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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Create a Culture of Learning

Are you curious about creating a culture of learning at your library? Are you working towards a greater investment in staff development and training?  Watch this video to meet Crystal Schimpf, the facilitator for the upcoming SOLS workshop “Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Learning” to be held on October 2 […]

Now Available in LearnHQ: Ottawa Public Library RA Modules

Thank you to Ottawa Public Library for sharing their Readers’ Advisory modules with other public library staff across Ontario through the LearnHQ portal!  These four modules, developed by Ottawa Public Library, provide information for public library staff on Readers’ Advisory with a focus on current trends in Juvenile Fiction. Click here to access the online […]

Access learning on-demand through LearnHQ

Last year SOLS asked libraries what they wanted to learn about and how they wanted to access learning.  Public library staff told us that with limited time available for training, they need short, digestible learning modules that can be accessed at any time on current and relevant topics.   We heard you!  On-demand learning opportunities are […]

​​​​​​​SOLS’ Self-Directed Learning

SOLS self-directed courses allow students to learn about topics relevant to public libraries at their own pace.  Our new self-directed courses feature interactive learning activities, self-assessments, downloadable templates, knowledge checks and a wealth of online resources.  Participants can go through the learning modules at their own pace at times that are convenient to them.  SOLS […]

Building Skills in Legal Information and Referral

Registration is now open for a FREE online course developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA): As a participant in the course, you will watch a series of short, engaging video clips that explore the role of library staff in helping people with legal problems and offer tools for […]

Project Outcome Data Dashboard Map is now available!

The goal of Project Outcome is to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services.  Founded by the Public Library Association, Project Outcome provides simple tools and an easy-to-use process for measuring outcomes and gathering insights about the many ways libraries meet the needs of their communities. Project Outcome […]

And the “Together We Read: Ontario” title is….

SOLS and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) are pleased to announce that the open access title for Together We Read: Ontario will be the 2017 winner of the Trillium Book Award: The Sweetest One by Melanie Mah.  The Sweetest One, published by Cormorant Books, will be open to all participating libraries in simultaneous use […]

Introducing a new Online Course – Building Skills in Legal Information and Referral

Registration opens today for a new 8-week online course developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA). The course will be presented in a series of short, engaging, video clips. The first four modules will explore the role of library staff in helping people with legal problems and offer tools […]