The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is a non-profit with a mandate to benefit Ontario public libraries through advocacy, research, and marketing.

La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario est un organisme à but non-lucratif. Elle a comme mandat, de répondre aux besoins de toutes les bibliothèques, en concentrant leurs efforts dans la recherche, en marketing et en agissant comme plaidoyeur.

Have your say. Complete the MakingItWork Survey today!

Supporting Ontario’s culture sector through career development and business skills training   Have your say. Complete the MakingItWork Survey today!   WorkInCulture is pleased to share our MakingItWork survey! MakingItWork is an exciting new research project taking an in-depth look at the experiences of cultural workers, artists, and organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) in Ontario’s arts, culture, heritage and library sectors. With this survey, we’re aiming to get to the heart of what it’s like to be an artist, a cultural worker and/or operate an organization in our broader cultural sector. The MakingItWork survey, developed by Nordicity, is confidential and should take less than 20 minutes to complete. The survey is available in both English and French, and is accessed via the link below.   TAKE THE SURVEY   By completing the MakingItWork online survey, you will be directly contributing to the building of better programs, services and supports for yourself, as well as for the cultural sector as a whole. In addition, you will be eligible to win a pair of passes to the Creative Works Conference to be held in Toronto on May 10, 2019. Thank you in advance for your contributions to MakingItWork, and for helping us build a stronger cultural sector. Sincerely, Diane Davy Executive Director WorkInCulture     Copyright © 2017 WorkInCulture,Cultural Careers Council of Ontario All rights reserved. WorkInCulture | 27 Carlton Street Suite 304 | Toronto ON, M5B 1L2 416-340-0086 | Want to change how you receive these emails? You can... read more

Ontario Government Introduces [Freeze] Compensation Framework for Designated Executives of Broader Public Sector Employers

“Generally, the “Broader Public Sector” refers to the organizations that receive funding from the Government of Ontario. They are not, however, a part of the government itself. Examples of BPS organizations include hospitals, universities, colleges, and school boards.” It appears to apply to library boards as well. “On July 8th 2014 the Ontario legislature reintroduced as Bill 8 that amends the Ombudsman Act, see: The Bill was carried on first reading.   (PDF: “Of significance, the BPSECA would also apply to libraries. Schedule 9 sets out that local boards as set out in the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act (including library boards) would be subject to the Ontario Ombudsman. “ Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay: August 15, 2018 Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay "TORONTO — Ontario has frozen executive pay across the public sector as it reviews how salary increases are granted to top earners at agencies that include the school boards, universities and hospitals. In a directive issued to public-sector agencies, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says all base salaries for executives cannot increase beyond their current amounts. Bethlenfalvy says the government will review its compensation framework program by June 7, 2019. The freeze affects those who make $100,000 or more at public sector organizations. The move comes after the Progressive Conservative government froze wages of managers in government ministries and ordered a review of executive and management compensation earlier this summer. Premier Doug Ford, who took power at the end of June, has pledged to find $6 billion in “efficiencies.” His government has created an independent commission of inquiry and ordered... read more

Factitious – A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake News

Factitious – A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake News Via Free Technology for Teachers “Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was developed by the American University Game Lab and the American University’s School of Communication. I learned about the game last month when Larry Ferlazzo featured it and I have since shared it in a couple of professional development workshops. It was a hit in both workshops in which I shared it with teachers. To play Factitious simply go to the site and select quick start. You’ll then see an article appear on the screen. Read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green check mark or red X to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story. After you make your selection you’ll get instant feedback and an explanation of how you can tell if the article was a real or fake news story. Factitious does offer the option to create an account to save your progress in a game, but you don’t need to create an account in order to play the game in “quick start” mode. Applications for Education Factitious could be a great game to have students play at the conclusion of a larger lesson about evaluating the credibility of websites. If you don’t want to have students play the game on their own, you could print the articles listed in the game and use them as part of lesson that you teach to your... read more