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CFLA-FCAB Urges the Government of Saskatchewan to Reconsider Budget Cuts to Public Libraries

FYI – Last week the Canadian Federation of Library Associations released a statement in support of the Federal Budget.   Unfortunately, the Saskatchewan Provincial budget was nothing short of horrible for libraries.  The Federation has been working with SLA on a response.  The Federation’s response is below and is currently getting translated so it will be officially released within the next day or so. Paul CFLA-FCAB Urges the Government of Saskatchewan to Reconsider Budget Cuts to Public Libraries. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) shares the deep concern of its member association, the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA), with cuts to library funding in Saskatchewan’s 2017 Budget. These cuts include the elimination of provincial funding for public libraries in Regina and Saskatoon and a reduction of spending by $3.5 million to 7 out of 8 regional libraries, representing 58% of their total provincial funding. While we understand the financial challenges of these economic times, we urge the Government to reconsider these cuts. As Michael Shires, President of SLA, stated: Libraries play a critical role in life-long learning and enhancing the quality of life for citizens of all ages. Libraries matter because they are fundamental to the cultural, educational, recreational, economic, and political well-being of communities and the people of Saskatchewan… These targeted cuts will be detrimental to all citizens of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan libraries are cost-effective and provide an excellent return on investment. Studies show that for every $1 invested in a local library, residents receive $5 to $7 back in benefits. Working collaboratively has enabled Saskatchewan libraries to leverage relatively small funds and small population to do big things. Saskatchewan’s...

CFLA-FCAB Response to 2017 Federal Budget

Canada’s Library Community Embraces Digital Accessibility, Cultural Infrastructure, and Indigenous Language Supports in Budget 2017  March 24th, 2017 (Ottawa) The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) thanks the Government of Canada for measures proposed in the 2017 Federal Budget that will increase accessibility for knowledge and cultural materials, particularly for Indigenous languages, through proposed digitization and infrastructure investments. We support the budget’s commitment to providing Canadians with skills and opportunities to innovate and contribute to the economy. Libraries are community hubs—public spaces with significant IT infrastructure—that will play an important role as Canada’s economy becomes increasingly dependent on the knowledge of our people and the strength of our networks. The budget committed $29.5 million over 5 years to establish the Digital Literacy Exchange Program to support digital literacy initiatives at facilities such as public libraries. “We are pleased that the government recognizes the importance of public libraries in providing digital learning opportunities to Canadians,” said Peter Bailey, CFLA-FCAB Chair. “Libraries are spaces that work toward universal access and teaching basic digital skills to vulnerable groups is an area where services our members provide can be improved and expanded.” CFLA-FCAB welcomes the Budget’s nearly $90 million investment in support of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) languages and cultures, an important part of reconciliation efforts. “This government has shown that it recognizes the importance of funding to the accessibility of cultural materials,” said Bailey. “We thank the Government of Canada for the $14.9 million commitment to support the digitization of Indigenous language and cultural materials by Libraries and Archives Canada.” CFLA-FCAB encouraged the government to invest in library infrastructure directly in...

THINK: ORION Innovation Conference

Spread the word about ORION’s THINK: Open conference View this email in your browser Join us at THINK: Open Spread the word that ORION’s Innovation conference early bird rate ends on March 28! THINK Promo Kit THINK: Open – ORION’s 2017 Conference Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre 89 Chestnut St., Toronto About THINK: Open THINK is an annual conference hosted by ORION, bringing together Ontario’s innovative ecosystem of scientists, students, educators, clinicians, entrepreneurs, politicians, citizens, and more. Communities around the world are embracing the strength of multidisciplinary teams to fuel solutions to intractable problems. Our 2017 conference, THINK: Open, will feature discussion on how openness is affecting education, research, governments and the technologies that support them. How to take action: To ensure that all interested organizations and individuals from across Ontario have heard about our conference, we ask that you assist us in spreading the word. Here are some ways in which you can help: Share this website with your colleagues Forward this email Post this opportunity in your institution’s newsletter, social media, or bulletin board with the assistance of our PR kit Thank you for your continued support of ORION and we appreciate your assistance with this.   THINK Sponsors FORWARD TO A FRIEND For more information, please contact: Cathy Bogaart Director, Marketing and Communications (416) 507-9860 ext. 250 cathy.bogaart@orion.on.ca FOLLOW ORION ON SOCIAL MEDIA Copyright © 2017 ORION – Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you either signed up for our newsletter or are an employee at an institution on the ORION network. ORION is a non-profit...

The Economic Impact of Vaughan Public Libraries On the City of Vaughan

The Economic Impact of Vaughan Public Libraries On the City of Vaughan Summary of Findings: Vaughan Public Library Delivers $5.95 of Economic Impact for Every $1 Spent, for a total economic impact of over $80 million The results of Vaughan Public Library’s economic impact demonstration clearly indicate that Vaughan Public Libraries delivers a strong Return on Investment, through the delivery of library services that enhance Vaughan’s competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to a better quality of life for all. For every dollar invested in Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL), Vaughan residents receive $5.95 in value. This benefit results from the market value of services delivered, or direct tangible benefits and the stimulus to Vaughan’s economy from direct spending and re-spending (indirect tangible benefits). The Economic Impact of VPL on the City of Vaughan.doc 01’15  ...

Creation Space Symposium at Vaughan Public Libraries April 25th

Hi FOPL Friends: Attached please find an invitation to attend a Creation Space Symposium Vaughan Public Libraries are hosting April 25th, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Vaughan City Hall. So You’ve Built a Creation Space – Now What? Discovering and Discussing the Impact, Integration and Challenges of the Maker Movement Within Our Community. Inexpensive, informative, and fun.  What more could you ask for? Please feel free to share this invitation with everyone. Hope to see you in April! Margie Margie Singleton, BA, MLS, MCML Chief Executive Officer Vaughan Public Libraries 2191 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, Ontario L6A 4W2 905.653.READ (7323) ext. 4601 Enrich   Inspire   Transform Our Mission:  Vaughan Public Libraries offers welcoming destinations that educate, excite and empower our community Cheers, Stephen   Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 FOPL: 416-395-0746 Registration Form – So You’ve Built a Creation Space Now What Invitation – So You’ve Built a Creation Space Now What...

Toronto library unveils guide for spotting #Fakenews

Toronto library unveils guide for spotting #Fakenews http://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-library-unveils-guide-for-spotting-fakenews-1.3318625 The Toronto Public Library’s guide to fake news can be found at tpl.ca/spotfakenews        ...

Pickering Library Article in the Toronto Star

Just wanted to bring your attention to this article in case you missed it: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/03/05/pickering-residents-borrow-internet-with-a-library-card.html The clients’ stories in the article demonstrate the power of stories to convey impact.  In fact, it was the stories that peaked the interest of the...

Brampton Library Wins ALA-PLA Upstart Innovation Award

Brampton Library Wins ALA-PLA Upstart Innovation Award Brampton Library Wins ALA-PLA Upstart Innovation Award Librarianship.ca > News > Kudos > Brampton Library Wins ALA-PLA Upstart Innovation Award Brampton Library Wins ALA-PLA Upstart Innovation Award February 25, 2017 “Congratulations to the Brampton Library on receiving the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Upstart Innovation Award! The Upstart Library Innovation Award honors a public library’s innovative or creative service program with a $2,000 honorarium. The 2017 winner is Brampton Library in Brampton, Ontario, Canada for its Welcoming Newcomers for Settlement Success initiative. The library partners with the City of Brampton and Brampton Transit to offer bus tours to newcomers, which take participants around to the library branches and other citywide highlights. Along the route, library staff promote collections and programs to help guide participants’ settlement success in Canada.”  ...

Libraries 2025 Priorities Website Available

http://symposia.library.on.ca/?id=2025.asp&label=2025 This website captures the themes that most public libraries in Ontario participated in and provided at the Libraries2025 Summit at the Royal York Hotel.  Building on the success of Libraries 2020 Summit it provides a report on what we’ve done collaboratively, where we stand, and what is still to do.  The directors and CEOs of FOPL, CULC, OLA, OLS-North, and SOLS are committed to tackling all of these themes in conjunction with public libraries across the province. This is what we heard from you: Three themes emerged at Libraries 2025: the need for libraries to have the tools to tell their story; the need to have trained and knowledgeable staff; and the ongoing transition and evolution of libraries. What are we doing now: How to get involved: IMAGINE THE FUTURE Sharing our stories: via social media We need your: stats, HR coordinators, special skills Identify specific interests: create pilot programs Upcoming & Future: Joint webinar: update on Libraries 2025 progress On demand feedback e.g.: government platform (polling plug-in) forums (survey monkey) Take a look at the website ans you can see the map we’ve created collaboratively through our work with our community though our collective associations and agencies to build capacity in Ontario’s public...