Fonds F 4606 - Association of Library Boards of Ontario fonds

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Association of Library Boards of Ontario fonds

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    CA ON00009 F 4606

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    • 1982-1994 (Creation)

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    45 centimetres of textual records

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    Administrative history

    Association of Library Boards of Ontario was a political organization that promoted the preservation and expansion of the province's library sector before the Ontario Government.

    With the economic downturn of 1978-1981 and the reduction of library funding, there was a concern amongst library boards at their lack of a political voice before the provincial government. Drawing its first executive from a cross-section of municipally-funded library boards, the Association of Library Boards of Ontario (ALBO) was formed to be more politically pro-active than the Ontario Library Association (OLA) was seen to be at that time.

    Starting with the provincial Inflation Restraint Act of 1984, the ALBO pressured Ontario politicians for increased cultural grants and resisted the restrictions imposed by reorganization of Ontario's library system or from new copyright and censorship legislation. However, after almost a decade of political consciousness raising, the need driving the ALBO's existence began to falter as the larger OLA grew more politically active and long-term supporters moved onto newer challenges. Despite still having a substantial membership across Ontario, at their 1990 Annual General Meeting, the ALBO voted to merge with the Ontario Public Libraries Association and Ontario Library Trustees Association, both members of the Ontario Library Association.

    Like the OLA, the Association attempted to segment itself into four sections dealing with large, medium, small / rural, and Aboriginal library boards but this internal division was more cosmetic than being actually meaningful to its operation.

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    Fonds consists of the records of the Association of Library Boards of Ontario, which were primarily collected by or acquired from the Association's presidents and treasurers.

    These files contain mainly executive agendas, minutes, membership lists, and correspondence covering a wide array of administrative and lobbying issues. The donation also consists of several “special issues” files documenting the Association's actions in response to federal and provincial legislation affecting libraries.

    For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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    Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.


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        Access to these records is not restricted.

        Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

        Copyright was passed to the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries upon the Association's dissolution and was transferred to the Archives by the Federation. The fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist through the Reference Desk. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use these records for purposes other than for research and private study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.

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        For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

        Associated materials

        See also F 1195 (Ontario Library Association fonds); the OLA assumed the advocate role established by the Association of Library Boards of Ontario.

        Amongst government records, see RG 2-230 (Public Library Boards correspondence files), and RG 2-306 (Public Library Boards grant application files) in the Ministry of Education records and RG 47-123 (Correspondence of the Ontario Library Service), and RG 47-72 (Regional public library boards records) under the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture.

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        No further accruals are expected.

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        Container B802910 also contains the complete files of F 4605 (Association of Small Public Libraries of Ontario fonds).

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        Added Apr/12.

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