A blog from the Ontario Library Service

Let’s Get Serious About Learning!

We in the public library sector have, for some time now, been talking about the importance of continuous learning to doing what we do and doing it well. In order to be responsive and innovative in our services, we rely on staff being comfortable with uncertainty, willing to take calculated risks, and ready to learn […]

Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Create a Culture of Learning

Are you curious about creating a culture of learning at your library? Are you working towards a greater investment in staff development and training?  Watch this video to meet Crystal Schimpf, the facilitator for the upcoming SOLS workshop “Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Learning” to be held on October 2 […]

‘Team in’ Training – Collaborative Makerspace Training

Wondering how to get your staff on board with a new makerspace?  We have a guest blog post from Chantale Boileau, Adult Services Librarian for Barrie Public Library (and about-to-be-APLL-grad), outlining Barrie’s approach to training and staff engagement: The Barrie Public Library (BPL) opened a makerspace called the Collaboratory (‘CoLab’ – a name voted on by staff) in December […]

Access learning on-demand through LearnHQ

Last year SOLS asked libraries what they wanted to learn about and how they wanted to access learning.  Public library staff told us that with limited time available for training, they need short, digestible learning modules that can be accessed at any time on current and relevant topics.   We heard you!  On-demand learning opportunities are […]

​​​​​​​SOLS’ Self-Directed Learning

SOLS self-directed courses allow students to learn about topics relevant to public libraries at their own pace.  Our new self-directed courses feature interactive learning activities, self-assessments, downloadable templates, knowledge checks and a wealth of online resources.  Participants can go through the learning modules at their own pace at times that are convenient to them.  SOLS […]

Have you met these Loan Stars?

Every month, we welcome 10 new Top Picks through Loan Stars, the readers’ advisory service that allows Canadian library staff to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles. It’s not surprising to us that library staff have their eyes on titles by amazing authors like Louise Penny, Arundhati Roy, Keigo Higashino, Madeleine Thien, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, all of whom have had their […]

Have you heard about Loan Stars?

  Created specifically for the Canadian library community, Loan Stars is a readers’ advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively nominate their favourite forthcoming titles. Library staff have the opportunity to read books prior to their publication and vote for the titles they think their patrons will love. The program launched in spring 2016 […]

Rural and Small communities: AMO presentation

I was very fortunate to be invited to speak at the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa about a new partnership between the library and Bruce County Economic Development. This partnership came about in response to a call for pilot projects from AMO focused on supporting business development. Background In 2015, […]

Introducing a new Online Course – Building Skills in Legal Information and Referral

Registration opens today for a new 8-week online course developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA). The course will be presented in a series of short, engaging, video clips. The first four modules will explore the role of library staff in helping people with legal problems and offer tools […]