Publications

 

Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) produces a number of publications for the use of client libraries. All publications are listed below, and are sorted by general topic.

Distribution: Some of these publications are available in print, some only available in electronic format on the SOLS website, but occasionally in both formats. When a new publication is printed, one copy is distributed to each public library in Ontario free of charge. 

Additional copies of print publications are usually available for purchase; for a list of publications currently available for purchase, see the Publications Price List, or head directly to the Publications Order Form.

Note: Please note that if you are looking for SOLS corporate publications such as our Service plan, Operational plans, and Annual reports, you will find them posted in the About SOLS section of our website, under the heading 'Mandate and Mission - Annual Plans and Reports'.


Library Board Development Kit Written by staff from the Southern Ontario Library Service, with assistance from OLS-North and the Ontario Library Boards Association, this publication began in 1991 as the Trustee Orientation Kit, and by 2004 was the Library Board Orientation Kit in 2004. In August 2014, this publication was updated in preparation for the October 2014 elections.

Library Development Guide 4: Trillium Public Library, Sample Policies (Dated individually)

Focus on First Nation Public Libraries in Ontario: A Resource Document for Chief and Council (2012)  The purpose of this 4-page brochure is to povide an overview of legislation and governance for First Nation public libraries in Ontario. 

Spotlight on Ontario Public Libraries (2014) This 4-page brochure is intended to aid in the orientation and education of newly elected municipal councillors. Recently updated to reflect the latest Ontario Public Library Statistics available. 

The 21st Century Public Library (2013) This brochure is aimed at ensuring that municipal managers understand the many ways in which the 21st century public library contributes to healthy, resilient and sustainable communities. 

Cultivating Champions in the Municipal Environment. (2013) Presented by Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS at OLA Superconference.

Building Credibility and Value in the Municipal Environment (2012) Presented by Anne Marie Madziak, SOLS at OLA Superconference.

Building Philanthropy: fundraising programs any library can do that will create donors. (2006) Presented by Rob Lavery CFRE, Resource Development Consultant, SOLS at OLA Superconference.

Capital Campaigns

Corporate Partnerships

Fundraising Training Kit A publication of the Southern Ontario Library Service, 1994.

Mail Programs

Major Gifts Programs

Planned Giving

Please Mr. Postman: starting a direct mail program for your library (2005) Presented by Ann Andrusyszn, Development Officer, Barrie Public Library.

Positioning your library for funding success. Presentation by Ann Andrusyszyn, Barrie Public Library and Rob Lavery, Resource Development Consultant, SOLS. Presented at the OLA Superconference, 2005.

Proposal Writing and Foundations

Special Events

Environmental Scan for Ontario Public Libraries. Prepared for SOLS by Frances Stocker, Kestrel Information Services, November 2011.

Introduction to Strategic Planning (2005) OLBA/SOLS/OLS-North training by dm A Planning & Management Services.

Library's Contribution to Your Community: Manual and Case Studies

Library Development Guide 3: Creating the Future You've Imagined, a Guide to Essential Planning (2007)

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