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Thunder Bay Public Library Partnerships
A collaborative community about TBPL partnerships.
A collaborative community about TBPL partnerships.

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Welcome to the TBPL Partnerships Page

The TBPL is developing partnerships for many reasons:

* Develop shared resources to benefit the Library and the Community.

* Bring new people into the Library and increase our performance (Physical Visits & Uses, Circulation and Membership)

* Our partners have access to funding & influence that will support the Library and they will become advocates of the Library.

* The City of Thunder Bay, our primary funder, will take notice of the new initiatives and have traditionally been very supportive of partnerships that help to stretch resources and create synergies

Maker Spaces and Small Business Zones (SBZ)
* Thunder Bay Public Library:
* Innovation Centre:
* Ohmbase:

* Our partners have expertise that the Library does not have and can be our mentors.

* The Maker Space and Small Business Zones will help us to further our strategic directions related to innovation and change and the local economy

The Shelia Burnford Collection
* Lakehead University:
* Resources and Sustainable Development in the Artic (ReSDA):
* The Resources, Economy and Society Research Group (RESRG):
* The Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC):

* Researchers and writers will be very excited to have access to this collection and the Library will be able to develop a real local history room. It would provide a key element in our local interest resources by providing a unique collection which has international interest, expanding both the local and the larger community’s knowledge of a seminal author in the children’s literature canon.

* The Burnford Collection will help the Library to further our strategic directions related to lifelong learning, diversity and social inclusion.

World War One - Thunder Bay Centennial Project
* Thunder Bay Public Library:
* City of Thunder Bay:
* Thunder Bay Archives:
* Heritage Advisory Committee:
* Thunder Bay Museum:
* North western Ontario Sports Hall of Fame:
* North western Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre:
* Lakehead University History Department:
* Thunder Bay Military Museum:
* Anyone with a Thunder Bay related WWI story to tell

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Sally Ng is the Google Startup Weekend Facilitator who is also linked to Planet Hatch ( which is a 8,000' Business Incubator in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Video: YouTube:

It is an open mix of spaces and meeting rooms that we could easily emulate in Thunder Bay. She noted that all the furniture is on wheels so spaces can be quickly redefined within the overall design space.
The meeting room walls are glass and so serve as dry erase marker boards and that frosted panes can be hung in the space to provide instant projector screens.

There are a lot of good ideas here that can be used in our spaces.

#PlanetHatch   #SallyNg   #MeetingSpaces   #Design  
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 Startup Weekend Thunder Bay 2016 - Event Photos, Videos and News Coverage

Selected photos taken during the Startup Weekend Thunder Bay 2016.
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Startup Weekend Thunder Bay 2016 - Keynote Speaker

Photos of Scott Dougall, Google Director of Project Management, talking to Startup Weekend participants. Follow the story here:

#StartupWeekend   #Google   #entrepreneurship  
Startup Weekend - 01 - Keynote Speaker Scott Dougall
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Startup Weekend Thunder Bay 2016 was a great event that got some fantastic News coverage linked to in this article.
2016 Startup Weekend Thunder Bay as reported in tbnewswatch on Jan 24, 2016. link:

This has been a great event both personally, for the TBPL and Thunder Bay. I really liked Mike's quote at the end below which sums up the value of this program.

A great event for the participants and a great job by all the event staff.

"By Jon Thompson,
THUNDER BAY -- The future of local business is in well-prepared hands.

Startup Weekend at Waverley Library came to a close on Sunday with seven projects presented, ranging from party planning to non-profit public health entities.

Groups of six or seven entrepreneurs scattered across the library throughout the weekend applying business principles to their ideas, consulting their customer base and finally, getting feedback on their prototypes from those who have walked the talk for decades in the private sector.

“This could almost be seen as a genesis of a lot of these projects if the teams choose to carry on with them,” said Lakehead University Faculty of Business Administration lecturer Michael Dohan, who encouraged his students to participate in the three-day session.

“Just this weekend, they’ve developed so much skill working with business models, working with technology, working with teams for this type of thing, being able to zero in on some type of problem -- a business problem or a problem in the world -- and coming up with a solution to fix it.

“Win or lose, it’s a great weekend if you participated.”

#StartupWeekend   #ThunderBay   #entrepreneurship  
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Startup Weekend Thunder Bay 2016 occurs Jan 22 - 24 at the Thunder Bay Public Library, Waverley Branch. This event allows innovators and entrepreneurs pitch, develop and win prizes for their business ideas. This event is prepared and sponsored by the Startup Weekend Team and many local sponsors.

To kick-off this event the Keynote Speaker is former Thunder Bay resident and successful entrepreneur Scott Dougall. Scott is currently working in Silicon Valley as the Director of Product Management for the Access and Energy Team for Google. 

For more information and to signup:


#Google   #StartupWeekend   #ThunderBay   #Innovation  
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Partnerships Informational Update for Oct 2015

I prepared and gave a presentation today about our TBPL Partnership activities to date.

This includes our work with our Makerspace and Small Business Zone (SBZ) partners, Northern Nature trading and other opportunities we are working towards.

The overall goal of the presentation is to show why we are doing partnerships and then to focus on our Makerspace and SBZ work to date. Additional information about makerspaces is included to provide context for new readers.

The presentation was part of the TBPL Staff Forums to all TBPL staff and TBPL board members. The attendance was about 25 persons and there were some very good questions about services and hours.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact me.
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Here are some current pictures of the TBPL makerspace.
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