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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Ontario Library Service
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 […]

Who Does What? Delegation of Authority and the Public Libraries Act

Public libraries in Ontario have followed the same provincial legislation since 1984, with a few minor changes.  Our role at the Ontario Library Service is to help library board members and staff members sort out the framework for library service within this legislation.  Section 3 (3) of the Public Libraries Act states that “A public […]

Untypical Typical Week

On September 18th, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries released the form for “One Week Survey of Public Library Use”; a survey better known as the “Typical Week Survey”.  This information is collected during a week without a statutory holiday in October, November or the first part of December.  The information collected […]

Ontario Public Library Guidelines As An Assessment Tool

The Ontario Public Library Guidelines Monitoring and Accreditation Council recently released the 7th edition of the Ontario Public Library Guidelines (OPLG). First introduced in 1997, the OPLG have been updated and improved with each edition, the latest changes having to do with responding to emerging trends and issues, such as the findings of the Truth […]

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 […]