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Building Bridges – Ontario Government and the Public Library Sector OLA 2012 Super Conference February 2, 2012 Peter Armstrong, Director of Culture Programs and Services Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Value of Libraries: Statistical Highlights.

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Building Bridges – Ontario Government and the Public Library Sector

OLA 2012 Super Conference

February 2, 2012

Peter Armstrong, Director of Culture Programs and Services

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport


The value of libraries statistical highlights
The Value of Libraries: Statistical Highlights Library Sector

  • Province-wide access to public libraries:

  • Over 12.9 million people or 98.82% of the population served

  • 1,085 service points across the province

  • 265 library boards that serve 427 organized municipalities, and 48 First Nations

  • Ontario’s Public Library system is well used and boasts:

  • Over 5 million active cardholders

  • Over 72 million in person library visits

  • Over 29 million in-library materials use

  • Over 152 thousand programs attended by over 3 million people

  • Almost 128 million in direct circulation

  • Almost 9 million standard and electronic reference transactions

  • Holdings:

  • Over 32 million circulating volumes held

  • Almost 17.7 million circulating titles held

  • 10,474 public computer work stations, of which 8,430 have internet access

  • 1,396 full-time professional librarians, 534 library technicians, 4,610 other paid staff

  • 15,505 volunteers


Support for libraries
Support for Libraries Library Sector

  • 2011-12 MTCS Investments:

  • $28 M in on-going annual funding

  • Public Library Operating Grants $18.7M

  • Ontario Library Service Agencies $4.4 M

  • Ontario Library Association (OLA) $35,800

  • Pay equity funding for public libraries $2 M

  • Connectivity $660,000

  • Virtual Reference Library $1.4M

  • Cultural Strategic Investment Fund

  • From 2010 to 2012, 26 libraries received a total

    of $588,732

    Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

  • To date in 2011-12, OTF has invested

    $342,000 in library initiatives across the

    province.


The power of libraries building bridges
The Power of Libraries: Building Bridges Library Sector

  • Programs

  • Early literacy

  • Newcomer focus

  • Business development and career assistance

  • Technology, social media and computer literacy

  • Adult learning

  • Partners

  • Community museums

  • Art galleries

  • Municipal Cultural Planning partnerships

  • School boards and local schools

  • Government ministries and agencies

  • Heritage organizations


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