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Community Relations

Traditionally, community relations work has been about raising the profile of the library in the community so that more people understand the ways in which the library benefits the community. While this remains crucial work, leaders in the library sector have come to understand that community relations is also about engagement and relationship building, with individuals, groups and organizations. The public library plays an active role in collaborative efforts to improve community resilience and well-being. 

The learning opportunities listed below are designed to help library staff develop, improve, and maintain community relations. 

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: F16-6-NO

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    This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS, free of charge and on demand. It was recorded November  2016.


    "Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”

    - Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

    For over 100 years, Aboriginal children were removed from their families and communities and sent to church runstate funded residential schools. The schools were placed all over Canada with the express purpose to remove children from their families in order to eliminate parental and family involvement in the spiritual, cultural and intellectual development of their children. The last residential schools closed in the late 1990’s.
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was charged with the task of collecting the stories or statements of residential school survivors. During the course of the Commission’s mandate, over 6,200 statements were collected.  From here the Commission is mandated to protect and share these statements and foster healing and reconciliation within Canada.

    This webinar will provide an overview of the findings and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as provide concrete suggestions for those who are interested in being actively involved with reconciliation in their workplaces and communities.


    In order to prepare for this webinar, it is suggested that participants read the recommendations from the TRC Call to Action.

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-2

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    Speaker: Sam Coghlan (Retired, Stratford Public Library)

    Learning Objective: Advocacy in Town and County libraries

    This teleconference is a moderated discussions of the experiences of talented library leaders and practitioners to successfully advocate for their libraries in their communities.  Hear their war stories and strategies as well as their tips and tricks.

    This is a recorded teleconference, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 10, 2013.

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-4

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    Speaker: Ken Roberts (Retired, Hamilton Public Library)

    Learning Objective: Advocacy in Urban Libraries

    This teleconferences is a moderated discussion of the experiences of talented library leaders and practitioners to successfully advocate for their libraries in their communities.  Hear their war stories and strategies as well as their tips and tricks.

    This is a recorded teleconference, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded Nov 4th, 2013.

  • 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: FOPL-13-8

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    Panel: Stephen Abram, Host TBA

    Learning Objective: Small, Rural and County Libraries are different

    This teleconference is a moderated discussion of the experiences of talented library leaders and practitioners to successfully advocate for their libraries in their communities. Hear their war stories and strategies as well as their tips and tricks.

    Panelists:
    Mary Baxter, Georgina Public Library
    Cindy Weir, Owen Sound Public Library
    Claire Dionne, Russell Public Library
    Susan Downs, Innisfil Public Library
    Rona O'Banion King Township Public Library
    Jill Nicholson, Lincoln Public Library

    This is a recorded teleconference, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recored December 17th, 2013.