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An interview with President Maureen O’Reilly, one of five winners of the Min Sook Lee award for the Our Public Library Animation.

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Manek, Haseena. “Women of Labour and the Arts”
     Our Times, March-April, 2015.

Nickle, David. “Budget compromise means nine
Toronto libraries will still have access
to security guards despite cuts.” Inside
     Toronto, January 27, 2015.

The Toronto Public Library is noted as one of the
organizations that produce leadership in the city.

Broadbent, Alan. “The Many Faces of Leadership
     in a Thriving City: A Rethink of the Toronto 
     Narrative.” IMFG Perspectives No. 8/2014  

Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance
http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/imfg

An examination into the status and future of
Canada’s Libraries and Archives

Demers, Patricia (chair), Guylaine Beaudry, 
     Pamela Bjornson, Michael Carroll, Carol
     Couture, Charlotte Gray, Judith Hare,
     Ernie Ingles, Eric Ketelaar, Gerald 
     McMaster, Ken Roberts. (2014). Expert 
     Panel Report on The Future Now:
     Canada’s Libraries, Archives, and Public 
     Memory. Royal Society of Canada, Ottawa.
     ISBN: 978-1-928140-01-6

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) was 
established under an Act of Parliament in
1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of 
distinguished scholars, artists and scientists.

http://www.rsc-src.ca/

A report on Toronto’s financial health. Includes
a recommendation to develop revenue sources.

Slack, Enid, and Andre Cote. “Is Toronto Fiscally
     Healthy?: A Check-up on the City’s Finances.”
     IMFG Perspectives No. 7/2014.

Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance
http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/imfg

Toronto Foundation. Toronto’s Vital Signs
Report 2014, 2014.

The Toronto Foundation
The Foundation partners with many researchers
to produce the Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report.
The Report is compiled from current statistics
and studies, identifying progress we should be
proud of and challenges that need to be
addressed. It is a consolidated snapshot of
the trends and issues affecting the quality of
life in our city and each of the interconnected
issue areas is critical to the wellbeing of
Toronto and its residents.

www.torontofoundation.ca

Toronto Region Board of Trade. Closing The
     Prosperity Gap: Solutions for a More Liveable
     City Region, 2014

Toronto Region Board of Trade
Founded in 1845, the Toronto Region Board of
Trade is the chamber of commerce for
Canada’s largest urban centre, connecting more
than 12,000 members and 250,000 business
professionals and influencers throughout the
Toronto region.

http://www.bot.com/Pages/default.aspx

An examination of precarious work in Toronto,
an issue very important to library workers.

Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern
     Ontario (PEPSO)research group. It’s More
     than Poverty: Employment Precarity and
     Household Well-being, February 2013.

Nickle, David. “Proposed budget cut for Toronto
library security guards under fire by union.”
 Inside Toronto, November 28, 2014.

Climenhaga, David J. “Why libraries – and library
users – need librarians and other library workers
to be union members.” rabble.ca,
November 14, 2014.

A profile of Toronto Public Library Workers as
precarious workers.

Khosla, Prabha. “Changing lives, claiming
power: The Toronto Public Library Workers
Union (TPLWU) CUPE Local 4948.” Working
Women, Working Poor, March, 2014: 30-3

O’Reilly, Maureen. “When will the city learn to
     love its librarians?” Opinion/Commentary,
     Toronto Star, March 14, 2014.

Doolittle, Robyn. Crazy Town, 2014.
http://penguinrandomhouse.ca

His drug and alcohol-fuelled antics made
world headlines and engulfed a city in
unprecedented controversy.

Reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of
three journalists to view the video
of Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine.

TPLWU is mentioned on page 126.

A report that examines the economic impact of the Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto.

Martin Prosperity Institute. So Much More:
     The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public
     Library on the City of Toronto, December 2013.
ISBN 978-0-9811974-6-3

Martin Prosperity Institute
The Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) is part
of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

http://martinprosperity.org

Vincent Lam, Canadian writer, medical doctor and
winner of the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize expresses
his admiration and support for the Toronto Public
Library.

Lam, Vincent. “Save your city: Support
the Public library” Opinion/Commentary,
Toronto Star, November 18th, 2013.

O’Reilly, Maureen. “Melvil’s Girls: Still Struggling to
     Survive.”The Feliciter. Canadian Library
     Association, Issue #2, 2013, Vol. 59.
     http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/

O’Reilly, Maureen. “Why Toronto City Council
     neglects our great library system is a mystery”
     Opinion/Commentary, Toronto Star, March 29, 2013

O’Reilly, Maureen. “Engaging Patrons: Fight Back on
     the 2011-2012 Toronto Budget and Beyond”
     Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and
     Information Practice and Research.
     vol. 8, no. 1 (2013). 

An analysis of the Toronto Public Library Workers
Union after the strike about precarious work issues.

Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Tabletalk, Fall, 2013.

http://cupe.ca/tabletalk-cupes-bargaining-resource

Quiet No More offers new thinking about how
ordinary citizens have started to take back
power in our democracy and change the world.
It examines the meaning and promise of Idle
No More, the Occupy movement, the Quebec
student spring and other expressions of new
activism sweeping the world.

Harden, Joel D. Quiet No More: New Political Activism
     in Canada and Around the Globe. Formac Publishing,
September 18, 2013. ISBN: 9781459405073

Briskin, Linda, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail,
and Marion Pollack. “Making Time for
Equality,” Our Times, February 2013,
Issue No. 1, Vol.32.

A twenty-year look at the Toronto Public Library’s
budget, and making a strong case for investing in it.

Govind C. The Great Equalizer: The Case For Investing
In the Toronto Public Library. Canadian Centre
for Policy Alternatives, Ontario. November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-77125-038-2.

www.policyalternatives.ca

Infographic from “The Great Equalizer”

  1. Compares TPL’s circulation to other libraries
  2. TPL gets more visits than Toronto’s attractions

www.policyalternatives.ca

An examination of the 2012 strike by the Toronto
Public Library Workers Union.

Smith, Mike. “Split shifts and spinning
solidarity,” Our Times, July-Aug, 2012.

http://ourtimes.ca/Back_Issues/article_236.php 

A round table discussion on taking back Toronto
with Maureen O’Reilly, Victoria Barnett and Beth Wilson.

Hope, Megan. “United Against the Austerity Agenda,” Briarpatch,
May 1, 2012. http://briarpatchmagazine.com.

Penman, Margaret. A Century of Service: Toronto
     Public Library 1883-1983. Toronto Public Library.
1983.

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