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The Annual Survey of Public Libraries Library Statistics (LibStats) database is now open for 2016 annual survey submission.

Sent on behalf of Chris Schiller / envoyé au nom de Chris Schiller     Dear Public Library and First Nation Public Library CEOs and Contracting Organization contacts,   The Annual Survey of Public Libraries Library Statistics (LibStats) database is now open for 2016 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 October 31st, 2017.   **Important: If you do not submit your Annual Survey by the Final Deadline of October 31, 2017, you will not be eligible to receive your Public Library Operating Grant (PLOG).   New this year…   A new Go Secure Quick Start Guide to help you access the survey (attached) New user-friendly Visual Guide to assist in filling out the Annual Survey of Public Libraries (found in the ‘Help’ menu) A shorter Annual Survey Definitions document (found in the ‘Help’ menu) A shorter Holdings section, based on public library sector input, that combines previous Circulating and Reference sections A new field for tracking  ‘Indigenous language training and retention’     We urge your library or contracting organization to make use of the new user guide that applies to you. By clicking on ‘Help’ when you are in the 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 ‘Go Secure...

Register for Community-Led Think Tank! May 26, 2017

  Register for Community-Led Think Tank! Problem viewing this email? Click here. , your membership number is .   Friday, May 26, 2017 Niagara Falls Public Library, Victoria Branch   2017 Community-Led Think Tank Not Just Book Stats: Presenting Data That Demonstrates Your Value The community-led approach to libraries aims to create a library for the people, by the people. This event is a full day of collaborating, networking and learning about this approach to librarianship. OPLA’s Community-Led Think Tank is for you whether you are just getting started with a community-led library approach or you’ve already embraced the concept. The day features an opportunity to discuss themes and issues related to community-led in small groups, to share ideas and best practices and to hear from experts in the field. Registration: OLA Registration fee includes lunch, snacks and a copy of Creating a Culture of Evaluation. Full day attendance $100 + HST   Visit the Community-Led Think Tank webpage to register and access the full program and hotel rates. We hope to see you there!   Don’t forget about our member benefits!                  2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto ON. M5C 2B6 info@accessola.com  |  416.363.3388  |  accessola.com      You are receiving this email because you are a member of the Ontario Library Association. If you no longer wish to receive emails about the Ontario Library Association, its program and events, click here.   If you would prefer not to receive emails from us, go here. Please send any comments about this email to info@accessola.com...

CFLA are excited to announce that the report of the CFLA Truth and Reconciliation Committee is Ready

CFLA are excited to announce that the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee is ready for release! The recommendations of the Committee have been accepted and endorsed by the CFLA-FCAB Board and we invite you to review and consider them as well. Congratulations to Camille and the team that worked so hard to get us to this point, and thanks to all of you for your support. A copy of the report is attached, along with a copy of our upcoming press release and a thank-you letter from Camille Callison, the Chair of the Committee, to recognize your support and the hard work done by your delegates. Here are the documents: Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report and Recommendations (1) Member Association Thank You Letter (1) CFLA-FCAB PR TR Report rev (2)...

ROI releases Fact-Finder’s Guide to Local & Regional Data

The information below might be of interest to Library Board Members and Councillors. ROI releases Fact-Finder’s Guide to Local & Regional Data If you have questions, my colleague Norm Ragetlie will be the best source of additional information.  Give him a call if you wish at 519-826-4204. Rob Black Chief Executive Officer Rural Ontario Institute (519) 826-4204  Ext 222   From: Rural Ontario Institute On Behalf Of Rural Ontario Institute Sent: April-13-17 3:13 PM To: Rob Black Subject: ROI releases Fact-Finder’s Guide to Local & Regional Data   ROI releases Fact-Finder’s Guide to Local & Regional Data Finding information about rural communities and small towns is often challenging, since many media outlets and publications highlight only national or provincial level statistics. The Rural Ontario Institute’s newly released Fact-Finder’s Guide to Local and Regional Data: How to Find National Statistics makes that search for information a little easier. The need for a solid understanding of the availability of data over different geographic scales and over various time periods is fundamental. The Fact-Finder’s Guide is designed to address this need, with a focus on data made available by Statistics Canada and other federal agencies. More specifically, the Guide contains an index of 37 data sets in subjects ranging from demographics and health to business and transportation “We have discovered that many local stakeholder groups or planning processes get stalled when they need to compile available statistical information about a challenge in their community,” says Norm Ragetlie, ROI’s Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement. “This Guide should help these stakeholders zero in on the ‘needle in the haystack’ they are looking for...

LearnHQ Leadership by Design: Module 4: Strategic Planning

Featured Learning Moment. This issue we’re highlighting the Module 4: Strategic Planning. Consider asking your board members to engage in these learning (and thinking) activities: In advance: Review your governance responsibilities with Cut to the Chase: Ontario’s Governance Primer At A Glance Contemplate the best practices in strategic planning To access each resource quickly, please log-in to LearnHQ(upper right hand corner of the main page). Once signed in each link below will take you directly to the suggested resource. Sincerely, Shelagh Paterson (Ontario Library Association) and Stephen Abram (Federation of Ontario Public Libraries)   What is Leadership by Design? Leadership by Design is a program designed for library boards, by library boards. The online learning modules within this program will develop leadership skills for trustees and board members. The modules of Leadership by Design are designed to match the four years of a public library board term. You can skip between units to find aspects that are specifically relevant to you at any point in time, but by following through the monthly units and completing the tasks with your board as a whole, you should have a highly-effective team by the end of your four-year term. Access Leadership by Design through LearnHQ LearnHQ is developed by SOLS in partnership with OLA and FOPL. It is an extensive online learning resource for public library staff and board members in Ontario. After logging in, select ‘browse courses’, select ‘management/leadership’, and then select ‘board development’. Click on ‘launch class’ and browse the ‘lessons’ option to review the resource within each learning module. Please contact Mary O’Connor with any questions about this resource. The...

2017 Community-Led Think Tank May 26, 2017 Niagara Falls

The community-led approach to libraries aims to create a library for the people, by the people. This event is a full day of collaborating, networking and learning about this approach to librarianship. OPLA’s Community-Led Libraries Think Tank is for you whether you are just getting started with a community-led library approach or you’ve already embraced the concept. The day features an opportunity to discuss themes and issues related to community-led in small groups, to share ideas and best practices and to hear from experts in the field. 2017 Community-Led Think Tank When: Friday, May 26, 2017 Location: Niagara Falls Public Library http://www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Community_Led_Think_Tank/Welcome/OLA/Events/Community_Led_Think_Tank/Welcome.aspx...

CFLA: Prison Libraries Network: Right to Read” Position Statement

In September 2016 the newly formed Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB), the national voice of Canada’s library community, unanimously adopted and endorsed the “Prison Libraries Network: Right to Read” position statement. This Right to Read statement clearly asserts the value of libraries and access to information resources in correctional institutions, echoing recommendations set out in the most recent report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator. In the report, the Office recommends that Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) “update and renew inmate libraries so that they are compliant with policy and comparable to the services, materials, and technologies available in the communities.” Please consider promoting this statement amongst your association membership and out to the community through your social media to help raise the profile of this issue. We appreciate your...

Good News: CELA Funding and Update

Dear Ontario CULC Member CEOs and Directors, I am thrilled to announce that the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has extended full funding for CELA services to all Ontario public libraries for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2017. We’d requested a longer extension but they reluctantly cannot commit to that level of funding at this time. However, they are very supportive of our efforts and happy to work with us toward a more sustainable solution. Thank you to you and your staff for your continued support. In our pursuit of sustainable public funding, CULC member library endorsements cannot be over-estimated. Here are some highlights from the previous year: Strategic Plan 2017-2021 The CELA Board recently approved CELA’s strategic plan for 2017-2021. The plan touches on several of the priorities identified at the October CULC meeting in Halifax and establishes our strategic goals for the next four years. I have attached a copy of the document for your perusal.  Usage Since its launch on April 1, 2014, CELA has solidified its place as a sustainable and necessary public service component of its member libraries. The implementation and nurturing of CELA services in Ontario’s public libraries has elevated awareness among public library staff of the needs of Ontarians with print disabilities, and has inspired an improvement in overall service. In our first 3 years, we anticipate that patrons will have borrowed over 3 million books and other media in accessible formats offered by CELA through local public libraries in Ontario – a number unimaginable and unattainable if each individual library were responsible for providing the service...