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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Connecting Families Bridges the Digital Divide in Canada

The Government of Canada’s Connecting Families initiative is investing $13.2 million over five years, from fall 2018 to March 2022, to help bridge the digital divide for Canadian families who may struggle to afford access to home Internet. A secure online portal will enable Canadian families who receive an eligibility letter to access high speed […]

Mobile WiFi Hotspots – New professional resource page & a discounted offer

We’ve added a new Professional Resource page on LearnHQ on mobile Wifi hotspots – it’s got some basic tech information, examples of library programs and policies, and more.  It’s amazing what these devices can do to bridge the digital divide, especially for those patrons who do not have internet access at home. Some libraries have asked […]

STEM and STEAM programming for newbies, with littleBits!

Have you had a chance to play with littleBits yet?  It’s a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to “turn ideas into inventions”.  (For more on how it all works, here’s a short TED talk on littleBits). Here’s what makes them ideal for both staff and patrons exploring STEM and STEAM: Magnetic – The bits […]

‘Team in’ Training – Collaborative Makerspace Training

Wondering how to get your staff on board with a new makerspace?  We have a guest blog post from Chantale Boileau, Adult Services Librarian for Barrie Public Library (and about-to-be-APLL-grad), outlining Barrie’s approach to training and staff engagement: The Barrie Public Library (BPL) opened a makerspace called the Collaboratory (‘CoLab’ – a name voted on by staff) in December […]

Aquaponics at your library!

This week, we’re featuring a guest post by our colleagues Susan Thompson and Patrick Cychner at Burlington Public Library about their amazing aquaponics program, a great addition to any food literacy program. What is aquaponics, you ask?  Read on to learn more! Interested in starting a similar program?  We have an collective purchasing agreement with Lumago for a significant discount. […]

Announcement from the LAC Library System Renewal Team

We're pleased to feature a guest blog post from the Library System Renewal Team, Library and Archives Canada, describing their new catalogue(s) debuting in 2018! LAC is actually launching two new catalogues next year; a new National Union Catalogue, which will appear on our website in February 2018, and the new catalogue of LAC’s collection, […]

Update from Library and Archives Canada

In March, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced that it had signed a contract with OCLC to replace AMICUS and manage Canadian library holdings data. You may have also noticed Library and Archives Canada’s funding announcement for copy cataloguing/reporting holds and interlibrary loan service for public libraries of up to 50,000 population served. Confused by some […]

MagnusCards: Guiding People to Independence at Libraries

Today’s guest post is by Nadia Hamilton, founder and president of Magnusmode –  a groundbreaking app designed to help those with cognitive needs find their own way in the world.    Learn more aboy how this app is used in libraries, and about the SOLS consortia purchasing discount for MagnusCards! ***************************** MagnusCards is a new app with […]