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.



Ontario public libraries providing exceptional support to children and teens OPLA announces new Teen Services Survey and Award Recipients

Ontario public libraries providing exceptional support to children and teens OPLA announces new Teen Services Survey and Award Recipients   http://accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/Divisions/OPLA/Child_and_youth/Teen%20Services%20Report%20-%20Web%20Version%20-%20Oct%2022.pdf NEWS RELEASE TORONTO, ON (November 6, 2018): Across the province, public libraries remain an essential community partner in the provision of services for teens, according to results of the Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA) Teen Services Survey, released today. As the report reveals, teens are recognized as a significant demographic with unique needs and it has become evident that libraries are responding. Some key findings from the report include: • Teen engagement at public libraries is on the rise, with opportunities for teens in communities big and small to be involved in the library by participating in teen advisory groups, strategic planning, and advising on physical teen space. • Public libraries remain a significant source for teen volunteer opportunities, with 93% of public libraries offering opportunities for teens to volunteer towards their OSSD volunteer hour requirements. • 51.3% of Ontario libraries reported having a makerspace at their library – including 50% of libraries serving fewer than 5,000 people. With more libraries incorporating makerspace programming, OPLA has reason to believe this number has increased further since original data was collected. • Teen programming is evolving, with more libraries offering teen programming that focuses on LGBTQ+ specific programming, homework help, and leadership programs. More than half of Ontario’s libraries are offering some kind of maker programing for teens, with just under half offering digital technology/media, STEM and robotics programming. • Public libraries are an important community partner, with libraries reporting more partnerships with diverse community agencies in support of effective... read more

The Young Canada Works 2019-2020 Campaign has launched!

The Young Canada Works 2019-2020 Campaign has launched! November 13, 2018 The Canadian Council of Archives is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 campaign for the program Young Canada Works (YCW) for both Heritage Organizations and Building Careers in Heritage has been launched. Archival institutions as well as libraries operating in English are now able to apply online for both summer projects and internships via the YCW official web site. Please visit our web site for more information and to obtain a copy of the Employer Guide. You will find the links for the program’s Guidelines and application forms on the YCW website. IMPORTANT: The application deadline for the summer projects is January 15th, 2019. The application deadline to submit applications for internships to CCA is March 1st, 2019. If you have any questions concerning your application in the archival field, do not hesitate to contact Louise Charlebois or Isabelle Alain at ycw_jct@archivescanada.ca If you have any questions concerning your application as a library operating in English, do not hesitate to contact Sabrina Pound at  ycw-cla@archivescanada.ca (Via Canadian Council of... read more

Postmedia Cuts Publishing Days For 4 Newspapers

Postmedia Cuts Publishing Days For 4 Newspapers Postmedia’s local papers are taking another hit. “THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. says four Ontario newspapers will publish printed or digital editions one less day of the week with no reduction in the subscription price. The Kingston Whig-Standard and Belleville Intelligencer will cease Monday papers effective Nov. 19. The Brockville Recorder and Times, and Chatham Daily News will end Wednesday editions as of the same week. Chatham doesn’t have a Monday edition. In notices published on the various websites, readers were told that news will continue to be reported to its local websites and on social media. Content published on the days in question will move to other days of the week. The newspapers say the changes reflect the changing media landscape in North America and their own digital transformation. Postmedia has announced multiple rounds of layoffs and cost-reductions as it adjusts to industry... read more