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Digitization In Ontario Public Libraries - Update


      

OurDigitalWorld (http://ourdigitalworld.org) will be partnering with SOLS to conduct a survey on the state of digitization activities in public libraries across Ontario. We're undertaking this research in light of the Ontario Culture Strategy goal to promote cultural engagement and inclusion, and the National Heritage Digitization Strategy goals based on medium and creation date.

Our intent is to determine organizational capacity and needs, identify current and recent projects, and find out about resources that help Ontario libraries succeed at digitization work: guides, policies and procedures, tools, and funding sources. As well, we want to identify collections of historical significance - especially where materials are unique or pertain to underrepresented groups - or where digitization is a priority for preservation and access in remote and rural areas.

The survey is scheduled to be conducted over the summer. To prepare, you can identify the person(s) in your organization who will be responsible for filling out the survey and start to identify relevant materials in your collections. Questions or comments can be directed to Allana Mayer.

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Research & Consultations in the Culture Sector

I’ve recently had occasion to work with a couple of organizations supporting the culture sector in Ontario: MASS culture and WorkInCulture (WIC).  They are undertaking research and consultations projects over the next months. MassCulture seeks to connect and promote “cultural policy research, update data, and address research gaps” while WorkInCulture is undertaking a Labour Market Insights Project that includes the following disciplines: Arts, Cultural Industries, Heritage and Libraries. Both these organizations have approached SOLS to reach out to public libraries and encourage your participation as professionals within the sector and as community hubs for artists at the local level. Your contribution may take the form of responding to a survey, or hosting and participating in a regional focus group. Whatever the role, it’s a great opportunity to reflect to these organizations what we are about but also to demonstrate our vital role in communities across Ontario. So, stay tuned for more on these initiatives as they roll out!

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Follow MTCS on Facebook!

In October, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport launched a Facebook page, which contains information for the public about some of the good work they are doing to make Ontario the premiere tourism and culture destination in the world. We are hoping you can help get the message out by following them on Facebook and sharing their posts on your own channels.

Folow them at:

English: facebook.com/ExploreOn French: facebook.com/ONexplorez

 

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Congratulations to Anne Marie Madziak!

Congratulations to our very own, Anne Marie Madziak, on being awarded the 2017 Ontario Library Association Media and Communications Award! It recognizes her work highlighting the varied services and integral roles public libraries play in their communities in articles published in Municipal World over the last five years. 

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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, the Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, the ward councillor, Marilyn Iafrate and the Library Board Chair, Dr. Devender Sandhu. Added to this list of speakers were Paul Stevens, Senior Principal, ZAS Archirect + Interiors, Daniel Aquino, President, Quicon Construction Co. Ltd and Farq Barghash, the special guest. Mr. Aquino was particularly appreciative on being part of the list of dignitaries as he says he’s usually relegated to the back of the room behind a sign! Ms. Barghash, while being the last speaker to take to the podium, was perhaps the “pièce de résistance” of the event. This young lady clocked over 1000 volunteer hours at the library and described very eloquently what an integral part of her and her family’s life it has been.

Margie Singleton, the CEO of Vaughan Public Libraries, noted in her remarks that the new building was the result of “an extraordinary example of collaboration…a place of community…a fun place to be, celebrate and create”. It was clear the attendees thought so too, because despite the rain, humidity and cranky kids, everyone was on hand to explore this great new space.

There is no doubt in my mind that this amazing facility is gem and its relationship and place in the community assured. You could feel the love…it was palpable. I want to offer my congratulations to the City of Vaughan and to the staff and Board of the Vaughan Public Libraries on this grand opening.

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