Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Model Letter to welcome New City, Town and County Councillors

Below is a template letter you may find helpful to send to all of your new and returning City, Town and County Councillors. These can come from the Board Chair or the CEO or both!   [on Letterhead]   November XX, 2018   [Mr./Ms.] [FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] Address Via email: [EMAIL] Dear Councillor [LAST NAME], On behalf of [name of library/library system], I would like to offer my sincere congratulations on your successful election as [mayor, city councilor, school trustee] of [community/ward] in the 2018 [Municipality] election. Established in [year], [name of library/library systems] is at the heart of our community in [community]. We are helping our residents of all ages and small businesses thrive by connecting them with information resources and a wide range of programs that respond to local needs, including job and skills training, access to the Internet, language education and high-quality children’s programming. [include some key facts about the programming your library and branches offer – for instance, how many constituents you serve, your economic return on investment, etc.] We would like to extend an invitation for you to visit [our library/one of our community branches] for a tour and the opportunity to meet our hard-working team and how we’re constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the people of [community/ward]. We will stay in touch with your office in the months ahead to coordinate any details. We wish you luck as you transition to your new role and look forward to working closely with you as our representative at [City council/the School Board] to ensure that our library is able to continue serving...

A Survivor’s Guide to Grant Writing

Lucidea Press Announces New Book: A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing https://lucidea.com/new-book-survivors-guide-to-museum-grant-writing/   VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Lucidea has announced that museum expert Rachael Cristine Woody’s new book, A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing, is now available. The latest publication from Lucidea Press offers pragmatic advice from Ms. Woody, a seasoned museum expert and consultant specializing in grant acquisition, with significant experience as both a practitioner and advisor. This book is for anyone who wants to delve into the grant acquisition process and confidently apply for grant funding. It takes a pragmatic approach to such topics as seeing each grant application as an opportunity, learning and moving on from inevitable failures, using grant acquisition to provide valuable financial sustenance to the museum without negatively impacting staff, and applying a systematic, common sense approach that builds the necessary skills to survive the grant writing process and thrive within it. Rachael is the owner of Rachael Cristine Consulting, and provides services to museums, libraries, and archives. She specializes in grant acquisition for museums, history, and heritage organizations and is the creator of Zero to Winning with Grants!, a workshop that tours nationally. She is also a popular guest author for Lucidea’s Think Clearly Blog. Says Ron Aspe, Lucidea’s CEO, “We’re excited to bring you the next book under our Lucidea Press imprint; we believe it’s an essential resource for museum professionals wanting to learn and attempt grant writing, with practical guidance drawn from Rachael’s career in museums and as a consultant, innovator, and advocate.” Special Offer: Both eBook and print versions are available for purchase at Amazon.com, but for the moment you can get a free PDF copy,...

CBC Saskatchewan: New partnership aims to bring more library services to Indigenous communities

CBC News · Posted: Oct 21, 2018 3:01 PM CT New partnership aims to bring more library services to Indigenous communities: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-libraries-agreement-services-indigenous-communities-1.4872283 “The Saskatchewan Committee on Indigenous Library Services (SCILS) is partnering with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the Saskatchewan Provincial Public Library Systems to bring more library services to Indigenous communities…The agreement is scheduled to be signed on Oct. 30.” Saskatchewan Committee on Indigenous Library Services http://lib.sk.ca/LSSAP Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (L.S.S.A.P.) https://lssap.wordpress.com/about/ “The Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) committee was established in 1991. The committee was organized for information sharing on issues relating to library services for Aboriginal peoples in Saskatchewan based on identified needs by library and information workers from band school libraries, public libraries, and post-secondary institutions.” Aboriginal Storytelling Month 2018: https://lssap.wordpress.com/about-this-project/aboriginal-storytelling-month-2018/ *Very similar to First Nations Public Library Week...

CFLA Update

180831_CFLA-FCAB_Update (3) CFLA-FCAB Executive Director’s Report August 2018 The following is an overview of new developments in activities since my last report dated May 31, 2018. Advocacy Copyright Act Review Meetings with Members of Parliament and Government Officials V. Owen and K. McColgan were scheduled to meet with Mary Ng in her riding office on July 18th however this was cancelled as she had been called to Ottawa for a cabinet shuffle where she was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. C. De Castell and N. Marelli were working to meet with INDU representatives over the summer but this proved difficult to schedule. Work has begun to meet with government officials throughout the fall. Committee Updates Copyright The committee will resume its regular meetings in September. The next meeting of the committee will be looking in to the issue of E-book access and pricing and the Heffel Gallery ruling and the effects to cultural property in Canada amongst other things. These discussions will help guide CFLA-FCAB’s next steps on these issues. A statement on Crown Copyright has been developed by the committee and is awaiting Board approval. Intellectual Freedom This committee has developed its terms of reference and has a draft work plan for the coming year. CFLA-FCAB has adopted the IFLA Code of Ethics statement and is encouraging libraries and library organizations to consider doing the same. The next meeting of the committee will be looking at recommendations from the National Forum. Annual Challenges Survey Donna Bowman and Katherine McColgan have written a Freedom to Read article based on the data collected for the 2017 challenges...

The Canada Council for the Arts Announces the Winners of the 2018 GGBooks Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts Announces the Winners of the 2018 GGBooks Awards https://canadacouncil.ca/press/2018/10/ggbooks-2018-winners Dear GGBooks Partners, Once again, thank you for collaborating with the Canada Council for the Arts as we celebrate great Canadian literature through the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks) campaign.  As you may know, we are happy to inform you that we announced the 2018 winners at 7:00 am this morning, Wednesday, October 30rd via e-bulletin and on our website which you can see here: https://ggbooks.ca/#winners As promised, we are happy to share with you the 2018 winning books posters in both EN and FR which can be printed and shared to help promote the winners through your communications and social-media outlets.  They can be found in this Dropbox folder, along with other GGBooks branding assets which could be used to promote the winning books. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xsbsidpzd2i66kh/AAAokNSmRsyObdR5L-kw-_6ca?dl=0 Once again, thank you and your teams for all that you do to help us to promote 2018 GGBooks winners. Sincerely, Helen Helen Belvin Outreach and Special Events Officer, Prizes / Agente de la diffusion et des événements spéciaux, Prix Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada 800-263-5588 / 613-239-3918 The 14 best Canadian books recognized by the Governor General’s Literary Awards October 30, 2018 Ottawa, October 30, 2018 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the 2018 winners of the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks). The winners include 14 of the best Canadian books in seven categories for both official languages. The winners were chosen by peer assessment committees at the Canada Council for the Arts. With emotion, daring, magic, profound ideas and just the right words, this year’s...