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Provincial Support for Cost-effective Inter-library Loans ends April 26, 2019 in Ontario.

“A message from our CEO for all VDX Operators It is with great sadness that I have to inform public libraries in southern Ontario that the SOLS interlibrary loan delivery service will permanently cease to operate, effective April 26th, 2019. I know this is very sad and disappointing news but given the enormity of the cut to our operating budget, there is no alternative. Even under our previous budget allocation, it was becoming difficult to sustain the service because of ever increasing operating costs. Please read the following information carefully: Interlibrary Loan Service VDX accounts will all be under suspension until at least May 31.  This will prevent ZPortal patron access as well. What does this mean for ILL operators? You can monitor your existing ILL requests, and apply actions (e.g. returned, received, checked in) as necessary. Existing requests in a pending state will automatically expire and end up as “Not supplied/check manual” or “end of rota”, in your work queue. Either way, the pending requests will not be filled. You will not receive any new lending requests, or be able to issue any new borrowing requests. If you have books from other libraries that need to be returned after April 26th, you must mail them. Use the Library Shipping tool at https://libraryshippingtool.ca/en/home/ to access the library book rate. Libraries should be prepared to absorb the cost of postage. We can’t stop out of province (out of INFO) requests from being processed by VDX. You have the option to fill these requests or not. What does this mean for Zportal? Patrons will see a message when attempting to log into ZPortal...

Compiled Recent Press on Ontario Government OLS Cuts

RadioCanada Podcast Interview with Barbara Franchetto CEO SOLS Ford halves funding for Ontario public library services Ford halves funding for Ontario public library services Ford government cuts Ontario Library Service budgets in half https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/04/18/ford-government-cuts-ontario-library-service-budgets-in-half.html Province slashes Ontario Library Service funding by 50% ‘It’s a huge issue,’ says Windsor Public Library CEO https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/ontario-library-service-funding-pc-doug-ford-1.5102406 Funding for library services slashed by half in Ontario budget Funding for library services slashed by half in Ontario budget            ...

SOLS Budget Cuts in 2019/2020

SOLS Budget Cuts in 2019/2020 SOLS Budget Cuts in 2019/2020   “This announcement was also posted on the SOLS blog https://www.sols.org/blog/2019/04/16/sols-budget-cuts-in-2019-2020/ A good comment on the impact of SOLS: SOLS has been a lifeline for libraries – particularly smaller libraries whose Townships do not have the revenue base to support the quality of services smaller libraries have been able to give their communities with SOLS support. One has to ask the question is there a rural-urban divide here? SOLS provides:- – professional advice on policy issues; CEO advice when handling Council or Library Boards – networking meetings for library CEOs, steered by our designated SOLS Library Consultant – Inter Library Loans – connecting smaller centres with all of Ontario’s libraries collections – Courier Services that connect us to other libraries for shared “pooled” collections – such as Large Print – to assist our aging community – Training for Library Board Governance – a vital service for members, particularly new members – Training and skill-set building for Library Staff through SOLS training workshops, assisting us in many areas, including working with the most vulnerable in our communities – Researching “best practices” for libraries on an ongoing basis, through analysing information and observing libraries behaviour, to advise and contribute the data which allows each individual library to continuously improve their services to their specific community’s needs, particularly their most vulnerable members SOLS is our “Mother Ship” allowing all libraries to work together as one unit serving Ontarians so that everyone has equal access to library services.”  ...

How to Read Aloud to Your Kid, According to Audiobook Narrators

How to Read Aloud to Your Kid, According to Audiobook Narrators https://offspring.lifehacker.com/how-to-read-aloud-to-your-kid-according-to-audiobook-n-1833998192 “Reading to your kids is important however you do it—at bedtime or during the day, with picture books or novels, on your own or with zany sound effects. Hey, science says so. But if you’re feeling like your readings are becoming a little lackluster, or you just want to up your game, here’s some advice from those who make a living out of reading aloud: audiobook narrators. Choose the right book Even if you love a certain book, it might not be the best pick for reading aloud. Mary Robinette Kowal, the voice behind audiobooks including Seveneves and Digging In, suggests looking for stories with a small cast of characters (if there are too many, it becomes difficult to vocally distinguish between them, unless you’re Mel Blanc), self-contained scenes (narratives that jump around in time might get confusing) and “language that lends itself to an almost onomatopoeic sense.” She gives the example of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories, which were written specifically to be read aloud. “He uses rhythm and onomatopoeia to make really dynamic sentences that are just plain fun to read,” Kowal explains. There are tons of great read-aloud book lists out there for every age group—I usually love any selection by Sarah Mackenzie, founder of Read-Aloud Revival. Do a pre-reading To make sure your reading flows, do a quick read-through before it’s game time. Suzy Jackson, who has narrated more than a hundred titles including the Dory Fantasmagory series, tells Vox that while she’s preparing to read a book, she’ll underline character names and draw an arrow next to it so that she always knows who’s talking before she launches...

Ithaka S+R’s capstone report for the Indigenous Studies

Dear Members, For your information. Please share widely. There were a number of CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee members involved in this report. ———- Chers membres, À titre d’information. Veuillez le partager à volonté (disponible en anglais seulement). Il y avait plusieurs membres du Comité sur les questions autochtones qui ont participé à créer ce rapport. The Ithaka S+R’s capstone report for the Indigenous Studies project ready for your review and to share widely! http://sr.ithaka.org/publications/supporting-the-research-practices-of-indigenous-studies-scholars   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 @kdmccolgan CFLA-FCAB recognizes the Algonquin peoples as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located. La FCAB-CFLA reconnaît les Algonquins comme les gardiens traditionnels des terres dans lesquelles se trouve notre...

ADVOCACY ALERT Ontario Budget 2019

ADVOCACY ALERT  Ontario Budget 2019 Yesterday afternoon, the government of Ontario released their 2019/20 Ontario Budget. In the lead up to the 2019/20 Budget, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) engaged with the government to share our   recommendations for ensuring modern, sustainable public libraries in communities across Ontario.  Working alongside many of our local library partners, we prepared a budget submission, presented before the Legislative Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and participated in the Minister of Finance’s pre-Budget consultations. Although the Budget does not specifically mention libraries, we will be working with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport to better understand the upcoming fiscal plan. We look forward to engaging with you further regarding yesterday’s announcements as we learn more. OLA and FOPL are focused on a long-term advocacy strategy to advocate on and work with the Ontario Government to secure a modern approach to supporting libraries so that Ontario’s Public, School and First Nations Libraries can continue to support local communities with reliable broadband Internet access, supports for local economic development, and frontline access for digital government services. http://fopl.ca/news/ontario-2019-2020-provincial-budget-documents/ Library Day at Queen’s Park 2019 As part of OLA and FOPL’s ongoing advocacy efforts, we are looking forward to organizing a Library Day at Queen’s Park in November 28, 2019. Library Day at Queen’s Park is an opportunity for Ontario’s library leaders to meet with Ministers, MPPs and policy makers to discuss the value and impact of libraries for the people of Ontario. Regional Government Review Currently, a review of regional government of 8 regional municipalities and Simcoe County is underway....

Ontario 2019-2020 Provincial Budget Documents

Listed below are the Ontario 2019-2020 Provincial Budget Documents for your information. More on Friday. Note that the cover is a picture taken at Vaughan Public Libraries and the theme of the Budget is: “Protecting What Matters Most” 2019 Budget Highlights 2019 Budget News Release 2019 Budget Papers 2019 Budget Speech BG1_Fiscal BG2_Matters BG3_Jobs BG4_People BG5_Tax BG6_Alcohol BG7_Seniors BG8_Transit BG9_Auto BG10_North 2019 Budget en francais Allocution du budget 2019 Communiqué budgétaire 2019 Doc. info 1_Finances Doc. info 2_Essentiel Doc. info 3_Emplois Doc. info 4_Population Doc. info 5_Impôt Doc. info 6_Alcool Doc. info 7_Personnes âgées Doc. info 8_Transport en commun Doc. info 9_Auto Doc. info 10_Nord Documents budgétaires 2019 Points saillants du budget...