CULC/CBUC will work to be a central clearinghouse to allow members easy and productive sharing of resources that are not available anywhere else. This is designed to ensure that best practices is being modeled and not duplicated. Specific actions will be:
- Improvement of the web-based resources of the organization
- Continue to develop in-person opportunities for sharing, eg facilitating events wherever “we” gather.
- Highlight and share best practices.
- Expertise exchanges: an example might be to exchange personnel between libraries on a project.
- Move the group from two meetings a year to: one meeting and one issue-based “think tank”.
- Formalize exchanges and partnerships with like-minded organizations inside and outside libraries eg CARL; ULC; Institute for Prosperity & Competitiveness; Federation on Ageing; Urban Groups; Municipal Groups; Scholar’s Portal; CRKN, etc.
- Ensure more time is available to hear about emerging issues during the cross-canada round-up that highlights key trends and insights from CEOs.
- Trend watching: establish an increasingly formal working group, based in libraries with dedicated trend watchers, who can contribute written pieces to an Annual CULC/CBUC Trend Report, as well as present at member meetings on key trends that affect urban public libraries. Incorporate elements from “Around the Country” into the document (eg. Construction projects planned, etc.)