Overdue: The Case for Canada’s Public Libraries

The Canadian Urban Institute has released a new report titled “Overdue: The Case for Canada’s Public Libraries”. It was written as part of the Canadian Urban Institute’s role “to highlight the critical components of the urban and community fabric that are essential to Canada’s social, economic and environmental resilience and post-pandemic recovery.” It includes lots of relevant data, a call to action, future priorities for libraries and information regarding the work that has been and continues to be done through Covid-19. For a link to the full report, click here. Letter templates have also been provided: Member Letter_OVERDUE The Case for Canada’s Libraries Partner Letter to Leaders_OVERDUE The Case for Canada’s Libraries As well as graphics for social...

Fill Out Our Survey!

A new strategic plan for our organization is currently underway. The Strategic Plan Working Group, comprised of FOPL Board members, has designed the following survey to gather feedback from our members. Please take the time to fill out our short survey. The survey will on remain open until October 21,...

CFLA/ Ex Libris Association – W. Kaye Lamb Award for Service to Seniors

Deadline approaching! – Applications due October 2nd. CFLA/ Ex Libris Association – W. Kaye Lamb Award for Service to Seniors Every other year, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques and ExLibris Association invite Canadian libraries to be considered for the W. Kaye Lamb Award. The award is given to that library which offers innovative and excellent service to their senior population. A list of past winners can be viewed here: https://www.exlibris.ca/doku.php?id=award:wk-lamb-award-winners The 2021 award recipient was the West Vancouver Memorial Library as detailed here: https://www.exlibris.ca/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=wiki:documents:wklamb_award_announcement_2021.pdf Named to commemorate Canada’s first National Librarian, William Kaye Lamb, OC, FRSC, the W. Kaye Lamb Award recognizes outstanding library service to seniors with a $500.00 cash prize and commemorative plaque. For more information on William K. Lamb’s contribution to the development of Canadian library services, visit the Biography page, located on ExLibris Association’s website: https://www.exlibris.ca/doku.php?id=biographies:lamb-william-kaye| To apply, visit: https://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/w-kaye-lamb-award/https://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/w-kaye-lamb-award/ Completed applications or notification of the intention to apply must be submitted by Monday, October 2, 2023 to: WKLAward@cfla-fcab.ca Use the subject line “W.Kaye Lamb Award Application 2023” and include your library’s name or...

Book Challenges in Libraries Surge to New Record

Documented attempts to restrict library materials rose 20% in the first eight months of 2023 On September 19, the American Library Association (ALA) announced findings that challenges to books and other library materials and services are on pace to set a record for the third straight year in 2023. The release reads, in part: ALA has released new preliminary data documenting a continued uptick in attempts to censor books and materials in public, school, and academic libraries during the first eight months in 2023. Between January 1 and August 31, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reported 695 attempts to censor library materials and services. Those challenges included 1,915 unique titles—a 20% increase compared with the same reporting period in 2022, the year of the highest number of book challenges documented since ALA began compiling this data more than 20 years ago. The vast majority of challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Challenges to books in public libraries accounted for 49% of those that OIF documented, compared with a share of 16% during the same reporting period in 2022. A growing number of cases involve demands by a person or group to restrict or remove large numbers of titles. As in 2022, nine in 10 books challenged were part of an attempt to censor multiple titles. But cases that included a challenge to 100 or more books were reported in 11 states, compared with six states during the same reporting period in 2022 and zero in 2021. “These attacks on our freedom to read should trouble every person...

Centre for Free Expression (CFE) Intellectual Freedom Learning & Development Course

Over the past year, the Centre for Free Expression (CFE), in conjunction with the Edmonton Public Library (EPL), has developed a course for libraries to use for staff learning and development on intellectual freedom. CFE will provide virtual train-the-trainer sessions for staff whom libraries select to deliver the intellectual freedom course. The train-the-trainer sessions will review the material in the intellectual freedom course, describe the options built into the course so it can be customized for each library’s staff, provide background on issues raised in the course, and discuss questions and issues likely to arise when the course is offered. The first Trainer-the-Trainer session with be offered virtually on Friday, October 6, from 12-3 pm EDT. Registration will be limited to 30 participants who will be offering the intellectual freedom course in their library. The library CEO or designate should complete the online registration form available here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September...

W. Kaye Lamb Award for Service to Seniors

Every other year, the CanadianFederation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques  and ExLibris Association invite Canadian libraries to be considered for the W. Kaye Lamb Award. The award is given to that library which offers innovative and excellent service to their senior population. A list of past winners can be viewed here. Named to commemorate Canada’s first National Librarian, William Kaye Lamb, OC, FRSC, the W. Kaye Lamb Award recognizes outstanding library service to seniors with a $500.00 cash prize and commemorative plaque.   For more information on William K. Lamb’s contribution to the development of Canadian library services, visit the Biography page of the ExLibris Association’s website. Purpose of the Award This award recognizes a library that has developed an ongoing service, program or procedure of benefit to seniors and/or a design and organization of buildings or facilities that improve access and encourage use by seniors. The award will be presented biennially (every two years) when merited. Eligibility Any Canadian public, government, postsecondary or special library is eligible for this award. Application Procedure Please provide: Name of the library. A statement of the service or facility of benefit to the senior population served by the library. Descriptive material such as photographs, promotional or advertising materials used, articles or news items published may be included with the application to indicate the ongoing success of the project. The application might include architectural drawings, details of the equipment used and an outline of the effect on staffing and budget. Name of a contact person, position title and contact details (email, telephone, etc). Application Deadline Completed applications must be submitted by Monday, October 2,...