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OLA Volunteer Opportunities & Member Discounts

Ever wonder how to get involved with your organization? Here is a new web site we created with information about the different volunteer opportunities you can participate in to become involved. http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/content_page.asp?cid=110-4134   While checking out new content on our web site, don't miss the Member Offers page at: http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/content_page.asp?cid=110-4121   Check back frequently for new offers or follow us on Twitter(@OnLibraryAssoc) t

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OLA People Here and Now

Gord Thomson, CEO Fort Erie Public Library, retires after a 38 year career in public libraries. An active participant in the association over the years, Gord was involved with the building of the North York Central Library, and renovations at Fort Erie Public Library. More information at: http://www.forterietimes.ca/Community/NewsDisplay.aspx?c=140421

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Forest of Reading® Design Contest Winners Announced Today!

The Forest Design Contest winning entries have been selected. We received an overwhelming number of submissions that made the decision even more difficult. Our Forest panel of judges carefully went over each entry and winners were selected for each category. Thank you so much to all of the readers who created such wonderful designs.   The following names were chosen as the winning designs for their category:   Blue Spruce™ Design Contest Winner Student: Lexi Somerset Contact: Cate Giroux

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In Memory

Vivian Cummins passed away April 11, 2011. She is remembered for her devotion to libraries, most recently her leadership in the development of the resource centre at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University in Ottawa Globe and Mail Obituary: http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20110413.93262046/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

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OLA People Here and Now

Congratulations to Stephen Abram, 2002 President, OLA who will receive the CLA Award for Outstanding Service to Librarianship at the May 2011 CLA Conference.   Details at: http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&CONTENTID=11010&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm

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Super Conference 2011: the Virtual Experience NOW LAUNCHED!

Super Conference 2011: the Virtual Experience NOW LAUNCHED! Did you miss out on Super Conference this year? Double book your schedule and miss out on an interesting session? Catch a really great session and want to share the experience with your colleagues? Now you can access many of the inspiring and informative sessions of Super Conference through Super Conference: The Virtual Experience.     Through the Virtual Experience you'll be able to access sessions on topics such as:   Library

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: OLA Super Conference 2012

SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS! Every year the OLA conference builds upon the success of previous years. Next year the overall theme is INNOVATION, and all across the province, leaders in our field are imagining, innovating and implementing high-impact solutions to the challenges and issues playing out in our profession.   The planning committee for next year's Super Conference welcomes your ideas, your proven solutions, your best thinking! You might be the speaker, or you might be suggesting a sess

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KEEP TORONTO READING

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH THIS APRIL Celebrating 25 years of the Public Lending Right Commission   The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce this year's National Poetry Month (NPM) in April, featuring renowned poets who will present a series of readings in local libraries across Canada. Throughout April, the LCP will also offer a unique opportunity for students to meet, listen and interact with professional poets who will visit Ontario classrooms. For the fourth year ru

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Increased focus on children’s programs and resources in Ontario’s public Libraries

Increased focus on children’s programs and resources in Ontario’s public Libraries   The Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA), has published its’ Children’s Services Benchmarks and Statistical Report. The previous report on children’s services in public libraries was released in 2004. A comparison of survey results reveals an increased emphasis on children’s services in public libraries. For example:     - Increased spending on children’s materials   - Increased access to technology

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HarperCollins recently changed their ebook policy

HarperCollins recently changed their ebook policy for libraries. They have set a 26 circulation limit at which point the library would have to re-purchase. The policy is not popular with libraries currently circulating ebooks, citing that a 26 circulation limit has no comparison to the print model where books easily remain in circulation far beyond 26 check-outs. HarperCollins open letter to libraries can be found at: http://harperlibrary.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/03/open-letter-to-librarians.

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Library Book Rate Bill C 509

Library Book Rate Bill C 509 passed third reading on March 9, 2011 with unanimous support.   Canada Post provides a service named the library book rate which permits mailing of books between libraries and to library customers at a reduced rate. The rate enables increased access to books particularly in rural or remote areas. The rate has been at risk as it comes up for consideration every few years.

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Quebec Library Association

ABQLA is pleased to announce its' 79th annual spring conference to be held in McGill University’s New Residence Hall on May 12th, 2011. The theme for this year’s conference will be Mobility: making connections @ your Library. Registration and details at: http://www.abqla.qc.ca/

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Announcing Forest of Reading® news!

Reforestation sites are now ACTIVE!   What are the Reforestation sites you ask? They are interactive online sites for Forest readers to enjoy! Students can now share their opinions online with their peers across the province about their favorite books. On these sites they can blog, rate books, upload content, create lists of favorites and also view video trailers about the Forest nominated titles!   Who are these sites for? They are for anyone who is registered in a Forest of Reading progra

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Announcing Forest of Reading® news!

Reforestation sites are now ACTIVE!   What are the Reforestation sites you ask? They are interactive online sites for Forest readers to enjoy! Students can now share their opinions online with their peers across the province about their favorite books. On these sites they can blog, rate books, upload content, create lists of favorites and also view video trailers about the Forest nominated titles!   Who are these sites for? They are for anyone who is registered in a Forest of Reading progra

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Announcing Forest of Reading® news!

Reforestation sites are now ACTIVE!   What are the Reforestation sites you ask? They are interactive online sites for Forest readers to enjoy! Students can now share their opinions online with their peers across the province about their favorite books. On these sites they can blog, rate books, upload content, create lists of favorites and also view video trailers about the Forest nominated titles!   Who are these sites for? They are for anyone who is registered in a Forest of Reading progra

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Announcing Forest of Reading® news!

Reforestation sites are now ACTIVE!   What are the Reforestation sites you ask? They are interactive online sites for Forest readers to enjoy! Students can now share their opinions online with their peers across the province about their favorite books. On these sites they can blog, rate books, upload content, create lists of favorites and also view video trailers about the Forest nominated titles!   Who are these sites for? They are for anyone who is registered in a Forest of Reading progra

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Boundaries, Frontiers & Gatekeepers

Boundaries, Frontiers & Gatekeepers, the 3rd annual University of Toronto iSchool Student Conference. It is a three day event hosted in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information (the iSchool). It brings together students from throughout the faculty (Master of Museum Studies, Master of Information and PhD), as well as from elsewhere in the university and beyond. The conference takes place March 4-6, 2011, and features paper presentations, lightning talks and a poster session/opening

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Funding opportunity to improve accessibility

The 2011/12 EnAbling Change Partnership Program has launched. Organizations are invited to submit innovative project ideas. Deadline for letters of interest is March 1. The program assists obligated organizations (libraries can have a role as a partner) in complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the accessibility standards. OLA/OPLA recently completed a video project funded by this program. To view the videos visit: http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/conten

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Freedom to Read Week is Here!

We think we live in a country where book banning and censorship is a thing of the past. Not so - calls for book banning continue, songs are removed from the airwaves, and even public access to the internet from libraries is under threat! While people have the right to object to opinions, books, music, media, we ultimately do not want someone else to determine what we can and cannot read, view, or listen to. Learn more about the issues at an event near you during Freedom to Read week (February 20

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OLA People Here and Now

It has just been announced that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Mr. Larry P. Alford as Chief Librarian effective no later than August 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2018.   Larry Alford is internationally recognized as a leader in library science, first at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then at Temple University, where he has been Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian since 2005 and Dean of University Libraries since 20

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