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.

Addition of a new feature to Ontario’s Newborn Bundle Service

Hello, The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario have recently launched a “Referral Service” as part of ServiceOntario’s online Birth Registration Service to support parents of newborn children in learning about and beginning the process of opening a registered education savings plan (RESP), and requesting the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) for their eligible children. The “Referral Service” allows new parents to consent to be contacted by the promoter of their choice to open an RESP and request the CLB for their child. Money saved in an RESP can be used to help pay for education expenses at a trade school, college, university, or apprenticeship program. No personal contributions are required for an eligible child to receive the CLB. Community-based organizations in Ontario can encourage parents of newborn children to use the service to get help to open an RESP and request the CLB for their children. Building on Budget 2017 measures, the Government of Canada allocated $500,000 to work with the Province of Ontario to make it easier for parents to start saving earlier for their children’s education after high school, by presenting educational savings options at the time a baby’s birth is registered. For more information, please refer to the attached Backgrounder as well as the related news release at the following address: Government of Canada partners with the Government of Ontario to add a new feature to the province’s Newborn Bundle Service.     Pierre Labbée Gestionnaire, Programme canadien pour l’épargne-études Emploi et Développement social Canada ( 819-624-7647 +   Manager, Canada Education Savings Program Employment and Social Development Canada ( 819-624-7647 + read more

Blogs for Programming Librarians

Blogs for Programming Librarians “As a programming librarian, it can be hard to consistently provide creative, original ideas for your patrons (you can only host so many book talks, right?). But there’s a simple solution for librarians seeking support and inspiration: the blogosphere.” 5 Minute Librarian Bacon’s favorite librarian blogs: RA for All, Super Library Marketing and YA Books and More Hafuboti Her favorite librarian blogs: Bryce Don’t Play, Tales for the Tiny and Jbrary The Neighborhood Librarian Her favorite librarian blogs: Bryce Don’t Play, Hi, Miss Julie, At the Intersection, Fat Girl Reading and Hafuboti Teen librarians Ontarian Librarian Her favorite librarian blog: Jbrary  Hi, Miss Julie Her favorite librarian blogs: Fuse #8, Bookshelves of Doom, Stacked, JBrary, Bryce Don’t Play and At the Intersection The Loudmouth Librarian Her favorite librarian blogs: Oregon Young Adult Network, Teen Librarian Toolbox, Teen Services Underground and Jbrary  Children’s librarians Jbrary Their favorite librarian blogs: Mel’s Desk, Storytime Katie, the ALSC Blog, Ontarian Librarian, Tales for the Tiny and The Lego Librarian The Show Me Librarian Her favorite librarian blogs: Bryce Don’t Play, Hi, Miss Julie and Library Makers Thrive after Three... read more

Merger of Canadian Research Knowledge Network and

“Merger of Canadian Research Knowledge Network and The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and merged operations earlier this month: “Merger discussions began in June, 2016 in recognition of a changed research environment and with the goal of building on the strengths and complementary activities of two of Canada’s most impactful content-based national organizations serving Canada’s digital research infrastructure. This merger allows CRKN and Canadiana to cohesively pursue a united and coordinated strategy that is envisioned and directed by member libraries, and works in partnership with research and memory institutions, funders, and other partners, broadening and expanding Canada’s vision and impact in digital scholarship.” CKRN is a partnership of Canadian universities that undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives to help its member institutions. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization made up of public libraries, archives, research institutions, and other organizations committed to digitizing, preserving, and providing access to Canada’s documentary heritage. The press release announcing the merger provides some “quick facts”: CRKN has worked with Canadiana since 2006 to provide subscription access to the Early Canadiana Online (ECO) collection, which is a large collection of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents. Currently, 54 CRKN members have subscriptions to Canadiana Online or the ECO collection. CRKN members provide the bulk of Canadiana’s funding through subscriptions and membership fees. In 2013, CRKN and Canadiana collaborated on the Heritage Project, a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents. This project was funded by 46 CRKN members. The merger... read more