Repurpose with a Purpose: Converting nonlibrary spaces into public libraries

Repurpose with a Purpose Converting nonlibrary spaces into public libraries By Fred Schlipf and John A. Moorman | September 4, 2018 https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/09/04/repurpose-with-purpose-library-spaces/ “When a community needs a new library building, people frequently suggest converting existing—usually vacant—structures into a library. Converting nonlibrary spaces into libraries has much in common with remodeling and expanding existing libraries, but it’s a far different undertaking. When possible conversions loom on the horizon, libraries must be prepared. In all conversion situations, one of the major problems involves the building shaping the library rather than the library shaping the building. Many spaces may lack the basic functional needs of libraries, such as ceilings high enough for reflected uplighting, sufficient power supplies, workable configurations of spaces, desirable natural light, good sight lines, sufficient floor strength, and flexibility of design. If too many of the basic needs are compromised, the result is at best dysfunction and at worst an amazing waste of money. Begin with a plan This is an excerpt from The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces That Work by Fred Schlipf and John A. Moorman (ALA Editions, 2018). Always start by preparing a building program to evaluate possible conversions. If you don’t have one, people will start pointing out what interesting features could be provided in certain existing structures. By and large, these will be features you don’t need. Unless you have a lot of experience with library building construction, hire a building consultant to write your program—an experienced professional librarian with a degree accredited by the American Library Association and not an architect. Because there are many issues in library planning in addition to space...

2018 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2008-2017 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables

Released Today! Sept. 18, 2018 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Ontario Public Library Operating Data 2008-2017 Overview, Primer on Library Statistics, and Collected Tables FINAL FOPL_report_2018_September Loads of great data about public libraries in Ontario aggregated over 10 years, and sorted by population bands.        ...

WorkInCulture are currently conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of careers in Ontario’s creative community…and that includes PUBLIC LIBRARIES!

Hello all: Our colleagues at WorkInCulture are currently conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of careers in Ontario’s creative community…and that includes PUBLIC LIBRARIES! I would ask that you distribute the information about the study to all your staff as it is meant to survey all those employed in public libraries. The following is an overview: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2PC9HQ2 ————————————————————————————————————————— Welcome to the MakingItWork Survey!  On behalf of WorkInCulture, we’d like to thank you for participating in this survey, and helping to build a deeper understanding of what careers (and workplaces) look like in Ontario’s creative community. We’re working with Nordicity, a consulting firm, to create the MakingItWork survey, which should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We encourage you to share it with your friends, colleagues and networks! Who can participate? The MakingItWork survey is open to Ontario’s creative community as a whole, including the arts, cultural industries, heritage and library sectors. This includes: Individual artists; Cultural workers (whether you are self-employed or working for an organization); Not-for-profit organizations serving the creative community, including arts service organizations, membership-based organizations, trade associations, etc; The cultural industries, including record labels and music publishers, book and magazine publishers, film & television production companies, game studios, etc; Heritage institutions, including museums, natural heritage sites, as well as their employees and professionals in the field (archaeologists, for example); and, Ontario’s public library system and their employees. Why should I participate? By participating in this survey you are contributing to our understanding of the needs and priorities of Ontario’s cultural workforce. This will have a real impact on programming, services and supports available to the sector. You will also have the...

HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS IN ITS 2019 PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS PROCESS

HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS IN ITS 2019 PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS PROCESS Dear CFLA-FCAB Members, Following on the steps of the INDU committee for the Copyright Consultations, the government has announced cross-Canada consultations for the 2019 Federal Budget. Please see the schedule below for dates in your area. ———- Chers/Chères membres de la FCAB-CFLA, Suite aux démarches du comité INDU pour les consultations sur le droit d’auteur, le gouvernement a annoncé des consultations pancanadiennes pour le budget fédéral de 2019. Veuillez consulter le calendrier ci-dessous pour les dates dans votre région. Best, Cordialement, Katherine Katherine McColgan, CAE Executive Director — Directrice générale Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques 75 rue Jolicoeur, Gatineau QC, J8Y 1A8 613.867.7789 www.cfla-fcab.ca @CFLAFCAB @kdmccolgan   CFLA-FCAB recognizes the Algonquin peoples as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located.   From: “jmatthewman@tsa.ca” <jmatthewman@tsa.ca> Organization: Temple Scott Associates Inc. Reply-To: “jmatthewman@tsa.ca” <jmatthewman@tsa.ca> Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:31 AM To: Katherine McColgan <katherine.mccolgan@carl-abrc.ca> Cc: ‘Don Moors’ <dmoors@tsa.ca> Subject: HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS IN ITS 2019 PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS PROCESS HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS IN ITS 2019 PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS PROCESS Ottawa, September 11, 2018 – Today, the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, the Honourable Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P., announced the Committee’s hearing schedule as it continues its consultations in advance of the 2019 federal budget. Between 4 June and 3 August 2018, the Committee received just under 500 briefs from individuals and organizations focused on the topic of economic growth. “I am very pleased to see that so many Canadian groups and individuals shared their budget priorities,”...

CFLA Reminder: 2018-2019 Call for nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register

(Le français suit) Please disseminate widely 2018-2019 Call for nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register In collaboration with its Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is pleased to launch the second Call for Nominations for inscriptions on the Canada Memory of the World Register. This Register recognizes significant documentary heritage related to Canada and its peoples, and is one of the vehicles of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program which aims at preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as the embodiment of the memory of humanity. UNESCO is the lead United Nations agency to facilitate the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, which aims to draw attention to the critical loss of Indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote them. Therefore, the Committee would like to put special emphasis on forthcoming proposals relating to this matter. The Committee also welcomes proposals related to all types of documentary heritage. We invite all individuals, private or public institutions, organizations and communities to consult CCUNESCO’s website for more information on this process. Reminder: the first deadline for declarations of interest is November 1st, 2018. The second deadline for declarations of interest is March 1st, 2019. ************************** Veuillez diffuser largement 2018-2019 Appel à candidatures: Inscriptions au Registre de la Mémoire du monde du Canada En collaboration avec son Comité consultatif canadien de la Mémoire du monde, la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO (CCUNESCO) est heureuse de lancer le deuxième Appel à candidatures pour le Registre de la Mémoire du monde du Canada. Ce Registre reconnait l’importance du patrimoine documentaire relié au Canada et ses Peuples, et est...