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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Growing Digital Collections During COVID-19

I hope that this posting finds you all well as you continue to adjust to the current situation! With branches closed, many patrons have turned their focus to digital collections. For some this is nothing new, but the stats certainly show that usage has increased significantly. For some patrons, this time has allowed them to […]

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 […]

Supporting Employee Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Ontario’s State of Emergency continues, and its list of essential services shrunk, additional workplaces have shut down, leaving countless workers, including those in public libraries, laid off, put on temporary leave, redeployed, or working from home. Obviously, none of these is an ideal situation for those workers whose jobs are designed to provide service […]

Creative Digital and Virtual Programming from Ontario Public Libraries

Ontario public libraries have been dabbling with virtual programming for several years, balancing in-person and online offerings.  With physical library spaces closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library staff are showing their flexibility and adjusting to the new reality with some very creative digital programming – both passive and active!  As you read through these […]

Taking time to focus on your own professional development / Se concentrer sur son développement professionnel

Le français suit l’anglais. Many library systems and library staff members have taken the library closures as time to focus on professional development opportunities. We all know that training can often be difficult to fit in to a schedule full of programming or time spent at the service desk. Given that libraries will remain closed […]

Virtual Meetings: Making the “Connection” / Une touche personnelle à vos réunions virtuelles

Steven Kraus is a Skills Development Advisor at OLS-North. / Steven Kraus est conseillier en perfectionnement des compétences au SBO-Nord. Le français suit l’anglais. “The meeting of two eternities, the past and future….is precisely the present moment”. -Henry David Thoreau As we take a few moments to consider the dynamic and shifting landscape all public […]

Accessing Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources in a Rural Library

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian for Haliburton County Public Library, takes a few minutes out of her busy schedule to tell us about an important new collection and the collaborative work behind it.  This year, Haliburton County Public Library is proud to launch our Mental Health & Wellbeing collection. This project had been percolating for […]