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Recruit Holdings Announced It Will Acquire Canadian Job Site Workopolis.com

Recruit Holdings Announced It Will Acquire Canadian Job Site Workopolis.com   Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. announced it will acquire the website and assets of Canadian job site, Workopolis.com through one of its group companies. Indeed, the job site and a subsidiary of Recruit, will operate Workopolis.com as part of its publisher network. The transaction is expected to close in...

Feather Maracle appointed to the position of CEO / Director of Library Service at the Six Nations Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Following a comprehensive national search process, the Six Nations Public Library Board is happy to appoint Feather Maracle to the position of CEO / Director of Library Service. Feather, originally from Tyendinaga, has worked at several libraries in her career, including the Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library, and the past 15 years with the Timmins Public Library in the Reference Department. Feather has been a tireless advocate for First Nation Public Libraries, sitting in leadership roles with the Ontario Library Association (OLA) as the OLA Super Conference Indigenous Stream Coordinator (Canada’s largest library conference) and Chair of the OLA Indigenous Task Group. She has been a Juror with the First Nations Communities Read for several years, and member of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations – Indigenous Matters Committee. Dr. Sabrina Saunders, the former CEO, stated “Feather will be a strong addition to the Six Nations Public Library. She brings a great deal of knowledge of library services and will advocate to elevate our community library to the caliber our community requires”. Don Lynch, Chair of the Six Nations Public Library Board stated, “We are very excited to welcome Feather Maracle as our Library’s new CEO. She comes to Six Nations with a wealth of library experience and a special understanding of a First Nations’ community needs. As a Board, we look forward to working with her in the months and years to come. Together we’ll ensure the SNPL will continue to be a vital community resource.” During her first few months, she is looking forward to meeting with the community and SNPL partners, as well...

CELUPL CULC Report

Dear CELUPL Colleagues: I have interviews tomorrow so I am unable to attend the meeting.  Karen Anderson, Director of Public Service will be attending for HPL.  A lot has been going on with CULC so I have put together some highlights for you.  If you have any questions please let me know, All the best, Paul       Update from CULC (Canadian Urban Library Council) –April 2018, Paul Takala CULC is getting ready for a Spring Meeting in Regina on May 1st.  It is being held in conjunction with CARL, the CFLA National Forum and the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) Conference.  The meeting will be my last as Chair of CULC.  Pilar Martinez from EPL is the incoming Chair.  I want to thank Susanna Hubbard Krimmer for serving as Treasurer and Louise Procter Maio for serving as Secretary for the last 2 years.  Items of major focus of the May meeting will be: Human Resources related issues and Artificial Intelligence and Libraries.   Some other updates from CULC: Digital Literacy Exchange – CULC has submitted a funding application to the Federal Government for the Digital Literacy Exchange Program to support Digital Literacy programs through public libraries.   This application was support by CFLA and others.  The intention is to create programs that would provide funding to public libraries of all sizes to support digital literacy programs.  There is an important research and evaluation component to the application.    We know libraries are already heavily engaged in supporting Digital Literacy and it would be great if we could get federal funding to support this. OLA’s Digital Skills for Youth Application –...

CELUPL Meeting

I’m on the agenda for the joint CELUPL Meeting on April 6, 2018. Here are my handouts: ED CELUPL Apr 6, 2018 OLA FOPL pre-budget submission 2018 FOPL_Data_Report_2018d AMCTO Ad Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Stephen Abram, executive...

20 YEAR FUNDING FREEZE FOR ONTARIO PUBLIC AND FIRST NATIONS LIBRARIES ENDS

20 YEAR FUNDING FREEZE FOR ONTARIO PUBLIC AND FIRST NATIONS LIBRARIES ENDS The Ontario government has recognized OLA and FOPL’s joint recommendations and is making a strong investment in public and First Nations libraries. This three-year commitment includes, $28 million over three years to create a Digital Public Library that will provide “access to digital content such as ebooks, music and audiobooks; research databases; special collections; and $51 million over three years – $17 million annually – to increase the Public Libraries Operating Grant (PLOG), with a particular recognition of the role of public libraries as community hubs. This investment represents the first increase to annual base funding for Ontario public libraries since 1996, marking the end of a two decades long funding freeze and providing critically-important, sustainable funding for public libraries throughout Ontario. This budget also includes an additional $500 million over three years to expand broadband internet in rural and Northern Ontario, including $20 millions for satellite-based broadband for remote communities. You can read the full budget here. Find attached OLA & FOPL’s Press release here. FOPL and OLA would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the Ontario Library Community for so actively articulating the need for increased support to libraries. Your collective voice made a difference and we are pleased to report that we have been heard! We would specifically like to thank our Library Day at Queen’s Park (November 23) delegation who began the conversation with MPPs, Ministers, and Policy Advisors and the members who met locally with their MPP’s and key ministers to in support of OLA and FOPL’s Pre-Budget Submission. A big thank you to the more...

Ontario Budget 2018: Library Sector Highlights

The short story: The budget doubles the pool for the  PLOG – Public Library Operating Grant – from $17 million to $34 million sustainably for three years!  It will affect this year’s PLOG distribution where no one loses money and everyone gets more.  There will be a different formula based on new population numbers and higher rates for rural, remote, small and First Nation Libraries. The Digital Public Library has also received an additional $28 million over 3 years too.  $4 million this year to set up and two years at $14 million.   We should see the consultation report shortly. Also, CELA got their funding renewed too. The longer story: Here are the quotes from the Ontario 2018 Budget that are connected to library themes: “Supporting Ontario’s Public Libraries In Ontario, digital resources are becoming increasingly crucial for educational purposes, to access public services, and for participation in the labour market. Public libraries play a central role in providing access to new technology and digital resources in communities. Digital Public Library To ensure that everyone can benefit from digital technologies in their lives, Ontario will invest $28 million over three years to create a provincial Digital Public Library that provides access to digital content such as e‐books, music and audiobooks; research databases; special collections; and accessible and alternative format materials across a common web platform. For the first time, equitable digital library services will be available to all Ontarians regardless of where they live in the province — including rural, remote and Indigenous communities. This will support the province’s 300 public libraries, including 46 First Nation public libraries,...

All Ontario 2018 Budget Documents

2018 Budget News Release 2018 Budget Papers 2018 Budget Postcards 2018 Budget Speech FactSheet_2018 Budget Top 10 Highlights FactSheet_A Plan for Care FactSheet_Caring for Seniors FactSheet_Child Care FactSheet_Economic and Fiscal Focus FactSheet_Growing Competitiveness and Creating Good Jobs FactSheet_Health Care FactSheet_More Affordable    ...

Ontario Budget 2018: 20 YEAR FUNDING FREEZE FOR ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARIES ENDS

20 YEAR FUNDING FREEZE FOR ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARIES ENDS NEWS RELEASE TORONTO, ON (March 28, 2018): The announcement this afternoon of the 2018 Ontario Budget included a major new sustainable investment of $79 million over three years in Ontario’s Public and First Nations Libraries and in the Digital Public Library. This investment marks the end of a more than two decade funding freeze for Ontario public libraries. This budget provides critically important and sustainable funding for public libraries and their communities throughout Ontario. “Ontario’s libraries are for everyone. This investment recognizes their significant contribution to learning, training, cultural vitality, and digital access for all Ontarians, regardless of where they live,” states Kerry Badgley, president, Ontario Library Association (OLA) and board member, North Grenville Public Library. Public and First Nations Libraries across Ontario rely on funding from both municipal governments and band councils and the Ontario Government for their operating funds. Provincial funding was cut in half in 1996, and the annual base funding from the province for Public and First Nations Libraries has been unchanged until now. Leading up to this Budget Announcement, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) put forth three funding recommendations for ensuring a modern, sustainable library sector in Ontario. These recommendations were supported by dozens of municipal councils and library boards across the province. We are thrilled that the government has listened to librarians, local elected representatives and the people of Ontario. The 2018 Ontario Budget increases annual base funding for Public and First Nations Libraries by $17 million each year for the next three years, a 50% increase...

IFLA Releases Global Vision Report Summary

IFLA Releases Global Vision Report Summary Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/03/19/ifla-releases-global-vision-report-summary/From the International Federation of Library Associations: IFLA’s eagerly-awaited Global Vision Report Summary launches today, Monday 19 March, at the IFLA President’s Meeting 2018, revealing incredible insights into the views of over 31,000 participants from 213 countries and territories and across all seven continents. [Clip] Our vision, our future! from IFLA on Vimeo. The Global Vision discussion highlights show libraries are: Dedicated to providing equal and free access to information and knowledge Deeply committed to core roles in supporting literacy, learning and reading Focused on our communities Embracing digital innovation Strong advocates for libraries at national and regional leader level Aware that funding is our biggest challenge Eager to work more collaboratively and develop strong partnerships Desiring to be less bureaucratic and resistant to change Proud to be guardians of the memory of the world Attracting young professionals deeply committed and eager to lead [Clip] The full Global Vision report will be presented in August 2018 during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Direct to Full Text Report 4 pages; PDF. IFLA Unveils the Next Steps for Its Global Vision by Marydee Ojala Posted On April 10, 2018http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/IFLA-Unveils-the-Next-Steps-for-Its-Global-Vision-124181.asp At the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) President’s Meeting, held in Barcelona, Spain, on March 19, 2018, the organization unveiled the next phase of its Global Vision project. IFLA’s president, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, and its secretary general, Gerald Leitner, stressed that the main finding of the ongoing project is unity: Librarians around the world share common values and are united in their goals. The 4-page “Global Vision Report Summary” presents...