SIGNAL Newsletter

October 4, 2019

Welcome to the new format for the SOLS Newsletter, Signal.  Whereas Signal has been a monthly publication, going forward it will be published quarterly, at the beginning of October, January, April and July.  

October is Canadian Library Month, and during this month, we get to celebrate libraries in communities across the country.

First Nations Public Library Week, from September 30th to October 5th, celebrates the First Nation public libraries serving First Nation communities.  The FNPL Week poster features artwork by Ojibway artist Joshua Pawis-Steckley.
FNPL Week information is posted on Ontario Library Service-North website.

Ontario Public Library Week, from October 20th to 26th, celebrates the resources and people in Ontario's public libraries.  Coordination is provided by the Ontario Library Association and links to resources are posted on the OLA website.

E-resources and E-collections...

Provincial Licensing - Once a year, a selection of e-resources products are available to libraries through a Provincial Licensing programSOLS staff aggregate these orders from libraries to maximize discounts and expand the resources available to Ontarians.  SOLS then invoices libraries to cover a one-year period.  The deadline to order is Friday, November 1, 2019.

Supplemental Licensing - E-resources under this stream are offered annually as discounted purchases that libraries order individually, and for which vendors invoice libraries directly. Products, pricing, and ordering for 2020 Supplemental Licenses are available until the order deadline of Friday, November 15, 2019.

Provincial OverDrive Consortium - Participating libraries will receive an e-mail asking to confirm participation for 2020.  At that time, each will be asked if invoicing is to be December or January. Learn more about the consortium including the fee structure.

Networking Opportunities...

Trustee Councils - There are eight Trustee Councils across southern Ontario with each one meeting twice a year (April/May and October/November).  These Saturday morning meetings combine networking and information sharing on issues of concern to public library trustees.  Locations, dates, times, the agenda, and registration information are posted in the Boards & Trustees section of the SOLS website.  We are currently updating our directory of Trustee Council representatives.  Please send the name and e-mail address for your board's Trustee Council representative to Miranda Hargraves

Library Committees - Library Committee meetings give library CEOs and senior staff an opportunity to discuss common issues as well as receive updates on SOLS or government initiatives.  These day-long meetings are held face-to-face in spring and fall and virtually in the winter.  Locations, dates, times and registration information are posted in the Meetings and Online Communities section of the SOLS website. 

Professional Resources...

Staff from the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service-North maintain a professional resources section that has LibGuides created by staff and links to relevant legislation, library websites or courses.  The professional resources are grouped into 25 different topics including these five:

Don't forget to check out SOLS Training !

  • Register for ongoing online courses or tutorials.
  • Participate in live webinars to learn from experts and network with peers or listen to webinar recordings.
  • Work on a certificate through the EXCEL program.
Find the latest offerings in the SOLS Training Bulletin or search the LearnHQ portal for a full listing of opportunities.


Ministry Updates...

Public Library Operating Grant/Pay Equity/First Nation Salary Supplement Grant - This grant application is completed through Transfer Payment Ontario or TPON (formerly Grants Ontario).  Use the Application Instructions to learn how to get to the application and use the Program Application Guidelines to learn how to complete the application form.  Questions? please contact Peggy Malcolm or Nancy Cooper(Peggy Malcolm's toll-free number is now 800-387-5765)  The deadline to submit is Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Typical Week Survey 2019 - The Ministry staff sent an e-mail to all library CEOs reminding all that the Typical Week Survey can be conducted during any week without a statutory holiday in October, November or early December.  The collected survey information is saved for use in Section G of the Annual Survey when it opens again in early 2020.

Public Library Statistics - Every year, the Ministry publishes the self-reported data provided through the Ontario Public Library Statistics program. Statistics from 1999 to 2018 are available for download from the Ministry’s statistics page or from the province’s Open Data websiteMinistry staff (Rod Sawyer  or Adam Haviarascan also create customized data runs for any library.

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

It’s award season and once again CELA has worked with some of the major literary award organizations to make accessible versions of the shortlisted titles available to Canadians with print disabilities.

All six shortlisted titles on the Scotiabank Giller prize are available in the
CELA collection. CELA also makes all the English shortlisted fiction and non-fiction titles available for the Governor General’s literary award and produces the winners in other categories once they are announced. Coming soon are the titles from the Roger’s Writer’s Trust Prize for Fiction. When promoting these titles in your library, on your website or on social media channels consider adding a note that accessible versions are available. Check the Awards page on the CELA website for more information and an up-to-date list of available titles.

Questions? Contact CELA Member Services at 1-855-655-2273 ext. 2 or
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