February 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

February 18, 2015 | Media Relations

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The Toronto Public Library Board met on February 17, 2015 at the Toronto Reference Library. Key topics discussed include:

Election of Chair and Vice Chair

Ron Carinci was elected to Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board. Mr. Carinci is chief operating officer at Urbacon and previously served as senior counsel at the law firm of Lang Michener LLP. This is his first term on the Toronto Public Library Board.

Lindsay Colley was elected to the position of Vice Chair. Ms Colley is a Director at the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB), and this is her second term on the Board.

It was the first meeting for newly appointed citizen Board members Sue Graham-Nutter, Dianne LeBreton, Strahan McCarten, Archana Shah and Eva Svec .

Public Consultation on 2015 Budget

As part of the City of Toronto's 2015 operating budget process, the Toronto Public Library Board invited input and feedback on its operating budget request (PDF) through four public consultation sessions and an online survey from February 2 to 10, 2015.A presentation (PDF) summarized public consultation findings. Overall, the Board’s recommended operating budget was well received and the public showed strong support for a full range of library services. Survey results and input received at meetings will be used to help with service planning and delivery.

The City of Toronto's Budget Committee is reviewing recommended 2015 budgets during the month of February. The Executive Committee will consider the budgets on March 2, 2015, followed by City Council on March 10 and 11, 2015.

Display and distribution policy

The Board approved policy revisions (PDF) to the Display and Distribution of Information for the Public policy. The policy was reviewed with the goal of providing better guidance and greater clarity for staff and for outside organizations and individuals requesting that their materials be displayed in library branches, and to ensure the policy aligns with the advertising policy.


Library staff gave presentations to inform Board members about two library initiatives: Freedom City, the current exhibit at the TD Gallery on the first floor of the Reference Library, as well as

Toronto in Literature: Neighbourhood Book Lists, a list of books that take place in Toronto neighbourhoods, compiled by library staff.


Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.


Media Contact:

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