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.

FOPL’s Emergent Indigenous / First Nation Libraries Strategies

FOPL Members: Here are FOPL’s First Nation (FN) execution strategies as proposed in our FOPL Strategic Plan which aligns with the provincial and federal government initiatives with respect to Indigenous strategies and Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.. FOPL just received the FN Libraries contact list from SOLS and we’re entering it into the system now so we can contact all.  A collaborative FACEBOOK group will be set up by next week and a mailing done to all FN Library contacts.   We are (I am) a registered lobbyist with MTCS for FN and Public Library issues.  Shelagh Paterson at OLA is as well.  We partner with OLA, OPLA, OLBA, FNLA, SOLS, and OLS-North.  We, the CEOs, meet at least quarterly. We coordinate effort and priority setting for public libraries of all stripes in Ontario (The latest effort being the Libraries 2025 Summit). FOPL’s First Nation Caucus has every FN library in the province as a member. We have 47 FN Libraries as FOPL full members. Our board includes two First Nation Library Directors.  Both are proud Status Indians and have served for years in this role.  (One is a librarian and the other is a PhD/MLIS and are very well qualified and involved in FN issues in Ontario.  We have many involved caucus members. First Nations Caucus Sabrina Saunders, CEO, Six Nations Public Library, E-mail: saunders [@] Sheri Mishibinijima, CEO, Wikwemikong Library, E-mail: wikypl [@] Our Board meets quarterly in person.  We fund some board members trips to Toronto.  We also meet at OLA Super Conference for our AGM. I contact my Caucus chairs for insights on our activities with respect to FN... read more

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by rdlankes “A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their community? This presentation makes the argument that our communities do not need more information literacy, a greater emphasis on quality information, or a neutral institution. Rather our communities need trusted partners helping weave together common understandings of events and priorities. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Sarasota.mp3 A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts from R. David Lankes on... read more