The Ontario Library Association is seeking an Editor-in-Chief for Access magazine.
Published four times a year, Access magazine is the official publication of OLA and is distributed to more than 5,000 members. A revamped and expanded web version is under review and revision.
This is a two-year volunteer opportunity ($1,000 annual honorarium plus travel expenses when required) providing excellent recognition and professional development opportunities.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union has launched a campaign to pro-actively combat possible closures and privatization efforts. Toronto City Council Executive Meeting will look at Toronto Public Library among other agencies with a view to developing recommendations at the July 28 meeting. There is concern that recommendations will be made to close branches. Toronto is proudly a city of neighbourhoods - library branches are an integral part of these neighbourhoods acting as community hubs an
The Library Book, by Dave Obee
Written by Times-Colonist journalist and Friend-of-BC-Libraries Dave Obee, (with an Introduction by former MP and Lieutenant-Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, and a Foreword by librarian and children's author Sarah Ellis) this handsome, coffee-table-sized book marks the 100th anniversary of the British Columbia Library Association. This library retrospective, documented in anecdotes and many beautiful photographs, starts with the circulating lib
Internet Archive Canada faced with drastic cuts. IAC (http://www.archive.org) is a donation-funded group operating out of the University of Toronto downtown campus that digitizes and stores scans of out-of-copyright literature. IAC is one of the largest book digitization organizations in the world, and a free resource for schools, libraries, and for the general public. To date, more than two million books from libraries and private collections all over the world have been scanned and digitized.
Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference in Spokane, Washington, August 3 - 5, 2011. Theme: Navigating the River of Change. Registration closes July 27. Details at:
Jonathan Bengtson is appointed University Librarian, University of Victoria, B.C., effective January 1, 2012 - June 30, 2017. Jonathan is currently Director of Library and Archives at the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, and the Director of Library and Archives at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Jonathan is an active OLA member and has co-chaired the OCULA Super Conference program planning with excellence (2011, 2012).
Marketing Magazine recognizes BPLMobile marketing campaign
Burlington, ON – This month in Ottawa the professional marketing community recognized Burlington Public Library with an award of excellence for their marketing campaign of the BPLMobile library app, launched to the public in December 2010. This industry award is part of the Marketing Excellence Recognition Program sponsored by Marketing Magazine and the Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing.
Nicole Paterson, Burlingto
The 3rd annual Marketing Ontario Public Libraries think tank is happening on Friday, August 12, 2011 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the newly renovated Central Library of Hamilton Public Library!
If marketing a public library is all or part of your job, then join us. The think tank gives you the chance to share ideas and to meet others facing the same challenges.
Based on the feedback from last year's participants, we're changing things up a bit. This year will feature a guest speaker, a pan
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus launches the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI). This one year inter-disciplinary program is for those looking for a career in the digital media industry. Details at: http://www.stratfordcampus.uwaterloo.ca/programs/MDEI.html
As you are aware, Canada Post and CPUW are still negotiating. Please note the following ways this may affect you, our members.
• Access OLA Magazine (Summer Issue) & OLBA Divisional Newsletter (Spring Issue) will be mailed out once mail services resumes
• Membership renewals can be completed online (www.accessola.com/membership) or by telephone 416.363.3388 with Visa or Mastercard (vs. mailing in a cheque)
• OLA Store orders to a street address are not affected – if you request your s
Ontario Library Association’s Human Library Committee launches Human Library toolkit
June 14, 2011
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Library Association’s Human Library Committee has launched a toolkit for libraries in Ontario wishing to host a Human Library event. The toolkit includes a number of basic forms and documents that librarians can use to spearhead Human Library events at their own libraries, from recruiting Human Books in their communities, to selecting a venue, to getting the media inv
Libraries will want to take note of the new photo ID card that provides government-issued identification to more than 1.5 million Ontarians who do not drive. Details at:
Mike Ridley Leaving CIO Position
Provost and vice-president (academic) Maureen Mancuso has announced that Mike Ridley, chief information officer (CIO) and chief librarian, will complete his second term Jan. 1, 2012.
A search committee will be established to select a new CIO and chief librarian.
“Mike is a leader in this field,” Mancuso says. “His vision, skills and advocacy have resulted in groundbreaking initiatives over the years. He has built a knowledge infrastructure at U of G t
Canada will have a new children's imprint. The new company will distribute children's books in Canada through the University of Toronto Press. Founded by Gail Winskill and Richard Jones, Pajama Press will debut the Fall 2011 season with titles from award-winning authors Deborah Ellis, Marsha Skrypuch and Rob Laidlaw. In future seasons, Rebecca Bender, Alma Fullerton, Karen Patkau, Celia Godkin, Connie Brummel Crook, Tara Anderson, Charles Ghigna, Dean Griffiths and Monica Kulling are on board wi
School libraries matter - enter OSLA's video competition to show why
You've probably heard the recent media coverage around school libraries, sparked by the announcement re closures in the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board. We're all delighted to hear that the board is now reconsidering their decision and the Minister of Education has said there will be no school library closures in Ontario. We hope this continues to be the case.
On the heels of all this attention, now is a great time
Canadian journalists have been struggling for the past number of years in having information to access requests responded to in a timely manner, and when receiving a response are encountering government documents highly redacted. The recent travesty is the release of documents relating to former NDP leader Tommy Douglas. The documents, originally held by CSIS and then deposited to Library and Archives Canada were released to the Canadian Press with four dozen missing pages. Library and Archives
Murray McCabe has resigned as CEO/Chief Librarian at King Township Public Library after 11 terrific years and is looking forward to taking on new responsibilities as Chief Librarian with Wellington County beginning June 13th, 2011. The King library board has appointed a search committee and will begin the process of selecting a successor this summer.
Petition to re-instate the school library program at the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board
The April 2011 decision to eliminate the school library program at Windsor Essex has resulted in concern from across the province. A student has started a petition at:
The recent decision by the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board to effectively eliminate the school library program due to budget cuts and declining enrollment has gained media attention. To learn more about the issues, please visit:
To read recent media coverage, visit:
TORONTO, May 12, 2011 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 Forest of Reading® Awards. This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 11 and 12, during which the winners were announced. The festival featured two action-packed days of award ceremonies, readings, workshops, book signings, and other exciting entertainment celebrating the love of rea
FOREST OF READING® FESTIVAL OF TREES™ WELCOMES MORE THAN 8,000 READERS
TO HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
TORONTO, April 27, 2011 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association and Authors at
Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) are delighted to announce the line-up for the 5th annual Forest of Reading®
Festival of Trees™, May 11 and 12, 2011. Canada’s largest children’s literary festival, the Festival of Trees™
welcomes more than 8,000 readers to the Harbourfront Centre site each year to take pa
Applications and complete program details will be available on the ministry’s website on Friday, May 6, 2011 for the following programs:
The Cultural Strategic Investment Fund helps not-for-profit organizations working in the culture, heritage and public library sectors to undertake projects that stimulate job growth, support new, dynamic content and encourage cultural tourism.
The Museums and Technology Fund provides arts an