New Report on the Canadian Museum Sector

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  recently released its report on the state of Canadian museums, Moving Forward: Towards a Stronger Canadian Museum Sector. The Committee was asked to undertake a study to review the state of Canadian museums back in February 2016, with a focus on local and community museums (as opposed to the Read More…

LAC Announces 21 new NHDS Projects

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced the recipients of the latest round of funding from the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS). $1 million is being provided to support 21 projects by archives, libraries and documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada. The recipients of the Digitization Canadian Collection funding call were announced on October 16, 2018. Launched in Read More…

OCLC and CARL Partner to Discover Trends in Research Libraries

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the OCLC Research Library Partnership recently announced they will collaborate to discover the innovation trends and priorities in Canadian research libraries. Building on similar work with research libraries in UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, France, and Italy in 2017, a survey will be sent to Read More…

Working Together: Saskatchewan Libraries and other Information Providers

This discussion paper, released in 2005 and available via the Saskatchewan Libraries website. The paper discusses the benefits of the multi-type library board, and provides research on the impact of information services in Saskatchewan in terms of communities, culture and recreation, youth, health, rural life, and indigenous peoples. The paper concludes with a set of Read More…

Trudeau’s Mandate Letter to our New Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

On August 28, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau sent Canada’s new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, his Mandate Letter. Rodriguez replaces Mélanie Joly in this post. The Mandate Letter outlines Trudeau’s expectations for Rodriguez in his new role. In addition to the government’s commitment to grow Canada’s economy, strengthen the middle class Read More…

Markham Public Library Estimates Economic Impact at $82.6 million annually

Markham Public Library’s economic impact study for the year 2016 produced the following findings: Markham Public Library’s total economic impact is estimated at $82.6 million annually (2016$). Economic benefit per resident is $251.33 Economic benefit per household is $805 Every dollar invested in Markham PL generates $5.97 of value. Access the full study at the Read More…

OLS-North Releases the Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit

The Skills Development Team of Ontario Library Service – North  has released the Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit.  Developed specifically for the unique conditions of small, rural, remote and First Nation libraries, this project was a collaborative effort among OLS-N, Dryden, Kenora, Powassan and District, Rainy River, Temiskaming Shores, and Wikwemikong First Nation public libraries, and NORDIK Institute. The Read More…

Vaughan Public Libraries delivers approximately $315 of economic impact for every citizen

Vaughan Public Libraries’ economic impact study reveals that VPL delivers significant value to the citizens of Vaughan, Ontario: Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) provides tremendous economic impacton Vaughan citizens through the value derived from using the librarybranches’ services and resources. Statistics on library use are growingsteadily and demonstrate that VPL creates over $71 million in directbenefits Read More…

Hamilton Public Library generates $5.59 in value, for every $1 invested

In February 2018, Hamilton Public Library released “Discover HPL: Measuring the Impact of Hamilton Public Library“.  Based on data from 2016, key findings include: ROI: for every $1 invested in Hamilton PL, citizens receive $5.59 in economic benefits; that translates to $1,022 per active cardholder $301 per citizen $765 per household Hamilton PL generated a Read More…