September 24, 2021

Toronto Star: "Should Libraries Be in the Video Business?"

From Vit Wagner’s Toronto Star Article: The Toronto Public Library established its film library in 1947 — 32 years after it had started making recorded music available to its members. “We’ve been in these businesses for a long time,” says chief librarian Jane Pyper. “They are rooted in long historical principles.” Two principles, chiefly. One […]

Canada: Toronto Library Board Leaves Room for More Staff Cuts

From Quill and Quire: At a meeting that stretched over five hours and saw more than 100 community members in overflow seating, the library board discussed its options for attaining a 4.3 per cent cut to its 2012 operating budget in order to reach the 10 per cent total reduction demanded by Mayor Rob Ford. […]

Public Libraries: Toronto Libraries Find Ways to Make Money

From Cash-strapped Toronto libraries are considering teaming up with a retailer to sell books through their website, as well as, lend them out through their branches. That is one of the money-making proposals which will be debated at the Library Board’s meeting next week. Board members will also consider more than doubling the overdue […]

Audio: Public Libraries: "Whither the Library" (Toronto Public Library)

From the CBC: The City of Toronto is facing down a serious budget shortfall. And as city council looks for places to cut, councilor Doug Ford, the brother of Mayor Rob Ford, started counting library branches. Today we look at the debate over balancing the books by closing libraries. Read Transcript/Listen to the CBC’s Current […]