March 18, 2018

Musical Instruments Circulate in Canadian Public Libraries

Three days after the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) June 7 launch of its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, every instrument had been borrowed. Two months later, all remain checked out, with a waitlist as high as 70 for some.

World Series Sparks Twitter War Between New York, Kansas City Libraries

Feats of athleticism and a chance to bond over the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—looking at you, fellow Cubs fans—are great and all, but let’s face it: the most fun part of any sporting event is the chance to heckle your friends rooting for the opposing team. Need proof? Observe the latest round of Twitter Trash Talk between librarians in Kansas City and New York as the Royals and Mets face off in the World Series.

Vickery Bowles, Moving the Toronto Public Library into the Future

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.

Toronto Public Library Enters Alternate Reality (Gaming)

Every April, the Toronto Public Library (TPL) runs its Keep Toronto Reading program, a month-long celebration which includes a big community read of a single title. But this is the first year patrons will be able to enter, and interact with, the world of the chosen book.

Canadian-Controlled Ebook Infrastructure Project Progressing

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’s libraries would control “the storage and distribution of digital content, as well as…the management of lending agreements and transactions between public libraries, publishers and library patrons,” the organization has explained.

UPDATED: Toronto Library, Union Reach Deal

(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. […]

Toronto Library Closed by Strike

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 […]

Update: Toronto Library To Sell Ads

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.

Toronto Public Library Struggling to Cut Budget 10 Percent

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 […]