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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Helping staff handle challenging social situations

These are tough times to work in public service, including libraries. As an institution rooted in its enduring mission to be, in part, a welcoming community space for everyone who walks through the door, today’s public library comes face to face with society’s most challenging social issues. It is incumbent upon library leaders to take […]

Information and Referral Story Time

Hello library world, Ever stop to think about the local community information referrals you have readily at your fingertips? Have you ever wondered – where does this amazing information come from? Well, welcome to Information and Referral (I&R) story time – so get comfy, grab your cup of coffee/tea, gather your fellow library workers and […]

SPL Staff Are Rockstars! Building the Stratford Public Library Brand

Stratford Public Library CEO, Julia Merritt explains the library’s edgy new campaign. As the adage goes, “perception is reality”. Not being seen and not being heard are serious threats facing libraries. We at Stratford Public Library feel we cannot afford to be complacent. Period. Full Stop. Get off the complacency train. Taking control of the […]

A mystery so deep it will take a city to solve…

This fall, Hamilton Public Library launched a city-wide contest to solve an age-old mystery. The adventure began on Friday September 13, 2019 when HPL received a cloth-bound journal written by Dr. Tiberius Hess, a man who lived and practiced in Hamilton during the Victorian era. The journal details a time machine called Chronocycle that he […]

First Nations Public Library Week

Here we are, on the verge of October, the month in which we Canadians express our love for public libraries. As we gear up for the launches and the open houses, the special programming, and community outreach initiatives, let’s take a few minutes and recognize the diversity inherent within the public library eco-system in Ontario […]

CLEOconnect.ca

I would like to share the following information from an organization we have worked with in the past. CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has launched a specially designed website, CLEO Connect, to support community workers, including library staff, with public legal education, and information. At CLEOConnect.ca, community workers can find […]

Support Indie Authors with the Ontario Author Project contest!

SOLS is pleased to join BiblioBoard, Library Journal and other Ontario libraries for the Ontario Author Project contest. Part of the North American “Indie Author” project, the contest seeks the best indie published eBooks in each participating region. The Ontario Author Project gives librarians a chance to engage with a growing group of fresh literary […]

“Ask Me” – Hamilton Public Library speaks your language

We’re pleased to repost an article from Hamilton Public Library about their “Ask Me” translation service, which offers help to customers in more than 180 languages! Demande-moi. Chiedimi. Frag Mich. If Hamilton Public Library staff don’t speak your language, we’ll find someone who can, in a hurry. Collectively, HPL staff fluently speak 21 languages, from […]

MaBiblioNumerique is Now Cantook Station!

After the recent sale of Archambaut’s MaBiblioNumérique French Ebook platform to DeMarque,  all data from the SOLS shared French ebook collection has been successfully migrated to DeMarque’s platform, Cantook Station. An overview of the new platform is available here: My new library on Cantook Station Set-up information has been sent to all member libraries of […]

Digital Archive Ontario, the New Virtual Reference Library

Toronto Public Library (TPL) has revitalized — and renamed — our Ontario-facing site formerly known as the Virtual Reference Library (Prince reference not intended). It’s now: Digital Archive Ontario.​ You can access it on LearnHQ. The updated name reflects the site’s increased emphasis on historical digital collections. Started in 1999, the site has changed over time — it […]