May 26, 2022

Toronto Public Library Reopens After 10 Day Strike

From the CBC: Toronto’s public library workers are back on the job after voting to approve a new contract on Thursday. CUPE Local 4948 president Maureen O’Reilly says the agreement reached between the union and the city is a victory for the union, which represents 2,300 library workers. [Clip] O’Reilly said other key components of […]

Library Board Reaches Tentative Agreement with Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948

From a TPL Blog Post: The Toronto Public Library Board reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948, which represents the library’s 2,300 library workers. Once the agreement has been ratified by both the Local 4948 membership and by the Toronto Public Library Board, library services will resume. See Also: […]

Striking Toronto Public Library Workers Hold Read-In Rally

The strike is now in its second week. Librarians, Authors Join Forces at Read-In (via Torontoist) “Cheerful rage” may be an oxymoron, but that’s probably the best way of describing the mood at the “read-in” and rally—organized by the striking librarians’ union, CUPE Local 4948—that took place in front of the Toronto Reference Library on […]

Roundup: Toronto Public Library Workers Go On Strike

The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world. (Fast Facts About TPL) More than 2300 library workers belong to the union. Statements From the Toronto Public Library Workers Union: Toronto Public Library Workers call strike after Library Board fails to offer fair deal (via TPLWU) TPLWU 4948 on Twitter From […]

Toronto Public Library Approves Plan to Begin Selling Advertisements, First Up Will Be Ads on Due-Date Slips

UPDATE: The plan that’s described in the post and primary document below was approved last night (February 27, 2012) by the Toronto Public Library Board. via Torontoist: At its meeting tonight, the TPL board will consider a proposal to create an advertising policy for Toronto’s libraries. The reason such a policy doesn’t already exist is […]

Toronto: World's Busiest Urban Public Library System Gets Busier

From The Globe and Mail: As city councillors spend the next week mulling reductions to branch hours, libraries across the city have just tallied up their busiest year ever New user stats released to the Globe and Mail show that the Toronto Public Library system circulated 33 million books, e-books, DVDs and other items in […]

Preprint: Article: "How Users Search the Library From a Single Search Box"

Title: “How Users Search the Library From a Single Search Box” Authors: Cory Lown, Tito Sierra, and Josh Boyer Affiliation: North Carolina St. University (All Authors) Source: College and Research Libraries Abstract Academic libraries are turning increasingly to unified search solutions to simplify search and discovery of library resources. Unfortunately, very little research has been […]

Toronto Public Library Must Trim $7-Million More For 10% Cut

Note: The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world. From The Globe and Mail: The city’s budget committee will impose a 10 per cent cut on Toronto’s libraries despite continued protests that it can’t be done without slashing hours. During a rancorous budget committee meeting on Monday, Budget Chief Mike […]

Toronto Library Board Rejects Mayor’s Demand for 10% Budget Cut

From the The Globe and Mail: Toronto’s library board has voted to reject Rob Ford’s demand for a 10 per cent cut, marking a clear split between the mayor and the board he chose to head one of the city’s largest agencies. In an 8-5 decision, directors thwarted a proposal from board chair Councillor Paul […]

Cuts to Service, New Fines Proposed to Slash Toronto Library Budget

The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world and the largest public library system in Canada (98 branches). From The Globe and Mail: Facing demands from Mayor Rob Ford to slash a further 4.3 per cent from her budget, Toronto’s chief librarian is proposing new fines and a slate of […]