Ontario Supporting Independent Book and Magazine Publishers

  News Release Ontario Supporting Independent Book and Magazine Publishers October 5, 2020 Targeted programs will help promote Canadian content to a broader global audience TORONTO ― The Ontario government is investing nearly $5 million in grants to help independent local book and magazine publishers access new markets and bring Canadian creative content to new audiences, both at home and around the world. The funding will be used for business development, enable participation in virtual industry activities and events, allow for the development of business strategies, and support innovative business practices. Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, approved 95 grants to Ontario-based businesses to support the recovery of Ontario’s culture industry, including: 32 grant recipients approved through the Book Fund, supporting the business development of independent, Ontario-based book publishers as they promote the works of Canadian authors in both foreign and domestic markets. 20 grant recipients through the Book Export Fund to help Ontario publishers participate in virtual industry activities and events that will help them build their networks, access new international markets and support company growth. 42 recipients through the Magazine Fund, providing grant funding to independent Ontario-based magazine publishers to support business strategies that will help them grow their businesses and reach new audiences. 1 recipient through the Industry Development Program, supporting innovative business practices with grant funding that helps businesses grow and develop industry-related skills to become a leader in the market. “When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit. They will take the longest to recover but are vital to the... read more

The Value of California’s Public Libraries

The Value of California’s Public Libraries Natalie Cole & Cheryl Stenström  Received 07 May 2020, Accepted 21 Aug 2020, Published online: 14 Sep 2020 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01616846.2020.1816054 Download citation https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2020.1816054 In this article ABSTRACT Introduction Preliminary framework Method Findings Individuals, families, groups, communities, and society Learning and knowledge development Health and wellbeing Community development Economic development Public library value is delivered through unique means Public libraries are aligned with community values Library supporters must continue to promote library value Further goals Conclusion Additional information Footnotes References  Full Article  Figures & data  References  Citations  Metrics  Reprints & Permissions  PDF ABSTRACT “The purpose of this paper is to show how Californian libraries deliver value, by taking a preliminary value framework previously developed from a study of academic literature, and applying it to the public library landscape in California. A “bricolage” approach was used to develop an evidence-based framework of value and subsequently to gather data about Californians’ use of and attitudes about public libraries. The framework was developed through an extended literature review and applied across data gathered through a survey of residents, interviews with library stakeholders, a review of statistics on library usage, and a review of the outcomes of grant-funded programs in California public libraries. The most significant outcome of our project is a unique value proposition for California’s public libraries. These libraries deliver value for individuals, families, groups, communities, and society as a whole. They provide opportunities and support for learning and knowledge development, health and wellbeing, community development, and economic development. Value is delivered through a unique combination of resources, people, and space. California’s public libraries are largely offering services... read more