Laurie Davidson, new Executive Director, CELA

From CELA: We are pleased to announce that Laurie Davidson will be joining the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) as our new Executive Director, effective September 21, 2020. Laurie brings more than 20 years of experience working as a librarian and technologist to the Executive Director position. In addition to working as a librarian […]

CULC/CBUC Endorses Statement of Concern from CFE about Zoom & YouTube Shutting Down University Panel Discussion

CULC/CBUC endorses the statement released on September 28, by the Centre for Free Expression calling on Zoom, YouTube, and all other online technology providers to cease being censors of discussions being held by universities, schools, and libraries. CFE urges “online technology providers to acknowledge civil liberties and human rights; to leave decisions about what content […]

Many CULC/CBUC members step up to support One Page Festival

2020 has been a difficult year for many in the literary sector, with independent booksellers closing, writers and other artists finding themselves without any means of support, and many of Canada’s literary and arts festivals struggling to adapt to a new reality. So Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Canada’s largest literary festivals, is launching […]

Fine Free, Chair and Members get interviewed

Interview with Mary Chevreau, CEO of Kitchener Public Library and chair of CULC/CBUC, Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian of Halifax Public Libraries, and Mark Asberg, CEO of Calgary Public Library in Ottawa MattersIn Canadian libraries, the era of late fees may be headed to history books.

VIRL’s Indigenous Voices Initiative wins international ALA award

Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has another award for the trophy case. VIRL’s Indigenous Voices Initiative has been selected to receive a 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. “Since it launched in 2018, Indigenous Voices has grown into a movement that brings people closer in communities large and small,” […]

Milton PL Wins ALA John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award

The 2020 John Cotton Dana Award Winners are: Milton Public Library In response to the rapidly changing demography of Milton, one of Canada’s fastest growing towns, Milton Public Library’s (MPL) in Milton, Ontario newly appointed Chief Librarian hoped to create a new ‘brand’ for the library that supported organizational efforts to better meet the evolving […]

CULC/CBUC’s Pre-Budget Consultation Recommendations

Recommendation 1: The Government of Canada ensures access to e-content for Canada’s public libraries from multinational publishers. Recommendation 2: That the Government of Canada consider longer term funding arrangements to ensure municipalities can continue to provide essential services, including those offered by public libraries, while municipal revenues continue to be impacted by the pandemic. Recommendation […]