A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

OLA Marketing Libraries Think Tank 2016 Recap

Last month, I attended the OLA Marketing Libraries Think Tank, hosted at Kitchener Public Library. As a new member of the SOLS team, this was a great opportunity to jump into conversations on not only promoting library services and programs, but also how marketing and the customer experience are intertwined. The Think Tank was wonderfully […]

Training for Library Staff

This is a guest post by Dolores Harms Penner, Program Specialist, Mohawk College Library Technician Program. The importance of ongoing training and professional development for library and information services staff is self-evident. Anyone who has worked in this field for any length of time has experienced the dizzying pace of change, particularly where technology is concerned. You […]

Community Outreach and Competencies

This is the sixth post in a series on competencies based professional development. I am Lindsay Stephens, the Community Outreach/Inreach Coordinator for Haldimand County Public Library. I want to share with you how the SOLS competencies index and sample profiles speak to me as a professional and my position. First, take a moment to read through […]

Free Health & Safety Support for Ontario Libraries

At Public Services Health & Safety Association, we provide employers with training, consulting and resources to address workplace health and safety concerns and promote legislative compliance. We all play an important role in preventing injuries and illnesses at work. That’s why we’ve partnered with SOLS to better support public libraries in increasing awareness and understanding […]