June 2016 Board Meeting Highlights

June 30, 2016 | Media Relations

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The Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board met on June 27, 2016 at the Toronto Reference Library. Key topics discussed include:

Capital Budget and Plan Submission

The Board approved the 2017-2026 capital budget plan and submission (PDF). The funding request of $212.12 million debt over the ten years balances TPL’s capital needs with the financial challenges faced by the City. It aligns with and supports City Council’s strategic plan and vision to make Toronto a centre of innovation and growth. The capital plan builds and maintains highly used and beautiful public space in every neighbourhood and leverages digital advances and technology to create smart and efficient services. By enhancing the physical accessibility of library branches and expanding digital access, the plan supports equitable access to library service for all.

2017 Operating Budget Outlook

A preliminary outlook (PDF) for the 2017 budget forecasts a net budget increase of $5.1 million, or 2.9%, required to maintain current service levels. A 2017 budget target has not yet been provided by the City.

Climate Change Risk Management

In response to a City Council request, the Board approved a new Climate Change Risk Management Policy (PDF) that establishes processes and controls for systemically identifying, assessing and taking action to mitigate risks arising from a changing climate and establishes organizational roles and responsibilities. The accompanying report (PDF) outlines measures TPL staff have already taken to support resilience to climate change, and also identifies issues that warrant further investigation.

Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials

Every year, TPL reports (PDF) on customer complaints and concerns about materials in the collection. Complaints and concerns are dealt with within the context of the Materials Selection Policy (PDF) and the principles of intellectual freedom. In 2015, there were a total of six complaints.

Strategic Plan

A semi-annual status report provided an update on key 2016 activities (PDF) of TPL’s 2016-2019 strategic plan: Expanding Access, Increasing Opportunity, Building Connections. Activities align with and support key City strategies including the Poverty Reduction Strategy and will result in service improvements in neighbourhoods across the city.

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Media Contact:

Ana-Maria Critchley, 416-393-7212, media@torontopubliclibrary.ca  

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