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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library 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 […]

Virtual Meetings: Making the “Connection” / Une touche personnelle à vos réunions virtuelles

Steven Kraus is a Skills Development Advisor at OLS-North. / Steven Kraus est conseillier en perfectionnement des compétences au SBO-Nord. Le français suit l’anglais. “The meeting of two eternities, the past and future….is precisely the present moment”. -Henry David Thoreau As we take a few moments to consider the dynamic and shifting landscape all public […]

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 […]

A mystery so deep it will take a city to solve…

This fall, Hamilton Public Library launched a city-wide contest to solve an age-old mystery. The adventure began on Friday September 13, 2019 when HPL received a cloth-bound journal written by Dr. Tiberius Hess, a man who lived and practiced in Hamilton during the Victorian era. The journal details a time machine called Chronocycle that he […]