Library Day at Queen's Park
Every two years, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), organize Library Day at Queen's Park.
is an opportunity for Ontario's library leaders to meet with Ministers, MPPs and Policy makers to use a shared voice advocate on behalf of Ontario's Libraries.
On November 23rd, 2017, we were thrilled to meet with a total of 19 MPPs, Ministers and Policy Advisors. Our messaging focused on the role that public and school libraries play as resources for empowering positive change in education, poverty reduction and economic development. We also highlighted the need for sustainable, predictable, and flexible funding to play for and deliver real impacts in communities.
Our conversations and engagement also took place online, using the hashtag #ILoveONLibraries (see our Twitter story here!
The next Library Day will be held in 2019.
Additional Resources OLA's 2018 Pre-budget Submission
Building on the success of Library Day at Queen's Park, OLA and FOPL have put together a joint 2018 Pre-Budget Submission
. This submission focuses on three funding priorities
that are essential for ensuring a modern, sustainable library sector in Ontario.
- Provide sustainable, predictable funding for all public and First Nations libraries across Ontario by increasing annual funding from $33 million to $50 million - an increase of $17 million in annual funding.
- Dedicate $25 million in new, annual funding for the development and implementation of Ontario's Digital Library.
- Mandate the use of funding allocated by the Ministry of Education for school libraries and teacher-librarians for its intended purpose. This will inject an estimated $100 million in annual funding to school libraries across Ontario without requiring any new provincial funding, while ensuring that school libraries get their fair share.
With the help of our government relations team, Counsel Public Affairs, we have been busy meeting with government Ministries, Policy Advisors and MPP's to gain support for this Budget Submission.
Our members have also been working hard to extend OLA's Advocacy efforts across Ontario communities, sharing this Pre-Budget Submission with their local MPP's to help gain support for our ask.