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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

STEM and STEAM programming for newbies, with littleBits!

Have you had a chance to play with littleBits yet?  It’s a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to “turn ideas into inventions”.  (For more on how it all works, here’s a short TED talk on littleBits). Here’s what makes them ideal for both staff and patrons exploring STEM and STEAM: Magnetic – The bits […]

And the “Together We Read Ontario” title is….

SOLS is pleased to announce that we have selected a title for Together We Read Ontario! The selected title is a finalist for the Northern Lit Awards as chosen by Ontario Library Service-North in partnership with Northern Ontario Public Libraries. From Oct. 15-29, the SOLS shared OverDrive collection and all participating Ontario public libraries will […]

Let’s Get Serious About Learning!

We in the public library sector have, for some time now, been talking about the importance of continuous learning to doing what we do and doing it well. In order to be responsive and innovative in our services, we rely on staff being comfortable with uncertainty, willing to take calculated risks, and ready to learn […]

Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Create a Culture of Learning

Are you curious about creating a culture of learning at your library? Are you working towards a greater investment in staff development and training?  Watch this video to meet Crystal Schimpf, the facilitator for the upcoming SOLS workshop “Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Learning” to be held on October 2 […]

‘Team in’ Training – Collaborative Makerspace Training

Wondering how to get your staff on board with a new makerspace?  We have a guest blog post from Chantale Boileau, Adult Services Librarian for Barrie Public Library (and about-to-be-APLL-grad), outlining Barrie’s approach to training and staff engagement: The Barrie Public Library (BPL) opened a makerspace called the Collaboratory (‘CoLab’ – a name voted on by staff) in December […]

Now Available in LearnHQ: Ottawa Public Library RA Modules

Thank you to Ottawa Public Library for sharing their Readers’ Advisory modules with other public library staff across Ontario through the LearnHQ portal!  These four modules, developed by Ottawa Public Library, provide information for public library staff on Readers’ Advisory with a focus on current trends in Juvenile Fiction. Click here to access the online […]

Audiobook Access for All?

According to Booknet Canada’s recent report on the State of Digital Publishing in Canada:   Audiobook production has seen continuous growth for the past three years, with the percentage of firms reporting that they produce digital audiobooks increasing by 24% since 2016, up to 61%   However, libraries are finding that not all digital audiobooks […]

Access learning on-demand through LearnHQ

Last year SOLS asked libraries what they wanted to learn about and how they wanted to access learning.  Public library staff told us that with limited time available for training, they need short, digestible learning modules that can be accessed at any time on current and relevant topics.   We heard you!  On-demand learning opportunities are […]

Ontario Public Library Guidelines As An Assessment Tool

The Ontario Public Library Guidelines Monitoring and Accreditation Council recently released the 7th edition of the Ontario Public Library Guidelines (OPLG). First introduced in 1997, the OPLG have been updated and improved with each edition, the latest changes having to do with responding to emerging trends and issues, such as the findings of the Truth […]