Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Escaping into the world of audiobooks

Escaping into the world of audiobooks https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/01/25/canadian-audiobooks-come-of-age.html “The works were also available via CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access), a service for readers with print disabilities. I’m familiar with their database because the child that inspired my audiobook journey is now a voracious reader herself and, being legally blind, relies on CELA for access to audiobooks and magazines. The Audible titles were a different production than the CELA versions, which are read by trained volunteers (who are nearly always brilliant, by the way). Audiobook producers such as Blackstone and Recorded Books have an agreement with CELA, allowing the organization access to their recordings. Audible does not. While it’s sometimes tempting, I only use the CELA library for my daughter — the person in our house who really needs their services — so for my own reading I went the Audible route.”    ...

Reading and writing your way to better mental wellbeing

Reading and writing your way to better mental wellbeing Our Director, Jonathan Douglas, explains what our new research shows. UK National Literacy Trust https://medium.com/national-literacy-trust/reading-and-writing-your-way-to-better-mental-wellbeing-2c9e671b056b “We’ve long known that a love of reading and writing can help children flourish at school and go on to succeed at work. But we now know that reading and writing for enjoyment can also play a vital role in helping children lead happy and healthy lives. Our latest National Literacy Trust report, Mental wellbeing, reading and writing, found that children who enjoy reading and writing in their free time have significantly better mental wellbeing than their peers who don’t. We discovered that children who enjoy reading and writing, do it daily outside school and have positive attitudes towards literacy are three times more likely to have high levels of mental wellbeing than their peers who are not engaged with reading and writing (39.4% vs 11.8%). On the flip side, not being engaged with reading and writing makes children twice as vulnerable to low levels of mental wellbeing than their engaged peers (37.4% vs 15%). These findings are based on our Annual Literacy Survey of 49,047 children and young people, aged 8–18, from across the UK. In addition to asking children about their reading and writing attitudes and behaviours, we also asked children — for the first time — about how happy they are with their lives. From children’s responses, we were able to create a new Mental Wellbeing Index. On a scale of 1–10, the Index shows us how happy children are with their lives overall, how well they feel they are able to cope with difficult situations, and how...

Please Update your Library Board Member FOPL Contacts ASAP

FOPL Member CEO’s: With the appointment of new Library Boards for the next four years, we need the contact information for your Board Chair/FOPL Board Liaison.  Every member has two votes (one for the CEO and one for the Board).  We appreciate you sharing the information about your newly formed Board as well as double-checking our CEO contact information.  We use this information ethically and provide information to our members about the funding, policy, learning, and the environment for public libraries in Ontario. There are only three questions and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete. Follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MGPNK8V You can find information that FOPL creates and collecst on our blog/website at http://www.fopl.ca or follow us on Twitter (@FOPLNews) or friend us on Facebook. Thank you! Cheers, Stephen Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca FOPL: 416-395-0746 Blog: http://www.fopl.ca Twitter: @foplnews stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com Twitter:...

“Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques” with Dr. Sue Alman on  February 21st.

We have two new Library 2.0 Webinars coming up in February. Then, being announced today, is “Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques“ with Dr. Sue Alman on  February 21st. More details on both are below. Registering for one of the Library 2.0 Webinars gives you access to the live Webinar, as well as any-time access to the recording afterward. To submit a purchase order, or with any registration difficulties, questions, or interest in group rates, contact steve@learningrevolution.com.   “LIBRARY ADVOCACY: EVERYDAY MARKETING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES” A 75-minute webinar (live and recorded) in a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Sue Alman, being held on Thursday, February 21st, 2019, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. You do not need to attend the live session to purchase this webinar, but doing so allows you to participate in the Q+A. OVERVIEW: Library marketing can be effective without the expense of hiring a marketing and PR firm. Promoting the library can be a fun and productive task for all employees and library users IF time is spent on developing a communication plan and providing content for print materials, social media, and word-of-mouth interactions. In this Webinar, you will learn some ways to advocate your library’s resources and services for your constituencies of users, non-users, and administrators/funders. This speed-marketing session will provide an overview of the need to have a communications plan for sending your messages to the intended audiences through a variety of mediums, and WOM (Word-of-Mouth) marketing, social media, and print formats will be discussed. At the end of the session, participants will have ideas about ways to create a library buzz online, f2f, and inside/outside the library. DR. SUE...