Fonds F 4605 - Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario fonds

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Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario fonds

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    CA ON00009 F 4605

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    • [ca. 1981]-2006 (Creation)

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    12 centimetres of textual records

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    Administrative history

    The Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario was founded to address the concerns of the two-thirds of Ontario's libraries serving rural and hinterland communities.

    The history of Ontario's library associations consists of numerous organizations created to address the interests of each sector of the profession. Along with those bodies dealing with the concerns of medical, technical, academic, Francophone, and Aboriginal libraries, there were several province-wide organizations made up of the boards of large- and medium-sized institutions. In the early 1980's, out of this mix came the Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario which was founded to address the concerns of the libraries serving Ontario's rural and hinterland communities.

    During the next three decades, the Association often left the political lobbying on behalf of libraries to the larger professional organizations while focusing on the concerns of the small, often resource-poor, local libraries. This included such issues as achieving pay equity, the introduction of computers and micrographics, staff certification and specialization, and faltering municipal funding in the face of increased public demand.

    With the founding of the larger and more integrated Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, many of the Association's members also joined the organization's small and medium size libraries caucus. Given that the two bodies were serving the same set of libraries, the Association voted in 2004 to dissolve as an independent body and merged with the Federation.

    During 2005, the executive wound down the Association's activities and dispersed the monies remaining in their bank accounts to the membership. In June 2006, the Association's CEO formally turned the records over to the custody of the Administrative Assistant of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.

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    Fonds consists of the records of the Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario; these were primarily collected or acquired by executive members on the Association's board. The files contain mainly executive agendas, minutes, membership lists, and correspondence covering a wide array of administrative duties and issues of concern to Ontario's small libraries.

    For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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    Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.


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        Access to these records is not restricted.

        Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

        Copyright was passed to the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries upon the Association's dissolution and was transferred to the Archives by the Federation. The fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist through the Reference Desk. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use these records for purposes other than for research and private study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.

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        For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

        Associated materials

        See also F 1195 (Ontario Library Association fonds).

        Amongst government records, see RG 2-230 (Public Library Boards correspondence files), and RG 2-306 (Public Library Boards grant application files) in the Ministry of Education records and RG 47-123 (Correspondence of the Ontario Library Service), and RG 47-72 (Regional public library boards records) under the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture.

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