Category: CELA

CELA Funding for 2021–2022 Restored

Government of Canada increases funding for alternate format materials for persons with print disabilities From: Employment and Social Development Canada News release: March 16, 2021 – Gatineau, Quebec – Employment and Social Development Canada The Government of Canada continues to take important and decisive action to ensure that all Canadians are supported during the COVID-19 […]

Cuts to CELA & NNELS Funding

As you may have heard CELA and NNELS have launched a public advocacy campaign. This year the federal government plans to cut $1 million from accessible book funding which is shared by CELA and NNELS and continue to cut an additional $1 million each year until all federal funding is eliminated in 2025. As a […]

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’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 […]

CELA Executive Director – Expression of Interest

Call for Expression of Interest – CELA – Executive Director Since October 2019, under the direction of our Executive Director Rina Hadziev, CELA has made significant strides to improve the user experience of the CELA website, develop new partnerships and continue expanding the collection of accessible materials and services CELA offers. As a board we […]

CELA Appoints Rina Hadziev as Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to announce that Rina Hadziev has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Rina brings over 15 years of experience in public library leadership, most recently as Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) […]

One of the busiest weeks of the year for the Canadian Library Community

OLA Super Conference is always busy. CULC/CBUC is involved all week including the following: LAC Stakeholder’s Forum @ The Design Exchange (Monday) The GLAM Summit at the Royal Ontario Museum (Tuesday) Joint meeting with CARL and the Canadian Council of Information Studies (Thursday) Member Social Event – Dinner (Wednesday) Celebrations of a number of Significant […]

Truth and Reconciliation Report

Access to Indigenous knowledges and their cultural materials depends on decolonizing libraries & cultural memory institutions and their services: Report April 21, 2017 (Ottawa) The Truth and Reconciliation Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) released a report today outlining a path forward for respecting Indigenous culture and increasing access to traditional Indigenous […]

CELA Appoints Michael Ciccone as Executive Director

Bilingual message / Message bilingue December 1, 2014 NATIONAL RELEASE – After an extensive national search the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is pleased to formally announce Michael Ciccone of Burlington, ON as the new Executive Director of CELA effective January 1, 2015. CELA Board Chair Catherine Biss noted that “Michael is an innovative […]

Centre for Equitable Library Access Launches

For Immediate Release Launch of new library service provides accessible books to over three million Canadians with print disabilities May 29, 2014 – Victoria, BC: The Centre for Equitable Library Access ( officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at […]