2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit Follow Through for Public Libraries

The 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit was a success and there was much sharing of insights, thoughts and experiences.  We  were able to learn from and connect with others who are planning and developing community hubs in Ontario. There are a few things that public libraries  can do to help us build on the Summit’s momentum: 1.       Join the Resource Network at communityhubsontario.ca  2.       Do you have any resources you think might be helpful to others?  If so, please share them with us at community.hubs@ontario.ca 3.       If you run or work at a community hub, please add yourself to the Resource Network’s mapping tool.  Visit the site, navigate to the mapping page, and click ‘Add your Hub’ to add your...

If libraries get rid of fines, the benefits may outweigh the losses

Libraries Are Dropping Overdue Fines — But Can They Afford To? If libraries get rid of fines, the benefits may outweigh the losses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/libraries-are-dropping-overdue-fines-but-can-they-afford-to_us_5913733ae4b0b1fafd0dccc2 “The New York Public Library has joined the growing ranks of public library systems contemplating the end of overdue fines for children, according to a WNYC report. A fifth of NYPL accounts held by children have been blocked due to unpaid fines, but the library president, Tony Marx, would like to motivate kids to be good library users without charging them for failures. “We’ve heard stories of parents saying to their kids, ‘We don’t want you to borrow books because you might be late with them and then you’ll have fines to worry about,’” he told WNYC. In fact, overdue fines can end up keeping thousands of kids from accessing library resources, just because they’re unable to pay what they...

Resources for the Ontario Public Libraries Tagline

  Launch of Ontario Public Libraries Tagline Website: “A Visit Will Get You Thinking” Ontario Public Library Week: October 15 – 21, 2017 http://www.accessola.org/web/OLA/OPLA/Ontario_Public_Library_Week/OLA/OPLA/Ontario_Public_Library_Week.aspx How to use the Branding Tagline and Guidelines. (Now in French and English)   http://www.thinkaboutlibraries.ca/  ...

Thunder Bay libraries now loaning garden tools

Thunder Bay libraries now loaning garden tools Roots to Harvest has opened tool sheds at the Brodie and Waverley branches http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-library-loans-garden-tools-1.4090093      ...

MTCS will be implementing a one-time $1 million investment in our northern, rural and Indigenous libraries

Dear valued colleague and partner, In the 10 months since assuming the Tourism, Culture and Sport portfolio, I have had the opportunity to travel the province to meet with artists, arts workers, librarians and heritage advocates. You have graciously welcomed me into your theatres and galleries, your studios and on to your film sets. And we have engaged in some wonderful conversations about Ontario’s thriving culture sector. You were not shy about sharing your opinions about our successes, and also areas where we could use some improvement. I have listened carefully to each and every one of you, and that is why it’s my absolute pleasure to share today’s news with you.Earlier today our government released the 2017-18 provincial budget, which brings enhanced investment in the culture sector. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will receive a $20 million increase over four years. The Ontario culture sector is growing and it’s important that the OAC keeps pace and I look forward to seeing the  impact that this increased investment will make. I am also pleased to announce that MTCS will be implementing a one-time $1 million investment in our northern, rural and Indigenous libraries. Libraries are the hearts of our communities, and I know that this investment in digital services and connectivity will be welcomed across the province. We’ll have more details to share with you on this program soon. I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to implement Ontario’s Culture Strategy, and ensure that Ontario’s culture sector flourishes. All my best, Eleanor McMahon Minister Post-budget letter to Culture Stakeholders (1)...