Second Notice – Annual General Meeting

Hello Members, The Annual General Meeting for the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place virtually via Zoom on Friday, June 10th at 10:00am. Registration will begin at 9:30am. The Draft Agenda Package can be found on the website under AGM in the members section. Only members in good standing are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM.   Registration is Required To attend the AGM, please register on Eventbrite. The zoom link to attend will be sent via Eventbrite after registration. REGISTER HERE   Proxies The Proxy Form is available on the AGM webpage. The proxy form is designed to provide Members who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the AGM, with a method of participation in the meeting.  Proxies also ensure that quorum is achieved for this very important meeting. Proxy forms can be sent to Proxy forms can be sent in until Thursday, June 9th at 4:00pm. If members have any questions with any of the information provided in this Second Notice of the 2022 Annual General Meeting, please contact — Hannah Saunders FOPL Administrative... read more

Great News from OLS!

The Ontario Library Service (OLS) continues to work towards implementing the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative on behalf of the Province of Ontario. Last year, the government announced an investment of $4.85 million to upgrade high-speed internet at approximately 50 public libraries in unserved and underserved communities across the province. We are delighted to report that through the successful Request for Proposal (RFP) process, we will be able to upgrade 111 library locations, which more than doubles the original target of 50 public library branches. Through the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative, these 111 locations in unserved and underserved communities in Ontario will have an opportunity to improve their high-speed internet connectivity.  This investment in high-speed internet by the Province of Ontario will provide greater community access to education and vital services, while creating economic opportunity and contributing to economic growth. “Our government understands how important it is for people to be connected and be able to take part in today’s digital economy,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “This exciting initiative to increase broadband capabilities at more than 100 public libraries will provide Ontarians in unserved and underserved communities across the province with better access to digital resources and services – including digital collections, online skills training and career development. We thank the Ontario Library Service for leading this important project.” “Our government is working tirelessly to ensure that every region in Ontario has access to high-speed internet services by the end of 2025,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Through the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative, more local libraries will be able to provide reliable high-speed internet... read more

FOPL Annual Info Series

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is please to announce a new annual info series.  The info series will be comprised of four webinars which are free for our members that focus on furthering advocacy efforts of libraries across the province. The first two webinars, Building Partnerships with First Nations Public Libraries and Advocating for Development Charges, are live and available for registration. For more information on each session and for registration, please visit FOPL’s Eventbrite page:... read more