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Board Briefs Podcast

Board Briefs Podcast is BACK with a New Episode…

And we’re back! After a brief hiatus, the Ontario Library Service is delighted to announce that a new episode of the Board Briefs Podcast is live. Check out our channel for engaging conversations featuring CEOs, Board Members, Provincial Public Library Leaders, and other Library Experts who will contribute, inform and enlighten with their facts, knowledge, […]

Staff Profile Series: Sue Walls

Meet the team! Check back each month to learn more about the people who help the Ontario Library Service provide seamless access to programs and services that strengthen all public libraries in Ontario. Name: Sue Walls Position: Human Resources Administrator I’ve been with the OLS and its predecessor organizations since December 1981. My first position […]

First Nation Communities READ

The First Nation Communities READ program has been successfully supporting and promoting Indigenous literature since 2003. Each year, dozens of titles by Indigenous creators are nominated to the program. The list is then pared down into a shortlist of five titles, one of which is chosen as the selected title by a jury of First […]

Keeping Track of Legislated Requirements for Public Libraries

Keeping Track of Legislated Requirements for Public Libraries

Employers in Ontario have specific legislated obligations relating to the workplace and its employees. For example, under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are obligated to “instruct, inform and supervise their workers to protect their health and safety”. But what exactly does that entail? And how can public library CEOs and supervisors keep track […]

Board Self-Evaluations and Assessment

Board Self-Evaluations and Assessment

The final calendar year of the current board term is underway, and it’s an ideal time to undertake a board self-evaluation and assessment. One of the most common questions to follow this suggestion is: “What? Why does the Library Board need to conduct a self-evaluation and assessment?” Think of a self-evaluation like a performance review […]