A blog from the Ontario Library Service


I would like to share the following information from an organization we have worked with in the past. CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has launched a specially designed website, CLEO Connect, to support community workers, including library staff, with public legal education, and information. At CLEOConnect.ca, community workers can find […]

Digitization In Ontario Public Libraries – Update

  OurDigitalWorld (http://ourdigitalworld.org) will be partnering with SOLS to conduct a survey on the state of digitization activities in public libraries across Ontario. We’re undertaking this research in light of the Ontario Culture Strategy goal to promote cultural engagement and inclusion, and the National Heritage Digitization Strategy goals based on medium and creation date. Our […]

Research & Consultations in the Culture Sector

I’ve recently had occasion to work with a couple of organizations supporting the culture sector in Ontario: MASS culture and WorkInCulture (WIC).  They are undertaking research and consultations projects over the next months. MassCulture seeks to connect and promote “cultural policy research, update data, and address research gaps” while WorkInCulture is undertaking a Labour Market […]

Legislative Update – Bill 148 and Public Libraries

Bill 148, also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs 2017, has brought changes to the Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA), Labour Relations Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  While the most obvious change was the January 1st increase in the general minimum wage to $14 per hour (from $11.60), there are other […]

Out and About: Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library Opening

On Saturday, September 10th I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Civic Centre Resource Library of Vaughan Public Libraries. Despite the cloudy and rainy conditions, the event was extremely well attended. Representatives of current and past councils and library boards were on hand to mark the occasion. Speakers included the mayor, […]

Provincial Library Funding Review Announced

On July 20th at the AGO in Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport unveiled its first ever Culture Strategy.  Our new Minister, the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, was on hand to make the announcement. If you haven’t read the strategy, do so. A lot of consultation went into creating it…nearly 3,000 people provided […]