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New Toronto library: great architecture, great view

“Toronto’s newest library, its 99th, is set to open in November. The Fort York Library, an unusual, modern building with what looks like a crazy tilted roof, offers a rare view of its namesake, Fort York. It’s a historic site we rarely see unless stalled in traffic high up on the Gardiner Expressway. The library, still under construction, rises up on the east side of the Bathurst Street bridge. It’s an elegant glass pavilion that will glow like a welcoming lantern at night. It’s such a presence that the neighbourhood of condominium towers and community housing has been named by the developer, Context, in its honour: the Library District.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto library study aims to put a dollar figure on their value

“The U of T’s Martin Prosperity In?stitute will tell Toronto, in dollar figures, the worth of its public library system. The economic impact study, a first of its kind in Canada, will be funded by the Toronto Public Library Foundation with contributions from TD Bank Group and the estate of Norman G. Hinton. No city money will be spent. Councillor Paul Ainslie, chair of library board, said the idea crystallized for him during 2013 budget debate as community groups used economic multipliers to demonstrate the wisdom of city funding.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto libraries reopen after 10-day strike

CBC News – “Torontos public library workers are back on the job after voting to approve a new contract on Thursday.CUPE Local 4948 president Maureen OReilly says the agreement reached between the union and the city is a victory for the union, which represents 2,300 library workers.”We convinced the board to give up their attack on quality jobs,” OReilly said.”

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Walkout to shut down Toronto public libraries

The Globe and Mail – “Toronto’s public libraries, one of the early areas of friction in Rob Ford’s drive to cut public spending, are now the scene of the first strike of the mayor’s 15-month-old administration. The city’s 98 library branches are expected to remain closed Monday while 2,300 employees begin picketing after a marathon round of negotiations during the weekend failed to resolve differences on job security for part-time staff.”

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Some Advice From the Guy Who Helped Save LA’s Libraries

Torontoist – “This year, Toronto Public Library narrowly avoided a 10 per cent budget cut that would have slashed about $17 million from its budget and forced it to reduce hours at branches citywide—but that was nothing. In 2010, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa handed Los Angeles Public Library a budget so severe that the system’s board couldn’t keep any of the city’s 73 libraries open more than five days a week, whereas in 2009, regional libraries were open all week, branches for six days.”

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Toronto libraries a step closer to striking

Globe & Mail – “Toronto is inching closer to a springtime strike, with the clock now ticking toward a work stoppage at the public library and talks with the city’s inside workers described as “slow.” The province issued a “no-board” report Thursday, meaning 2,300 library employees will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. March 18.”

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Should libraries be in the video business?

Toronto Star – “Allan Tong has a more particular reason than most for availing himself of DVDs distributed through the Toronto Public Library. The Toronto documentary filmmaker is leaving for Sierra Leone next week to make a film about amputee soccer players. As background, he recently borrowed a copy of Murderball, a 2005 documentary about wheelchair rugby. “If there’s something obscure that I need to watch, it helps me with my research,” he says, after returning the DVD to the St. Lawrence branch on Front St. E. Vested interest aside, Tong is nonplussed by recent comments from Toronto budget chief Mike Del Grande that the public library system should not be in the business of duplicating services available at video stores.”

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Is Tim Hortons a substitute for libraries? Toronto’s library board debates the hard questions

Open File – “It looks like November 22nd’s meeting of the Toronto Library Board was a doozy. One board member in particular—Stephen Dulmage, the guy who suggested closing more than a third of the City’s branches as a cost-saving measure—got a few choice remarks in, suggesting that people don’t need a warm place to read a book so long as there are Tim Hortons in the world.”

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‘Huge spike’ in e-book downloads at Toronto libraries

Toronto Star – “Downloads of e-books by Toronto Public Library users have increased nearly 400 per cent over the past year, according to the library’s data. “We’ve noticed a huge spike this year,” said Vickery Bowles, the library’s director of collections management. In May, readers accessed 21,736 e-books versus 5,629 in May, 2010, Bowles said.”

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