OLBA WORKPLAN 2017-2020

 

THEME 1: Transforming Ideas into Solutions: Innovative thinking, Solutions, Relevancy

(OLA Strategy #3)

ISSUE ACTION  PRIORITY  WHEN WHO COMPLETED
 1.1
INNOVATION
1. Review best practices
2. Consult membership
2.0   November
2017
 Vice-President X
 1.2
EVALUATION
1. Conduct self evaluation
2. Conduct Program evaluation
3. Review and update Work Plan 
1.0 September
2017
President/
Appointed
Councillor
 
X 
 1.3
ORGANIZATION
OVERLOAD
1. Review overlap OLBA/SOLS/OLS North
2. Coordinate mandate activities
3. Provide Information for new Councillors
4. Have Quarterly updates on each organization
1.0  Ongoing  Education
Coordinator 
 

THEME 2: Collaborating to Extend Libraries' Strategic Voice, Advocacy, Community 

Influence (OLA Strategy #2)

ISSUE  ACTION  PRIORITY  WHEN  WHO  COMPLETED 
2.1 Board/
Government
Political
Support
1. Work with Municipalities to gain political support
2. Improve Municipal/Library relations
3. Provide examples of consistent messages to
Politicians, e.g. one clear message distributed weekly 
1.0  Ongoing  President/Council   
2.2 Benefits
of OLBA
Membership 
1. Expand OLBA Membership
2. Prepare talking notes on benefits of membership
3. Attend SOLS Meetings
4. Directly contact Potential members 
2.0  Biannually  ​Membership
​Coordinator/
​All 
 
2.3
Accreditation 
1. Encourage Boards to get Provincial accreditation
2. Review who is not accredited
3. Contact and pursuade
4. Input to evaluation criteria 
Low  2017 - Q3-4
2018 - Q1-4
2019 - Q1-4
 2020 - Q1-4 
Membership
Coordinator 
 
2.4 Rural,
Northern and 
Remote
Communities
1. Outreach to Northern Ontario and coordinate
logistics 
2.0  Ongoing as
needed 
President/Past
President/
Vice President/
Northern Reps 
 
2.5 Support
First Nations 
1. Assist with Governance in Indigenous Public
Libraries
2. Increase PL services to Indigenous Groups
3. Inventory of First Nations Libraries
4. Review initiatives already underway
5. Coordinate with FOPLA/OLA North 
2.0  Ongoing as
needed 
President   
2.6 Cultural
Strategy 
1. Support the Ontario Cultural Strategy
2. Consult Membership
3. Research One Card 
2.0  Ongoing  President   

THEME 3: Strengthening the Organization: People, Finance, Infrastructure

(OLA Strategy #3 and #5)

3.1
Advocacy
and
Information
Sharing 
1. Provide information on funding opportunities,
grants, programmes
2. Provide information on who to consult if there is a
problem
3. Lobby for increased Government support for
library buildings and infrastructure
4. Influence Government Policy
5. Keep Learn HQ up to date 
1.0  Ongoing  President   

THEME 4: Growing Career Paths and Potential

(OLA Strategy #1)

4.1 Board-
CEO
Relationships
1. Review Board/CEO relationships
2. Provide support for the CEO/relationships with
Boards and Municipalities
3. Outline clear mandates
4. Provide Awards
5. Organize Trustee Forums 
3.0  As Needed  Membership
Coordinator 
 
4.2 Board
Training 
1. Create Education Coordinator Position/Portfolio in
OLBA
2. Contribute to and attend Bootcamp/ Conference 
3.0  Completed
2017

Ongoing 
Super-Conference
Planner/All 
 
4.3
Networking
with Other
Groups/
Agencies 
1. Network with various organizations in your
community e.g. Economic Development, Chamber of
Commerce
2. Participate in AMO Conference, Rural and 
Northern Affairs, Provincial Ministries 
2.0  Ongoing  All