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  1. Nigel Tappin, Regional OPLA Councillor Central East and Information Service Coordinator at Huntsville Public Library, takes up a new position as Head of Reference at the Manitoba Legislative Library in late November. After almost ten years at Huntsville and over 20 as an Ontario public librarian with Huntsville, North York, and elsewhere, Nigel looks forward to a challenging new environment. After greatly enjoying service on OPLA Council and committees in 2010-2011, he regrets leaving soon. As OPLA Election Nominations Chair for a little longer, Nigel urges others to nominate themselves by the November 15 deadline for vacant offices including OPLA Divisional Vice-President and Councillors for North West, Mid Central and Metro Toronto Regions (see http://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/form_page.asp?cid=2177-3421-3428).
  2. Of interest to the library sector, the following ministers have the following cabinets: Ministry of Tourism and Culture: Michael Chan remains as minister Ministry of Education, Minister of Women's Issues: Laurel Broten Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities: Glen Murray (previously Ministry of Innovation and Research) Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs: Kathleen Wynne Details at: http://www.ontario.ca/en/residents/index.htm
  3. Marzio Appolloni, Chief Librarian, Bruce County Public Library system announces retirement in March 2012. Marzio was a recent recipient of the OPLA Lifetime Achievement Award for life long service to the profession and his significant contributions to the growth and innovation of public libraries in Ontario. For two years he was the chairman of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, as well as a representative of the rural caucus of the federation. As well he served as president for three consecutive terms on the Ontario Library Consortium, a collective whose goal is to bring automation to rural libraries.
  4. The Ontario Library Association’s Human Library Committee has created a Human Library Toolkit for all Ontario Libraries to use when planning an event. If your library is hosting a Human Library event – please let us know so we can promote it for you! The following Human Library Events will be taking place in the next couple weeks across the province. SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 2011 Georgina Public Libraries Keswick, Sutton & Pefferlaw Branches 10-1pm in Keswick 1-5pm in Pefferlaw & Sutton Georgina Public Libraries is pleased to present a Human Library at all three of our branches on October 22 in celebration of Ontario Public Libraries Week. Readers will have the opportunity to check out several titles including: A Caregiver's Journey; Citizen of Courage; Seeing Things Differently - and more! Check out a Human Book at one of the branches of Georgina Public Library and learn to see things from another perspective. Our catalogue of human books is available at: http://www.georgina.canlib.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/x/x/57/5?user_id=WEBSERVER&&searchdata1=Human+Library&srchfield1=TI Information on our human library is available on our programs page at: http://georginalibrary.ca/AdultPrograms.html Poster: http://georginalibrary.ca/human_library_poster.pdf Hamilton Public Library 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON 1:00 pm – 4:00pm A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not come across in their daily lives. It is a way to promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding one conversation at a time in a safe environment. Join us to check out a human book and learn about fascinating lives in sports such as lacrosse, Native culture, pottery, Buddhism and more. http://www.myhamilton.ca/events/human-library-2 Orillia Public Library 500 Gill St. Orillia, ON 10:00am – 4:00pm The Get a Life Festival is a partnership between the Orillia, Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries. To promote Canadian Library month, each Saturday throughout the month one library will be offering a "human library" event. This is the first time in Canada that the Human Library is being offered as a festival in multiple libraries within a County. Patrons don't need to be library holders to attend any of the events at partner libraries. Visit http://www.getalifefestival.ca/ Vaughan Public Libraries Maple Library - 10190 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON 1:00pm – 4:00pm Vaughan Public Libraries Hosts Human Library In celebration of Library Settlement Partnership (LSP) Day, Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) will be hosting its first ever Human Library to share insight into the realities of newcomers. An interesting collection of “human books” will be available for checkout on October 22 at Maple Library. These “human books” are people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, people with unique life experiences and interesting stories to share. The Human Library collection will include a wide range of topics, including immigration, cultural diversity, different marriage and familial customs, living with disability, overcoming difficult challenges and much more. “Readers” can borrow a “human book” for 30 minutes at a time and learn about different people, ideas and life experiences through one-on-one conversation with the “human books”. SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2011 Innisfil Public Library-Lakeshore Branch 967 Innisfil Beach Road 10:00am – 4:00pm The Get a Life Festival is a partnership between the Innisfil, Barrie, Orillia and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries. To promote Canadian Library month, each Saturday throughout the month one library will be offering a "human library" event. It is the first time in Canada that the Human Library is being offered as a festival in multiple libraries within a County. Attendees don't need to be library holders to attend any of the events at partner libraries. www.getalifefestival.ca SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2011 Toronto Public Library Toronto Reference Library North York Central Library Richview Branch Cedarbrae Branch 12:00pm – 5:00pm One day, four branches, a lifetime of experience. Toronto Public Library presents the second annual HUMAN LIBRARY at Toronto Reference Library, North York Central Library, Richview Branch and Cedarbrae Branch. Step into someone else’s shoes. Borrow a human book for a half hour têteà-tête and meet: people on the front lines of today’s city issues; contributors to Toronto’s arts, culture and sports scene; veterans and survivors who are rebuilding their lives after war and other tragedies; entrepreneurs making it in today’s competitive world; the faces behind the science and technology of human health. Preview Toronto Public Library's Human Library, get a sneak peek at some of our Human Books on October 19 at Toronto Reference Library. Meet Newcomer Human Books during Library Settlement Partnership days, October 21 and 22, at Centennial, Parkdale, Thorncliffe and York Woods branches. www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/humanlibrary
  5. TORONTO, ON --(October 11, 2011) – With just one week left to go, the Ontario Library Association and S&B Books are excited to reveal the short-listed nominated titles for the 2012 Forest of Reading®. All nominated titles will be posted on the Forest® page of the OLA website on October 17th, 2011, which you can visit at http://www.accessola.com/forest The Forest is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Almost 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually. The Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, where 8000 young people join to celebrate Canadian authors and illustrators, will be taking place this year May 15-16, 2012 at the Harbourfront Centre for the fifth year in a row. In addition to Toronto, OLA will also be hosting two other Festivals in Ottawa on May 17th, 2012 and in Thunder Bay on May 18th, 2012. This Ontario-wide children’s choice award program will present two action-packed days of readings, award ceremonies, workshops, activities, and other exciting entertainment. The Forest of Reading has seven fully operational programs, which are voted for by readers from across the province. The nominations (full announcement on October 17th, 2011) will include the categories such as the Blue Spruce™ Award (picture books for kindergarten to grade 3), the Silver Birch® Awards (fiction and non-fiction from grades 3-6), the Red Maple™ Award (fiction for grade 7 and 8), the White Pine™ Award (fiction and non-fiction for high school), the Golden Oak™ Award (fiction and non-fiction for adults learning to read) and Le Prix Tamarac™ award (French language literacy for grades 4 to 6 aged children). About the Ontario Library Association – The Ontario Library Association provides programs, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members in academic, public and school libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programs and services of the libraries of Ontario. -30- For more information: Meredith Tuching, Program Coordinator Ontario Library Association Phone: 416-363-3388 ext. 22, toll-free 1-866-873-9867 Email: mtutching@accessola.com
  6. A Chapter Closes Ottawa – City Librarian of the Ottawa Public Library, Barbara Clubb, has announced that she will retire from the position of City Librarian effective December 2011. Ms Clubb’s remarkable career as a librarian and library leader spans four decades. She has provided two major urban public libraries and three provincial library development agencies with her leadership and insights into the ever-changing world of library service. "Our award winning City Librarian is a champion, an educator, a leader, and a strategist” says Councillor Jan Harder, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board. “Working with Barb is immensely satisfying. Barbara Clubb leaves us having delivered to the citizens of Ottawa a top notch library. In fact, our system here in Ottawa is North America's largest bilingual system, one with leading edge technology, and growing every single month. On behalf of the Ottawa Public Library Board and Staff I offer sincere thanks to Barbara Clubb." Barbara Clubb was appointed City Librarian and CEO of the amalgamated Ottawa Public Library on January 1, 2001. She arrived in Ottawa with well-honed skills as a leader and manager of public libraries and organizations through rapid change and challenging fiscal conditions. She is a passionate and articulate advocate for libraries and their role in literacy, life-long learning, community building and as a democratic forum for citizens. She has a keen interest in the use of social media to engage citizens and promote the public library and the communities it serves. Under Ms Clubb’s leadership, the amalgamated Ottawa Public Library is one of the success stories of the 2001 creation of Ottawa as the second largest city in Ontario. Circulation alone is now 60% greater. The new library system and its employees have won many prizes and awards. She has overseen the opening of two new branches and has ensured that ten branches have received significant renovations. In the most recent City of Ottawa citizen satisfaction survey the OPL scored the highest satisfaction ratings of all city services. The OPL circulates more than 10.6 million items and citizens make more than 33.6 million uses of the library annually. Ms Clubb is an active librarian. She has held, and continues to hold executive positions in key library organizations. These include national, provincial and international associations: the Canadian Library Association, the Manitoba Library Association, the Canadian Association of Public Libraries, Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She is currently a member of the external advisory committee to the University of Ottawa’s new School of Information Studies / École des sciences de l’information. Ms Clubb is a Paul Harris Rotary Fellow, a member of the boards of the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation and the Canadian Writers’ Foundation. She has served as an adjudicator for OCRI’s Capital Educator Awards. She is an ex-officio member of the boards of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library and the Ottawa Public Library Foundation. Since 2007, she has served as the chief judge (regional) for the Post-Media’s National Spelling Bee. Many CBC listeners recall her broadcasts as a long-time member of CBC-Ottawa Radio 1’s All in a Day regular book panel. Ottawa is not alone in recognizing the skills of its exceptional City Librarian, over the course of her career Ms Clubb has been the recipient of numerous awards including: Winnipeg’s St. Mary’s Academy Marian Award recognizing outstanding achievement by the school’s alumnae (2011); Canadian Library Association’s highest honour - the 2009 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award; American Library Association’s Allie Beth Martin Award for extraordinary knowledge about books or other library materials and distinguished ability to share that knowledge (2009); Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for significant contribution to fellow citizens, community and Canada (2003). And that’s not all, she is also the recipient of the Ontario Library Association W.J. Robertson Medallion as Librarian of the Year in recognition of her dynamic and innovative leadership in the advancement of public library service (2001); University of British Columbia Distinguished Alumna Award for outstanding contributions to library and information services in Canada (1997); Canadian Public Library Association’s Outstanding Public Library Service Award (1990). When she arrived in Ottawa, Ms Clubb said that she looked forward to her time with the Ottawa Public Library board and serving the city of Ottawa. As she leaves this position she says that she sees it as the highlight of her library career. She thanks the board, staff and colleagues for the privilege of having the opportunity to serve her community in a job and profession that she loves. OPL is the largest bilingual library system in North America. Serving over 900,000 residents, OPL helps build a strong, vibrant and sustainable community by supporting literacy and life-long learning, fostering inspiration and enjoyment, and connecting people to each other and the world. OPL’s collection includes 2.3 million current items ranging from books to online resources to museum passes. Materials and resources are available in English, French, Braille and many other languages and are accessible at 33 branches, two bookmobiles and at BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. A complete list of programs is also available on the website. -30- For more information: Councillor Jan Harder Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board 613-580-2473 Maureen McEvoy Manager, Communications and Community Relations 613-580-2424 x41240 or 613-222-9462
  7. In Partnership with Library Journal/School Library Journal magazines Librareo is launched. This free web-based community is intended to support the future of libraries and librarianship by providing students enrolled in Library and Information Studies (LIS) programs with free access to the professional resources they'll rely upon following graduation. http://www.librareo.com
  8. Jane Beaumont has been appointed as the new chair to the CNIB National Board of Directors. Ms. Beaumont brings a wealth of knowledge to her new post, including an extensive background in accessible libraries and core service delivery. After management positions at Utlas International, a groundbreaking company in the field of shared database and cataloguing services for libraries, she founded Beaumont and Associates Inc. As library and information systems consultants, the Company had clients in all sectors of the library community, including the CNIB Library, and in every province and territory across Canada. A member of the national board since 2005, Ms. Beaumont served as the chair of the program and services committee. She is active on a national working group to promote and implement the Initiative for Equitable Library Access, a partnership involving all levels of government, public libraries and CNIB as key stakeholders.
  9. Libraries across the country will be holding events to highlight the impact of libraries in their communities. This year's theme is "Your Library: A Place Unbound", recognizing that Canada's libraries are evolving to meet the needs of an increasingly information-driven society. From coast to coast to coast, libraries are without boundaries, places of endless opportunity where Canadians have an equal right to access resources. A list of events can be found at: http://www.cla.ca/clm11/events.html
  10. Canada's Copyright Modernization Act is Re-introduced. Here is an excerpt regarding education and libraries: Education How will educational institutions, libraries, archives and museums benefit from this Bill? This Bill includes a number of measures that will allow educators and students to take advantage of digital technologies. Most significantly: It expands fair dealing to recognize education in a structured context as a legitimate purpose. It provides for a specific exception permitting educators to use publicly available material from the Internet. Teachers will be able to connect with students in remote communities across the country through technology-enhanced learning. The Bill will allow learning institutions to offer the same opportunities to a student in Nunavut as to one in Edmonton. Libraries will no longer be required to deliver interlibrary loan material in paper form; electronic desktop delivery of materials such as scholarly or scientific journal articles will be permitted. At the same time, there are safeguards to protect the interests of copyright owners. What is fair dealing, and why is it being expanded? Fair dealing is a long-standing feature of Canadian copyright law that permits certain uses of copyright material in ways that do not unduly threaten the interests of copyright owners, but which could have significant social benefits — but only if they are fair. Fair dealing is not a blank cheque. Currently, fair dealing in Canada is limited to five purposes: research, private study, news reporting, criticism and review. To recognize the important societal benefits of education, parody and satire, the proposed Bill would add these three elements as new purposes to which fair dealing applies. More detail at: http://bit.ly/oDlASc
  11. The Fort Erie Public Library Board has appointed Craig Shufelt as the Chief Executive Officer, effective October 17, 2011. During his recent tenure as Director of the Fort McMurray Public Library, he oversaw construction of a $25m, 55,000 square foot facility, working closely with municipal and community leaders in the process. Craig is an active participant in the library community at the provincial level on strategy and advocacy issues.
  12. The Education Institute Fall 2011 Calendar is now online and available to download. Find it at: http://www.accessola2.com/ei/ei_fall2011_calendar.pdf For more information please visit us at educationinstitute.ca Highlights this year include sessions featuring: Prospect Management & Research How to Win Grants Young Adult and Non-Fiction Book Talks Canadian Copyright Skills for New Managers Top 2.0 Tools for Teaching Genealogy Basics Trends Beyond Technology We're also featuring 4-6 week courses on the topics of: Supervisory Skills for Library Staff Facelifts for Special Libraries Library Services for Persons with Disabilities Connect with us online and stay up to date on all the latest offerings! Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
  13. Youth presentation package will help teachers and community leaders spread the word about online privacy OTTAWA, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched a tool to help teachers and community leaders talk with younger Canadians about protecting their privacy online. The youth presentation package - Protecting Your Online Rep - comes right in time for back-to-school. It offers people who work with youth the information necessary to offer an engaging and effective presentation in their own schools and communities. "We hope that the presentation package will help encourage young people to think about how they use social networks and other online services," said Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart in unveiling the new tool. "Our goal is to provide information to young people to allow them to take advantage of all of the benefits that the online world has to offer - without having regrets later." The package includes a PowerPoint presentation with detailed speaking notes for each slide, along with class discussion topics, targeted at Grades 9 to 12 (Secondary III to V in Quebec). Educators and others interested in delivering the presentation can find the package at www.youthprivacy.ca Presentations suitable for Grades 4 to 6 and Grades 7 and 8 (Secondary I and II in Quebec) will be available later in the fall. Canadian teens are increasingly using online tools to stay in touch with friends, but communicating online can pose risks to their privacy. The new tool will help show them how to build a secure online identity and keep their personal information safe. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman and guardian of privacy in Canada. The Commissioner enforces two federal laws for the protection of personal information: the Privacy Act, which applies to the federal public sector; and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act(PIPEDA), which applies to commercial activities in the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Territories. Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia each has its own law covering the private sector. Even in these provinces, PIPEDA continues to apply to the federally regulated private sector and to personal information in interprovincial and international transactions. For further information: Anne-Marie Hayden Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Tel: (613) 995-0103 E-mail: Anne-Marie.Hayden@priv.gc.ca
  14. Librarians and Archivists at the University of Western Ontario have been on a legal strike as of 12:01 a.m. September 8. Outstanding issues at the table include: a long-standing pay gap of 20 per cent between Western Librarians and Archivists - most of whom are women - and colleagues at comparative universities in Ontario. Other issues include staff complement and workload. The 50 unionized librarians and archivists have been without a contract since June 30, 2011. UWO is tracking the story at: http://www.uwo.ca/
  15. Save the Date! Start making your plans to travel north in October and enjoy the autumn scenery. Thursday October 13, Nipissing University and Canadore College, North Bay Non-members are welcome. Registration: $40.00 (registration opens September 15) The Program: 3 - 4:30pm: Harris Learning Library tour: The new 56,000 square foot, three-storey facility opened July 2011 and was designed by world-renowned Diamond + Schmitt Architects, with on-site architectural support by Evans Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architecture Inc. It is twice the size of the previous library and includes more space for collaborative work as well as individual study. The Harris Learning Library also provides increased connectivity with regional campuses and the ever-expanding world of digital resources available today. 6 pm - 9pm: Cocktail reception, dinner, and lecture featuring Rod Carley, winner of TVO's Big Ideas Best Lecturer of the Year. Rod Carley is a Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Dramaturg, and Costume & Set Designer. He is currently Coordinator for Canadore College's new Theatre Arts Program. Not in the North Bay area? The OCULA fall event is your perfect excuse for a fall road trip. Take in the gorgeous fall colours and explore Ontario's 'near north' while meeting colleagues from other parts of our great province. Accommodations, excursions, and transportation: OCULA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn for the special rate of $119.00 standard double queen and breakfast. http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=IRK4GVFD2W3QUCSGBIX2VCQ?ctyhocn=YYBNBHX Other nearby hotels: Holiday Inn Express (on Seymour at Hwy 17) Inn on the Bay (downtown) or http://www.city.north-bay.on.ca/visiting/accommodations/hotels_motels.asp Check out the North Bay tourism brochure: http://www.city.north-bay.on.ca/common/pdf/CityBrochure.pdf Activities: Discovery North Bay museum: http://www.heritagenorthbay.com/ Hiking trails : drive east on Hwy 17 to Mattawa (about 25 minutes by car) where the Ottawa River meets the Mattawa River. Enormous woodcarvings decorate the town including one of the legendary, Big Joe Mufferaw, Or select another driving tour here http://www.ontariosnorth.com/driving-tours/ How to get to North Bay by car, bus, train, or plane http://www.northbay-on.worldweb.com/
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