Chief Executive Officer
1 Yonge Street, Suite 107
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E5

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Barbara Franchetto is the CEO of SOLS (Southern Ontario Library Service). Before her appointment in January 2015, Barbara was the Director of Services at the Southern Ontario Library Service from 2005 and prior to that, she was Director of Resource Sharing.  As Director, she was responsible for the provincial resource sharing network, INFO (Information Network for Ontario) and for the Consulting and Training services provided by SOLS. Barbara has been instrumental in the development and delivery of consortia services across the province in the area of electronic resources. After assuming responsibility for Consulting and Training in 2005 and under her leadership, SOLS launched a variety of training initiatives. They include: APLL (Advancing Public Library Leadership) in 2009 a leadership training program and Advanced EXCEL in 2008 as a program which builds on the knowledge and skills acquired through the basic EXCEL program.

In 2013, Barbara led a provincial committee exploring the feasibility of creating a provincial Training Portal for the public library community. Planning and implementation for the project began April 2014 and LearnHQ launched in April 2015.

Barbara earned her Masters in Library Science from McGill University and has worked for 27 years in the public library sector in Ontario and prior to that worked at Utlas Inc., a library vendor. She was also recognized as a “Mover & Shaker” in 2003 by the American Library Journal.