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2019 – International Year of Indigenous Language: Call for applications and nominations of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2019

2019 – International Year of Indigenous Language Call for applications and nominations of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2019 The deadline for submitting candidatures is approaching on 16 June 2019!Nominating entities can submit their nominations by Sunday 23 June 2019. Every year, the prizes are organized around a specific theme. This year’s focus is on: ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’. The nomination process is taking place via an online platform. An applicant can access the online application form by requesting the creation of a user account through this link You will also find relevant information on the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes website Any enquiries with regard to the application and nomination process should be addressed to the Secretariat of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes (phone: +33 1 45 68 08 59; e-mail: literacyprizes@unesco.org). Thank you in advance for your kind attention. Yours sincerely, Secretariat of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Thank you! The 2019 – International Year of Indigenous Language Team / L’équipe de l’Année internationale des langues autochtones...

Changes to Interlibrary Loan Services in Ontario: Details and Frontline Impact for Public Libraries and Patrons 

Changes to Interlibrary Loan Services in Ontario Details and Frontline Impact for Public Libraries and Patrons  As many of you are now aware, SOLS and OLS-North recently announced a resumption of interlibrary loan services in Ontario following extensive discussion with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As outlined in an earlier update, this year’s Ontario budget maintains provincial operating funding for public libraries at existing levels. The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries appreciates the Ontario government’s commitment to maintaining this investment in local public libraries and its recognition of the essential role they play in communities across the province. Our collective efforts to engage with local MPPs and educate them about the enormous contributions public libraries deliver to the people of our communities was invaluable in demonstrating the need to protect what matters most amidst the government’s fiscal mandate. However, the Ontario budget also included reductions to SOLS and OLS-North’s 2019/2020 budget allocations. FOPL, alongside the Ontario Library Association, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that Minister Tibollo, his office and our counterparts at the Ministry were aware of the frontline impacts that these reductions would have across Ontario, particularly outside major urban centres. The voice in support of libraries was heard across the province. We are encouraged that the province re-engaged with SOLS and OLS-N to ensure that critical, frontline library services would continue. However, the funding reductions to Ontario’s library services agencies have not changed, and with the reduced SOLS and OLS-N budgets we can expect that public libraries will have less access to important, cost-effective, centralized library services they depend on. We will continue...

Special Offer for Ontario Public Libraries for the $10,000/month Google Adwords Grant

You can review the recording of the FOPL KOIOS webinar here. Here is the recording of this webinar (slides and voice).  zoom_0.mp4 It outlines their offer and the value to the first 15 Ontario public libraries to get 60 days at no charge to set up their Google Grant eligibility and start their account and build a few campaigns to test your results.  It’s a great deal and you’re under no obligation to work with KOIOS afterwards but they are offering special pricing to FOPL Members as below.  It’s better to engage with Bea Pitocco at KOIOS and learn more after you’ve reviewed the webinar!  Indeed, you CAN do this yourselves and work with the start-up that KOIOS is offering – but everything can work better and faster with a helping hand from them. Our vision is to blanket Ontario with positive and call to action ads for Ontario’s public libraries.  This builds on the OpenMediaDesk Initiative of the past three years – our Facebook boosts program, the LDII (Library Digital Impact Index) measurement strategy, the OMD training and our eOMD APP!  More coming over 2019-2020! The First 15 ‘charter’ libraries who sign up before August 30th for a full One Year Contract receive 30% Discount based on the following Pricing.  In addition, these 15 “Leader Libraries” will make up our initial Canadian Users Group and will have access to a Facebook Group that will act as a meeting place for comments/suggestions on KOIOS Marketing.   Furthermore, the first 15 will benefit from the added Provincial marketing piece that will come from FOPL receiving our Koios Marketing Service(s) at...

June 15-Data for the GLAM Value Study – – 15 juin-Données pour l’Étude sur la valeur des GLAM

French text follows   Dear Colleagues: A friendly reminder that we still need statistical data and that you have until June 15 to contribute to the Study on the Value of GLAMs. As you know, the presentation about the GLAMs Value Study at the 2019 GLAM Summit was of preliminary findings. The exchanges were very useful, and were an opportunity to raise awareness about the study in progress. Because the study needs to be representative of Canada and built on robust data from all the types and sizes of institutions from across the country, we invite you to: provide statistical data for the Value Study and participate in a short survey on the GLAM professionals’ perception of the social benefits of GLAMs. We are grateful to those of you who have kindly agreed to provide usage statistics.Your participation will greatly enhance the quality of what will be a valuable tool for GLAMs to communicate their value to policy makers and funders, as well as to users; now is your opportunity to contribute to its development! Attached you will find information about the Study and the requested types of data. Please send your data or data-related questions to the research team atatessler@oxfordeconomics.com by June 15th. In our survey of the Canadian population that we conducted recently, we asked respondents to consider the importance of the contribution of GLAMs to Canadian society. We would like to ask GLAM professionals to respond to this survey as well, to provide comparative data. We kindly ask you to fill in the following eight very short questionnaires. It should take no longer than ten minutes. It will be greatly appreciated if you can respond to...

Public Library Service Awards 2019 – Call for Submissions / Prix d’excellence des bibliothèques publiques 2019 – Appel de candidatures

Public Library Service Awards 2019 – Call for Submissions / Prix d’excellence des bibliothèques publiques 2019 – Appel de candidatures Public Library Service Awards 2019 – Call for Submissions Deadline: July 31st, 2019 The call is out for projects that demonstrate the excellence and innovation that are hallmarks of public library services in Ontario. If your library has a successful innovative program or excellent service, be sure to enter the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s 2019 Public Library Service Awards. The deadline for submitting projects for the awards is July 31, 2019. Details on the 2019 Public Library Service Awards and a copy of the submission form are attached to this e-mail. Direct inquiries and submissions can be sent to:   Adam Haviaras Programs and Services Branch Culture Division Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport E-mail address: adam.haviaras@ontario.ca www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/awards_funding/oplsa.shtml   Each award includes three categories: Small, Medium, and Large public libraries. See the attached Call for Submissions form for details.   Public Library Service Awards 2018 – http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/libraries/oplsa_winners.shtml Prix d’excellence des bibliothèques publiques 2019 – Appel de candidatures Date limite: 31 juillet 2019 Nous invitons toutes les bibliothèques à soumettre des projets qui illustrent bien l’excellence et l’innovation qui sont les traits marquants des services de bibliothèque publique en Ontario. Si votre bibliothèque a mis en oeuvre avec succès un programme novateur ou un excellent service, n’hésitez pas à le soumettre au concours des Prix d’excellence des bibliothèques publiques 2019 du ministère du tourisme, de la culture et du sport. La date limite pour présenter un projet au concours est le 31 juillet 2019. Vous trouverez de plus amples renseignements sur les Prix d’excellence des...

Librarians question whether book delivery program really restored

Librarians question whether book delivery program really restored Scott Miller, CTV London Published Monday, June 3, 2019 4:25PM EDT  “Despite word that the province says interlibrary loans are being reinstated, the cost of the new system has prompted at least one library to put it on hold. The Hanover Library loaned out 2,600 books in 2018, and received a little over 1,000 books using the Interlibrary Loan Service. So when it was shuttered due to provincial cutbacks earlier this year, they were shocked and saddened. RELATED STORIES Library services funding cut by half in Ontario budget On Friday, the provincial government changed their minds, saying they had restored the program. But many librarians aren’t so sure. The vans that delivered books across Ontario aren’t returning. Instead, libraries are supposed to share books through the mail, and apply for a provincial rebate for some of the postage at year’s end. At the Hanover Library, they anticipate this new system will cost them between $10,000 and $15,000 a year. So Hanover, like many other Ontario libraries, have put their interlibrary lending on hold as they try to figure out how to handle the impending budget...

Proposed changes to Development Charges Act and Planning Act

Proposed changes to Development Charges Act and Planning Act Bill 108 More Homes, More Choices Act – introduced in the legislature May 2, 2019 makes amendments to both the Development Charges Act and Section 37 of the Planning Act. The bill is currently proceeding to Third Reading. The net effect of these changes is to more specifically prescribe what municipalities are allowed to collect these for from developers and more predictability about the amounts. This has a potential significant impact on public libraries: 1 – Development Charges Act – among the changes made is adding to the list of things that municipalities “may impose development charges to pay for increased capital costs required because of increased needs only for the following services”. This specifies a list of eligible items whereas the previous act was silent and left this up to the municipality for interpretation. We are advised by our government relations firm that while the revised Act is more prescriptive, it is not clear whether the “other services as prescribed” item on the list, could include capital costs for libraries, and whether newly opened libraries will be eligible for funding under this new model. However, further discussion with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing staff indicate that the intention of Bill 108 is for soft services – such as public library capital costs – are to no longer be collected through development charges but under a new Community Benefits Charge set out in the bill. We are still awaiting clarification on the language in the Bill that mandates this change. We are informed that development charges collected to date for public libraries are not supposed to be retroactively redistributed, and this would only apply from the go-forward of date of the Bill becoming law....

Meet Emma Boettcher, the University of Chicago librarian who just beat James Holzhauer on ‘Jeopardy!’

Meet Emma Boettcher, the University of Chicago librarian who just beat James Holzhauer on ‘Jeopardy!’ https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-ent-jeopardy-james-holzhauer-emma-boettcher-20190603-story.html “She won $46,801, which she said she plans to use to pay off student loans and give back to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. She got her master’s degree in information science from UNC in 2016, and wrote her master’s paper on predicting the difficulty of trivia questions using “Jeopardy!” clues.” New ‘Jeopardy!’ champ now America’s most famous librarian...

Report: Coworking in Libraries and Other Ways these Civic Spaces are Evolving

Report: Coworking in Libraries and Other Ways these Civic Spaces are Evolving Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDOcket https://www.infodocket.com/2019/06/04/report-coworking-in-libraries-and-other-ways-these-civic-spaces-are-evolving/ From the Fifth Estate: “In Melbourne, the State Library is moving with the times and the changing needs of the local population. From start up spaces to podcasting equipment and more. [Clip] Anna Burkey, who will head up the StartSpace coworking space in the library when it opens in 2020, says coworking in a library makes sense because people are already using them as public workspaces – as many as 15 per cent of all visitors. [Clip] “We will be open 70 hours a week, as we are trying to bring in new types of entrepreneurs.” Read the Complete Report (approx. 900 words)”...