A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Links we Love # 6

This week, a variety of articles on providing services to marginalized communities, and those too remote, or simply to busy to come into the traditional library.

Library living room in England lets people get help while helping others
5 min. read

If you’ve ever spent some time volunteering, you likely know that helping others often helps us feel better ourselves. A library is making a safe space for their community members to support one another and connect.

The unique story of Stockholm’s floating libraries
3 min. read

For all of us currently obsessed with Scandinavia, here is a wonderful story about library service to remote communities. Ontario has a lot of these, and I’m not sure our systems are as efficient as this. 

Niagara Falls Public Library vending machine brings books to the rink
2 min. read

Speaking of ingenious ways to meet people from your community where they are, we are coming into hockey season and busy parents/chauffeurs will appreciate this one. Are any other libraries up to something like this?

Libraries, Technology and Social Justice, Chris Bourg at Access 2016
25 min. read

Chris responds to the question: ‘How can we leverage our work in the service of social justice?’ They explain what social justice is, and how it applies to us and the technologies we use in our work. You can also watch their presentation.

Libraries Save Lives

Storm Reyes spent much of her childhood working with her family in migrant labour camps. A bookmobile pulled up to their camp one day and changed Storm’s life. She is now working as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Pierce County Library SystemStorycorps tells part of her story in this animation.




We’re curious how your library provides support to your communities. Let us know in the comments, or email us if you’d care to share in a blog post.