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General Resources
| Basic Skills Training | Digitization and Preservation | E-readersInternet Connectivity | Integrated Library Systems | Images |Plans |Programs | RFID | Standards (including Z39.50) | Sustainability | Systems | Website Design | Wireless



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General Resources

  • "32 Tips to Inspire Innovation for You and Your Library" Part 1; Part 2 and Part 3 by Stephen Abram, MLS, SirsiDynix vice president of Innovation in Sirsi OneSource, volume 1 issue 7 and volume 1 issue 8
  • ALA Tech Notes Short, Web-based papers introducing specific technologies for public librarians
  • BC Libraries Cooperative Technical Guide: Recommended Best Practices for your LibraryPrepared by Kevin Stranack, June 2013  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
  • Chromebooks for Libraries - Webinar preented by Agosto and Google on Chromebook technology, May 2013
  • A better, more interactive way to learn programming by actually coding. Interactive, step-by-step lessons.
  • Cultivating a Hacker Ethic - Webinar presented by Aaron DeVries - April 2013 (.pptx)
  • Dotto Tech Ontario Flag Icon Award-winning television host Steve Dotto show how to make the most of technology. The show appears on Bell Globemedia's national CHUM network and on Canada's independent educational channels. Clips from previous shows can be seen on the website and past seasons can be borrowed on DVD at many public libraries
  • Embracing Technology in Ontarios Public Libraries - Report on Milestone 3: Library Technology Trends and Summary of RecommendationsOntario Flag Icon (.pdf) Working jointly with Knowledge Ontario, the Ontario Library Association and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, SOLS and OLS-North hired ERK Consulting to examine major new trends and developments in Integrated Library Systems including federated search, open source and other trends and identify potential solutions and directions for Ontario libraries.

    In fall 2010, SOLS and OLS-N held consultations to get input on the recommendations in this report and the Libraries 2020 and Province-Wide Consultation. Ten three-hour sessions were held throughout Ontario between October 15, 2010 and November 5, 2010. The presentation on the $15 Million Investment Report on Fall 2010 Consultations and Report on Fall 2010 Consultations that is a compilation of the comments from the sessions are available.
  • "Elearning for Public Libraries- Research and Environmental Scan" SOLS Logo SOLS' in-depth review of technology and professional development in the library field. This report examines whether elearning and distance education can address the increased need and consistent demand for professional development.
  • Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study (American Library Association, 2010-2011) New study assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability.
  • Library Technology Guides Website aims to provide comprehensive and objective information related to the field of library automation. This site has no affiliation with any library automation company. Whether you are in the process of selecting a library automation system, or just want to keep up with developments in the field, Library Technology Guides is the place to start.
  • OLITA: Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) Canadian Flag Icon Toolkits on Internet Access, RSS, Wireless
  • Public Internet Access SOLS Logo OLS Professional A-Z
  • Technology Planning (WebJunction)
  • TechEase (Educational Technology Clearinghouse) Quick answers to day today technology questions.
  • TechSoup: Canadian portal  The TechSoup Canada Technology Donation Program is an online product donation service that connects nonprofits with technology product donations from more than twenty-five leading corporate and nonprofit technology partners.
  • Top Technology Trends for Libraries (ALA - Library and Information Technology Association)
  • "A portal designed to help library staff make the best use of emerging digital opportunities. It was launched May 12, 2003 by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resources on WebJunction are practical and down-to-earth and address real problems that librarians face every day. Most important, at WebJunction you can identify and communicate with your peers about topics that are important to you." LJ
  • Contains free tutorials on Excel, Outlook, cloud computing etc.

Basic Skills Training

  • Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning (2011) (American Association of School Librarians )
  • PC Curriculum for Adult Learners (My PC Series) Microsoft has developed hands-on instructor-led curriculum for libraries to teach "getting started" PC topics to adults. These 10 new one-hour workshops (and a corresponding series of 8 three-hour workshops) are based on extensive research about how adults who are not tech-savvy learn new computer skills. The hands-on workshops use a jargon-free approach to teaching a variety of topics, including Getting Started with Windows 7. If your library is interested in using this free curriculum, you can download an evaluation toolkit to help you decide if the material is right for your patron training program.

Digitization and Preservation

  • Declaration of Principles Concerning the Relationship of Digitization to Preservation of Archival  Records in Digitization and Archives. Canadian Council of Archives, 2002
  • Collection Development under ''Digital Collections' . OLS Professional A-Z



Integrated Library Systems

Internet Connectivity

General resources and Definitions

Finding an ISP


Satellite communications

Usage statistics for your website



  • Community Access Program  (Industry Canada): connecting Canada's communities to the information highway.
  • JASI OLS-N Logo The Joint Automation Server Initiative "JASI" is a cooperative project of member libraries in Ontario. Libraries pay a membership fee to share an automated library system and a single set of servers. This project is ongoing and new members are welcome. To see the libraries catalogues please visit

RFID - Radiofrequency Identification Technology




  • RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems (.pdf) National Information Standards Organization (NISO) identifies critical standards in the areas of Bibliographic Formats, Record Structure, Character Sets, Exchange Media, Serials Identifiers, Binding, Circulation Protocols, Barcodes, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Electronic Documents, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Information Retrieval, Metadata, and Web Access. For each standard, the applicability to libraries is described, sample RFP language is provided, and compliance assessment issues are discussed.
  • A Field Guide to Servers (TechSoup) Understanding how servers can make your nonprofits tech infrastructure more powerful.
  • Library Automated Systems (Internet Library for Librarians)
  • Lib-Web-Cats: Library Web Pages, Online Catalogs, and System Profiles, a resource of over 4,000 libraries worldwide. (Vanderbilt U)
  • Open Source Integrated Library Systems, 2008 (Marshalll Breeding)


  • Biblio Mondo Canadian Flag Icon Multilingual automated system,.Headquartered in Montreal, BiblioMondo has established itself as Canadas favorite library automation system vendor, counting among its customers some of the countrys most recognized public library and government clients.
  • Bywater Solutions Offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. KOHA support and hosting services.
  • Evergreen Open source library system. A highly-scalable software for libraries that helps library patrons find library materials, and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries. Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. See University of Windsor Conifer project catalogue
  • Insignia Library System Is a full-featured library system. It can be installed as Windows-based or web based or web enabled, it has simple point-and-click navigation and is easy and fun for library patrons and staff.
  • JASI Ontario Flag Icon The Joint Automated Server Initiative is a cooperative project of members libraries. Libraries pay a membership fee to share an automated system and a single set of servers. View participating lbiraries' online catalogues
  • KOHA Open Source system
  • LibLime Provider of open source software like Koha Integrated Systems; Search Blue Mountains Public Library catalogue as an example
  • Mandarin Library Automation Systmems (US)
  • Millenium (Innovative Interfaces)
  •  (BC)
  • Ontario Library Consortium (OLC) Ontario Flag Icon OLC consists of 25 library systems: 11 county and regional municipality and 14 medium-sized public libraries located in southern Ontario. It includes over 200 branch libraries and 20 headquarters, serving approximately 10% of the Ontario population. The group is using Sirsi-Dynix technology.
  • Polaris
  • TLC: The Library Corporation (US) Library Solutions Web Site
  • VTLS Virtua  Virtua is a full-function library management system, providing management of circulation, cataloging, serials, acquisitions, course reserves and more.  All functions are fully integrated, allowing any staff user to access any function at any time according to their library-assigned permissions.

Website Design

Accessible Website Design

  • How to Meet WCAG 2.0 A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques
  • Internet and Web-based Content Accessibility Evaluation. (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies - ASCLA) Use the evaluation form to evaluate the accessibility of any Internet or web-based content.
  • Understanding Web Accessibility (Inclusive Design Research Centre) A self- paced on-line course.
  • WCAG2.0 Checklist. Lists all of the success criteria from WCAG 2.0 in a checkable list. The level of each success criterion is provided as well as a link to WCAG 2.0 for more information for each success criterion. For many readers, the Checklist provides a quick reference and overview to the information in WCAG 2.0.
  • Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) WAI is supported in part by: the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the European Commissions Information Society Technologies Programme. The group is actively working to make the Web more accessible through technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. Includes WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Essential Components of Web Accessibility. WCAG has recommendations for making Web content more accessible for everyone, but particularly those with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, and photosensitivity.

Website Design for Collection access SOLS Logo Webinar presented by Amanda Etches, June 2013

Website Design and Maintenance SOLS Logo Webinar presented by Elizabeth Goldman, January 2013

Website Design and Usability SOLS Logo  Workshop presented by Amanda Etches-Johnson, Spring 2011

 Web Standards

  • World Wide Web Consortium Was created in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability.


See also our Public Internet Access page under ''Wireless Access''