Advocacy News

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* New Advocacy Tool - Explaining School Library Funding in Ontario - October 2021

The Ministry of Education recognizes the vital importance of staffed school libraries to student success and provides all boards with funding for school library staff through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN). However, not all school administrators are aware of how school libraries are funded by the province.
 
Use this one-pager on School Library Funding in Ontario to help advocate for your school library.
 

* New Information Brief - Building Public Library Access for Migrant Fram Worker Community Members - October 2021

Nearly half a million migrant workers live and work in Canada each year, with thousands employed at Ontario farms and greenhouses. Public libraries have an important role to play in supporting migrant workers access services, information, and stay connected while in Canada.

Learn more about the challenges migrant workers face in accessing library services and how public libraries can adapt their services and outreach to meet the needs of migrant workers in their communities. Read the Info Brief here.

Letter to Directors of Education and School Board Trustee - August 2021

This week OSLA sent a letter to each of the 72 Directors of Education and School Board Trustee Chairs in Ontario to share information on the value of school libraries and school library staff.

 

Read the full letter: ” Including Library Learning Commons in 2021-22 Return to School Protocols (August 2021), in English and in French

Letter to Directors of Education and School Board Trustee - May 2021

This week OSLA sent a letter to each of the 72 Directors of Education and School Board Trustee Chairs in Ontario to share information on the value of school libraries and school library staff.
 

Read the full letter “School Libraries & the 2021-22 Grants for Student Needs (May 2021), in English and in French

OSLIP Report: Measuring the Information Literacy Skills Gap - May 2021

For many years, OLA members in School and Academic libraries have observed significant gaps in the information literacy skills of high school students transitioning to post-secondary education. To better understand these gaps and how to address them, OLA initiated the Ontario School Library Impact Project (OSLIP) in 2018 to investigate the impact of school libraries on the information literacy skills and abilities of students entering post-secondary education in Ontario.

After 2 years, the results are in.

Three Questions to Ask About Your Child's School Library - March 2021

Parents, you can help advocate for your child’s school library: Ask your child’s school principal or school board trustee these 3 questions:

  1. Does my child still have access to school library resources and to a qualified school library professional? How?
  2. Is a qualified school library professional responsible for selecting the books in my child’s school library?
  3. What is your plan for the school library next year?

2021 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission - February 2021

Working alongside our partners at the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), OLA is continuing advocacy for Ontario’s libraries.

This year’s OLA and FOPL joint submission to Ontario’s Pre-Budget consultation highlights the critical role that public and school libraries will continue to play as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery. 

Library and Information Employment – 2019 Survey of Recent Graduates - December 2020

In 2019, OLA initiated the our first ever Library and Information Sector Employment Survey. Surveying recent graduates of masters of library sciences and information technician programs in Ontario, this report provides a snapshot of employment trends in late 2019. By repeating this survey over time, we hope to better track employment trends over time and to better understand how our sector is evolving.

Letter to Directors of Education and School Board Trustee - December 2020

This week OSLA sent a letter to each of the 72 Directors of Education and School Board Trustee Chairs in Ontario to share information on the value of school libraries and school library staff.

 

Read the full letter “Invest in Student Success by Investing in the School Library,” in English and in French 

Survey on Ontario School Libraries – 2020-21 School Year (November 2020)

As school boards across the province began to release plans for the2020-21 school year, many decided to drastically reduce or eliminate their school library staffing,and limit or end access to school library materials. This survey was used to track the scope and scale of staffing reductions across the province

Read the full results: Survey on Ontario School Libraries – 2020-21 School Year (November 2020)

OLA and OSLA respond to the Toronto District School Board’s decision to repurpose all Elementary teacher-librarians - September 2020

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Ontario School Libraries Association (OSLA) are deeply concerned with the Toronto District School Board’s decision to repurpose all Elementary teacher-librarians.

Open Letter to Ontario School Board Associations and Ministry of Education - July 2020

On July 31, the Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) sent an open letter to the Ontario School Board Associations and Ministry of Education regarding the importance of school library staff to supporting students adapt and succeed in the unprecedented 2020-21 school year.

Letter to Directors of Education and School Board Trustee - July 2020

As school boards across the province are planning for different scenarios this fall, the Ontario School Library Association wants to ensure that school libraries are part of the consideration.

This week OSLA sent a letter to each of the 72 Directors of Education and School Board Trustee Chairs in Ontario to share information on the value of school libraries and school library staff.

Public Library Response to COVID-19 (April 2020)

This survey report summarizes Ontario Public Libraries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.

School Library Response to COVID-19 (April 2020)

In March 2020, schools across the province moved overnight to virtual learning. This slide-deck highlights how school libraries are supporting teachers and students with remote learning, even while their physical doors were closed. 

Read the full survey results: School Library Response to COVID-19 (April 2020)

Joint OLA and FOPL Ontario Budget Submission - January 2020

The Ontario Library Association, with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) has submitted recommendations as part of the Ontario’s 2020 Pre-Budget consultation process. In addition to our strong recommendation to maintain existing funding for Ontario’s public libraries, OLA & FOPL are recommending further investment that will make sure that all people in Ontario – no matter where they live – continue to have access to modern, cost-effective resources and services through their local public libraries. 

OSLA Ontario Budget Submission - January 2020

This year, OSLA prepared and submitted a letter directly to the Pre-Budget consultations. OSLA continues to raise its concern over the increasingly urgent state of school libraries and library staff in Ontario. OSLA’s submission reiterates its long-standing recommendation to enhance the accountability and transparency by mandating that the funds currently allocated by the Ministry of Education to school boards for school libraries and library staff are spent on these priorities.

Open letter to the Minister of Education from OSLA Council - November 2019

The Ontario School Library Association remains focused on advocating for predictable and stable funding for school libraries. Here is our recent correspondence with the Minister of Education.