Updates and News

Support for Teacher Librarians in Elementary Schools in Ontario

TORONTO, ON (October 20, 2017): In celebration of Canadian School Library Day, October 23rd, the Ontario School Library Association applauds the recent resolution passed by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) calling on the Ontario Government to amend the education funding formula to specify proportional staffing of teacher-librarians based on student population, with a minimum allocation of a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) Teacher-Librarian in each work site.

Further, ETFO calls for a dedicated learning commons budget to ensure students and teachers have access to relevant physical and virtual resources.

"Parents are often unaware that in many parts of the province, students no longer have access to a comprehensive school library program," comments Kelly Maggirias, president, Ontario School Libraries Association. "A resourced and staffed school library is proven to increase reading comprehension, EQAO test scores, and digital information literacy skills. We are encouraged by ETFO's recognition of the need to return to properly resourced school libraries."

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2018 Forest of Reading® Nominated Titles Announced

TORONTO, ON (October 16, 2017) – Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce the English and French nominees for the 2018 Forest of Reading program, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.

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The Break Chosen as 2017 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Winner

TORONTO, ON (October 13, 2017) – After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Katherena Vermette’s The Break as the 2017 Evergreen Award winner.

A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Katherena Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.