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FREE WEBINAR:  “Library Day in your Riding: Engaging your MPP in an Election Year” 

YES!!! You can engage with your MPPs and work with FOPL and OLA to an increase in the Public Library Operating Grant, greater support for First Nation public libraries and an Ontario Digital Library in the 2018 provincial budget. Learn How. On behalf of the FOPL and OLA Board of Directors, we hope you will consider extending Library Day at Queen’s Park to your community. Library Day in Your Riding Building on the success of Library Day at Queen’s Park, we are looking for representatives from the library sector to meet with their local Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) between now and February 20th (when MPP’s return to Queen’s Park). These meetings are critical for building and maintaining momentum in support of our Budget submission and ask for increased funding for public, school and First Nations libraries across Ontario. Join our Webinar – Tuesday January 16, 2018 Our goal is to have a clear and unified message on the necessity of increased support for libraries, while providing important local context for MPPs as to what this increased support (or lack thereof) will means for their communities and schools. Hosted by OLA, the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) and Counsel Public Affairs, our webinar on January 16 at 1:30 PM “Library Day in your Riding: Engaging your MPP in an Election Year” will help you prepare for meetings with your local MPP. In this session, presenters will go over tips and resources to help you effectively: 1. Educate MPPs about the importance of libraries for education, poverty reduction and community economic development, and 2. Inform MPPs about the need for new funding for libraries in...

FOPL Working Groups

The FOPL Board decided to renew and revitalize our member input governance structures.  The goals of these sub-units should align with our recently approved (Nov. 18, 2016) FOPL Strategic Plan 2016-2020.  The strategic plan is included for your convenience. Our goal was to create Working Groups.  We sunsetted and thanked our Task Forces that have done great work for the past decade. ADVOCACY TASK FORCE MARKETING TASK FORCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE At our June 9, 2017 Board meeting we suggested four working groups and tasked the Executive Director to bring a discussion framework forward at our June 9, 2017 meeting.  The goals is to align our member-driven Board working groups with the 2016-2020 FOPL Strategic Plan. The following charters were adopted at our June 9, 2017 Board Meeting: Indigenous Library Partnerships Working Group Mandate: All indigenous public libraries in Ontario are twinned with another non-indigenous public library for the purposes of potentially sharing knowledge, resources, and programming.  The FOPL strategy to provide a forum for inter-library system cooperation and collaboration will be led and advised by a small team (this working group) that ensures progress and sharing. Charter: To provide member-driven focus to our and CFLA’s (FOPL is a member) truth & reconciliation agenda to ensure the long term success of all public libraries in Ontario to serve Ontario residents To provide a forum for our First Nation public libraries and their sponsors / twinned libraries to collaborate To generate frameworks, ideas and track initiatives, and share and diffuse these ideas for adoption across Ontario. Power: This group works through consensus. A majority of votes is needed...

2017 Intellectual Freedom Challenges Survey — Enquête des contestations sur la liberté intellectuelle 2017

Message bilingue – Bilingual message Dear CFLA-FCAB Members, Please share this invitation with your members. We would like to encourage as many libraries as possible to participate in this important survey. ——- Chers/Chères membres de la FCAB-CFLA, S.V.P., partager cette invitation avec vos membres. Nous voulons encourager toutes bibliothèques possibles d’assister à ce sondage important. Thank you, Merci, Katherine —————————————————— Please forward to the individual(s) responsible for managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges in your library. Dear Library Colleagues, Did your library experience any challenges to materials, resources, services, or policies in 2017? Challenges include disputes about Internet access, meeting rooms, speakers, library displays, exhibitions, or other matters that would prevent or restrict access to titles, collections, services, or other resources. If so, please report the details of each challenge in this longstanding survey, now managed by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB). Your responses will help inform the CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee to develop policy and advocacy work on behalf of the membership and the Canadian public. Results are shared with the Book and Periodical Council [of Canada] and the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. An anonymized version of the 2017 challenges database will be available without charge on the CFLA-FCAB website. The purpose of the survey is to gather data about the nature and outcomes of challenges to intellectual freedom initiated in publicly funded Canadian libraries (e.g., public, school, post-secondary, and government) between January 1 and December 31, 2017. English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017_IF_challenges_survey French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/sondage_contestations_LI Please submit one form per challenge. (If your library experienced multiple challenges, each challenge requires a separate submission.) The...

2018 CFLA-FCAB Annual General Meeting

Bilingual message — message bilingue   Dear CFLA-FCAB members, The 2018 CFLA-FCAB Annual General Meeting will be held: Wednesday January 31, 2018 Metro Toronto Convention Centre Room 204 255 Front St. W, Toronto 10:30am – 11:10am EST Please see the attached documents for more information. ——— Chers/Chères membres de la FCAB-CFLA L’assemblée générale annuelle de la FCAB-CFLA aura lieu : Le mercredi 31 janvier 2018 Metro Toronto Convention Centre Salle 204 255 rue Front O., Toronto de 10 h 30 à 11 h 10 HNE S.V.P., consulter les documents ci-joints pour plus amples renseignements.   Katherine McColgan, CAE Executive Director — Directrice générale   Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques   75 rue Jolicoeur, Gatineau QC, J8Y 1A8 613.867.7789 www.cfla-fcab.ca @CFLAFCAB        ...

FOPL and OLA 2018 Ontario Budget “ASK”

FOPL and OLA submitted our joint 2018 provincial budget “ASK” today.  A strategy has been developed for building support with local MPPs.  See: FREE WEBINAR:  “Library Day in your Riding: Engaging your MPP in an Election Year” FREE WEBINAR:  “Library Day in your Riding: Engaging your MPP in an Election Year”  Here is our submission: Ola fopl pre budget submission 2018 from Stephen Abram Here is one of the cover letters: 2018 budget submission letter e mc_mahon from Stephen Abram...

The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do  An Infopeople Webinar

The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do  An Infopeople Webinar Register Now(link is external) When Start: January 18th, 2018 12:00 PM End: 1:00 PM Start Time: Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM Presenter: Dr. Steve Albrecht This webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in this country and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Dr. Steve Albrecht is a former San Diego Police Reserve Sergeant and a member of the California Narcotics Officers Association, trained in Drug Abuse Recognition (DAR) and Advanced DAR. In this session he will focus on how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal (which makes them act erratic, irrational, threatening, and even violent). He will cover what to do when faced with an overdose patient; the safe and effective use of Narcan (a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose); getting help from social services agencies and substance abuse professionals, and the police. This session will also discuss how to make your library facility and its restrooms safer and less likely to become a haven for opiate users. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Recognize the tremendous increase in opiate overdose problems in this country and why libraries are not immune to the issue. How to recognize opiate use abuse in patrons – from a legal and medical perspective. Know the differences between alcohol use, drug use, poly-drug use, and opiate drug use and...

How Does the Ontario Government Work?… or Who Does What, Who’s Who, and What’s Going On?

How Does the Ontario Government Work? … or Who Does What, Who’s Who, and What’s Going On? How Does the Ontario Government Work? “Working with a not-for-profit funded in part by the provincial government, I’ve learned how important it is to (attempt to) understand How Things Work, including Who Does What, Who’s Who, and generally What’s Going On.” Loads of great links...

How Student Engagement is Important for Libraries

How Student Engagement is Important for Libraries How Student Engagement is Important for Libraries “A recent survey conducted by YouthTruth discusses whether or not students feel engaged in their school studies. Understanding student engagement is important for educators and librarians because it can give great insight into challenges affecting learning both inside and outside of the classroom. YouthTruth analyzed survey responses from over 230,000 students in grades three through twelve. The information was gathered through YouthTruth’s anonymous online climate and culture survey across 36 states. View the entire report here.” “I have said it before and you will see me say it a lot, public libraries are the educational extension of the school classroom. It’s important that we make the connections with our community and our schools to see what areas they need help with so that we can also help bring learning and purpose to the students.”...