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Our times 2015 annual womens issue

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

Watch the animation Here

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

TheGreatEqualizer-CCPA-Nov2012

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

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 Infographic from "The Great Equalizer"

  1. Compares TPL's circulation to other libraries
  2. TPL gets more visits than Toronto's attractions
SoMuchMore-2013

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

WorkingWomenMarch2014

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

TorontoStar-Op-Ed-VincentLam-Nov18 2013

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.

MakingTimeforEquality OurTimes Feb2013

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

 InsideTorontoJan272015

 

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

 InsideTorontoNov282014

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

rabble article-November142014

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

QuietNoMore Harden Sept2013 thumb

 

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

Tabletalk-CUPE-Fall2013

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

OurTimes-July2012-Split Shifts Spinning Solidarity

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

CrazyTown-RobynDoolittle-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.

 CenturyOfService

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

 AgainstAusterityMay12012 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. 
   

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