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Municipal Relations

While the Public Libraries Act makes public library boards independent corporations, the reality is that library boards are entirely dependent upon their municipality for funding. This paradox makes the governance and management of public libraries complex, requiring diplomacy, collaboration skills and political savvy on the part of the CEO and the library board. A respectful, collaborative relationship with the municipality is crucial to the success of the library.

The learning opportunities listed below are designed to help library staff and leaders manage this relationship.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-1

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    Instructor: Cheryl Stenström, PhD

    Understand key concepts in the advocacy process such as influence, persuasion marketing, promotion, lobbying and networking. Learn more about the highlights of the most recent research from Cheryl Stenström from her recent doctoral research where she studied the factors (internal and external) that influenced Canadian politicians and civil servants when making funding decisions about public libraries.

    This is a recorded webinar, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, available free of charge, on demand.

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-3

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    Continue to examine applications of influence in a variety of settings, local, provincial, and national. How do you identify stakeholders in your local setting? What are the key strategies you need to know and what is a good framework for action over the longer term? Cheryl Stenström shares her insights and completes this two-part foundation for exploring influencing and advocacy strategies for Ontario public libraries.

    This is a recorded webinar, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 25th, 2015

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-6

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    Panel: Stephen Abram, host

    Learning Objective: Advocacy and Engagement at Burlington Public Library

    This webinar discusses the great outreach advocacy at Burlington Public Library where staff and trustees delivered dozens of targeted presentations to community groups.

    Speakers:

    Maureen Barry, CEO, Burlington Public Library

    Kerry Langford, Trustee, Burlington Public Library

    This is a recorded webinar, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded Nov 27, 2013.

  • Course Code: SD40

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    This course provides an overview of the organization and structure of municipalities in Ontario and examines how public libraries fit into the overall municipal structure.