Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario

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Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario

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      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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      Added Apr/12.




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