Libraries prepare to celebrate First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario September 29 to October 5, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Libraries prepare to celebrate First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario SUDBURY, ONTARIO (September 23, 2019) – The theme for the 19th annual First Nations Public Library Week (FNPLW) celebration is Revitalizing Indigenous Languages. Libraries across the Province of Ontario will be celebrating First Nation public library services, programs, authors, and patrons from September 29 to October 5, 2019. The FNPLW launch is taking place in Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Public Library on September 30, 2019. To learn more about how you can participate in First Nations Public Library Week visit www.fnplw.olsn.ca. According to the 2018 Ontario Public Library Statistics, there were 47 First Nation public libraries with 18,365 active cardholders who visited the library 268,450 times last year. Libraries also hosted 4,444 public programs which 42,331 people attended. Deanna Nebenionquit, First Nations Capacity Building Advisor with Ontario Library Service – North works with First Nation public librarians in Northern Ontario. “First Nation public libraries offer free services to patrons ranging from free internet access to music lessons, Indigenous language resources to homework help. But most of all, public libraries offer a safe place to visit with your community and access information. First Nations Public Library Week is intended to celebrate the work of First Nation public librarians who operate these community hubs. In honour of the Revitalizing Indigenous Languages theme, I encourage members of the public visit their local public library and say miigwetch or niá:wen to the librarian during First Nations Public Library Week.” First Nations Public Library Week is made possible with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport,...

Toronto Public Library looks beyond books in rebrand

Toronto Public Library looks beyond books in rebrand A new look gives the city’s library system flexibility to promote the wide range of services it offers. http://strategyonline.ca/2019/09/09/toronto-public-library-looks-beyond-books-in-rebrand/  ...

CELA announces new Executive Director

CELA announces new Executive Director I am pleased to share the announcement of CELA’s new Executive Director with you. Rina is looking forward to working with you and your organization to continue advancing equitable public library services for Canadians with print disabilities. Sincerely, Lindsay Tyler Senior Manager, CELA / Gestionnaire principal, CAÉB 437-637-5243 1-855-655-2273 celalibrary.ca / bibliocaeb.ca On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to announce that Rina Hadziev has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Rina brings over 15 years of experience in public library leadership, most recently as Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) in Victoria, British Columbia to her new role as CELA’s Executive Director. Rina was a member of the CELA board from 2016-2019, and played a key role advocating for improved access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for libraries and their patrons through her participation with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council Digital Content Working Group. In her role with Greater Victoria Public Library, Rina spearheaded the integration of new technologies, e-resources and digital collections to better serve library patrons. Rina will join CELA effective October 7, 2019, succeeding Michael Ciccone who left CELA in late August to become CEO of London Public Library. Like Michael, Rina is passionate about the vital role of public libraries in ensuring and facilitating equitable access for their patrons with print disabilities. Under Rina’s leadership, CELA will continue to build on its existing relationships, and her collaborative style will help CELA develop new partnerships which are essential for the continued improvement of accessible library services...

CBC’s chat bot helps you spot ‘fake news’ — and avoid spreading it

CBC’s chat bot helps you spot ‘fake news’ — and avoid spreading it https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chat-bot-canada-federal-election-disinformation-1.5270765 Chat Bot is a Facebook Messenger tool meant to help you tackle disinformation CBC News · Posted: Sep 16, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: September 16 Chat Bot is a tool for Facebook Messenger that guides you through five weeks of learning about misinformation and disinformation, from deep fakes to suspicious articles. (Tim...