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.

Important changes to the Ontario Public Library Statistics program.

Dear public library and First Nation public library CEOs and contracting organization lead contacts: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has made some important changes to the Ontario Public Library Statistics program. The following changes are based on input ministry staff have received from public library CEOs, public library organizations, and Ontario Library Services staff. New Timelines The biggest change in the Ontario Public Library Statistics program is the change in dates for the Annual Survey of Public Libraries launch and deadline. Starting in 2018, the Annual Survey will launch at the end of January with a final deadline of June 30th, 2018. As a sector, you have asked for statistics to be published even sooner.  These new time-lines will help us to do that.  To that end, when the survey launches at the end of January, we ask that you aim to submit your data as soon as possible to enable us to meet your requests for earlier public library sector data. No need to await a municipality, board or Band audit *Please note: you do not need to have your municipal or board or First Nation Band audit to fill out the Annual Survey’s Financial section.  You can use your best available financial or pre-audit financial information. Monthly Statistics Updates Another exciting new development for 2018 will be the availability of pre-final, monthly data throughout the survey period, which the ministry will make available upon request. This means the more libraries who submit their data early within a particular population group, the more useful this pre-final data will be for libraries in comparing their services to those... read more

The 2017 US Public Library Data Service Report: Characteristics and Trends

The 2017 Public Library Data Service Report: Characteristics and Trends   The 2017 Public Library Data Service Report: Characteristics and Trends “Summary The following summary of key findings is based primarily on analysis of results from the cohort of continuously reporting libraries: Over the last five years library programs per capita have grown at a rate (6.3 percent) twice the decrease in circulation per capita (-3.0 percent). Since 2012, staff expenditures (representing over 67 percent of operating expenditures) increased 7.05 percent while the number of staff/capita decreased -1.5 percent. Electronic circulation is growing steadily at a rate of 11.7 percent, but not sufficiently to off set the decline in physical materials circulation. Consortial sharing relationships for electronic materials significantly increased Holdings for libraries with a Population of Legal Service Area <100,000. Declines in circulation may in part be a result of changes in measurement over time (differences in circulation policies especially for electronic materials) and due to an overall decline in library usage that mirrors the de- cline in unemployment rates (that have dropped steadily since 2011), reductions in usage of CD/DVD materials and a slowing uptake in electronic usage. While expenditure on CD/DVD materials ($2.26/capita) decreased $0.02 in FY2016 there was a decline in share (-4.08 percent) of overall... read more