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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Ontario Library Service
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 […]

Ontario Library Service Welcomes Lee Puddephatt

The Ontario Library Service is happy to announce that Lee Puddephatt will be joining the Ontario Library Service Team as Training and Events Coordinator effective November 8th 2021.  Lee brings to our organization a variety of experiences from inside and outside the public library sector. Lee has served in a variety of public service roles […]

Going Fine Free: The Public Library Debate

On June 10, 2021 the Ontario Library Service and the OPLA Research and Evaluation Committee partnered to host a panel session and live ONLibChat on the fine free movement in public libraries. Throughout the first half of 2021 the list of Canadian public libraries going fine free has continued to grow. Going fine free has […]

Blog Series: What can you do as a Library Board to improve the relationship between your municipal council and the public library? (Post #3 of 4)

In a series of guest blogs library board members Andrew Hallikas and Caroline Goulding will be exploring the question What can you do as a Library Board to improve the relationship between your municipal council and the public library? In this post we will be focusing on the external tools you can use to help […]

Summarizing the Reopening Framework Stages / Résumé du cadre des étapes visant le déconfinement

Le français suit l’anglais. Over the past few months, we have all been inundated with news, best practices, and evolving information about COVID-19, and how to protect ourselves and others. In the context of library spaces, directives and suggestions for keeping staff and patrons safe come from various sources: the provincial government, local health units, […]

Emergency orders, Employees and Leave / Décrets d’urgence, employés et congés

Updated: September 4, 2020 | Mise à jour: 4 septembre 2020 Le français suit l’anglais. This blog is meant to be an overview of the legislation related to Emergency Orders and Declared Emergency Leave.  Given the complexity of the legislation, for further clarification, please consult with your own legal advisors.   I think that we […]

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 […]