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Understanding Ontario's public libraries

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  1. 1. Overview
  2. 2. Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8 Local libraries are Ontario’s most cost-effective institutions. In the past ten years Ontario’s public libraries have experienced: • A 66% growth in program attendance • Grown program numbers by 83% Public libraries are essential to people and families across Ontario
  3. 3. Source: MarketProbe Canada Report Ontarians depend on their local public libraries The average Ontario public library cardholder visits their local public library in person 8.9 times each year, with up to 2-3 times as many online and digital visits – with the latter highest in small and rural communities.
  4. 4. Public libraries deliver a big return on investment – in communities large and small Library Year Return on $1 Invested Toronto Public Library 2013 $5.63 Halton Hills Public Library 2014 $3.96 Milton Public Library 2014 $5.67 Pickering Public Library 2014 $5.85 Stratford Public Library 2015 $5.63 Sault Ste. Marie Public Library 2015 $2.36 Kawartha Lakes Public Library 2015 $7.05 London Public Library 2015 $6.68 Ottawa Public Library 2016 $5.17 Newmarket Public Library 2016 $7.85 Burlington Public Library 2017 $5.64 Hamilton Public Library 2017 $5.59 Vaughan Public Library 2017 $5.57 AVERAGE $5.59 Source: FOPL List of Studies: https://bit.ly/2K0mu0z Public libraries deliver a big return on investment
  5. 5. Source: FOPL List of Studies: https://bit.ly/2K0mu0z Over 2 dozen Ontario, local economic, impact studies of public libraries in Ontario shows an average $5.41 for every dollar invested by the community. This is a very conservative ROI calculation on economic impact alone. If you include social ROI this is much higher. Public libraries have an important economic impact in Ontario Public libraries deliver a big return on investment – in communities large and small
  6. 6. Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  7. 7. Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  8. 8. Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  9. 9. TeensTeens Moms Kids 55+ Readers & Creators Families Who Uses Public Libraries? Students Adults 20, 30, & 40 Something s Homeless LGBT Poor Parents Voters Businesses Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!
  10. 10. Local/community
  11. 11. Public libraries are local Ontarians make 200 million visits to their local public libraries in 2017. And that number continues to go up, both in-person and online. Libraries deliver a big return on investment – in communities large and small. Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8 Public libraries deliver a big return on investment – in communities large and small
  12. 12. Jobs/low income
  13. 13. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Public libraries support Ontario businesses A 2018 Nordicity study found that, just our computer users reported that 26% of them were using the library to start, manage, or grow their businesses. Public libraries drive and sustain economic development, especially in smaller towns and rural communities.
  14. 14. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Public libraries help Ontarians find jobs A 2018 Nordicity study found that, just our users reported that 45% of them who used the library technologies found jobs successfully.
  15. 15. A 2018 Nordicity study found that, 63% of respondents reporting using technology at the public library identified as low income. Low income Ontarians rely on public libraries for a number of different resources, such as accessing government services and participating in job training. Public libraries are a vital resource for low income Ontarians Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08
  16. 16. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 A 2018 Nordicity study found that, just our computer users reported that 45% of them were using the library technologies to develop employable skills. The study also found that our computer users reported that 36% of them were using the library technologies to develop job search skills. Public libraries help Ontarians find jobs
  17. 17. Community connectedness
  18. 18. Source: Market Probe Canada Report Public Libraries Are Important to 55plus 72% of 55+ residents say the underfunding the public library would have a major impact on their lives.
  19. 19. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Public libraries are keeping communities connected A 2018 Nordicity study found that our computer users reported that 81% of them were using the library technologies experienced an increased level of social engagement. Ontario’s public libraries reporting having over 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to lend! Many lend tablets, e-readers, and laptops too.
  20. 20. Public libraries are social and keep communities informed Public libraries love social media. Follow your local library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more! To learn about programs, courses, events, and new content. Ontario’s public libraries are growing beyond 25 million social media visits.
  21. 21. Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8 Public libraries create volunteer opportunities Public Libraries engage over 14,500 volunteers, students, co-op students, and interns every year.
  22. 22. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 A 2018 Nordicity study found that, 44% of respondents reporting using technology at the public library were introduced to a new technology. 52% of those introduced to a new technology were over age 55. The study also found that, 68% of respondents reporting using technology at the public library were over age 55. Public libraries support Ontario’s seniors
  23. 23. A 2018 Nordicity study found that, 63% of respondents reporting using technology at the public library identified as low income. Public Libraries Support Poverty Reduction Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08
  24. 24. Public Libraries Visit the Homebound In 2017 Ontario’s Public Libraries made 60,000 visits to homebound cardholders (and more at daycares, hospitals, and nursing homes)! Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  25. 25. Youth
  26. 26. 51.3% of Ontario libraries reported having a makerspace at their library – including 50% of libraries serving fewer than 5,000 people. With more libraries incorporating makerspace programming, OPLA has reason to believe this number has increased further since original data was collected. The most recent 2017 data shows that between 29% and 89% (depending on population size) of public libraries have maker spaces! Public libraries are helping Ontario teens learn STEM skills Source: OPLA Teen Services Report: https://bit.ly/2RT5coz
  27. 27. Source: School Libraries Reports: https://bit.ly/2K0mu0z Our storytimes, summer reading programs and the Forest of Trees program have proven positive impacts on reading skills, school readiness, and standardized testing scores. Teen engagement at public libraries is on the rise, with opportunities for teens in communities big and small to be involved in the library by participating in teen advisory groups, strategic planning, maker spaces, and advising on physical teen space. Public libraries remain a significant source for teen volunteer opportunities, with 93% of public libraries offering opportunities for teens to volunteer towards their OSSD volunteer hour requirements. Circulation of children’s materials make up 24% of overall circulation, while children’s budgets only make up 17% of overall spending, indicating that libraries get more value from children’s materials. The percentage of library staff in Child Services is highest (23%) in communities with populations in the 15,000 to under 50,000 category. Public libraries are helping Ontario’s children and youth succeed at school
  28. 28. Technology
  29. 29. Public libraries are community partners Public libraries are an important community partner, with libraries reporting more partnerships with diverse community agencies in support of effective teen services. Now, 82% of libraries are partnering with local schools and 50% are partnering with social services agencies. Source: OPLA Teen Services Report: https://bit.ly/2RT5coz
  30. 30. Keeping with tradition Ontario’s public libraries circulated over 125 million print books in 2017. Following trends we ensure that E-books are also available for card members. Other public benefit sectors look to public libraries in Ontario for models for adapting well to dynamic change. We’re growing and thriving. Ontario public libraries are where tradition meets innovation Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  31. 31. Most Ontario Public Libraries offer 3D printing but there’s more – photo and video editing, woodworking, knitting, and a limitless range of creative programs. Public libraries help Ontarians make and create Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  32. 32. In 2017 over 223,000 Ontarians took e-courses through the library’s website. Public libraries support e-learning Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  33. 33. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Public libraries are supporting innovation in Ontario A 2018 Nordicity study found that 41% of our technology users used the library technologies to make creative products.
  34. 34. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Public libraries lend e-books An average public library in Ontario has over 30,000 e-books to lend.
  35. 35. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Ontario’s public libraries are innovative institutions Ontario public libraries provide databases that are higher quality than Google, all together we subscribe to over 5,600 high quality databases.
  36. 36. Source: Market Probe Canada Report Public libraries are important to Ontarians 72% of age 55+ residents say the underfunding the public library would have a major impact on their lives. Public Libraries run every type of event for every interest, we offer crafts, travelogues, technology, book clubs, knit and natter, and so much more.
  37. 37. Source: Market Probe Canada Report Public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading. By providing free access to materials and resources, the public library plays an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. Having a public library improves the quality of life in a community. Libraries are essential to people and families across Ontario
  38. 38. 51.3% of Ontario libraries reported having a makerspace at their library – including 50% of libraries serving fewer than 5,000 people. With more libraries incorporating makerspace programming, libraries have stepped up to the plate in delivering fun STEAM experiences and programs. How do Public Libraries Support Teen STEAM Ontario? Source: OPLA Teen Services Report: https://bit.ly/2RT5coz
  39. 39. Public Libraries Lend Wi-Fi Just about ALL public library branches have free Wi-Fi in Ontario. Ontario’s public libraries report having over 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to lend too! Many lend tablets, e- readers, and laptops too.
  40. 40. Future job success depends on STEAM 9science, technology, engineering, arts & math) The most recent 2017 data shows that, by population size, between 29% and 89% of public libraries have maker spaces and that’s growing! Public Libraries Do Maker & STEAM Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8
  41. 41. Public Libraries Do Digital We’re on the forefront of providing e-books, e-magazines, audiobooks, and streaming media!
  42. 42. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Public Libraries Adapt to the 21st Century Other public benefit sectors look to public libraries in Ontario for models for adapting well to dynamic change. We’re growing and thriving.
  43. 43. ROLE
  44. 44. Public Library Programs are too diverse to list! Public Libraries run every type of event for every interest. Crafts, travelogues, technology, book clubs, Knit & Natter, and thousands more!
  45. 45. Does the Ontario Governmen t support Public Libraries in Ontario? The province of Ontario provides less than 1/100 of a single cent per day per capita to ALL libraries in Ontario and hasn’t raised that in 22 years
  46. 46. Source: Market Probe Canada Report Poll Results: Top 3 • Public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading • By providing free access to materials and resources, the public library plays an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed • Having a public library improves the quality of life in a community The People Know the Role of Their Library
  47. 47. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 The People Want More! They’re asking for MORE: Programs that allow people to try out the newest tech devices or applications, such as 3D printers or laser cutters; Library kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself; personalized online accounts that give you recommendations based on your past library activity; cell phone apps that allows you to access library services from your mobile phone; online research services where you could pose questions and get responses from librarians; cell phone apps that helps you locate material easily in the library using GPS; E-book readers already loaded with the book you want to read; Instruction on how to use handheld reading devices and tablets; Classes on how to download library e-books to handheld devices; A digital media lab where you could create and upload new digital content like your own movies or e-books . . . Just More!
  48. 48. Source: MarketProbe Canada Report Ontarians Vote with the Library Cards! The average Ontario public library cardholder visits their local public library in person 8.9 times each year, with up to 2-3 times as many online & digital visits – with the latter highest in small and rural communities.
  49. 49. Source: Nordicity’s BRIDGE Report: https://bit.ly/2z6bP08 Source: 2018 FOPL Data Reports: https://bit.ly/2DDewd8

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