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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

MaBiblioNumerique is Now Cantook Station!

After the recent sale of Archambaut’s MaBiblioNumérique French Ebook platform to DeMarque,  all data from the SOLS shared French ebook collection has been successfully migrated to DeMarque’s platform, Cantook Station. An overview of the new platform is available here: My new library on Cantook Station Set-up information has been sent to all member libraries of […]

Librarian’s Guide To Homelessness – now available on LearnHQ

SOLS is excited to announce that the Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness is now available on LearnHQ. Course creator Ryan Dowd recently presented to a packed room at the OLA Super Conference.  This online course provides a deeper dive into the topics covered in the in-person session. Ryan runs the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois and […]

Digital Archive Ontario, the New Virtual Reference Library

Toronto Public Library (TPL) has revitalized — and renamed — our Ontario-facing site formerly known as the Virtual Reference Library (Prince reference not intended). It’s now: Digital Archive Ontario.​ You can access it on LearnHQ. The updated name reflects the site’s increased emphasis on historical digital collections. Started in 1999, the site has changed over time — it […]

ESL with Mango Languages at Wellington County Library

We’re starting the year off by sharing an article that originally appeared in Hoopla .  Rosie Krul, Palmerston Branch Supervisor at the Wellington County Library, writes about using Mango Languages as an ESL tool, in partnership with Settlement Services.  Mango is one of many popular items in our Provincial E-resources licensing collection. Over the past year, there […]

Free Coding Books for Public Libraries!

Free coding books? Yes, thanks to the CanCode Program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Canada! The CanCode program is investing $50 million over two years to provide educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth (K-12). One of their many funded initiatives is TakingIT Global’s “Code to Learn” program. […]

SOLS Initiatives for Governance Support

By the first week of December, most municipal councils have been sworn in and will be poised to begin the task of appointing people to the various local boards and committees with terms tied to council’s term. This, of course, includes library boards. Board Appointments Ideally, councillors understand the importance of making board appointments as […]

Library Board Transitions

With new municipal councils across Ontario beginning four-year terms in December, appointments to library boards will soon follow. On the new Board Transition webpage, you’ll find information about Board Appointments, Board Succession, and Board Orientation. We’ve also included a webinar on board transitions and some FAQs that are relevant to senior leadership teams and current board […]

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 […]

Buzz about LittleBits

Have you heard the buzz about littleBits?  LittleBits are little colour coded magnetic blocks that make electronics easy to build. After Elgin County Library purchased our first set in 2016, we knew we wanted more. Our staff marveled at the simplicity of littleBits and it’s the simplicity of the kit that attract children to tinker […]