Library Impact Ontario

Elevate your library’s influence in the digital era with Library Impact Ontario’s cutting-edge free services. Unleash the power of Bridge data solution platform, receive expert data literacy support, and amplify your impact with compelling data storytelling for advocacy. Your library makes an impact, we can help you demonstrate it —sign up today. Library Impact Ontario thrives on collaborative learning, fostering partnerships with libraries and wider library organizations to enhance practices and support digital inclusion efforts. Future-proof your library with our suite of services: Bridge Data Solution Platform Bridge provides technology outcome measurement to set performance benchmarks and equip Ontario libraries with readily available and comparable library data. See how Bridge’s automated customer and staff surveys, data dashboards and reports generate reliable insights, showcasing the value of your technology, optimizing resource management and helping you stay relevant in the digital age. Data Literacy, Learning and Support Boost your library’s success with our comprehensive approach to Data Literacy, Learning, and Support. We empower participating libraries by equipping them with essential data skills, fostering one-on-one connections, and offering networking opportunities for seamless support and collaboration. Data Storytelling & Advocacy Bridge brings meaning to library data. Transform complex statistics into compelling narratives, enhancing transparency,

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NEWS ALERT: Increased Internet Connectivity Grant!

On February 6, 2024 I joined Minister Lumsden, Ministry officials, surrounding library CEOs and the lovely staff at the Gravenhurst Public Library as Minister Lumsden announced a $122,000 increase to the existing Internet Connectivity Grant! This new investment of funds will enable up to 155 of Ontario’s more rural, northern and First Nations Public Libraries to be fully reimbursed for their connectivity costs under the Internet Connectivity Grant.   This increase will provide the funding certainty these libraries need to maintain the crucial broadband lifeline for their communities. (from left: Mellissa D’Onofrio Jones, CEO, Ontario Library Service – Minister Neil Lumsden, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport – Julia Reinhart, CEO, Gravenhurst Public Library – Heidi Lorenz, Mayor, Gravenhurst – Dina Stevens, Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries – Minister Graydon Smith, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, MPP Parry Sound-Muskoka – Michelle Arbuckle, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association) This exciting announcement is hopefully just the first of more to come! Thank you to all of you for your collective efforts to date in meeting with your local MPPs, letters to the MTCS, deputations to the Standing Committee of Finance and in the myriad of ways that you advocate for

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Indigenous Student Bursary Awarded to William Fayant

The Ex Libris Association Board is pleased to report that the Indigenous Student Bursary, created in 2023, has been awarded to William Fayant, a student with an excellent GPA in his second year in the Library and Information Technician Program at Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology. William sent us the following thank you message. “As I currently understand it, 2023 marks the first year this bursary has been awarded, in what I hope shall be the case for many years to come.  Being an initial recipient, I understand, first-hand, just how much this award can change a person’s life. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Ex Libris Association for their support in the 2023-24 academic year. As a Library and Information Technology student, and as a Cree/Metis man from Treaty 4 Territory, receiving this bursary has been a life-changing experience for me: I am now enrolled full-time in my studies, and can begin my path to a life-long career in the library field much sooner than I could have without the Ex Libris Association’s generous support. Thank you very much, ELA, for your kind investment towards my future!” –       William Fayant, Ex Libris Association Indigenous Student Bursary

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CFLA-FCAB Letter to the Federal Government regarding Charter 2b

The CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee has been hard at work and in light of the current state of censorship attempts in Canada have proactively drafted the following letter that the CFLA-FCAB board approved to send to related federal Ministers. It primarily seeks to remind Ministers of this important topic and to urge the Government of Canada to take a firm stance on the right guaranteed under Section 2(b) of the Charter. As the rhetoric about removing books has begun to appear in provincial governments and other sectors across the information field, there is also the attached generic letter that we encourage other associations, professionals, or other interested parties to use as inspiration for their own advocacy efforts. As stated in the letter, CFLA-FCAB stands ready to work collaboratively to address these challenges. Please find an example of the letter we sent to those elected officials As well as a word document you can use for constructing a similar letter And a generic PDF CFLA template

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