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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...

First Notice – Annual General Meeting

Hello Members, The Annual General Meeting for the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place virtually via Zoom on Friday, June 10th at 10:00am. Please note this change from the previously mentioned date in April. Registration will begin at 9:30am. The draft agenda can be found on the website in the members section, https://fopl.ca/agm/. It will be updated 30 days prior to the AGM. Only members in good standing are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. Registration To attend the AGM, please register on Eventbrite. The zoom link to attend will be sent via Eventbrite after registration. REGISTER HERE *******************   Dates to note: Any member resolutions are due no later than 30 days prior to the AGM; Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 at 4:00pm. Nominations or self-nominations for board vacancies are due March 31, 2022. Proxy forms can be sent in until Thursday, June 9th at 4:00pm. Nominations for Board Positions The following positions will be available for the 2022 to 2024 FOPL Board: First Nations Caucus CEO Rural Caucus Trustee Large Urban Caucus Trustee Large Urban Caucus CEO #1 Large Urban Caucus CEO #2 Small Medium Caucus Trustee Please send nominations to dinastevens@fopl.ca. If only one qualified nominee is received by the deadline, that applicant will be acclaimed. In the event of multiple nominations for the same position, a Caucus election will occur in the month of April. Notice of Motions According to Bylaw 1, Section 9.2, resolutions shall be prepared and submitted to the Board no later than 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Resolutions, other than resolutions proposed by the Board,...

Update from OLS – Respectful Indigenous Subject Headings

The Ontario Library Service is committed to continuous learning to inform inclusive and diverse thinking in our programs and services.  A part of this process is thinking about existing services in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.  The OLS is working to further our commitment to access and decolonization of the JASI integrated library system consortia catalogue.  We have undertaken this action in support of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Truth and Reconciliation Report call to action #5: Decolonize Access and Classification by addressing the structural biases in existing schemes of knowledge organization and information retrieval arising from colonialism by committing to integrating Indigenous epistemologies into cataloguing praxis and knowledge management; With the guidance of the JASI Advisory Group, we have engaged Library Services Centre (LSC) to begin an update of colonial subject headings in the JASI catalogue which will affect the records of all 119 JASI consortia members.  LSC has developed a set of respectful Indigenous subject headings based on the collaborative work of Greater Victoria Public Library and on ongoing work being done by the Xwi7xwa Library, Manitoba Archival Information Network (MAIN), and the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA).  Over the next few months respectful Indigenous subject headings will be added to all relevant MARC records in the JASI consortia catalogue.  Colonial subject headings will remain in the MARC record alongside the respectful Indigenous subject headings for searchability and education. What does this mean for JASI members? Respectful Indigenous subject headings will be added to your MARC records with no cost to you. This work will be conducted...

Truth and Reconciliation in Your Library – Implementation, Part 2

CFLA’s Truth & Reconciliation Committee was organized by utilizing and adapting the medicine wheel framework. This was chosen as the framework through which the Indigenous worldview can be understood. The Committee was divided into four teams with the following responsibilities: The Black Team compiled Best Practices already in existence related to Indigenous peoples of Canada. The White team provided a gap analysis on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and recommends an annual review be to evaluate progress. The Yellow team looked at existing relationships and developed a contact database. Finally, the Red Team envisioned the future by reviewing the existing body of knowledge related to the decolonization of space, access and classification, Indigenous knowledge protection, outreach and service. Information on the medicine wheel used can be found at the Turtle Lodge Journey of the Human Spirit. We will be focusing on the recommendations made by the White Team, which details actions which libraries are or should be responding to. Each Call to Action will be identified with it’s relevant recommendation. The following are Priority Level 2 Recommendations which should be adopted immediately. Call to Action #1 1. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by: i. Monitoring and assessing neglect investigations. ii. Providing adequate resources to enable Aboriginal communities and child-welfare organizations to keep Aboriginal families together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments, regardless of where they reside. iii. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the...

The National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA)

The National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA) mission is to create an association to unify and amplify the voices of Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to network and nurture a community of practice related to Indigenous knowledge, cultural memory, language, and Indigenous ways of knowing, as they relate to culture memory and heritage. FOPL has joined NIKLA as an organizational member as we strive to expand our allyship with First Nations partners, libraries, and cultural institutions. NIKLA includes 5 core activities, listed constating documents (Charter), in no hierarchical order, are: Building a community of practice; Public advocacy for Indigenous cultural transmission; Professional Development for members; Scholarship and Grants [when charitable registry is received]; and Unsettling and disrupting existing frameworks and pedagogy. Learn more about NIKLA on their website, and consider joining:  https://www.nikla-ancla.com/...

OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund: Grants available for 2022

The Ontario Trillium Foundation supports non-profit organizations as they continue to recover and build resiliency due to impacts of COVID-19. The impacts of COVID-19 remain at the forefront of the sectors’ ability to build resiliency and support communities across Ontario. The non-profit sector continues to face many challenges, including how to adapt program and service delivery, meet changing community needs and address health and safety requirements. The Resilient Communities Fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and long-term recovery projects. Grants support projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. Projects should be focused on: developing new approaches; starting new activities; adjusting strategies; or planning for future challenges. Request between $10,000 and $200,000, with a maximum of $100,000 per year. Grants can be up to 24 months in length. Application period is from March 9 until April 6, 2022 at 5 PM...

Truth and Reconciliation in Your Library – Implementation, Part 1

CFLA’s Truth & Reconciliation Committee was organized by utilizing and adapting the medicine wheel framework. This was chosen as the framework through which the Indigenous worldview can be understood. The Committee was divided into four teams with the following responsibilities: The Black Team compiled Best Practices already in existence related to Indigenous peoples of Canada. The White team provided a gap analysis on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and recommends an annual review be to evaluate progress. The Yellow team looked at existing relationships and developed a contact database. Finally, the Red Team envisioned the future by reviewing the existing body of knowledge related to the decolonization of space, access and classification, Indigenous knowledge protection, outreach and service. Information on the medicine wheel used can be found at the Turtle Lodge Journey of the Human Spirit. We will be focusing on the recommendations made by the White Team, which reports on actions which libraries are or should respond to. After a process of identification, analysis and prioritization Team White identified: • Activities for 72 of the 94 Calls to Action (76.5%) • 174 Activities were suggested based on current or potential good practice • This good practice can be either Direct Delivery or Supporting the delivery of the Calls to Action (included in Appendix – White Chapter) • For 46 of the 94 Calls to Action (48.9%) a priority was identified for library services Each Call to Action will be identified with it’s relevant recommendation. The following are Priority Level 1 Recommendations which should be adopted immediately. Call to Action #10 We call on the...