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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Enhancing Digital Collections during the Covid-19 Closure Period

André Lépine is a Skills Development Advisor, Cataloguing and Collections at Ontario Library Service–North. As Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency remains in effect and libraries remain shuttered across the province, libraries are rapidly adapting their services, programs, and collections to the virtual environment in order to continue to meet community needs. Collections in particular are well-suited […]

Supporting Employee Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Ontario’s State of Emergency continues, and its list of essential services shrunk, additional workplaces have shut down, leaving countless workers, including those in public libraries, laid off, put on temporary leave, redeployed, or working from home. Obviously, none of these is an ideal situation for those workers whose jobs are designed to provide service […]

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 […]

Taking time to focus on your own professional development / Se concentrer sur son développement professionnel

Le français suit l’anglais. Many library systems and library staff members have taken the library closures as time to focus on professional development opportunities. We all know that training can often be difficult to fit in to a schedule full of programming or time spent at the service desk. Given that libraries will remain closed […]

Accessing Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources in a Rural Library

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian for Haliburton County Public Library, takes a few minutes out of her busy schedule to tell us about an important new collection and the collaborative work behind it.  This year, Haliburton County Public Library is proud to launch our Mental Health & Wellbeing collection. This project had been percolating for […]

Helping staff handle challenging social situations

These are tough times to work in public service, including libraries. As an institution rooted in its enduring mission to be, in part, a welcoming community space for everyone who walks through the door, today’s public library comes face to face with society’s most challenging social issues. It is incumbent upon library leaders to take […]

Information and Referral Story Time

Hello library world, Ever stop to think about the local community information referrals you have readily at your fingertips? Have you ever wondered – where does this amazing information come from? Well, welcome to Information and Referral (I&R) story time – so get comfy, grab your cup of coffee/tea, gather your fellow library workers and […]

SPL Staff Are Rockstars! Building the Stratford Public Library Brand

Stratford Public Library CEO, Julia Merritt explains the library’s edgy new campaign. As the adage goes, “perception is reality”. Not being seen and not being heard are serious threats facing libraries. We at Stratford Public Library feel we cannot afford to be complacent. Period. Full Stop. Get off the complacency train. Taking control of the […]