Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

OLA Advocacy Alert: Just released! Survey results of Ontario Public Library Response to COVID-19

Problem viewing this? Click here.     Just released! Survey results of Ontario Public Library Response to COVID-19 While public libraries across Ontario were ordered to close to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in March, OLA’s Ontario Public Library Response to COVID-19 survey shows that libraries remained very active during this period of physical distancing. Read the full report online now! Highlights Libraries have continued to offer relevant programming and services to their communities. Libraries have been: Offering digital resources to their communities. Developing virtual programming for children and adults, including story times, book clubs, technology training, and more. Amplifying public health messaging around COVID-19. Organizing care calls to seniors and vulnerable populations. Creating personal protective equipment (PPE). Facilitating card-renewals and temporary/virtual card registration. At the same time, the closure has had a significant impact on the way that libraries work: Libraries saw a significant change in how their libraries have been staffed, with libraries reporting that some staff had temporarily stopped working. 50% of libraries laid off or furloughed some staff members. For those staff still working, many transitioned to working from home. With this shift, libraries supported staff working from home, lending laptops or other devices and facilitating remote access to library systems. Read the full Public Library Response to COVID-19 Report now            2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto ON. M5C 2B6 info@accessola.com  |  416.363.3388  |  accessola.com   ...

CULC/CBUC Response to Globe & Mail article

CULC/CBUC Response to Globe & Mail article This article was submitted to the Globe and Mail Opinions Editor as an alternative point of view to an almost 3,000 word piece which appeared in the July 25 edition. This submission was declined for publication consideration in the newspaper other than as an online comment to the original Op Ed. July 27, 2020 In his July 25 opinion piece, Overdue: Throwing the Book at Libraries, Kenneth Whyte blames the closing of independent bookstores and publishers’ financial troubles on public libraries. Whyte cites statistics, studies, and other sources to make his case. While there is no disputing the fact that publishers and bookstores are in trouble, this rhetoric is demonstrative of a broader disdain for public services and an argument for privatization. It is otherwise hard to understand why public libraries are to blame when bookstores and libraries have co-existed harmoniously and supported each other for decades. So what’s changed? While there are a lot of changes that point to shifts in the marketplace, such as the research identifying a decline in leisure reading, coupled with less and less space for literary reviews in major news outlets, these are minor compared to the two major developments that have dramatically altered the book and reading landscape ̶ and they have nothing to do with public libraries. First is the explosive growth in popularity of eBooks and eAudio books, and second is the increasing dominance of Amazon in the book retail and publishing marketplace. Brick-and-mortar bookstores, big and small, have been devastated by both of these developments. Bookstores don’t sell eBooks so they don’t benefit...

CMA Releases New Strategic Plan” Stronger museums. Engaged citizens. A better Canada.

CMA Releases New Strategic Plan Stronger museums. Engaged citizens. A better Canada. “Museums are at the heart of a just and knowledgeable society. They educate and inspire. They house our culture and history. They create a sense of community and belonging. They allow us to better understand our past, our present and shape our future. They spark conversations and reflection. They build empathy and understanding for each other and remind us how diversity makes us stronger.” Read the Strategic...

Official Ontario Government Guide to reopening Ontario’s schools

Guide to reopening Ontario’s schools Read the guidance for schools and school boards to safely reopen for the 2020/2021 school year. https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-reopening-ontarios-schools Introduction Executive summary Elementary Secondary Protection strategies Special education Mental health Academics Other scenarios Transportation Monitoring and responding to reports of COVID-19 symptoms Before and after school programs Communication to parents Provincial and demonstration schools Private schools First Nations International students Health and safety Cleaning standards and protocols Funding...