March 2014 Board Meeting Highlights

March 25, 2014 | Media Relations

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TORONTO (March 25, 2014) – The Toronto Public Library Board met on March 24 at the Toronto Reference Library. Key topics discussed include:

2014 Work Plan

The Board approved the library’s 2014 work plan that outlines activities that will advance priority areas and goals from the 2012 – 2015 strategic plan.

Major areas of focus in 2014 are outlined in the board report and include:

  • Expanding open hours
  • Offering more e-content
  • Supporting accessible collections
  • Continuing to strengthen children’s services
  • Increasing registration through targeted campaigns
  • Enhancing programs with linkages to world and City events
  • Creating responsive virtual services to meet the needs of mobile users and promote self-service
  • Launching two digital innovation hubs at Toronto Reference Library and Fort York and a plan for a third one at Scarborough Civic Centre

The Board added two tactics to the 2014 work plan: the development of an open data policy and a commitment to host an event that will engage Torontonians in developing digital public spaces.


Access to E-Content

An update on public library access to e-content highlights significant progress in the past year with much improved access to ebooks for public library customers. Many Canadian independent publishers make their content available, and all but one of the large multinational publishers make their content available on OverDrive.

However, some multinational publishers continue to impose terms such as unreasonably high prices. Publishers may also impose caps in use and/or time limits, a less significant issue for libraries. In response, the Board approved advocacy strategies that were executed in 2013 including direct communication with publishers and increased public awareness of e-content issues facing public libraries.

The Board will be seeking meetings with the Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport as well as the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages to advocate for public library access to e-content on fair and reasonable terms, explaining the impact this issue has on public libraries’ efforts to provide a wide range of e-content to their customers.


City Librarian Recruitment

City Librarian Jane Pyper tendered her resignation effective June 30, 2014. The Board thanked Jane for her service and established a process for the recruitment, selection and hiring of a new City Librarian.


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