Annual First Nations Public Library Conference - 2002

Raymond Mason (Keewaywin e-Centre Manager), Dale Jack (North Spirit Lake Computer Technician) and Brian Beaton (K-Net Services Coordinator) attended this year’s Ontario Library Services North (OLSN) conference for First Nation libraries. Information about the conference and the different sessions can be found at the Ontario Library Services North web site. The Ministry of Culture is conducting a series of focus sessions to identify the needs and priorities for First Nations public libraries in Ontario. The Tuesday afternoon session provided everyone with the background information about the opportunities and support services available for First Nation Public Libraries. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) presented several position papers as possible options for developing new libraries and services in First Nations. Wednesday sessions included: * The “New” Ontario Library Services North - its vision and support services * The Library's Contribution to Your Community * Marketing Strategies, Web-page Design and Brochures * The Importance of Partnerships * Library Advocacy Now * Success Stories, Panel Discussions The Annual conference is an opportunity for everyone working with First Nation libraries to come together to share experiences and learn about new opportunities. Setting up a public library in each First Nation provides community members with many new sources of information and support. A strong network of committed librarians are working with their community leadership to bring these new resources to First Nations across Ontario. Watch the K-Net photo gallery for Dale's pictures of this conference.