Library Board Meeting - January 29, 2024

Toronto Public Library Board - Meeting No. 1
Monday, January 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Toronto Reference Library, Boardroom, 789 Yonge Street and via Webex and Teleconference

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Land Acknowledgement Statement

Toronto Reference Library is on Indigenous land. This is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations Confederacy), the Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Toronto Public Library gratefully acknowledges these Indigenous nations for their guardianship of this land. We’d also like to remind and reaffirm, as Torontonians and Canadians, our accountability to these Indigenous nations, and to all Indigenous peoples and communities living in Toronto.

This land is also part of the Dish with One Spoon territory that includes a treaty between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Anishinaabek and allied nations, to peaceably share and care for this land, its waters, and all of the biodiversity in the Great Lakes region.  All those who come to live and work here are responsible for honouring this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect.

Closed Meeting Requirements:

If the Toronto Public Library Board wants to meet in closed session (privately), a member of the Board must make a motion to do so and give the reason why the Board has to meet privately (Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.44, s. 16.1).


  • Councillor Paul Ainslie
  • Tamara Balan
  • Justice Faith Betty
  • Serda Evren
  • Jonathan Hoss
  • Amina Mohamed
  • Deputy Mayor Amber Morley
  • Alim Remtulla
  • Soo Wong


  1. Call to Order
  2. Election of Chair of the Board (PDF)
  3. Election of Vice Chair of the Board (PDF)
  4. Selection of Committee Members, Board Representatives, and Association Members – 2024 (PDF)
  5. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
  6. Approval of Agenda
  7. Confirmation of December 04, 2023 Toronto Public Library Board Meeting Minutes (PDF)
  8. Confirmation of December 04, 2023 Toronto Public Library Board Closed Meeting Minutes
  9. Confirmation of January 11, 2024 Strategic Planning Steering Committee Meeting Minutes to be approved by Committee members only (PDF)
  10. Approval of Consent Agenda Items
    All Consent Agenda Items (*) are considered to be routine and are recommended for approval by the Chair. They may be enacted in one motion or any item may be held for discussion.
  11. Business Arising from the Minutes
  12. *City Librarian’s Report (PDF)
  13. Communications
  14. Presentations
    - A presentation by Murray Teitel
  15. TPL Board Education - Research & Reference and Special Collections Vision and Action Plan
    - Dov Goldstein, Lord Cultural Resources, and Chris Ellis, MASS LBP, in

Items for Action

  1. Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Strategic Plan 2025-2029: Environmental Scan Focus Areas and Consultation Plan (PDF)
  2. *Toronto Public Library Board – 2024 Meeting Dates Schedule (PDF)
  3. *Locke Branch Renovation – Award of Contract (PDF)

Items for Information

  1. Impact of Technology Services in Ontario Public Libraries: Bridge 2021/2022 Report – Toronto Public Library Results (PDF)
  2. Safety and Security Program – Update (PDF)
  3. 2024 Operating Budget – Update (verbal)
  4. 2024-2033 Capital Budget and Plan – Update (verbal)
  5. *Board Resolutions-Status Report (PDF)

Closed Meeting:

  1. Cybersecurity Update - verbal
    (Confidential as the subject matter being considered is the security of the property of the Board)


  1. Adjournment