2023 Bridge Project - Ontario Library Service

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2023 Bridge Project
Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
by staff

Your library makes an impact. We’ll help you demonstrate it. 

Library Impact Ontario (formerly known as the Bridge Project) is a free service that brings together data analytics, relevant resources, and support to help public libraries demonstrate the impact their services have on their communities.

Developed by Toronto Public Library, a trusted industry leader in digital equity and inclusion, Library Impact Ontario’s suite of services helps your library:

  • Gain valuable insights into the impact your technology is having on the well-being, development and confidence of your library customers
  • Make informed, data-based decisions about the technology services you provide
  • Connect with similar libraries to identify gaps and leverage data to increase your service offerings by tapping into collective comparable data.
  • Build confidence in your staff, regardless of their skill level

Together, we make the difference. The more libraries that join Library Impact Ontario, the stronger the data, resulting in responsive, adaptable and thriving libraries for everyone.

Find out more...

Join this free info session on February 14th, 2023 at 2 pm, led by Sepideh Mckensy from Toronto Public Library and Michelle Hamiel from Urban Library Council. Come learn about our suite of FREE service offerings including;

  1. Bridge Toolkit - A web-based software that helps libraries capture, analyze and visualize data pertaining to technology services.
  2. Edge Management Tool - A management tool designed to help library leaders assess internal leadership, organizational management, and programs and services to identify service gaps and address community needs.
  3. Workshops - Join our peer-learning cohort programs to better inform your understanding of data. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other libraries.

Hurry! Limited spaces are available for the workshops. Registration will close on March 1st, 2023. Visit www.tpl.ca/impact today to access registration links and learn more.

Please note: this session will be recorded and made available as a Webinar Recording on LearnHQ for one year.

Presenters Bio:

Sepideh Mckensy, Senior Services Specialist (Library Impact Ontario, Bridge & Data Solutions), Policy Planning and Performance Management department in Toronto Public Library

Sepideh spearheads data solutions in Toronto Public Library and is passionate about using data to tell a meaningful story that demonstrates public libraries’ vital role in bridging the digital divide. As Senior Services Specialist for Library Impact Ontario and the Bridge Toolkit, Sepideh overseas and coordinates, the seamless application of a suite of services that brings together data analytics, relevant resources, and support to help public libraries demonstrate the impact their services have on their communities.  Sepideh has over 24 years public library experience at Toronto Public library in various roles and holds a Masters in Information Studies (Library Science) from University of Toronto and a Hons. B.A. in Psychology from York University.

Michelle Hamiel, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Urban Libraries Council

Michelle is the Director of Racial Equity and Community Impact at Urban Libraries Council (ULC). She is a known and respected leader with more than 37 years of public library experience. Michelle currently leads all ULC race equity initiatives and Edge, a platform that helps library leaders analyze data, set benchmarks and tell their stories. She comes to ULC from her previous role as the Chief Operating Officer for Public Services for Prince George's County Memorial Library System, where she not only led the mission, vision, innovation and operations of the library's 19 branches and the county detention center; she also created the library's race and social equity plan. Michelle guided Maryland State Libraries Antiracism work and the Maryland Library Association's Equity Diversity and Inclusion task force.