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New grants for small Canadian libraries

I am writing to let you know that the Kimberley Foundation (a registered charity in Canada) has just announced a new initiative in honor of the late Pat Morris, to provide grants to small Canadian libraries for the purposes of acquisitions, programming or outreach. We would like to share this news with you, and should you see fit, to request that you help us promote it within the Canadian Library community by sharing news of the initiative with your members. A few key components: Eligible libraries must serve a community with a population of 10,000 or less Applicants must be considered qualified donees Requests typically of up to $10,000 can be made at any one time Two deadlines for applications each year, February 15 and October 15. Applications for the Spring (February 15) deadline are now being accepted. Full details can be found on our website at https://kimberley-foundation.org/communities-matter If you have any questions or would like any further information please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Sincerely, Sue Roppel   Sue Roppel, President Kimberley Foundation https://kimberley-foundation.org @kimberley-foundation.org M:...

MP Angus calls for fairness for libraries: Ebook Pricing

Angus calls for fairness for libraries Angus calls for fairness for libraries “Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus is calling on the Liberal government to respond to the difficulties plaguing Canadian libraries over eBook costs. Numerous restrictions on the purchasing and use of eBooks are making it difficult for libraries to service the needs of the public. Angus has written to Heritage Minister Stephen Guilbeault on the need to develop fairer access rights for public libraries. Angus says libraries are paying up to four times more for an eBook than a printed book. “These books come with time limits on their use. That means libraries have to decide whether to spend large amounts of money on re- purchasing the titles or losing parts of their collection every couple of years.” Angus says some smaller and medium libraries have joined together to tryand pool resources. But the problem still exists because only one reader may borrow a title at a time, and that results in very long waitlists. “Compounding high prices and expiration dates is the fact there are also embargoes being placed on popular best sellers. And this puts the eBook market for libraries at a further disadvantage.” Angus, who has written and published seven books, recognizes the need to support the struggling publishing industry in Canada. However, he is concerned that libraries are being unfairly targeted. “Libraries play a huge role in our communities and must work with limited budgets. We can’t be handcuffing them even further.””  ...

Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need

Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need https://scoop.me/housing-first-finland-homelessness/ In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of 5 people affected thus make their way back into a stable life. And: All this is cheaper than accepting homelessness. Finland is the only country in Europe where homelessness is in...

OTF seed grant applications are open

OTF seed grant applications are open Convening around an emerging issue? Conducting a feasibility study? The Ontario Trillium Foundation has resources to help. Apply for a seed grant by February...

Consultations for a new Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario

Consultations for a new Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario The Ontario government is looking for innovative ideas to reduce poverty. Organizations and individuals can provide written submissions to prso@ontario.ca. An online survey will be posted on Ontario.ca in January for approximately 60 days where organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit feedback. Learn more about the consultations. News Release Ontario Looking for Innovative Ideas on How to Help Reduce Poverty December 16, 2019 Province-wide Consultations on a New Poverty Reduction Strategy Underway TORONTO — The Ontario government wants to hear from people across the province about what they want to see in the next poverty reduction strategy. “Empowering people and supporting them during challenging times is a priority for our government. We also know we cannot do this work alone,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “It’s important we listen to people who have experienced poverty, community organizations, Indigenous communities and organizations, and our partners about how we can break the cycle of poverty to ensure everyone has a chance to succeed and contribute to their community.” Every five years, Ontario consults on and develops a new Poverty Reduction Strategy to identify opportunities for action and collaboration with partners and to measure and report on progress more effectively. The goal of this consultation is to help drive actions to reduce poverty by setting a specific and realistic target, as well as prioritizing actions and initiatives across sectors and at all government levels to help lift Ontarians out of poverty. To inform the new Strategy, the government will be asking Ontario residents how we can encourage job creation...

Anticipated Announcement from the Provincial government about free admission for children to Museums

Free Museum Admission for Children “The OMA Council recently discussed the anticipated announcement from the Provincial government about free admission for children to Museums.  The Museum community is clearly supportive of such an initiative, that would allow access to our facilities to a much wider, and, more vulnerable, audience. A November letter to Minister MacLeod stated the OMA “…was pleased to learn about potential expansion of free children’s admissions to museums across the province. Ontario’s museums have been working to eliminate barriers to entry for many communities, including children, through programs like free times of entry, discounted admissions, and access passes working with public libraries or other service organizations. We know that it is possible to enter 88% of Ontario museums for free, at least at some times. We look forward to working with our members and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to improve access to Ontario museums for all. The Ontario Museum Association is eager to contribute to the development of a museum pass or other enhanced access programs… to ensure its success in all regions across the province.” In anticipation of any announcement, Ontario museums must be prepared to present to the Province the associated cost of free admission to Ontario Museums, and also be prepared to deliver data that substantiates a request for funding to support this initiative. Members need to consider any loss of current revenue, cost of additional on-site gate and gallery staff, additional maintenance, and costs of related materials and supplies. There are also longer term costs to consider such as wear and tear on infrastructure. The anticipated announcement is forward...

Summary of SOLS Licensing Activities in 2019

Summary of SOLS Licensing Activities in 2019: “E-resources and E-collections 2019 Recap…“We would like to thank all libraries who recently ordered 2020 licenses through the Provincial and Supplemental Licensing programs, as well as the shared provincial OverDrive and French eBook  collections. We believe strongly in the benefits of consortia purchasing, and we value your continued support in this area! Here’s a rundown: Provincial Licensing – 214 libraries spent approximately $2.7 million on 69 different products, with a collective savings of over $508,000. Supplemental Licensing – In total, 75 public libraries spent approximately $1.1 million among 32 available products and saved nearly $231,000. Once again this year, we received the highest discount that Lynda.com offers (20%) due to the high level of library participation. Provincial OverDrive Consortium – The consortium has 187 member libraries for 2020, with access to a shared collection valued at over $4 million. There were 2,985,074 checkouts in 2019 – an increase of over 10% from 2018. Libraries that serve a population of 100,000 or less and do not currently have their own OverDrive collection are eligible to join this group, for details please visit: https://www.sols.org/index.php/overdrive French E-book Collection: The French E-book Collection currently has 33 member libraries, and the current contract will expire on March 31, 2020. SOLS has issued an RFQ for French content vendors and will be selecting a vendor in February to continue supplying French digital content for the April 1, 2020 contract renewal date. This collection currently provides access to e-Books only, but as a result of member feedback the platform will also include eAudio titles in April 2020. Any public library in Ontario is eligible to...

2nd Notice of 2020 FOPL Annual General Meeting

FOPL MEMBERS: 2nd Notice of 2020 FOPL Annual General Meeting ACTION ITEM:  If you or your board representative are not able to attend this Annual Business Meeting, Please fill out and return the attached 2020 Proxy to help ensure that we have quorum to conduct business. Thank you. The Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto (Room TBD) at the OLA Super Conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Registration opens – 3:30 p.m   PLEASE LOGIN TO THE MEMBERS SECTION TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD AGM DOCUMENTS Board of Directors Documents FOPL_AGM_AGENDA_2020 2019_AGM_MINUTES...