A blog from the Ontario Library Service

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 […]

Growing Digital Collections During COVID-19

I hope that this posting finds you all well as you continue to adjust to the current situation! With branches closed, many patrons have turned their focus to digital collections. For some this is nothing new, but the stats certainly show that usage has increased significantly. For some patrons, this time has allowed them to […]

Enhancing Digital Collections during the Covid-19 Closure Period

André Lépine is a Skills Development Advisor, Cataloguing and Collections at Ontario Library Service–North. As Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency remains in effect and libraries remain shuttered across the province, libraries are rapidly adapting their services, programs, and collections to the virtual environment in order to continue to meet community needs. Collections in particular are well-suited […]

ESL with Mango Languages at Wellington County Library

We’re starting the year off by sharing an article that originally appeared in Hoopla .  Rosie Krul, Palmerston Branch Supervisor at the Wellington County Library, writes about using Mango Languages as an ESL tool, in partnership with Settlement Services.  Mango is one of many popular items in our Provincial E-resources licensing collection. Over the past year, there […]

#FairEbookPrices Campaign Launched

Toronto Public Library launched a public ebook advocacy campaign in collaboration with CLA, CULC, and OLA. Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing is a coalition to raise public awareness of the high prices and other terms that the multinational publishers impose on public libraries.  Visit fairpricingforlibraries.org to learn about this issue and spread the […]

Take a Sneak Peek at Gale’s new Interfaces

On April 2, Gale Cengage will launch their new interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library, InfoTrac Collections (both included in the SOLS Tier 1 core suite of e-resources) and In Context. These changes also affect the PowerSearch platform. These enhancements are designed to: Increase accessibility for those with visual impairments Improve usability for both desktop […]