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The Future of Libraries - Eastern Canada Edition

The Future of Libraries: Do We Have Five Years to Live?

Thursday & Friday, May 1-2, 2014

Fairmont Royal York in Toronto
www.TheFutureofLibraries.org

A two-day institute for CEOs and University/College Librarians, and their senior staff, to get beyond the nostalgia, platitudes and cliches and explore the significant challenges facing library leaders. A unique program planned by and for public library CEOs/Directors and University Librarians and their senior staff.

In a world filled with turbulent change, are libraries keeping pace? Are they innovating and engaging their communities with all the opportunities available? Are they choosing the right focus and priorities? Join us for spirited discussions and interactive problem-solving!

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CULC/CBUC Members are entitled to discounted registration fees.

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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: www.culc.ca/knowledge/pllfprograms

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

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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 torontopubliclibrary.ca 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
amcritchley@torontopubliclibrary.ca

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

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VIP Summit - Values, Influence and Position

CULC/CBUC participating with many other provinicial and national organizations.

How can we reinforce the Value, Influence, and Position (VIP) of libraries in Ontario collaboratively and strategically, especially in preparation for municipal and provincial elections?

The OLA Board of Directors, and the OLA Advocacy Committee invites representatives from the organizations/associations listed below to participate in a conversation about how we can work together to engage with decision makers about the future of libraries.

We want to find out what each organization’s key focus and messages are to work towards a simple, unified, and focused communication strategy for the upcoming elections.

Proposed agenda:

  1. Welcome, around the room – one minute per lead: name/org/library sector/advocacy priority
  2. Purpose of the day: recognition of overall need for library support, the range of library organizations in Ontario, creating a clear strategy for engagement.
  3. Discussion of advocacy mapping and review of pre-event survey response (see below).
  4. Group work by library sector.
  5. Group reports: broad priorities/next steps to pursue for election strategy, including leads, messaging, etc.

Invited organizations:

  • Public Libraries:
    • Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
    • Ontario Public Library Association
    • Ontario Library Boards Association
    • AMPLO
    • ARUPLO
    • SOLS and OLS-N
    • CULC/CBUC
    • Ministry TCS
  • School Libraries
    • People for Education
    • The Association of Library Consultants of Ontario (TALCO)
    • Ontario School Libraries Association
    • Ontario Teachers Federation
  • College and University Libraries
    • Progressive Librarians Guild
    • Ontario College and University Library Association
    • OCLS
  • General:
    • OLA
    • Ontario Association of Library Technicians
    • ABO – Franco
    • CLA

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Freedom to Read Week Event for all CULC/CBUC Libraries

And Join Us for a Cross Country Twitter Chat

Libraries across Canada lead a discussion about surveillance and the limits to free expression. With investigative journalist Andrew Mitrovica. Connect with #telltplFreedom and join in the conversation.

Tues. Feb. 25, 7 pm

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