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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.



Library Board Transitions: Getting the best public library board for your community

Getting the best public library board for your community. October 22, 2018 is the Ontario Municipal Election Date. Following a Municipal Election, or shortly before, the Municipal/Town Clerk will put out a call for applications for the library board in the local press and on the website. In the next few issues we’re highlighting the Leadership by Design Module 5: Legacy and Succession. Consider asking your board members to engage in these learning (and thinking) activities: As the election dates get closer, consider creating a Screening Matrix customized to what your community needs. Looking ahead: to ensure continuity and to prepare the incoming board, it is important to prepare legacy documents including providing organized and up to date documents. Read more about... read more

Repurpose with a Purpose: Converting nonlibrary spaces into public libraries

Repurpose with a Purpose Converting nonlibrary spaces into public libraries By Fred Schlipf and John A. Moorman | September 4, 2018 https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/09/04/repurpose-with-purpose-library-spaces/ “When a community needs a new library building, people frequently suggest converting existing—usually vacant—structures into a library. Converting nonlibrary spaces into libraries has much in common with remodeling and expanding existing libraries, but it’s a far different undertaking. When possible conversions loom on the horizon, libraries must be prepared. In all conversion situations, one of the major problems involves the building shaping the library rather than the library shaping the building. Many spaces may lack the basic functional needs of libraries, such as ceilings high enough for reflected uplighting, sufficient power supplies, workable configurations of spaces, desirable natural light, good sight lines, sufficient floor strength, and flexibility of design. If too many of the basic needs are compromised, the result is at best dysfunction and at worst an amazing waste of money. Begin with a plan This is an excerpt from The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces That Work by Fred Schlipf and John A. Moorman (ALA Editions, 2018). Always start by preparing a building program to evaluate possible conversions. If you don’t have one, people will start pointing out what interesting features could be provided in certain existing structures. By and large, these will be features you don’t need. Unless you have a lot of experience with library building construction, hire a building consultant to write your program—an experienced professional librarian with a degree accredited by the American Library Association and not an architect. Because there are many issues in library planning in addition to space... read more

2018 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2008-2017 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables

Released Today! Sept. 18, 2018 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2008-2017 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables FINAL FOPL_report_2018_September Loads of great data about public libraries in Ontario aggregated over 10 years, and sorted by population bands.        ... read more