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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Untypical Typical Week

On September 18th, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries released the form for “One Week Survey of Public Library Use”; a survey better known as the “Typical Week Survey”.  This information is collected during a week without a statutory holiday in October, November or the first part of December.  The information collected […]

Emergency orders, Employees and Leave / Décrets d’urgence, employés et congés

Updated: September 4, 2020 | Mise à jour: 4 septembre 2020 Le français suit l’anglais. This blog is meant to be an overview of the legislation related to Emergency Orders and Declared Emergency Leave.  Given the complexity of the legislation, for further clarification, please consult with your own legal advisors.   I think that we […]

Copyright and Virtual Programs | Le droit d’auteur et la programmation virtuelle

Le français suit l’anglais. It appears that library programs will continue to be offered in virtual formats for some time.  Virtual formats bring their own challenges, especially around copyright permissions.  A recent blog posted on the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) website, titled “Pausing to Talk about Copyright” got me thinking about virtual […]

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 […]

Why EXCEL?

Registration for the EXCEL distance education program is open in LearnHQ. Act quickly if you’d like to register – the deadline is Friday, January 8th. EXCEL is perfect for those working or volunteering in Ontario public libraries with little to no formal library training. Telephone and e-mail interaction with an assigned instructor makes the program unique. CEO Jane Wouda […]