Updates and News
Budget Talks: Ontarians show overwhelming support for libraries, with 2,764 votes for Budget Talks
OLA partnered with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) to propose support for technological infrastructure for rural, Indigenous and remote libraries in Ontario. Thanks to the overwhelming support of our members and Ontarians, this idea received 2,764 votes and will be a part of the 2017 Ontario Budget. Our submission was one of 400 total entries and 17 finalists.
The Province is investing to improve digital services in 45 provincially funded First Nation Public Libraries as well as 165 rural and 82 remote public libraries to better connect people to web-based information and opportunities. Depending on local needs, investments could provide Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs, hardware and software resources, and technology-focused training opportunities.
Read more about Budget Talks
Winner of 2017 Forest of Reading® Golden Oak Award™ announced
TORONTO, ON (June 1, 2017) – After weeks of voting, Ontarians have decided: Missing Nimâmâ by Melanie Florence, illustrated by François Thisdale, has won the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award.
See the full news release here
Nominated Titles for 2017 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Announced
TORONTO, ON (February 2, 2017) – The Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading program is excited to present this year’s nominees for its adult reading program, the Evergreen Award. “The Evergreen list shines a light on the diversity of Canadian voices,” says Kathryn Lee, Chair, the Evergreen Award Steering and Selection Committee. “When choosing titles for the list, the selection committee looks for engaging, compelling fiction and non-fiction stories that will appeal to a wide audience. This year’s list has a book for every person.”
See the full list here.
Ontario Library Association Announces 2017 Board of Directors
TORONTO, ON (January 19, 2017): The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is thrilled to announce the 2017 OLA Board of Directors.
OLA consists of six divisions that represent the diversity of the library and information community. The OLA Board consists of an executive committee, as well as presidents and vice presidents who represent each division. Members of the OLA Board will be introduced at the OLA Super Conference in Toronto on February 2.
The Ontario Library Association Announces 2017 Award Recipients
TORONTO, ON (January 19, 2017): The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is thrilled to recognize several individuals and organizations that have greatly contributed to Ontario’s libraries. From library advocacy to program development, the recipients of OLA’s 2017 awards have supported school, academic and public libraries with outstanding service to their communities.
Awards will be presented to recipients during the annual OLA Super Conference, held from
Feb. 1 to 4, 2017.
See the full list of award recipients here.