On January 5 Vickery Bowles became Toronto’s newest city librarian. Bowles has been with the Toronto Public Library (TPL) for 32 years, most recently as director of collections management and citywide services, and will now oversee one of the world’s busiest library systems, with 99 (soon to be 100) branches, some 2,000 employees, and 10 million items in its collections.
The Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) is in the process of clarifying technical aspects of nine responses it received this month, after issuing a Request for Information (RFI) invitation to vendors concerning its Canadian public library ebook lending initiative. The goal is the development of an ebook infrastructure in which Canada‚Äôs libraries would control ‚Äúthe storage and distribution of digital content, as well as‚Ä¶the management of lending agreements and transactions between public libraries, publishers and library patrons,‚Äù the organization has explained.
(This story has updated to report that the deal was approved and to provide details of the agreement.) Toronto Public Library workers and the Toronto Library Board voted on March 29 on a tentative settlement, according to The Star. The contract was approved, according to CBC News, and workers returned to work the following morning. […]
This article has been edited to include comment from the union. The Toronto Public Library (TPL)’s workers are on strike, after four negotiation deadline extensions on March 18 failed to produce agreement. The union, TPLWU Local 4948, represents 2,300 workers, about half of whom are full time employees. “There are approximately 1800 FTEs,” Maureen O’Reilly, president […]
The Toronto Public Library (TPL) board decided to sell advertising in the library at its February 27 meeting. The board will hire a contractor to sell advertising on the backs of due-date slips, at no cost to the library, and a consultant for $10,000 to look for other in-library advertising opportunities.
By Michelle Lee The future of the Toronto Public Library’s operating hours and other services is up in the air as city officials require further cuts to the upcoming budget. The Toronto Public Library had to cut its $170 million operating budget by 10 percent, or $17 million, for the 2012 financial year, which starts […]