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A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by rdlankes “A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their community? This presentation makes the argument that our communities do not need more information literacy, a greater emphasis on quality information, or a neutral institution. Rather our communities need trusted partners helping weave together common understandings of events and priorities. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Sarasota.mp3 A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts from R. David Lankes on...

5 steps to better stakeholder management

5 steps to better stakeholder management 5 steps to better stakeholder management “1.  Identify the stakeholders who will help you fulfil your goals Who are the influencers and key players who can help you get things done, and who can prevent plans from being realised? How are you supporting the current higher strategic goals of your institution or those of your library? Whose gains or pains are you trying to address? Who your allies in getting things done, and who do you really depend on? Who are not yet your allies and who are absolutely crucial to gain the funding or take-up you need to move forward with your new idea? List the ones that will help you achieve or obstruct your aims for the coming period by using a mapping software like MindManager or by drawing a mind map. 2.  Create a stakeholder matrix Next, plot your stakeholders by name and/or function on a matrix graph to reveal and/or visualise who your influential stakeholders are and where they stand in relation to your new process, policy, project or service. Key players have the most influence and interest in what you do. Influencers have less interest in your initiative at this stage but they are influential so important to convert. Your Fans are keen followers but lack influence to have a significant effect on what you plan to do. The Curious are stakeholders with less power and less interest in your initiative. 3.  Create a short stakeholder summary Create a short stakeholder matrix summary and prioritise each stakeholder based on their influence and interest. List your Key Players and Influencers first....

Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books

Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books The latest bookmobile will hit the road in May http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-mobile-library-books-1.3991581 “The Toronto Public Library is putting the finishing touches on its newest asset — a technology-filled branch on wheels. The city’s Library Board will be updated on Tuesday about the state of a new bookmobile that will be hitting the streets later this year. “The bookmobile provides service to some of the city’s most vulnerable and isolated residents.” city librarian Vickery Bowles told CBC Toronto Monday in an interview. Bringing books to refugees Bowles says the rolling branch played an important role last year in helping Syrian refugees when they were temporarily housed in hotels. City librarian Vickery Bowles says Toronto residents rely on the library for access to technology as much as they do books. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) “The bookmobile visited regularly to those hotels and got people library cards and books to those families when they were just getting settled in Canada. The bookmobile is also able to reach people who lack mobility due to age, illness or some kind of socio-economic or linguistic barriers.””  ...

FOPL welcomes Helen Morrison, our new administrator

After a long search, we’re happy to announce that Helen Morrison has joined FOPL as our member administrative assistant. Helen comes to use with many qualities that will help us keep the FOPL ship sailing well. She has experience with not-for-profits, office management, bookkeeping, editing, desktop publishing, and marketing. Please join me in welcoming Helen to FOPL.  Her e-mail is admin@fopl.ca Stephen Stephen Abram executive director, FOPL  ...

CBC: Rewriting their narratives: local libraries are becoming hubs of technology

Rewriting their narratives: local libraries are becoming hubs of technology Library programming expands to include more digital options to stay relevant, the service says http://www.cbc.ca/news/ontario-toronto-public-library-technology-innovation-1.3964375 “Record a podcast. Borrow musical instruments. Heck, even learn to weave. Those aren’t activities people typically think of doing at a public library, but they’re all possible at many Toronto branches. The offerings are just part of the library’s shift to stay relevant in the digital age, Linda Hazzan, a spokeswoman for Toronto Public Library said. The library saw more than 8,000 people use the “digital innovation hubs” found at three branches, which include everything from 3D printing, to recording studios and coding programs. “Today it might be a story time and tomorrow might be a maker program,” Hazzan said. The so-called maker programs teach kids and adults new skills: think crafting, web design and video...

Oxford County Library is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with a contest of interesting things to do at the library

Oxford County Library is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with a contest of interesting things to do at the library http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2017/02/13/oxford-county-library-is-celebrating-canadas-150th-anniversary-with-a-contest-of-interesting-things-to-do-at-the-library “Libraries can be more than just a place to browse the stacks and check out books. As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Oxford County Library is collecting a list of 150 things to do at the library. All year patrons will be asked to contribute to the list by sharing personal photos or detailing their favorite library moments. “We’re celebrating 2017 as a year of discovery and sharing,” said chief librarian Lisa Miettinen. “This contest encourages library users to share their favourite library moments to help others discover new and interesting ways to interact with the library. In fact, many people may be surprised to learn about all the different things you can do at the Oxford County Library. Launched on Friday, systems support librarian Sarah McDonald said they already had some patrons upload their ideas onto the web page www.ocl.net/CAN150atOCL.”  ...

Call for Proposals: 2017 Rural Libraries Conference

Call for Proposals: 2017 Rural Libraries Conference February 13, 2017 You are invited to attend the 2017 Rural Libraries Conference at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta. This annual conference, hosted by Peace Library System, attracts more than 150 delegates, including library trustees, school and public library staff and librarians from northwestern Alberta, northeastern British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Over the course of two days, delegates are able to network, attend the exhibitor tradeshow, and participate in sessions on a variety of library-related topics. We are currently seeking session proposals for one hour and fifteen minute presentations at the conference. To submit your proposal, send the following information to the conference coordinator at estewart@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca. This year’s theme will be Celebrating the Canadian Spirit: Diversity In Our Libraries. We are particularly looking for sessions on the topics of celebrating diversity, serving diverse populations and cultures, and inclusion, but will accept submissions on a variety of library-related topics. Be sure to include the following information with your submission: About you: Name Affiliation Position/title Contact information: including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address About your program: Session title Session description (around 100 words) The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 10th, 2017. Questions? Contact the conference coordinator at estewart@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca. We hope you’ll join us at the 2017 Rural Libraries...

First Nations Public Library Week

First Nations Public Library Week Date February 13, 2017 00:00 – February 18, 2017 23:59 + Add to my Calendar Location Ontario Details Website: http://www.olsn.ca/fnplw/ Theme: Revitalizing Community Spirit Since 2000, First Nation Public Libraries have used one week every February to raise awareness of their resources, services, programs and activities. In First Nation communities, this week is not only an opportunity to promote public library services, but it also celebrates cultural uniqueness through creative library programming. As a multi-level, multi-purpose program that encourages all Ontario libraries to join in its celebration, First Nations Public Library Week is an event that can be enjoyed by library patrons and community members across the province. About the Theme Revitalizing Community Spirit is a theme that inspires First Nation public libraries to recognize and build upon their social responsibility to be part of an important community network. The theme encourages libraries to foster human connection, family socialization, and relationship...