/fopl-executive-director-job-description-rev-0321-002-2/...

Development Charges Training with Hemson Consulting Ltd.

Subject: Development Charges Training with Hemson Consulting Ltd.   Hello FOPL Members,   Following the Q3 2020 changes to Bill 108: More Homes, More Choices and the successful increase to library funding through development charges:   Please join us on Friday, April 9th at 12-1:30 pm for customized, Library-centric training on Development Charges by premiere DC firm Hemson Consulting Ltd.   The initial training will be video-based and there will be a written training manual provided as well.   Topics to be covered: –          Changes to the legislation and implications for capital development planning for libraries –          Municipal best practices for assessing capital project needs –          Developing capital budgets & long-term forecasts –          Financing and funding “growth-related” infrastructure –          Administering and reporting on the revenue –          Practical steps that library Boards can take to ensure they fully participate in Municipal capital asset planning   If you are not able to attend the live training, you will be able to access the video recording and written training materials through the FOPL website.   Please email admin@fopl.ca your request to participate by April 5, 2021.  A zoom link with instructions will follow.   We look forward to seeing you there!   Sincerely, Paul Ainslie, Chair...

Girls Who Code-Free Virtual Summer Immersion Program

  I hope you and your community are doing well! At Girls Who Code, we appreciate your patience and support as we’ve been working to offer new opportunities for your students to participate in our programming. We’re excited to announce that Girls Who Code is now accepting applications for our free virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP)! The Virtual Summer Immersion Program is a 2-week virtual introductory computer science course for girls and non-binary students ages 15-18 years old. Encourage students ages 15-18 to apply! As a Community Partner, we want to make sure your students have all the support they need to apply. You can find more outreach materials like logos and social media blurbs to let your students know about the program in our Summer Immersion Program Outreach Toolkit. To get started, can you please share the language below and infographic attached with your students? Join the  Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! Girls and non-binary students ages 15-18 are eligible to apply. During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you’ll: Learn how to use HTML, CSS, and Javascript coding skills to make an impact on what matters to you. Not a coder yet? No problem! Get an inside look into the tech field Join a sisterhood of supportive peers around the world and make lifelong friendships! Apply here today! Applications are considered on a rolling basis but seats are filling up fast! Check out our SIP webinar or program flyer to learn more! Do you have any questions about sharing the information with your students? I look forward to working with you!...

Stats Canada-Census Outreach

Hello, As you may already know,  the next census will take place in May 2021. Census information is important to all communities and is vital for planning schools, daycare, family services, public transportation, and skills training for employment. I am writing this to seek your support in our campaign to increase awareness of the census among members and clients of your organization. Statistics Canada will be hiring approximately 32,000 people across the country to assist in census data collection activities. We would like to work with you and your organization to ensure that your members and clients are aware of these job opportunities. If you know of anyone who may be interested in gaining professional, marketable experience working for Statistics Canada, please spread the word about these opportunities.  To learn more and to apply, please visit www.census.gc.ca/jobs. Additionally, your support in encouraging members of your network to complete the census will have a direct impact on gathering the data needed to plan, develop, and evaluate relevant programs and services. To make the most of the months leading up to the census, I suggest consulting the Community Supporter Toolkit, currently available on the census website. It contains easy-to-use resources to help you to promote census jobs and encourage others to complete the questionnaire. The toolkit includes various products, including social media content, web images, posters, articles and newsletters that you can use on your website, or to spread the word to your professional networks. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your support of the 2021 Census. Sincerely, Jane Wang Communications Officer Census Communications – Ontario...

Second Notice of FOPL Annual General Meeting- Monday, February 1, 2021- 3:00 pm

NOTICE: Issued Jan. 19, 2021 Please send in your voting proxy forms 2021_FOPL_PROXY-revised ASAP if you’re unable to attend the 2021 AGM being held virtually on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm, as we need to ensure that we have quorum. Full Board documents will be made available in the members’ login section shortly to view and download. http:fopl.ca/Board & Committees/Board of Director’s...

FOPL Remembers Linda Mackenzie

Toronto Public Library shared this obituary for Linda Mackenzie. Linda passed away last Thursday after an extended illness. Linda was TPL’s Director Research & Reference Libraries from 1998-2016 when she retired. As a member of the senior management team, Linda’s leadership supported the transformation of Toronto Public Library during its early post-amalgamation years and beyond. Linda was a passionate public library advocate who led many provincial and national initiatives. Linda was a founding member of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. link to Linda’s obituary: https://dixongarland.com/tribute/details/25638/Linda-Mackenzie/obituary.html#tribute-start...

FOPL Executive Director-Job Posting

lThe Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is seeking a dynamic, politically astute, Executive Director to lead advocacy, marketing and professional development initiatives for Ontario’s Public and First Nations’ Public Libraries.  If interested in pursuing this impactful and rewarding part-time position, please submit your resume and covering letter to vpl.admin@vaughan.ca by January 29, 2021. ED JD 11’20 Final  ...

Minister MacLeod to Launch Ministry White Paper with a Virtual TownHall for Stakeholders

Tuesday, December 15 Update Minister MacLeod to Launch Ministry White Paper with a Virtual Townhall for Stakeholders Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 10 AM “On Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM, join the Honourable Lisa MacLeod for a virtual stakeholder townhall to launch consultations on a new policy white paper, which will inform a future five-year strategy for the Ministry.” Register for free HERE For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca) or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. Ontario Museum Association Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm Toll-free in ON: 1-866-662-8672 Phone: 416-348-8672 Fax: 416-348-0438 OMA Twitter OMA Facebook OMA Instagram OMA Website Copyright © 2020 Ontario Museum Association, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email as a member, stakeholder or partner of the Ontario Museum Association. Our mailing address is: Ontario Museum Association 50 Baldwin Street Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L4...