Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

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Public Library Leadership Fellows Program - Deadline coming on April 15

CULC/CBUC Members — please consider either sending applicants from your institution or sharing with staff who might be interested in self-funding their development. The application period for the second cohort is closing on April 15, 2014.

The first cohort (19 Fellows) completed in January 2014 with presentation of their iSchool Certificates. The goal is to begin the second cohort this June in conjunction with the CLA Meetings and Conference being held in Victoria. The PLLFP sessions will be the day before CLA in the Lower Mainland.

Link to the PLLFP information on CULC/CBUC website is here:

Thank you to those who have already indicated they are sending or submitted applications. Please let me know if you have an application or applications in process so I can share with the PLLFP Advisory Group who is planning the schedule and faculty. Cohort participants must attend 4 of the 6 Site Visits and complete all of the Instructional Units. Instructional Units are available through distance learning for those not at the Site Visit.

Proposed Schedule for Site Visits (subject to change), including locations

Site Visit #1
Location: May 2014 in conjunction with CLA event (Lower Mainland being proposed)
Topic: HR and Changing Workplaces
Instructional Unit: Issues in HR Development

Site Visit #2
Location: October 2014 in Greater Cleveland Area
Topic: Changing Libraries, Changing Communities
Instructional Unit: Partnerships, collaborations, and advocacy

Site Visit #3
Location: January 2015 in GTA in conjunction OLA Super Conference
Topic: Technology
Instructional Unit: Leadership in technology, visioning, collaboration

Site Visit #4
Location: May 2015 in conjunction with CLA event (National Capital Region)
Topic: Finance
Instructional Unit: Issues in Finance

Site Visit #5
Location: October 2015 in Calgary, Alberta
Topic: Physical Space
Instructional Unit: Government and government relations

Site Visit #6
Location: January 2016 in GTA in conjunction with OLA Super Conference
Topic: Partnerships, collaborations, and advocacy
Instructional Unit: Leadership based on personal strengths


Jane Pyper steps down from Toronto PL

City Librarian Jane Pyper Stepping Down

Toronto ( March 19, 2014) –The Toronto Public Library Board announced today that City Librarian Jane Pyper will be stepping down from her role at the end of June 2014.

“The entire Board joins me in thanking Jane for her significant contribution to the library over the years. She has built a successful and distinguished career at Toronto Public Library and we thank her for her many accomplishments,” said Michael Foderick, Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board. “While I received Jane’s news with regret, I share her optimism that it presents an opportunity to introduce new leadership that will continue to help us achieve our ambitious goals.”

Pyper assumed the role of City Librarian in 2008. Under her leadership, Toronto Public Library has grown significantly:

  • Borrowing of ebooks and emagazines has grown tremendously, by almost 1300% since 2009. The library has responded to this growth by expanding its collections and supporting the Board’s advocacy efforts to ensure improved access to e-content from all publishers. All this while, demand for print materials has remained strong and consistent.
  • Library services have also evolved as the library has transitioned to the digital age. Free wireless internet access is now available in all branches and express checkout has expanded to many branches. Library customers now have the option to do more online – join a book club, pay fines or receive notifications. The first digital innovation hub opened at the Toronto Reference Library earlier this year, offering the public access to new and emerging technologies.
  • The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon opened in 2009. Literary and cultural programming has flourished since – at the Salon and in branches across the city - furthering Toronto Public Library’s role as a cultural and creative destination.
  • Children’s services have been strengthened, including the introduction of the Ready for Reading services. This focus on early literacy includes collections, programs, and spaces for the very young, fostering an early love of books and reading.
  • The groundwork has been laid for the 99th and 100th Toronto Public Library branches, Fort York and Scarborough Civic Centre, to open later this year.

“I am proud of the work that has been accomplished by the Toronto Public Library in recent years. It is the result of joint efforts by the Board, library staff, the Toronto Public Library Foundation and the many community partners who have all contributed to the vision and reality of a busy, successful and great library that serves a great city,” said Jane Pyper. “I have enjoyed my time at the library immensely and look forward to contributing to the life of this city in other ways.”

At its March 24, 2014 meeting, the Toronto Public Library Board will begin the process of hiring Pyper’s replacement.

Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

Media Contact:
Ana-Maria Critchley

TPL City Librarian-March 2014.pdf (30.28 kb)