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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

“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 […]

Librarian’s Guide To Homelessness – now available on LearnHQ

SOLS is excited to announce that the Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness is now available on LearnHQ. Course creator Ryan Dowd recently presented to a packed room at the OLA Super Conference.  This online course provides a deeper dive into the topics covered in the in-person session. Ryan runs the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois and […]

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 […]

ESL with Mango Languages at Wellington County Library

We’re starting the year off by sharing an article that originally appeared in Hoopla .  Rosie Krul, Palmerston Branch Supervisor at the Wellington County Library, writes about using Mango Languages as an ESL tool, in partnership with Settlement Services.  Mango is one of many popular items in our Provincial E-resources licensing collection. Over the past year, there […]

Free Coding Books for Public Libraries!

Free coding books? Yes, thanks to the CanCode Program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Canada! The CanCode program is investing $50 million over two years to provide educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth (K-12). One of their many funded initiatives is TakingIT Global’s “Code to Learn” program. […]

SOLS Initiatives for Governance Support

By the first week of December, most municipal councils have been sworn in and will be poised to begin the task of appointing people to the various local boards and committees with terms tied to council’s term. This, of course, includes library boards. Board Appointments Ideally, councillors understand the importance of making board appointments as […]

CODE/BURT awards celebrate Indigenous YA Literature

The CODE/BURT awards were handed out on Wednesday November 28th in the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi. The awards celebrate Indigenous YA Literature.  2500 copies of each book will be distributed to Indigenous students throughout Canada. Cherie Dimaline won for her book The Marrow Thieves.  (Psst – if you are a member of the Ontario OverDrive […]

Library Board Transitions

With new municipal councils across Ontario beginning four-year terms in December, appointments to library boards will soon follow. On the new Board Transition webpage, you’ll find information about Board Appointments, Board Succession, and Board Orientation. We’ve also included a webinar on board transitions and some FAQs that are relevant to senior leadership teams and current board […]