Webinar: Annual Survey of Public Libraries

Annual Survey of Public Libraries The Annual Survey of Public Libraries is a requirement as part of the process to receive provincial library funding.   Whether this is your first time completing the survey, or you want a refresher, join SOLS’ Peggy Malcolm for this free webinar!  We will go through the annual survey document, answer frequently asked questions, and give you tips for completing the survey. Our Presenter: Peggy Malcolm has worked for the Southern Ontario Library Service since 1991. She was originally hired to write EXCEL courses and to write the Sourcebook for Small Public Libraries publications. Peggy provides general consulting to libraries in the Hastings, Northumberland, Prince Edward, Addington Highlands and Peterborough areas, work which continues to the present. Since 2000, Peggy has managed the TD Summer Reading program for SOLS, and for a time, she was also responsible for training workshops and the SOLS-administered “Pools”. She is the SOLS representative on the Ontario Public Library Guidelines Council, which recently released the sixth edition of the Ontario Public Library Guidelines for municipal and county libraries, and coordinates accreditation audits for libraries in southern Ontario. Who should attend: CEOS, Supervisors, Managers or anyone who completes the annual survey Supports Competencies: Management & Leadership Category – Budget & Finances Management & Leadership Category – Ontario’s Public Library Sector Price: No Charge Dates and Times:   Friday, June 10th – 10AM to 11AM Tuesday, July 5th – 2PM to 3PM Course Code:...

OHS Reach Project Spring Webinar: Project Management for Digitization Programs

I thought this upcoming Ontario Historical Society / OurDigitalWorld 3-part webinar on “Project Management for Digitization Programs” might be of interest to you. Starts Wed. March 23 (register soon!). https://www.ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/index.php/upcomingweb     OHS Reach Project Spring Webinar: Project Management for Digitization Programs   Session 1/3: Planning Your Project – Wednesday March 23, 2016 Session 2/3: Implementing Your Project – Wednesday March 30, 2016 Session 3/3: Bringing Your Project Online – Wednesday April 6, 2016(Sessions will run from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT) Where: Online Cost: $25 OHS members, $50 non-members, for all three sessions Are you thinking of digitizing your local history collection? Not sure where to start? Join Loren Fantin and Jess Posgate of OurDigitalWorld to talk about approaching digitization projects of all sizes. Learn more about engaging your community by inviting users to contribute, volunteer, comment and share your history online effectively and for long-term discovery. Every collection is unique, whether it’s photos, town records, oral histories or local newspapers, but digitization projects follow similar patterns, requirements and challenges. Let’s take the mystery out of digitization so you can share your community history with the world! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER   Webinar Hosts Loren Fantin is currently helping steer OurDigitalWorld, a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable digitization initiatives for open access to community collections. Her professional experience includes positions as an assistant archivist, project archivist, and adjunct professor, as well as project manager for online access initiatives. Jess Posgate’s background is in the Humanities and Information Management. She has been the Project Coordinator for OurDigitalWorld since 2008. Jess’ work includes coordinating digitization projects, database migrations, local history projects, and independent website...

ARTICLE: THE PIPELINE: Serving Special Populations and Making a Difference–Refugees

THE PIPELINE: Serving Special Populations and Making a Difference–Refugees by Stephen Abram For Internet @ Schools and Computers in Libraries http://www.internetatschools.com/Articles/Column/The-Pipeline/THE-PIPELINE-Serving-Special-Populations-and-Making-a-Difference-Refugees-109524.aspx Introduction: “This column is a bit of an indulgence since it sits at the overlapping personal interests of my life—libraries, charity, and a passion for making a difference. But then, I know this mix is pretty typical of our profession. Some background: In Canada we committed to take in more than 25,000 refugees in just a few short months at the end of 2015 and early 2016. Most of these refugees are families who have been living (with millions of others) for years in camps or desperately engaging in perilous sea travel. Too many have perished in this way, and your heart cannot help but break just by seeing the news photos. So what is to be done? As an individual, you’re overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. How can I possibly make a difference? What can I personally do? My wife’s neighborhood book club had just such a conversation. One of the women in the group had sponsored a family coming to Canada during the refugee crisis in Rwanda. They determined to sponsor one individual, but he arrived at the airport with eight orphans in tow whom he couldn’t leave behind So, what the heck! They took them all on. This was decades ago and that “family” has successfully integrated into our society and contributes gratefully to Canada. It’s one of the success stories that inspired our group. We immediately determined that research was needed and set the goal to sponsor a family in the group...

EVENT: Toronto Public Library welcomes our newest refugee families to Toronto.

Please share the Welcome to Toronto Public Library event flyer (attached) widely. Toronto Public Library welcomes our newest refugee families to Toronto. A specially planned  welcome event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, April 5, 6-8 p.m. at North York Central Library’s Concourse Level. The program will be offered in English and Arabic. Families can sign up for library cards at the event! The evening will feature: Musical performances Toronto Public Library Presentation and Children’s Story Time Information Fair Interested families can register to attend via Eventbrite or by calling 416-395-5674. Space is limited. Please see the attached flyer for the event. Toronto Public Library is pleased to work with the Aga Khan Museum in co-presenting the musical component of the program. The Aga Khan Museum is one of the participating partners for the SunLife Financial Museum + Art Passes. The Museum offers a window into the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. It also aims to foster dialogue and connect cultures through the arts. Thank you. Jenny & Elsa Jenny Schnoll                                                          Elsa Ngan Senior Services Specialist                                      Senior Services Specialist Community Connections & Partnerships           Multicultural Services Toronto Public Library                                ...