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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 […]

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New Year, New Training Trends: 5 Key Topics in 2022

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping this one will be better than the last. These past few years have created many challenges for everyone, both personally and professionally, and the disruptions imposed by the COVID-19 global pandemic will continue to shape how we live for the foreseeable future. As with all things, there is always some […]

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 #4 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 how some core responsibilities and philosophies that can […]

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 […]