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39 municipalities and three school boards to conduct independent, financial reviews

See below a release from government today about municipalities accessing government funding for municipal audits. The objective is to help these municipalities audit their books to: Modernize services and better utilize digital and shared service models Find better ways of governance Redirect funding to those that need it most This has potential implications for library budgets. Reports will be completed December 2019/January 2020.   The list of municipalities is:   Ajax, Barrie, Brampton, Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Clarington, Durham Region, Greater Sudbury, Guelph, Halton Region, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Niagara Region, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peel Region, Peterborough, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Whitby, Windsor, and York Region.   News Release Ontario Government Supporting Municipalities and School Boards to Protect Front Line Services September 26, 2019 39 municipalities and three school boards to conduct independent, financial reviews Thanks to the province’s Audit and Accountability Fund, all 39 municipalities and three school boards eligible for funding will be conducting independent reviews to find efficiencies, save taxpayer dollars and focus spending on vital programs and services that Ontarians rely on every day. “Our government is working hard to build a foundation for our long-term prosperity and to achieve that it will be essential to work cooperatively with our municipal and education partners,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. “That’s why we established the Audit and Accountability Fund to give our partners the tools they need to conduct reviews of their books. I commend these municipalities and school boards for doing their part to build...

Rebecca Raven announces retirement from Brampton Public Library

Notice of the Retirement of the Chief Executive Officer Brampton Library announces the retirement of Rebecca Raven from the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 31, 2020. Jaipaul Massey Singh, Brampton Library Board Chair said: ”It’s been a true pleasure to have worked with Rebecca over the past years; her deep knowledge, collaborative nature, and passion for the role libraries play in a community has inspired many to think boldly about the future of Brampton Library. Rebecca’s leadership has extended beyond the walls of our buildings and into the community as a whole where she and the organization have set an example for what partnership and innovation look like.” Ms. Raven has stewarded the organization through significant change, responding to and anticipating the needs of residents in an energetic, rapidly growing city since she was hired as the Brampton Library’s CEO in 2013. Her key contributions are many and include the following:  The 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, developed with Board and community input, focuses on the modernization of Brampton’s perceptions of public library service and was launched in conjunction with a complementary visual identity and logo  Springdale Branch Library opened in the spring of 2018 to accolades from the community and beyond. This award-winning architectural gem is a beacon in the neighbourhood and welcomes more than 1,000 customers daily  The On-the-Go Mobile Van, launched in 2018, provides increased access to 21st century digital literacies by taking technology to underserved areas of the City  The South West Branch, Brampton Library’s eighth location, is scheduled to open in late fall 2019  Significant investments in staff training...

Did you miss the Edge 2.0 Webinar? You have access to the full recording.

Did you miss the Edge 2.0 Webinar yesterday? You have access to the full recording. Watch the recording to see how you can take advantage of your free access to a tool to help you assess your library’s digital services. This tool will allow you to answer questions, such as: What are our library’s digital strengths and opportunities? What are ways to take action on these identified opportunities? How do our program offerings compare to other libraries in Ontario and North America? As part of the Ontario province-wide Edge subscription, you have access to a toolkit that enables your library to assess technology services and operations to make improvements to better serve your community. Watch the Webinar Recording: Edge 2.0 – the technology tool to get you from assessment to impact Hear directly from the Edge Team about the different phases of Edge from preparing for your Edge Assessment to taking action on your results. Watch the Recording Create an Account By creating your Edge account, you will get access to all of the Edge toolkits and resources as you prepare for the assessment. Create an Edge Account Explore the Workbook Download the Edge Assessment Workbook – to familiarize yourself with the type of material covered by the Edge Assessment. Explore the Workbook Feel free to reach out to the Edge team at platformsupport@libraryedge.org with any...

Job Posting – Chief Librarian & Executive Officer Ajax Public Library

Job Posting – Chief Librarian & Executive Officer Ajax Public Library Located just twenty minutes from Toronto, Ajax is part of the Greater Toronto Area, home to more than six million people. The Town is a booming municipality of 120,000 within the Durham Region which shoulders beautiful Lake Ontario. Ajax is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario with a diverse, highly skilled and educated population. As the senior official, this position has overall responsibility for the leadership and general management of the Ajax Public Library and acts as key advisor and liaison to the nine member Board. As CLEO you will coordinate and oversee day-to-day administration through a talented team of staff, ensuring legislative compliance, sound stewardship and fiscal management of the Library. You will lead a staff of 22 full time and 52 part time across three Library branches with a collection of 205,000, circulation of 807,800 and 38,000 members. You will manage a budget of approximately $6 million and will be challenged to achieve improved funding while managing available resources to best achieve Board approved Library objectives. The Ajax Public Library (APL) operates under the Carver Model of Governance and the Chief Librarian & Executive Officer reports directly to the APL Board of Trustees, who generally have skills and experience not directly related to Library Operations. Thus educating and clearly informing Trustees is an important responsibility of the CLEO. Key duties/responsibilities include the following:  Function as Secretary/Treasurer to the Board.  Advise and counsel the Library Board on all matters related to the delivery of local Library services.  Plan the development of Library...