FOPL and OLA would like to draw to your attention to this important session at the OLA Super Conference 2017.  Registration at the Super Conference is not required for this session.

As you’re likely aware, among the many recommendations in Ontario’s First Culture Strategy, there is one of particular note that pertains to our sector – a public library program funding review (PLPFR).

The OLA Super Conference is the ideal time for members of our community from across Ontario to gather and learn more about the Culture Strategy and the library program review, ask questions about the process, and discuss amongst ourselves our goals, strategies and perspectives.

Ontario’s Culture Strategy 

Speaker: Kevin Finnerty, ADM, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport

When: Wednesday, February 1st  at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: MTCC 206F

 Attached is our community’s discussion paper produced over the fall, which summarizes the areas for discussion and serves as framework for future conversations with the Public Library Funding Review (PLPFR) team in 2017.  It has been endorsed as a framework for discussion by all of the provincial associations and organizations in Ontario’s public library sector.

This session will be of particular interest to public library CEOs and Board Chairs, although everyone is welcome.

The rough agenda will be:


Time Topic Speaker
1:00 p.m. Introductions Todd Kyle, OLA President

Margie Singleton, Chair, FOPL


1:10 p.m. Overview of the Culture Strategy and Public Library Program Funding Review Kevin Finnerty, ADM, Culture Division, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport


1:45 p.m. Q&A Kevin Finnerty


2:00 p.m. Group Discussion(s) Roundtable(s) will depend on the number of attendees


2:50 p.m. Next Steps

Thank Yous


3:00 p.m. Session ends

Please take some time to review the discussion paper attached and consider making it a priority to attend this Wednesday afternoon session at OLA Super Conference.


Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA

Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Shelagh Paterson,

Executive Director, Ontario Library Association

CultureStrategyFundingReview FINAL for OLA SC