Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Great News from OLS!

The Ontario Library Service (OLS) continues to work towards implementing the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative on behalf of the Province of Ontario. Last year, the government announced an investment of $4.85 million to upgrade high-speed internet at approximately 50 public libraries in unserved and underserved communities across the province. We are delighted to report that through the successful Request for Proposal (RFP) process, we will be able to upgrade 111 library locations, which more than doubles the original target of 50 public library branches. Through the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative, these 111 locations in unserved and underserved communities in Ontario will have an opportunity to improve their high-speed internet connectivity.  This investment in high-speed internet by the Province of Ontario will provide greater community access to education and vital services, while creating economic opportunity and contributing to economic growth. “Our government understands how important it is for people to be connected and be able to take part in today’s digital economy,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “This exciting initiative to increase broadband capabilities at more than 100 public libraries will provide Ontarians in unserved and underserved communities across the province with better access to digital resources and services – including digital collections, online skills training and career development. We thank the Ontario Library Service for leading this important project.” “Our government is working tirelessly to ensure that every region in Ontario has access to high-speed internet services by the end of 2025,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Through the Connecting Public Libraries Initiative, more local libraries will be able to provide reliable high-speed internet...

FOPL Annual Info Series

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries is pleased to announce a new annual info series.  The info series will be comprised of four webinars which are free for our members that focus on furthering advocacy efforts of libraries across the province. The first two webinars, Building Partnerships with First Nations Public Libraries and Advocating for Development Charges, are live and available for registration. For more information on each session and for registration, please visit FOPL’s Eventbrite page:...

Respectful Terminology: Creating a National Framework

The National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA) will be hosting a webinar; Respectful Terminology: Creating the Framework. This national event is centered on identifying the next steps to develop a framework for respectful terminology.  This free event is scheduled for Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. For registration and more information, visit the NIKLA website:...

Board Self-Evaluations and Assessment

There is a great new post from the OLS on board self-evaluations and assessments. It is the last year of board terms which makes it an ideal time for evaluations and assessments. It can act as a performance review for the board and provide insights to improve for the new incoming board. Take a look at the full post here: Board Self-Evaluations and...

Reminder to complete your 2021 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / Rappel final pour compléter votre enquête annuelle 2021 sur les bibliothèques publiques

Le francais suit Dear Public Library and First Nation Public Library CEOs: This is an important reminder to submit your 2021 Annual Survey of Public Libraries (ASPL) before the final deadline of April 30, 2022. Timely submission helps the Ministry to update and publish the Ontario Public Library Statistics, which supports policy work within government and provides key context for the Ontario public library sector’s planning activities. As you know, submission of a complete and accurate ASPL is also one of the requirements for annual public library operating support. To access the ASPL go to: https://edcs.tcu.gov.on.ca/Main/EDUPortal.aspx . Enter your GO Secure ID which is your email, and your password.  If you have forgotten your password, click on ‘Forgot your Password?’ If you still cannot login or find your password, contact the IT help desk at:  DDSB.ITSupport@ontario.ca .  If you have not yet registered on the GO Secure system that provides access to the ASPL, please go to this link:   https://www.iam.security.gov.on.ca/ If you have any questions or are experiencing technical difficulties filling out your survey, please feel free to contact Ministry staff: Adam Haviaras (adam.haviaras@ontario.ca)   À l’attention des directeurs généraux de bibliothèque publique et de bibliothèque publique des Premières Nations: Ceci est un rappel important de soumettre votre enquête annuelle sur les bibliothèques annuelles de 2021 avant la date limite finale de 30 avril, 2022. En recevant les renseignements à temps, le ministère peut mettre à jour et publier à temps les statistiques sur les bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario, qui sont très utiles pour contextualiser les activités stratégiques au sein du gouvernement et pour la planification du secteur des bibliothèques...

Connecticut Introduces Library E-book Bill

An interesting article from Publishers Weekly; fair e-book pricing continues to make it’s way around the USA, this time in Connecticut. Connecticut has become the latest state to introduce a library e-book bill, introducing bill 131 in its February session. The Connecticut bill is similar to efforts in other states now underway, in that it would require publishers who offer an e-book to consumers in the state to also offer to license the works to libraries on reasonable...