A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Out and About: Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library Opening

On Saturday, September 10th I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Civic Centre Resource Library of Vaughan Public Libraries. Despite the cloudy and rainy conditions, the event was extremely well attended. Representatives of current and past councils and library boards were on hand to mark the occasion. Speakers included the mayor, […]

Accreditation: What is it and why bother?

As part of our 130th Anniversary, St Thomas Public Library was accredited in 2014. Accreditation is like ISO 9001 for libraries: The process ensures that libraries achieve a standard level of service for customers, and meet all the legislative requirements. Representatives from libraries across Ontario assisted in the definition of required standards for all public […]

Five Reasons To Organize a TEDx Event at Your Library

Co-Author: Andrea Cecchetto Images: Adam Tonon “Why not?” Those are the words that inspired us to apply for a TEDx license. We were brainstorming a list of learning opportunities with the goal of helping our team develop their digital competencies, and were drawn by the way TEDx speakers always seem to know exactly how to inspire […]

Putting the SOLS Public Service Competencies to Work

This is the first post in a series on competencies based professional development. When the SOLS Public Service Competencies were issued, a task group at the library breathed a sigh of relief. We had been developing our own list of competencies for the Pickering Public Library because existing documentation was out of date. In a competitive world, competencies […]