Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Symposium discount for FOPL Members: 2020 & Beyond: Strategies & Practices for Library Impact

2020 & Beyond: Strategies & Practices for Library Impact University of Toronto iSchool, July 20/21 Program Schedule: http://www.thefutureoflibraries.org/program.html Take the time to step back from your day to day issues and challenges to focus on positioning your organization for a sustainable future.  In an intimate setting, look at fast approaching trends, discuss key issues with colleagues and industry leaders, get new insights and perspectives, leave energized with new ideas for the future!  This symposium is for all types of libraries and covers all the hot topics of our world: trends, practices, collections, staff, technology, change and positioning for a successful future. It brings together speakers from different backgrounds and perspectives to look at our challenges in different ways and find innovative and creative new solutions for library success and impact in their various communities. All FOPL and OLA members are eligible for a 20% registration discount. Register here, http://www.thefutureoflibraries.org/registration.html  Includes: 2 days of programming including light breakfasts and catered lunches First evening reception in the new iSchool Inforum Bag of goodies with a unique Canada 150 print from our digital artist; copy of Don Tapscott’s book Blockchain for first 25 registrants; and maybe more! Chance to win a copy of the newly released book, Building Smarter Organizations, but also an opportunity to buy one & have it signed by the author Lots of networking opportunities with colleagues and speakers Discount of 20% for OLA & FOPL members before July 10, 2017 Speakers (We continue to add speakers, so please check back for updates to the schedule.) EEPMON, Digital Artisan Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library Christina de Castell, former Manager, Policy & Advocacy, IFLA,...

ORION and the Impact of Connectivity

What is the role of broadband ubiquity in Ontario?  What is the impact? Here are a few links to some of the episodes from the award-winning video series from ORION that brought some relatability and clarity to articulating their value proposition through compelling storytelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYDJ7Evr2A4&t=6s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6yW0KLZDhU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_pYQzqEBLc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhiBRP-TKZM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YBeoHtO4_8 A number of the executive directors and CEO’s of library organizations are on the library advisory board of ORION and participated in last month’s ORION THINK Conference. We’d like to do similar stories about libraries in Ontario and how connectivity makes a difference.  Any...

Technology Access in Public Libraries: Outcomes and Impacts for Ontario Communities

FOPL Members: TPL is pleased to share with you the executive summary and discussion paper, Technology Access in  Public Libraries:  Outcomes and Impacts for Ontario Communities  a project with the partner libraries: Innisfil, Kitchener, Mattawa, Naotkamegwanning First Nation, Perth & District Union, Wikwemikong First Nation and Windsor and Toronto Public Libraries. The first phase of the pilot, creating the outcome framework and functionality of the toolkit is complete; the toolkit  will be used in partner libraries beginning in July 2017. Feedback from the public library community on the outcomes is welcome. Comments should be sent by June 21st to: Carmen Ho Toronto Public Library cho@torontopubliclibrayr.ca This collaborative effort is the result of the of the grants from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport under the Ontario Library Capacity Fund for research and innovation in public libraries. Elizabeth Glass Director, Policy, Planning and Performance Management 789 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M4W 2G8 416-395-5602 A Northern Study under OLCF is also in process. Cheers, Stephen Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries   sabram@fopl.ca stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 FOPL: 416-395-0746   Technology Access-Executive Summary Technology Access-Discussion Paper Interim Report...

CNIB calls for federal accessible book production strategy

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/cnib-calls-for-federal-accessible-book-production-strategy-625100383.html CNIB calls for federal accessible book production strategy  Sustainable plan needed to close gap in availability of audio, braille and e-text books TORONTO, May 29, 2017 /CNW/ – As National AccessAbility Week begins, CNIB is calling on the federal government to develop a long-term plan to fund and produce more accessible books in Canada. “Thousands of new books are published in Canada each year, but as someone with sight loss, I can only access a fraction of them,” said Diane Bergeron, CNIB’s executive director of national and international affairs. “That’s not accessibility – it’s exclusion. And it has to change.” More than three million Canadians live with a physical, visual or learning disability that could impede their ability to read standard printed materials. For these Canadians, books in accessible formats like audio, braille and electronic text represent a lifeline to literacy, and are critical to their participation in education, employment and community life. However, Canadian publishers are not required by law to produce their books in accessible formats. The result is that only a small percentage of all published trade books are available in these formats – most produced by CNIB and only partially funded by federal grants. The charity is proposing to partner with the government and other stakeholders in the print disability community on a task force to develop a sustainable strategy for accessible book production and ultimately close the access gap. “For people with disabilities to truly have an equal opportunity to succeed, we must level the playing field when it comes to accessing published content,” said John M. Rafferty, CNIB president and CEO. “It’s...

News Release Ontario Modernizes Municipal Legislation

  News Release Ontario Modernizes Municipal Legislation May 30, 2017 Communities to Benefit from Updated Municipal Rules Today, Ontario passed legislation to empower municipalities to be more open, accountable and flexible in responding to the needs of residents. The Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act amends the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The changes will: Increase fairness and reduce barriers for women and parents elected to municipal governments and school boards by allowing time off for pregnancy or parental leave Provide broader municipal investment powers to eligible municipalities that may help raise more revenue to improve local infrastructure Enhance local government accountability and integrity across the province by requiring municipalities to have a code of conduct for members of municipal councils and local boards Ensure the public and municipal councillors have access to integrity commissioners with a broadened role related to conflicts of interest and municipal codes of conduct. Many of the changes being made with the passage of this legislation are based on feedback from municipalities, the public and other organizations during Municipal Legislation Review consultations in 2015. Supporting the province’s municipalities is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.   QUICK FACTS The government is required by legislation to review the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act every five years. Ontario reviewed the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act at the same time, along with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, to address and incorporate broader themes of accountability and transparency into the review. There are 444...