Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

First Nations Public Library Week

First Nations Public Library Week Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen October 3-7, 2022 First Nations Public Library Week takes place each October as part of Canadian Library Month. You are invited to use the downloadable resources on the First Nations Public Library Week website to assist with FNPLW programming and events at your library, provided by the Ontario Library Service. OLS is also running an assortment of information sessions. Resources Available: Poster, social media graphics, printable resources + more....

August 2022

FOPL attended the AMO Conference in Ottawa as a tradeshow exhibitor. We were able to speak with over 260 councillors, mayors, and Chief Administrative Officers. Our main messages here, like at AMCTO earlier in the summer, were to promote the importance of keeping public library boards independent and share the value impact of public libraries within their communities. We found that attendees were interested and invested in their public libraries and wanted to learn more about our sector’s priorities. Thank you to Ottawa Public Library for providing extra support and technology. Our Marketing and Communications Working Group created a video that included submissions from our various members to showcase that various ways our libraries contribute to their communities across the province. That video can be viewed and downloaded for your own promotional used here, on our website. We will be continuing our municipal level advocacy by looking for opportunities at the ROMA and FOMON Conferences in the upcoming winter and spring. Provincial level advocacy continues. FOPL, OLA and Counsel Public Affairs have been working on a Government Relations Action Plan to guide our efforts for the new few years. This plan, made with recommendations from Counsel Public Affairs and input from OLA and FOPL, reflects the re-election of Premier Ford’s PC Party government to a second majority mandate. It recognizes that the Conservatives were the only party not to commit to any of FOPL and OLA’s recommendations for the public library sector and therefore balances the re-elected governments priorities alongside our own. We will be sharing with our members once our plan has been finalized. We have also been...

Book Bans Are On The Rise

The situation in the United States is becoming troublesome. Banned books have doubled from 2020 to 2021. Take a look at the most challenged books of 2021:...

Join CFLA-FCAB’s Intellectual Freedom Committee / Joignez-vous au Comité de la liberté intellectuelle du CFLA-FCAB

Le francais suit. Hello,   CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for four new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA member associations and interested individuals who are members of a CFLA/FCAB member association. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.      The Committee strives to include a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, uniting individuals who value the principles of intellectual freedom and their application in the present context.  The Committee is particularly interested in nominations from individuals from school libraries, academic libraries, government libraries, from the middle and eastern part of the country, and those who bring a francophone perspective.     Appointments will be made for a term of 3 years, renewable once.       The Committee will normally meet monthly between September and June, with additional meetings scheduled as required.  For 2022/2023 the meetings will occur on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00am PST, 10:00am MST, 12:00pm EST.  The Intellectual Freedom Committee is a working committee. All members are expected to attend meetings, advance plenary activities, and contribute to two or more working groups.  More information about the work of the Committee can be found at https://cfla-fcab.ca/en/about/committees/intellectual-freedom-committee/    / https://cfla-fcab.ca/fr/programmes/enquete-sur-les-contestations-sur-la-liberte-intellectuelle/ Those interested, and nominations from the member associations can contact the current committee chair, Richard Beaudry, at librarianlai@icloud.com .    _____________________________________ Bonjour, Le Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle de la Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (FCAB) est à la recherche de quatre nouveaux membres. Nous accueillons les candidatures des associations membres de la FCAB et des personnes intéressées qui sont membres d’une telle association. Une fois nommés...