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Panel Discussion: Questions or Conformity: Reading Rights for the Right to Learn

Please see the invitation below from the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship: I wanted to invite you and anyone you may think may be interested to our upcoming panel discussion “Questions or Conformity: Reading Rights for the Right to Learn” on libraries and intellectual freedom in Toronto. The Issue: Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of discussion in the library community in North America as to how the traditional liberal values of librarianship (in particular neutrality in collections and services) impact current concerns regarding social justice and equity. Can being in support to openness to a wide variety of perspectives negatively affect marginalized communities and actually encourage harmful ideologies? Should library collections and services exclusively encourage citizens to adopt, for example, a social justice or anti-racist lens for viewing current topics of controversy? The Discussion: Our library panel is drawn from across the country (British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan) and from both public and academic libraries. We will argue in defense of traditional liberal professional values and how they are deeply supportive of both intellectual freedom and a free and democratic culture while exploring more deeply some of the critiques of the traditional position held by libraries in our communities. Moderated by journalist Anthony Furey. Where: Beeton Hall, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario Date: Wednesday November 30th, 2022. Time: 7pm start What: Panel Discussion with a Q&A Session to follow. Cost: Free (no registration required) Sponsored by the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship.   Contact for event and media...

Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures

The Canada Council for the Arts, in collaboration with Archipel Research and Consulting Inc., undertook a research project grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing. Research goal This research aimed to understand the role of arts and cultures to Indigenous communities across Canada and the value of public funding for Indigenous arts and cultures. Methods This project was guided by Etuaptmumk, a Mi’kmaq methodology also known as Two-Eyed Seeing, which brings the strengths of both Indigenous and Western worldviews together to move forward in harmonious and sustainable relations. An Indigenous advisory circle provided guidance on matters applicable to this research project for its duration. Archipel conducted 124 interviews; 15 focus groups with 112 participants; and received 413 survey responses. Participants included Indigenous artists, cultural carriers, and Elders. Outcomes The research concluded that: Arts and cultural practices are integral to Indigenous ways of being. Indigenous arts and cultures provide essential functions for cultural continuity and revitalization. Public funding is integral to the success of Indigenous artists, arts, and cultures. Funding through the Council has supported the meaningful work of Indigenous artists, that they might not have been able to do otherwise. Indigenous artists and organizations continue to face barriers to access the support they need. Based on the research findings, Archipel prepared 26 recommendations for the Council and other arts funders to guide their path forward. View a presentation of the research This video, presented in English and ASL, provides an overview of the Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures. Read the Council’s response Reflections from the Canada Council for the Arts on the Research on...

Treaties Recognition Week 2022: OLA Communications Toolkit

Treaties Recognition Week 2022: Communications Toolkit Treaties Recognition Week is taking place from November 6 – 12, 2022 across Ontario. Treaties Recognition Week was introduced in 2016 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to honour the importance of treaties and to help students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights, treaty relationships and their relevance today. This communications toolkit includes: ·         Teaching and learning resources for libraries and classrooms ·         Printable resources, including crossword puzzles, treaties map colouring page, and infographics ·         Digital graphics for social media ·         Backgrounds to raise awareness during video calls, chats, and meetings, and more. Helping to build an understanding of the role treaties play in all our lives and how they form the basis of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is an important step towards reconciliation.   Host a Living Library Event Deadline to submit a request for funding has been extended to November 2, 2002. Funding from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs (IAO) is available to support Ontario Library Association (OLA) members in hosting an in-person and/or virtual Living Library event where Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers share their experience and perspectives around treaties with your patrons. Complete the Submission Form...

Now Available! – 2021 Ontario Public Library Statistics / Les statistiques sur les bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario de 2021 sont maintenant accessibles!

Le francais suit A message from the MTCS: We are happy to inform you that the 2021 Ontario Public Library Statistics are now available on the Ministry website at the following link: https://data.ontario.ca/dataset/ontario-public-library-statistics If you have any questions regarding the Ontario Public Library Statistics, please contact Adam Haviaras (adam.haviaras@ontario.ca), or Douglas Davey (douglas.davey2@ontario.ca) In addition to the standard reports, Ministry staff can provide you with an Individual Library Profile Report for your library upon request. Let us know if you would like an Individual Library Profile Report done for your library. As an ongoing service offer, Ministry staff can also provide you with customized reports related to the information you included in your Annual Survey of Public Libraries. For example, we can provide comparisons of your library with other libraries you identify, or with a user-defined population range different from the range for your library in the published Standard Reports, or user-defined fields. Please let us know if you are interested in a customized report, and we will be happy to work with you. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Nous sommes heureux de vous informer que les statistiques relatives aux bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario pour 2021, classés par groupe de population, sont maintenant sur le site Open Data du gouvernement de l’Ontario :   https://data.ontario.ca/fr/dataset/ontario-public-library-statistics Si vous avez des questions au sujet des statistiques concernant les bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario, veuillez communiquer avec Adam Haviaras (adam.haviaras@ontario.ca) ou Douglas Davey (douglas.davey2@ontario.ca). En plus des rapports types, le personnel du ministère peut vous fournir, sur demande, un rapport individualisé du profil de votre bibliothèque. Veuillez nous contacter si vous aimiez recevoir un rapport individualisé du profil de votre...

Call for Participation: Cataloguing Code of Ethics Review Working Group with the CFLA

La  française suit Call for Participation: Cataloguing Code of Ethics Review Working Group Sponsoring Committee: CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee October 2022 The CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee is calling for participation in the CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing Code of Ethics Review Working Group.  As part of a joint project with ALA Core and CILIP MDG, the CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee (CMSC) co-sponsored the development of the Cataloguing Code of Ethics (https://sites.google.com/view/cataloging-ethics/home). The final version of the code was made public in January 2021. The Cataloguing Code of Ethics Review Working Group is being formed to review the code of ethics and submit a report to the CMSC. CMSC’s decision to recommend endorsement of the code by the Board of Directors will be informed by the findings included in the report. Part of the review would include a national consultation to elicit feedback from the Canadian cataloging and metadata community. The Working Group is expected to launch in October 2022 with a goal of issuing its report by December 2023. CFLA-FCAB members interested in participating in the Cataloguing Code of Ethics Review Working Group should email expressions of interest by November 1 to Christine Smith, Chair, Cataloguing Code of Ethics Review Working Group Organizing Committee: christine.smith@concordia.ca ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Appel à participation : Groupe de travail sur l’examination du Code d’éthique de catalogage Comité de parrainage : FCAB-CFLA Comité sur les normes relatives au catalogage et aux métadonnées Le Comité sur les normes relatives au catalogage et aux métadonnées (CNCM) du FCAB-CFLA lance un appel à participation au Groupe de travail sur l’examination du Code d’éthique de catalogage. Dans...

REMINDER – 2022 Public Library Services Awards

Le francais suit Call for Submissions If your library has an innovative program or demonstrates exceptional service, be sure to enter the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s 2022 Public Library Service Awards. There are two awards, each with three categories (small, medium, and large libraries) for a total of six award winners. • Minister’s Award for Innovation recognizes a new approach that demonstrates a positive impact in a community and is of continued value for public libraries. • Angus Mowat Award of Excellence recognizes best practices and a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service; these services need not be new and may be on going. For additional information about the awards, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-public-library-service-awards To see a list of previous winners, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-public-library-service-awards-past-winners All submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of representatives from public libraries and library-serving organizations. • Deadline for submission: Friday, October 21st, 2022 at 5:00 pm • Shortlist announced: December 2022 • Winners announced: February 2023 at the Superconference Awards Gala Submissions: • Submissions must be sent electronically by e-mail to douglas.davey2@ontario.ca • Include in your submission the completed Submission Form along with one PDF file which contains all submission information, including images. • Submissions must be no more than 15 pages in total, including any appendices. • To be considered by the committee, projects must: o have been completed in 2022, OR o are currently ongoing and have been running for at least a year Contact: Please direct inquiries and submissions to: Douglas Davey, MLIS (he/him/his) Library Services Advisor Programs and Services Branch Ministry of Tourism, Culture...

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....

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...