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2019-2020 Call for nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register

CFLA Please disseminate widely 2019-2020 Call for nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register   In collaboration with its Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is pleased to launch the third Call for Nominations for inscriptions on the Canada Memory of the World Register. This Register recognizes significant documentary heritage related to Canada and its peoples, and is one of the vehicles of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program which aims at preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as the embodiment of the memory of humanity.   In recognition of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024, CCUNESCO extends a special call for documentary heritage related to Black Canadians with the goal of increasing awareness of this community’s diverse cultures, history, and contributions to Canadian society.   CCUNESCO continues to extend a special call for proposals for documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures. Many are considered to be endangered, and their preservation, strengthening and revitalization are of crucial importance to Indigenous peoples and to Canadian society.   We invite all individuals, private or public institutions, organizations and communities to consult CCUNESCO’s website for more information on this process. The deadlines for declarations of interest are December 2, 2019 and March 2, 2019.   The Secretariat   **************************     Veuillez diffuser largement 2019-2020 Appel à candidatures: Inscriptions au Registre de la Mémoire du monde du Canada   En collaboration avec son Comité consultatif canadien de la Mémoire du monde, la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO (CCUNESCO) est heureuse de lancer le troisième Appel à candidatures pour le Registre de la Mémoire du...

Ontario to lose more than 10,000 teaching positions over five years under Ford government changes: watchdog

This can be predicted to have an impact on public libraries as more school libraries risk having less staff support. This is a report by the Ontario government’s Financial Accountability Office of Ontario. “Ontario to lose more than 10,000 teaching positions over five years under Ford government changes: watchdog Ontario will lose more than 10,000 teaching positions over the next five years under changes by the Ford government that boost class sizes and usher in mandatory online classes, says a new report by the legislature’s independent financial watchdog. Some 994 elementary positions and 9,060 secondary that would have been needed will be gone from the education system, says the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario, which looked at the impact of the changes when compared to 2018-19 and using student ratios from that year — before the bigger classes were announced — and also includes coming enrolment increases. This year alone, there are 2,826 fewer teachers than there would have been under the previous teacher/student ratios, says the report released Thursday at Queen’s Park. “When we analyze any program change, we always look at what we call the baseline,” said Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman, speaking to reporters at Queen’s Park. “… Really, what it means is, had there been no change to the education program, to class sizes, because of the significant population growth and enrolment growth that that would entail — if nothing had changed we would need 10,000 more teacher jobs five years out.” The government’s estimate of 3,475 positions is based on “jobs that will be taken out of the system that currently exist. So both...

39 municipalities and three school boards to conduct independent, financial reviews

See below a release from government today about municipalities accessing government funding for municipal audits. The objective is to help these municipalities audit their books to: Modernize services and better utilize digital and shared service models Find better ways of governance Redirect funding to those that need it most This has potential implications for library budgets. Reports will be completed December 2019/January 2020.   The list of municipalities is:   Ajax, Barrie, Brampton, Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Clarington, Durham Region, Greater Sudbury, Guelph, Halton Region, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Niagara Region, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peel Region, Peterborough, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Whitby, Windsor, and York Region.   News Release Ontario Government Supporting Municipalities and School Boards to Protect Front Line Services September 26, 2019 39 municipalities and three school boards to conduct independent, financial reviews Thanks to the province’s Audit and Accountability Fund, all 39 municipalities and three school boards eligible for funding will be conducting independent reviews to find efficiencies, save taxpayer dollars and focus spending on vital programs and services that Ontarians rely on every day. “Our government is working hard to build a foundation for our long-term prosperity and to achieve that it will be essential to work cooperatively with our municipal and education partners,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. “That’s why we established the Audit and Accountability Fund to give our partners the tools they need to conduct reviews of their books. I commend these municipalities and school boards for doing their part to build...

Rebecca Raven announces retirement from Brampton Public Library

Notice of the Retirement of the Chief Executive Officer Brampton Library announces the retirement of Rebecca Raven from the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 31, 2020. Jaipaul Massey Singh, Brampton Library Board Chair said: ”It’s been a true pleasure to have worked with Rebecca over the past years; her deep knowledge, collaborative nature, and passion for the role libraries play in a community has inspired many to think boldly about the future of Brampton Library. Rebecca’s leadership has extended beyond the walls of our buildings and into the community as a whole where she and the organization have set an example for what partnership and innovation look like.” Ms. Raven has stewarded the organization through significant change, responding to and anticipating the needs of residents in an energetic, rapidly growing city since she was hired as the Brampton Library’s CEO in 2013. Her key contributions are many and include the following:  The 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, developed with Board and community input, focuses on the modernization of Brampton’s perceptions of public library service and was launched in conjunction with a complementary visual identity and logo  Springdale Branch Library opened in the spring of 2018 to accolades from the community and beyond. This award-winning architectural gem is a beacon in the neighbourhood and welcomes more than 1,000 customers daily  The On-the-Go Mobile Van, launched in 2018, provides increased access to 21st century digital literacies by taking technology to underserved areas of the City  The South West Branch, Brampton Library’s eighth location, is scheduled to open in late fall 2019  Significant investments in staff training...

Did you miss the Edge 2.0 Webinar? You have access to the full recording.

Did you miss the Edge 2.0 Webinar yesterday? You have access to the full recording. Watch the recording to see how you can take advantage of your free access to a tool to help you assess your library’s digital services. This tool will allow you to answer questions, such as: What are our library’s digital strengths and opportunities? What are ways to take action on these identified opportunities? How do our program offerings compare to other libraries in Ontario and North America? As part of the Ontario province-wide Edge subscription, you have access to a toolkit that enables your library to assess technology services and operations to make improvements to better serve your community. Watch the Webinar Recording: Edge 2.0 – the technology tool to get you from assessment to impact Hear directly from the Edge Team about the different phases of Edge from preparing for your Edge Assessment to taking action on your results. Watch the Recording Create an Account By creating your Edge account, you will get access to all of the Edge toolkits and resources as you prepare for the assessment. Create an Edge Account Explore the Workbook Download the Edge Assessment Workbook – to familiarize yourself with the type of material covered by the Edge Assessment. Explore the Workbook Feel free to reach out to the Edge team at platformsupport@libraryedge.org with any...

Job Posting – Chief Librarian & Executive Officer Ajax Public Library

Job Posting – Chief Librarian & Executive Officer Ajax Public Library Located just twenty minutes from Toronto, Ajax is part of the Greater Toronto Area, home to more than six million people. The Town is a booming municipality of 120,000 within the Durham Region which shoulders beautiful Lake Ontario. Ajax is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario with a diverse, highly skilled and educated population. As the senior official, this position has overall responsibility for the leadership and general management of the Ajax Public Library and acts as key advisor and liaison to the nine member Board. As CLEO you will coordinate and oversee day-to-day administration through a talented team of staff, ensuring legislative compliance, sound stewardship and fiscal management of the Library. You will lead a staff of 22 full time and 52 part time across three Library branches with a collection of 205,000, circulation of 807,800 and 38,000 members. You will manage a budget of approximately $6 million and will be challenged to achieve improved funding while managing available resources to best achieve Board approved Library objectives. The Ajax Public Library (APL) operates under the Carver Model of Governance and the Chief Librarian & Executive Officer reports directly to the APL Board of Trustees, who generally have skills and experience not directly related to Library Operations. Thus educating and clearly informing Trustees is an important responsibility of the CLEO. Key duties/responsibilities include the following:  Function as Secretary/Treasurer to the Board.  Advise and counsel the Library Board on all matters related to the delivery of local Library services.  Plan the development of Library...

Libraries prepare to celebrate First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario September 29 to October 5, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Libraries prepare to celebrate First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario SUDBURY, ONTARIO (September 23, 2019) – The theme for the 19th annual First Nations Public Library Week (FNPLW) celebration is Revitalizing Indigenous Languages. Libraries across the Province of Ontario will be celebrating First Nation public library services, programs, authors, and patrons from September 29 to October 5, 2019. The FNPLW launch is taking place in Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Public Library on September 30, 2019. To learn more about how you can participate in First Nations Public Library Week visit www.fnplw.olsn.ca. According to the 2018 Ontario Public Library Statistics, there were 47 First Nation public libraries with 18,365 active cardholders who visited the library 268,450 times last year. Libraries also hosted 4,444 public programs which 42,331 people attended. Deanna Nebenionquit, First Nations Capacity Building Advisor with Ontario Library Service – North works with First Nation public librarians in Northern Ontario. “First Nation public libraries offer free services to patrons ranging from free internet access to music lessons, Indigenous language resources to homework help. But most of all, public libraries offer a safe place to visit with your community and access information. First Nations Public Library Week is intended to celebrate the work of First Nation public librarians who operate these community hubs. In honour of the Revitalizing Indigenous Languages theme, I encourage members of the public visit their local public library and say miigwetch or niá:wen to the librarian during First Nations Public Library Week.” First Nations Public Library Week is made possible with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport,...

Toronto Public Library looks beyond books in rebrand

Toronto Public Library looks beyond books in rebrand A new look gives the city’s library system flexibility to promote the wide range of services it offers. http://strategyonline.ca/2019/09/09/toronto-public-library-looks-beyond-books-in-rebrand/  ...

CELA announces new Executive Director

CELA announces new Executive Director I am pleased to share the announcement of CELA’s new Executive Director with you. Rina is looking forward to working with you and your organization to continue advancing equitable public library services for Canadians with print disabilities. Sincerely, Lindsay Tyler Senior Manager, CELA / Gestionnaire principal, CAÉB 437-637-5243 1-855-655-2273 celalibrary.ca / bibliocaeb.ca On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to announce that Rina Hadziev has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Rina brings over 15 years of experience in public library leadership, most recently as Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) in Victoria, British Columbia to her new role as CELA’s Executive Director. Rina was a member of the CELA board from 2016-2019, and played a key role advocating for improved access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for libraries and their patrons through her participation with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council Digital Content Working Group. In her role with Greater Victoria Public Library, Rina spearheaded the integration of new technologies, e-resources and digital collections to better serve library patrons. Rina will join CELA effective October 7, 2019, succeeding Michael Ciccone who left CELA in late August to become CEO of London Public Library. Like Michael, Rina is passionate about the vital role of public libraries in ensuring and facilitating equitable access for their patrons with print disabilities. Under Rina’s leadership, CELA will continue to build on its existing relationships, and her collaborative style will help CELA develop new partnerships which are essential for the continued improvement of accessible library services...