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Another Push for Fair E-Book Pricing

The pandemic has our communities consuming e-books and e-audiobooks at a record pace. But many publishers highly inflate prices for e-books or won’t sell to libraries at all; which of course means that not everyone has the same access to information through their local public library. Librarians in Massachusetts have had enough and are teaming up with lawmakers to demand a new deal for libraries: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/31/business/libraries-demand-new-deal-ebooks/...

Webinar: Library Engagement in a Pandemic & Post Pandemic Virtual World

Dalhousie–Horrocks National Leadership Lecture: Library Engagement in a Pandemic & Post Pandemic Virtual World  – Dr. Carla Hayden February 1st at 12:00 PM AST.Bio: Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2015, and her nominations was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13. Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for the Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979. Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college...

Contribute to AMO and Municipal World

Municipal World recently formed a partnership with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to create a new resource. The Municipal Knowledge Portal will help municipalities find and share documents like by-laws, policies, reports, and more – all in one convenient location. In the spirit of collaboration that thrives in the municipal sector, they are currently looking for contributions in the following areas: Climate Change and Green Operations Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Parks and Recreation To contribute, please email erica@municipalworld.com with the subject heading “Municipal Knowlege Portal – documents to...

Libraries Supporting Economic Development

In today’s post-pandemic climate, the Ontario government is focused on economic recovery and development. Have you ever considered how your library contributes to that development? An interesting case for advocacy: libraries support small and local business, impact literacy rates which are intrinsically tied to economic development, provide services for the disables, contribute to ongoing education for skills upgrading, and more. Read more here: https://blog.pressreader.com/libraries-institutions/role-libraries-play-in-economic-development   Dans le climat post-pandémique d’aujourd’hui, le gouvernement de l’Ontario met l’accent sur la reprise économique et le développement. Avez-vous déjà réfléchi à la façon dont votre bibliothèque contribue à ce développement? Un argument intéressant en faveur du plaidoyer : les bibliothèques soutiennent les petites entreprises et les entreprises locales, ont un impact sur les taux d’alphabétisation qui sont intrinsèquement liés au développement économique, fournissent des services aux personnes handicapées, contribuent à la formation continue pour l’amélioration des compétences, et plus encore. Pour en savoir plus, lisez-le ici (en anglais seulement) :...

LAC Funding Opportunity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Organizations

Listen, Hear Our Voices is an initiative to support Indigenous nations, governments and non-profit organizations in their efforts to: digitize existing documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures; and build the skills, knowledge and resources required to carry out this work in their communities. Program staff are available for advice and support on Listen, Hear Our Voices funding applications. To find out more or to apply, visit the Library and Archives Canada website, here:...

2020 Data Report

The 2020 Data Report is now available!  This data report includes the most recent 2020 operating data. Members may download this report. The dataset is also available to remembers free of charge. Please contact Dina Stevens for a copy of the full dataset in excel format.  Peer Comparison Reports are also available and can be commissioned by request. FOPL Data Report, 2020 Ontario Public Library Operating Data, 2000-2020 Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Published: November 2021   Dina Stevens Executive Director...

Thinking of Going Fine Free?

Many libraries are eliminating fines… and people are noticing! Even Forbes. NYPL President Andrew W. Marx said in a statement that such fines, “are an antiquated, ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books; for those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive. For those who can’t afford the fines— disproportionately low-income New Yorkers—they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept. This is a step towards a more equitable society,…” To read more, the link to the Forbes article is below:...

Impact of COVID on Book Borrowing

Interesting article from BookNet Canada. 40% of Canadians said that COVID impacted their book borrowing and book buying habits in 2020. This data is compared to similar data points collected in 2019. The results? Canadians want in-person libraries, and they visit predominantly to pick up their holds. However… online visits led to more checkouts per visit than in-person visits. Interesting! Click on the article for full details and more stats!...

Ontario Parks – Day-Use Permit Lending Program

A message from Ontario Parks: Ontario Parks is pleased to invite you to take part in our day use permit lending program. Last year we successfully expanded this initiative to more than 200 public libraries across Ontario. We are now accepting first-time applications and renewals for the 2022 season. We would like to thank all participating libraries for making this program a great success to date. In 2022, we will continue to supply all participating libraries with 3 commercial day use permits per participating branch at no cost. Library patrons will be able to borrow a park permit from your library, providing access for one vehicle and its occupants to more than 100 provincial parks in Ontario. Please note: all applications to participate or renew must be submitted by November 15, 2021 For libraries new to the program: To request day use permits for your library system, please fill out the short application at OntarioParks.com/library by November 15, 2021 Please coordinate internally and submit one application per library system on behalf of all branches who will be participating Please review and accept the terms and conditions provided on the application website prior submitting the form Ontario Parks will confirm your application via email and mail the permits in November 2021 to a single contact per library system. It will be the responsibility of each participating library to distribute permits to participating branches within your system. The lending of permits can begin starting January 1, 2022. These permits will remain valid until December 31, 2022. For libraries who participated in 2021: Please keep your 2021 permits as they are valid...