FOPL, OLA and CFLA Government Relations Priorities: Summary

FOPL Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 contemplates a more assertive and planned government relations strategy.  This is a good thing! Historically this is part of the evolution of FOPL.  In my view, historically, FOPL was overly tied to the messaging on one primary issue – the PLOG.  We were successful in terms that this has not been cut.  Another view is that this is stagnant funding and hasn’t been raised to accommodate inflation or increased usage / expectations.  The government’s view is that they are moving away from funding models that don’t have ‘strings’ and accountability attached to them which is how they view the PLOG. They have ramped up the reporting requirements and deadlines/timing rules in recent years.  They have put forth trial balloon lately on using the PLOG to raise standards in public libraries potentially tied to accreditation systems.  Many libraries view the PLOG annual reporting (all three parts) as onerous already.  The provincial government also provides accountable funding to SOLS and OLS-North and through SOLS/OLS-North directly to libraries for research, innovation, and technology.  We are as concerned about the level of funding as the formula which is used in terms of equity and fairness to small/medium, growing communities and First Nations. History To date, FOPL has concentrated on a number of submissions: We have been opportunistic in the past few years as government policy and funding initiatives have arisen.  We appear to be getting in front of the cart now rather than reactive.  We will continue to intensify our lobbying efforts with more ministries (sometimes opportunistically) as well as address funding issues and threats (PLOG, e-books, community hubs,...

FOPL Joins CFLA/FCAB

At our FOPL Board meeting the Board received a visit from Kevin Brennan, senior project executive with the new Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (FCAB).  Subsequently they passed a motion to have the executive director to join CFLA for 2017.  This has been accomplished and FOPL is proud to be a member of this new national initiative. As a result all FOPL members and their staff are members of CFLA as well.  FOPL has two votes, on its members behalf, on all motions and will participate to represent the interests of the Ontario (and Canadian) public library sector. We are particularly interested in how the national government advocacy agenda puzzles nicely with the FOPL government relations activities. Here is more detail for your information (with links): Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) This page [https://librarianship.ca/features/cfla/] brings together information published about the new Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (FCAB). Website: http://cfla-fcab.ca/ Facebook: Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération Canadienne des Associations de Bibliothèques Twitter: @CFLAFCAB Governance On May 16, 2016 the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques was officially incorporated as a federal not-for-profit corporation. Bylaws (PDF) Executive (From now until the first Annual General Meeting at the Ontario Library Association Superconference in 2017) Chair – Donna Bourne-Tyson Vice Chair – Peter Bailey Secretary – Alix-Rae Stefanko Treasurer – Shelagh Paterson Board Members (From now until the first Annual General Meeting at the Ontario Library Association Superconference in 2017) Annette Defaveri, British Columbia (British Columbia Library Association) Peter Bailey, Alberta (Library Association...

FOPL’s Ontario Truth, Reconciliation and Indigenous Libraries Initiative; Can you sponsor an indigenous library in Ontario?

Can your public library sponsor an  indigenous library in Ontario? We have a number of First Nation libraries as members of FOPL.  We’d like to have them all and create more libraries on reserves. FOPL recently joined the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) and they have as one of their top lobbying issues the Truth and Reconciliation Report recommendations, which they’re putting the meat on now.  Add to this the heavy emphasis on indigenous strategies in Ontario’s First Culture Strategy as well as the Ontario government’s First Nation Consultations going on now, FOPL wants to make sure we’re representing our Ontario libraries well and getting good levels of input from everyone while ensuring that we help to strengthen funding and support for First Nation libraries. This is the year we need strength in numbers with the Public Library Funding Review! And the government has shown strong focus on culture and indigenous issues – and we can help! Here’s our initiative.  In the past we have had a number of libraries agree to sponsor First Nation Libraries for membership (it’s just 50 bucks and we send the sponsoring library the invoice but add the First Nation library as a full member) Your and your board can too! Here’s a list of the Ministry’s list of FN libraries in Ontario that are not FOPL members. Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Band No. 6 FN Whitefish First Nation 25 reserve road ON P0M2M0 Aundeck-Omni-Kaning FN Little Current P.O. Box 21  RR #1 ON P0P1K0 Beausoleil First Nation Public Library Christian Island 150 Mkade Kegwin MIIkan ON L9M0A9 Big Grassy FN Morson P.O. Box 453 ON P0W1J0 Bkejwanong FN...

Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021

Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/libraries-deliver-ambition-for-public-libraries-in-england-2016-to-2021 Libraries Deliver: Ambition sets out the government’s and Taskforce’s vision for, and commitment to, public libraries in England and provides a focus for joint action. Documents Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 HTML Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 PDF, 2.69MB, 92 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. Ambition Action plan December 2016 PDF, 112KB, 9 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. Summary brochure (see details about printing) PDF, 2.01MB, 2 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. Detail Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021 has been published by the Libraries Taskforce following widespread consultation, and is endorsed and supported by central government and by the Local Government Association (on behalf of local government). It sets out a bold and dynamic direction of travel for the next 5 years, describing how library services in England can help transform people, communities and society as a whole. Libraries Deliver: Ambition also provides a confirmation of how libraries support and add value to a range of local and national policy priorities and links to practical examples of existing good practice. It is supported by an action plan, saying what will happen to make the vision a reality. DCMS issued a press notice which can be found here. Background The Independent Library Report for England (published on 18 December...