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Let’s Change the World Together, Join Our Team!

The Institute for a Resource Based Economy (IRBE) – the folks who brought you the Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot – is looking for THREE new volunteer Board Members!

We are at an exciting time as our organization expands, and we need more movers and shakers to help us get it all done. We are particularly interested in hearing from folks with business acumen or with fundraising expertise. Anyone who is interested in building a more equitable and sustainable future for people and planet are encouraged to apply! Previous experience on a board is not required.

IRBE is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from BIPOC folks (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour).

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well in a highly collaborative team dynamic
  • Ambitious, determined folks who are eager to contribute to ourorganization
  • Willingness to learn quickly, acquire new skill sets, take on new tasks
  • Can help support and appreciate our great network of volunteers andpartners

     

Requirements

The average time commitment of a Board Member is about 10hrs/month, including the below responsibilities:

  • One 5 hour shift per month at one of our Toronto Tool Library/Sharing Depot locations
  • Board Meetings, held every 6-8 weeks
  • One annual Board Weekend Retreat (dates to be determined)
  • Additional committee work in between Board Meetings, asdetermined by organizational needs and events

     

How to Apply: 

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter by September 14th 11:59 EST to molly@irbe.org. In your cover letter, please describe why you would like to be a part of the IRBE Board, and what sort of asset, vision and energy you might bring with you. We look forward to hearing from you!

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

All this information is available as a PDF, download it here >> IRBE Board of Directors Recruitment Document 

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Toronto Tool Library Co-Founder Speaks to ON Social Impact Podcast

Our co-founder Lawrence Alvarez was recently invited onto ON Social Impact Podcast to discuss the history of the Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot, the incredible global impact we continue to have in helping others set up their own sharing projects and the importance of projects like these and how governing bodies can get involved to help them flourish.

There’s a lot of things on the planet that we really need to distribute more efficiently…it really is about producing less, wasting less and being way more conscious with what we have. So this is where resource sharing, tool libraries, alternative lending libraries, libraries of things – they absolutely need to spread. I don’t think these libraries are an example of a transitional project – no. This is something that absolutely will exist now and must exist in 100 years if we are to live in a sane, just, equitable, conscious society. – Lawrence Alvarez, Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot co-founder

Lawrence Alvarez is one of the co-founders of Toronto Tool Library – a business whose name really doesn’t cover half of the amazing stuff they offer.

In this podcast, Lawrence talks about the growth of the Tool Library, the very real change it has been set up to make in the world, and the reason why tool libraries need to exist in the first place.

We also ponder the question – “how many hammers does the world actually need?”

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What Borrowed Tools Can Do: Projects Made by the TTL Community

There’s no question that Toronto has some exceptionally talented makers. We are extremely fortunate to get to see that talent on full display when makers borrow our tools and hashtag the projects they create with #TTLmade.

Here’s a few that really knocked our socks off! Please feel free to share the projects you create, repair or renovate with borrowed tools (or in our Makerspace) by tagging your posts #TTLmade!

For those of you who have your own ideas for projects but know where to get started, we can help you in three ways:

 

 

  • On Wednesdays, we run a free open Community Night at our 1803 Danoforth Makerspace so anyone can come in to use the tools with the help of our expert volunteers: 3D printers, laser cutter, full wood shop and any of the tools in our Tool Library inventory. This runs from 7pm-10pm every Wednesday, no appointment necessary – just show up!

 

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1) Grant’s Pizza Oven

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Yup, Grant made this dreamy pizza oven using tools he borrowed from the tool library!

 

2) Dana’s Canoe

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Dana borrowed our scroll saw, belt sander, chisels and literally all of our clamps to build this beautiful canoe in his kitchen. You can read about this story on our blog.

 

3) Michael’s Balance Bike

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Michael, one of our Makerspace members, built this awesome balance bike for his daughter! The process: straightforward cutting of pieces with various saws at the Tool Library, including a lot of bandsawing. Glueing and clamping, followed by more bandsaw trimming, and shaping on the belt sander. Final hand-sanding, seat upholstery and final assembly were done at home.

 

4) Jarrod’s Bench Bar

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This is one of the loveliest upcycling projects we’ve seen in a while. Recently, our volunteer Jarrod built this whole thing using upcycled wood from an old fence with borrowed tools from the Tool Library! The middle opens up to a cooler for drinks!

 

5) Gordon’s Wind Tunnel 

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Gordon & his team used our 3D Printers and Laser Cutter to make this crazy Wind Tunnel! They got the highest mark in their class for this one, obviously!

 

6) Sam’s Dulcimer 

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Our Makerspace member Sam working on his Dulcimer at our 1803 Danforth Ave Makerspace.

 

7) Mihnea & family’s Back Steps

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Mihnea & family shared this photos of the back steps they built using borrowed tools from the tool library!

 

8) Christopher’s Upcycled Wood Pallet Coffee Table

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Christopher made this amazing upcycled wood pallet coffee table using Toronto Tool Library sanders, planers, work tables, clamps and frequent visits to our Danforth woodshop! He says our services saved him a lot of time and money. Beautiful results!

 

9) Baby Drumsticks

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Love these baby drumsticks, regrammed from @walkmydogto! They were made from an old set of big drumsticks on the wood lathe in our makerspace! Awesome upcycling!

 

10) Grant’s Row Boat

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Yes, another boat! Grant built this row boat with tools from our tool library. Before or after he built the Pizza Oven above, we’re not sure! Some serious talent right huurr.

 

11) A Loft Bed

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A member made this loft bed using our tools & put it on instructables! You can get the instruction to do-it-youself here.

 

12) Laure’s Plant Shelf

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Toronto Tool Library member Laure used scrap wood in her backyard and borrowed tools from the Tool Library to build this plant shelving unit!

 

13) Rob’s Coils

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Rob made these stunning coils for a workshop on recording electromagnetic signals using tools from the tool library and our laser cutter!

 

14) Sheldon’s Cutting Boards

Sheldon made this cutting board using 5 different varieties of wood: Black Walnut and Oak from North America and Leopard, Canary and Purpleheart Wood from South America.

 

15) Wooden Mushrooms

Stunning wooden mushrooms made on our lathe during our free Wednesday Community Night.


We work really hard to keep this non-profit tool sharing service alive. It really motivates us to see what the community is able to achieve using borrowed tools! If you make something, repair something or renovate something using tools from the tool library (or in our Makerspace) PLEASE SHARE! Use the hashtag #TTLmade!

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Pay-As-You-Go Fridays in the Wood Shop

 

You’ve been asking for pay-as-you go time in the our wood shop – and here it is!

 

Your summer projects are ramping up, and we’re making space for you to get into the wood shop and get them going! Every Friday in July we’re opening the woodshop for pay-as-you-go access. You can use the tools yourself if you’ve taken our certification course, or enlist the help of our onsite staff if you haven’t.

We’ll be open from 6 – 9 pm, with access starting at $15 an hour, or $35 for all three hours. See you by the saws!

 

Looking for our Wood Shop Certification Course?

 

To use the tools in our wood shop independently, you need to take our Wood Shop Certification Course which runs every Saturday from 10am-1pm at our 1803 Danforth location. During this course you will learn to the safe operation of the following tools:

  • Table Saw
  • Thickness Planer
  • Jointer
  • Router Table
  • Band Saw
  • Sliding Compound Mitre Saw
  • Belt Sander

Here are upcoming dates for the Wood Shop Certification:

Monday, July 16, 6:00-9:00pm

Monday, July 23, 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday, July 28, 10:00am-1:00pm

Monday, July 30, 6:00-9:00pm

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Big News – our East York Location is Moving!

Big news everyone – we’re moving our East York location in November!

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We’ve outgrown the space. We started in the basement, moved to occupy the main floor, and now we’re ready for the next level. We’re excited!

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Why now?

Longstanding zoning issues have come to a head and we had to decide whether to pursue rezoning or search for a more suitable space. The current location has always been a compromise, so we’ve decided not to rezone and find another space instead. The East York space is not suitable for our diverse maker community, and the Tool Library and Sharing Depot is ready to grow.

Our other two locations – Parkdale and Hillcrest – will continue normal operations.

This is a huge opportunity! An opportunity to grow, expand, innovate and reach the next level for our organization. The new space will be better, safer, and more accesible. The East York location has 3,000 members and we have made 33,000 loans – we’re a large community and we don’t intend to stop growing.

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Where are we moving to?

Though we don’t know the address yet, we aim to remain in the East side where we’ve built and been supported by a strong community. We’re working with partners, agents, and our existing team to find something perfect.

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How does this affect TTL/SD memberships?

Ideally, not very much! We’ll be closed for a few days while we relocate our inventory, and during this time we will accommodate all members at other locations.

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What can I do to help?

We’ll be sending out a survey in the coming weeks to ask what you want in an upgraded Tool Library/Sharing Depot/Makerspace. What kinds of tools should it have? How big? Should it have the capacity to be launched into space? Be able to create an artificial vacuum in which to test the durability of your Mars furniture? Your valuable input will be used to decide the makeup of our next iteration. What about metalworking, better dust collection, spray booth, a finishing area, and better storage?

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In closing:

You’re a part of this community, and we won’t let you down! Our work is so important for it gives access, teaches skills, and promotes sharing, all with the goal of challenging ownership, our relationship to the Earth’s resources, and combating the devastating changes to the climate that come with over-consumption, and business-as-usual. This move of our East York location is a chance to further serve this mission.

If you have any questions or concerns, or want to get involved, please email us at contact@irbe.org.

 

Warmly,

Lawrence Alvarez, Co-founder/Board Member
The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy
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How Collaborative Consumption Benefits the Environment

There are numerous reasons people become members of the Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot. Sometimes it’s about the money people save when they are looking for specific items such as expensive tools for a renovation, a set of chairs and an outdoor canopy for an event or all the camping gear necessary for an outdoor escape with the family. Sometimes it’s about the community aspect of the space: the knowledge that by joining a library of things, neighbours are collectively supporting a place where everyone can access what they need regardless of their income. And sometimes, it’s about the space people save in their homes when they no longer need to store all these items they only need to use occasionally.

On #WorldEnvironmentDay, it’s worth doing a deep dive into one of the most important benefits of all: the lighter environmental footprint that comes with borrowing stuff rather than purchasing it new in store. Here are 3 key ways borrowing from a library of things is more sustainable:

 

Borrowing Uses Less Resources

Our current global socioeconomic system operates on one key principle: infinite consumption of goods and services. In this model, it’s ideal for each and every person to own things individually, even if it means each house on your block has a drill stored in the basement that’s only being used occasionally. Unfortunately for GDP and the pockets of rich people everywhere, this model is completely out of sync with the way our planet works. You cannot have infinite growth and consumption of resources on a finite planet. This might be why researchers are beginning to learn that:

“between 60-80 percent of the impacts on the planet come from household consumption. If we change our consumption habits, this would have a drastic effect on our environmental footprint as well.” (source)

Sharing items within a community is a great way to counteract this. If you imagine the amount of energy and materials that go into making and distributing a single tool (the oil, rare metals and water used in production, the fuel used to ship it all over the world, the packaging it comes in, etc.) you can imagine how much more sustainable it is to share a few drills amongst a group of people. The mass, private ownership of tools – as an example – makes little social sense when we consider that most domestic power tools are used for just 10% of the time they are designed to last and spend the rest of their lives depreciating in basements and storage units.

Refuse to buy new and borrow instead.

 

Creating a Culture of Repair & Reuse

Hot on the heals of refusing to buy new comes repair and reuse. There’s a reason recycle is relegated to the back of the line: recycling is still resource-intensive and most of the environmental damage occurs before the process of recycling even takes place:

“By the time waste gets recycled, 95 per cent of the environmental damage has already occurred – in manufacturing, in oil extraction, in the poisoning of our rivers and air. People have to buy less…our economy is based on endless growth, endless production of what our landfills tell us is basically junk.” (source)

Furthermore, materials can only be recycled so many times before they become too weak to recycle anymore. Couple all this with the recent waste ban imposed by China, and you can see why a culture heavily reliant on recycling is not actually all that sustainable.

When you belong to a lending library like ours, you are helping to shift our culture away from a reliance on recycling to a culture of repair and reuse. We have an exceptional team of volunteers who maintain and fix our tools and other inventory items on a weekly basis. We have also partnered with Repair Café Toronto to give them their first permanent storefront location. This means every Sunday from 12-4pm, the Repair Café takes over our 830 St Clair West Ave location so people can get their broken items fixed for free.

We’ve also partnered with Boomerang Bags Toronto to run free workshops out of our spaces teaching people how to sew reusable bags out of unwanted textiles. Textile recycling is notoriously lacking in Canada and far too many textiles end up in landfill where they release harmful chemicals into the ground and atmosphere. Not only do workshops like this divert resources from landfill, it encourages people to use what is already in circulation rather than creating demand in the market by buying new. Sign up for the next workshop coming up on June 19th!

 

Fuelling the Shift to a Circular Economy

Currently our economy follows a linear model of resource consumption which follows this pattern: take-make-dispose. Waste is embedded in the design of this system and is therefore inevitable (consider the exponential rise in built-in and planned obsolescence whereby companies design products to fail in order to encourage people to consume yet more stuff). A Circular Economy, on the other hand,

“aims to ‘design out’ waste. Waste does not exist – products are designed and optimized for a cycle of disassembly and reuse. These tight component and product cycles…set it apart from disposal and even recycling where large amounts of embedded energy and labour are lost.” (source)

It is important to consider that the very system we use right now to distribute and access goods is inherently destructive. If we want to make real sustainable change on this planet, we need to advocate for a circular approach where products are designed to last, to be shared and to be disassembled and reused at the end of their lifespan. As the demand for collaborative consumption grows, this places pressure on industry to design and build products that are durable with parts that can be easily repaired, replaced and reused. The Toronto Tool Library has been featured in two articles from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation detailing the ways collaborative consumption fuels this much-needed shift into a more sustainable economy for people and the planet (you can read them here and here).

“There are signs of a shift to a system where household items are not used and disposed, but instead maintained, shared and re-used. The companies and projects described below are all pioneers on the journey to creating more circularity in our homes.” (source)

 


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Please Welcome Hillary Predko, our New Executive Director!

You might remember a few months back our co-founder and former Executive Director Ryan Dyment embarked on an adventure to New Zealand, supporting his partner in her new role as a Greenpeace campaigner. As we said farewell to Ryan, our co-founder Lawrence Alvarez began managing operations and leadership of the organization while we began the search to find just the right person to fill this crucial role.

The Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot is now pleased to welcome our new Executive Director to the team, Hillary Predko! You’ll begin seeing Hillary around our spaces beginning in June – please join us in welcoming her to our community!

 

 

To become a maker is to make the world for others, not only the material world but the world of ideas that rules over the material world, the dreams we dream and inhabit together. – Rebecca Solnit

 

Hello, I’m Hillary Predko and I am a maker and community organizer who has been working on DIY and independent culture initiatives in Toronto for the past 10 years. I am incredibly excited to be joining IRBE, and organization that tackles the way people relate to one another and the world of material objects; I believe that sharing and learning together is the way forward and culture is a malleable membrane where society is built and rebuilt. I look forward to building to future with the IRBE and Tool Library communities.

 

I am wrapping up a stint at Autodesk’s Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco where I have been researching the implications of China’s recent legislation affecting global recycling markets, and I have written about global systems of production, consumption and disposal of objects. I co-founded an arts organization, Little Dada, that produces events, workshops and meetups exploring the social implications of emerging technologies and maker culture. My career has been eclectic and sometimes eccentric – which has prepared me for the complex challenges that arise with small organizations. I’m excited to work with IRBE, creating the sharing economy with an amazing team. You can catch up with me this summer on Wednesday evenings at the Tool Library Makerspace, or reach out at hillary@irbe.org.

 


 

The Toronto Tool Library is exactly as it sounds: like a book library, but for tools! We have an extensive inventory of tools to help you with gardening, lawn care, home renovation and maintenance, bicycle repair and so much more. With the launch of The Sharing Depot, we’ve now added camping gear, board games, party supplies, children’s toys and sports equipment to our inventory.

We now have over 10,000+ items available to loan through our library across three locations in the city of Toronto.

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Will Universal Basic Income Be the Poverty-Reduction Strategy We Need?

Those looking to explore the latest research about the potential for a Universal Basic Income in Canada, check out the 17th annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, May 24-27 at McMaster University.

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Conversations about Universal Basic Income (UBI) are increasingly on the rise in Canada. Prince Edward Island has passed its first motion to participate in a pilot project with the federal government while the Ontario Liberals have successfully completed the enrolment phase of their own three-year pilot project. Thus, it is becoming increasingly necessary to discuss what benefits or drawbacks a UBI could bring, particularly as it is being constructed from within the very neoliberal structures which have shaped our current economic strategies.

 

Employment & Welfare

Today’s employment landscape is one marred by seriously defunct socio-economic systems and an overburdened and failing welfare strategy. Since the 1970s, national economic policies have focused more on GDP growth than on full employment, with noticeable repercussions: increased disparity, lack of job security, fewer benefits and slashes to social safety nets. These factors combined with the rapid advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the workplace have led to what Guy Standing refers to as the “Precariat” class: those who live in a constant state of precariousness and insecurity. The Precarity Penalty”, released in 2015 by PEPSO (a joint effort between McMaster University and the United Way) found that an astounding 44% of working Canadian adults fall into this category. The research also revealed that this group was found to live in households whose overall income was less than 38% than those in “stable” employment, represented high rates of mental and physical stress, community and family tension, and difficulty securing childcare and job training.

Trying to respond to all of these market and systemic failures is an overstressed and poorly managed welfare system – one that, as a result, is invasive, rigid and all too often misses the mark.

There is ample criticism that UBI is not the solution to this dire climate. Groups like The Fraser Institute point to the high costs associated with its implementation, and claim it will actually discourage people to work. The economics indeed play a dangerous balancing act. If the basic income is set too low, no real impact can be made. Some argue that Ontario’s projected $1320/month (as reported by Hugh Segal’s “Finding Better Way”) falls into this category. If set too high, the project’s sustainability is threatened – not to mention that recipients can “coast” on the base provision and lose motivation to work. Or so the argument goes.

To engage in a debate regarding numbers that have yet to be finalized seems moot in comparison to the less discussed issue at hand: can UBI be constructed in a way that is truly progressive and enabling, or is it doomed to be a devastating capitalization of social welfare, incapable of detangling itself from its neoliberal foundation?

 

The Potential Benefits of UBI

Support for UBI often highlights the autonomy and agency that the model could bring. This could be an enormous, paradigm-shifting return of financial control to the individual for two important reasons:

1) It removes income from its fused relationship with work, which breaks the economic power hold that employers maintain over labour.

2) It eases a drowning welfare-system, enabling it to focus on its most necessary and efficient programming while decreasing the current model of complicated, invasive bureaucratic processes that can often exclude many of the individuals whom it was designed to help.

Higher household incomes would mean less reliance on these programs, relieving the inundated welfare system, and enabling individuals and families to spend according to their specific (and evolving) means. A basic income can grant many the luxury of choice, including all of the mental, physical and emotional benefits that come with it. Sheila Regehr of the Basic Income Canadian Network (BICN) was once told, “Security is what enables you to sleep at night, adequacy is what you deal with in the morning.” There is also considerable feminist support for UBI, given how much unpaid labour falls under the jurisdiction of women.

 

Neoliberalism & UBI

Yet a burning question remains – do we trust our neoliberal institutions to carry out UBI the way it promises to? John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) certainly does not, and for good reason. While he acknowledges some of the more radical aspirations of UBI (including the feminist perspective and its potential to derail coercive labour dynamics), he maintains that the model is just another cog in the neoliberal machine.

Instead, he advocates for increased funding to fundamentally improve our current welfare programming, and genuine advancements in worker rights and labour conditions. Our current political and economic paradigm not only has a spotty track record of handling social welfare, but also had a hand in creating and perpetuating its need. There is a warranted fear that UBI will be used as a reason to cut back on necessary welfare programs that will need to continue despite a basic income, such as affordable housing, childcare, healthcare and education. Let’s not forget that our previous endeavour with UBI (The Mincom Project, Dauphin Manitoba) folded prematurely with a change in government, economic downturn and lack of funding.

 

Moving Forward

Worries are high as UBI is heralded as the next shiny “poverty reduction” scheme – it’s popularity is gaining across the globe, from the local to institutional level – those same institutions which built the economic system in which we live.

Clearly, our current situation calls for swift action – neither our population nor our planet can handle this continued irresponsibility. UBI has the potential to bring some powerful autonomy, control and security into people’s lives, but only if it can break through the neoliberal agenda and avoid the commodification of social well-being. The base rate needs to increase to truly reflect daily survival costs, and efficient and necessary social programming must be protected from cutbacks. Both the PEI and the Ontario pilot projects should be conducted adjacent to alternative pilots such as the Clarke’s program-based suggestion, thus providing the perspective of how UBI compares to other models.

As these pilots unfold, it will be integral for the public to actively watch and vocalize the impacts. We must harness our people power to avoid another economic scheme that we are forced to work for, and rather, build one that works for us.

Join the conversation and get the cutting-edge research at the 17th annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, May 24-27 at McMaster University.


Molly Fremes is a proud new board member of IRBE (the nonprofit behind the Toronto Tool Library). A hopeless nerd, she hopes to share her passion of social economies and community-building through her research, blog posts, and volunteering at The Toronto Tool Library. She is a Master’s student at York University studying alternative economic models in food systems. She is known for terrible puns and always mixing up her idioms. Check out her profile to get in touch.

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One roof. One card. 10,000+ items. What Are You Waiting For?

We have over 10,000+ inventory items available for loan – become a member of the world’s largest Tool Library network and start borrowing today! 

 

From home renovations to gardening to bicycle repair to high-tech – we’ve got the tools for just about any project you need. With the launch of The Sharing Depot, we’ve expanded our inventory to include camping gear, board games, children’s toys, party supplies and sports equipment.

High-Five Members get access to the inventory at all locations but must return items to the same Tool Library where they borrowed (late fees apply*).

 

Check out our inventory by clicking on the location nearest you:

 

Parkdale

East York

Hillcrest

 

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Looking to become a member of the Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot? You can sign-up online here and start borrowing today:

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The Toronto Tool Library is Hiring Summer Students!

The Toronto Tool Library is pleased to announce that we are taking on two summer students thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program!

 

Canada Summer Jobs Program 2018

The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy is hiring 2 youth, aged 15-30, who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.


Position Title: Librarian

Organization: Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot project).

Locations: Librarians will be based from 1803 Danforth Ave. but will travel to all store locations (830 St. Clair Ave. W. and 1499 Queen St. W.)

Start date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

End date: Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Pay rate: $14/hour

Hours: 20 hours/week

Application deadline: Friday, May 11th, 2018, 11:59pm.

Submit to: Lawrence@IRBE.org


Description:
The Librarians will work from our Hillcrest branch at 830 St. Clair Ave. W., and our East York branch at 1803 Danforth Ave. and be responsible for the following:

  • Learning and competently using our database software
  • Checking items in and out
  • Adding items to inventory
  • Adding and renewing members
  • Accepting and recording payments and donations
  • Helping to organize and clean the space
  • Assist with marketing campaigns such as tabling at events
  • Being an advocate for access over ownership
  • Assisting with the Repair Cafe and other workshops
  • Conducting inventory counts
  • Assisting with maintenance and repair of inventory items

Qualifications:

  • Interest in or passion for sharing and community
  • General computer and online savvy
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A friendly and engaging personality, preferably with experience in a hospitality, customer-service, or public-facing role
  • Ability to work flexible work hours, including evenings and weekends

The successful hire will be supervised by our management team including the Tool Library Manager and Executive Director. During the initial training, the Librarian will be accompanied by management during all tasks and as skills and competencies are attained. The candidate will be taught how to use the Librarian software and learn more about our diverse inventory and how to interact with members of the public in a retail setting. Once skills and confidence with regular responsibilities, additional tasks will be available depending on the interest and skills of the Librarian.

The Librarian will need to learn the safe use of the hand, power and gardening tools we loan to our members. This training will happen over the first 2-­4 weeks and knowledge can be passed onto members as required. At the workplace itself, ensuring an accessible and respectful attitude amongst other colleagues, members and the public will be prioritized during training and throughout the placement.

This position would be ideal for a student of Information Sciences, Environmental Studies or one of the trades. While these fields of study are not required, an Information Sciences student will benefit from learning to organize, categorize, catalogue and work with a wide range of diverse inventory that is loaned to our members. Environmental studies students will gain first­hand experience with a recognized Zero ­Waste program and how it tackles waste reduction on a community scale. Trade students will benefit from this role by increasing their knowledge of a wide range of hand, power and gardening tools and have the opportunity to interact with a diverse customer base and exchange knowledge about projects and renovations.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to Lawrence@IRBE.org by 11:59pm on Friday, May 11th, 2018.


We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.