FOPL in the News with CBC Sudbury!

FOPL was recently interviewed by CBC Sudbury to provide comment on the Public Library Operating Grant, the sector’s largest funding envelope. FOPL was asked for comments after the Sudbury Public Library asked for an increase to their budget, a familiar position many of our libraries are in after soaring inflation rates and the post-pandemic echo. Read the full story here:...

2023 Annual General Meeting – First Notice

The Annual General Meeting for the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place virtually via Zoom on Friday, APRIL 21, at 10:00am. Registration will begin at 9:30am so please be sure to log in prior to 10am so that you can be marked in attendance. The draft agenda and all supporting documents can be found on the website in the members section, https://fopl.ca/agm/. It will be updated 30 days prior to the AGM. Only members in good standing are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. Registration To attend the AGM, please register on Eventbrite. The zoom link to attend will be sent via Eventbrite after registration. For those who cannot attend, please fill out a proxy form (more info below). REGISTER HERE ******************* Dates to note: Any member resolutions are due no later than 30 days prior to the AGM; Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 at 4:00pm. Nominations or self-nominations for board vacancies are due February 13, 2023. Proxy forms can be sent in until Thursday, April 20th at 4:00pm. Nominations for Board Positions The following positions will be available for the 2023 to 2025 FOPL Board: Rural Caucus Trustee (currently vacant) Large Urban Caucus Trustee (currently vacant) Large Urban Caucus CEO Small Medium Caucus Trustee (currently vacant) Northern Caucus CEO Please send nominations to dinastevens@fopl.ca. If only one qualified nominee is received by the deadline, that applicant will be acclaimed. In the event of multiple nominations for the same position, a Caucus election will occur in the month of March. Notice of Motions According to Bylaw 1, Section 9.2, resolutions shall be prepared and submitted to the Board no later than 30 days prior...

Grants Available for 2023 – Ontario Trillium Foundation

  Grants Available for 2023 The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is pleased to announce the grants available for next year to support the essential work of non-profit organizations and grassroots groups across the province. OTF welcomes applications from eligible organizations that provide direct programs and services to Ontarians and whose projects align with the grants they are applying for. Resilient Communities Fund Grant application period 1: Application will be available on January 4, 2023, with an application deadline of February 1, 2023, at 5 PM ET. Grant application period 2: Application will be available on September 27, 2023, with an application deadline of October 25, 2023, at 5 PM ET. Capital grant Grant application period: Application will be available on May 17, 2023, with an application deadline of June 14, 2023, at 5 PM ET. More information will be available next year to help your organization apply for a Capital grant. Youth Opportunities Fund Youth Innovations and Family Innovations grant:   The grant application will be available as of May 31, 2023. The expression of interest deadline is August 23, 2023, at 5 PM ET. The grant application deadline is November 1, 2023, at 5 PM ET. System Innovations grant:  The grant application will be available as of April 3, 2023. The lead organization registration deadline is May 31, 2023. The grant application deadline is June 21, 2023, at 5 PM ET.       Upcoming Grant Deadline: Resilient Communities Fund   The Resilient Communities Fund supports community-based organizations that deliver programs and services in Ontario and need funding to recover and build capacity, resilience and sustainability. Grants support the delivery of projects...

New Caucus – Former Library Leaders

FOPL has created a new Caucus for representation, Former Library Leaders. Former or retired CEOs are invited to join our membership and share with us the wealth of their knowledge and experience. Annual membership is $75 and a seat on the board of directors will be held for representation. Interested persons can email admin@fopl.ca or dinastevens@fopl.ca for membership or more...

Welcome Matthew Corbett!

I would like to share that Matthew Corbett will be joining our Board of Directors! FOPL held an election for a CEO Representative position on the Board of Directors for the Small Medium Caucus. Matthew is the CEO of Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and brings years of experience championing public libraries to our board. Welcome Matthew! To learn a little bit more about Matthew and his experience, read below: “Throughout my career, I have built library systems, championed equality, empowered staff, and focused on anticipating future trend to redesign library services in an effort to meet the community’s needs. I have been fortunate with the opportunities of being the head librarian at Central North Correctional Centre, the CEO of the St. Marys Public Library, and more recently the CEO of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library. In each of these roles I have focused my efforts at removing barriers, improving community health and wellbeing, and advocating for increased funding for libraries to better equip the organization—and community—for success. I am an active member in my community, sitting on a healthy communities committee, and anti-racism committee, and a diversity and inclusion working committee all in efforts to improve local and regional services for the public. Most recently, I have been an advocate for Libraries in Simcoe County, lobbying municipal leaders across the county to impress upon them the importance of library services for community members. With the recent cutbacks and defamations towards librarians within the County, I have worked with OLA, FOPL, and the Centre for Free Expression to explore opportunities to support my colleagues, while fighting for services...