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CULC/CBUC Spring Meeting Hotel Information – Winnipeg

The CULC/CBUC Spring meeting will be on in Winnipeg in conjunction with the Manitoba Library Association Conference and the CFLA Forum

Manitoba Library Association Conference: April 6 – 7, 2020 –

CULC/CBUC Meeting: Monday, April 6, 2020– Tuesday April 7, 2020.

CFLA–FCAB National Forum: Wednesday April 8, 2020

Delta Hotels Winnipeg
350 St Mary Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

Conference rate ($189/night).
Register online.

2020 is Manitoba’s 150th celebration and it will be a busy year with hotels – book early!


8Rs Human Resources Study

CULC/CBUC has commissioned the 8Rs Canadian Library Human Resources Research Team to conduct a follow up study of our membership workforce. The original 8Rs Study conducted in 2004 was a comprehensive examination of the human resource situation in Canadian libraries across all sectors (public, academic, special and school) that culminated in a groundbreaking collection of extensive data.

The current project aims to replicate key components of the original research among CULC/CBUC libraries. In mapping change, the study results will allow the community to respond to human resource trends.

Focus groups and surveys have already been conducted with library leadership and the 8Rs Team is now poised to launch an anonymous survey of staff (called the Practitioner Survey). Participating member libraries will be distributing a link to the survey on behalf of the 8Rs Team in early January.

Broad participation is a vital part of this research project and will greatly contribute to the success of the study.

This research has received ethics approval from the University of Alberta (Pro# 000923185).

The study results will be presented in a report to be circulated in 2020 and may be presented at conferences.

Please direct any questions about the study to:
The 8Rs Redux CULC/CBUC Library Human Resources Research Team




Lori Kelly leaving Mississauga Library

The City of Mississauga is pleased to announce Lori Kelly as the new Director, Human Resources effective April 6, 2020. Kelly is the Director, Library, a position she has held since 2018.

“I am very delighted to welcome Lori to Corporate Services where she will be leading the Human Resources division,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Lori is a great example of home-grown talent, having started her career at the City and managed various portfolios. She has strong interpersonal skills, a passion for continuous improvement and building positive employee culture. The workplace is impacted by rapidly changing demographics and technology. Lori has all the right skills, working with her team, to continue to ensure the corporation attracts and retains the talent required to support Council and the community.”

Under her leadership as Director, Library, Kelly secured approval for the Library’s 5-year vision (Future Directions Master Plan) including funding for the renovation of Central Library; expanded the Library’s lending program to include hot spot and Chromebooks; modernized the collection with investments in electronic resources and formalized the Open Window Hub, the Library’s homelessness prevention and outreach initiative.

Prior to her position in the Library division, Kelly was Senior Manager, Talent Management in HR and Manager, Strategic Community Initiatives where she helped develop the City’s 40-year Strategic Plan.

Reporting to the Commissioner, Corporate Services, Kelly will be responsible for promoting excellence in people by delivering innovative HR strategies and programs that enable internal clients to successfully achieve their business goals. Areas of focus include talent management, compensation, health, safety and wellness as well as employee and labour relations and human resources information systems.

Kelly has an honours degree in Political Science from Western University, certification in Human Resources Management and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from Schulich. She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

She replaces Sharon Willock who retired earlier this year.


Media Contact:
Carley Smith
Supervisor, Media and Public Information
Strategic Communications
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 4203


I Read Canadian Day – February 19, 2020

The inaugural I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This is a day dedicated to ‘reading Canadian’ and will empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

For example, libraries or book stores can create a local I Read Canadian display for a month, or host author and illustrator visits during the week of the I Read Canadian day. Schools or communities can create challenges to get more readers involved – see how many readers can read Canadian.

GOAL: The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature.

WHEN: February 19th, 2020.

ACTION: We challenge the nation to “Read Canadian” for 15 minutes and to share their experience at their library, in their school, with their families and friends, or on social media Young people are encouraged to read, or be read to, a Canadian book of their choice.

Sign Up Your Readers for Free

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Laura Carter appointed Chief Librarian/CEO at Kingston Frontenac Public Library

November 11, 2019

After a nation-wide recruitment process, the Board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Carter to the position of Chief Librarian/Chief Executive Officer effective December 1.

Ms. Carter has held the role of Director, Branch Experience with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library since 2015. She has a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. Additionally, Ms. Carter actively contributes to local organizations and is a strong advocate of community relationships. She currently sits on the Board of Kingston Literacy & Skills and is a member of the Kingston Waterfront Rotary Club, where she was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. Laura has also served on the Board of the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation.

With strong ties to the library community, Laura serves as Chair of the Conference Planning Committee for the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Annual Institute on Library as Place. She has also served as the Eastern Region Councillor for the Ontario Public Library Association, and as Treasurer of the Administrators of Urban-Rural Public Libraries of Ontario. “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s exceptional staff and to work with the Library Board, City of Kingston and County of Frontenac to provide relevant, timely and community-focused collections and services to our residents.”

Laura’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and she assumes her new role in December. Monica Stewart, Chair of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board said, “The Board is very confident in Laura’s ability to take on this new position and looks forward to working with her.” In addition, the Board extends its appreciation to Lester Webb, Interim Chief Librarian/CEO for his support through this transition.

We are delighted to make this announcement to our patrons and the community. Laura brings valued experience to the role and will continue the great tradition of excellent library service to the communities we serve.

Monica Stewart, Chair, Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board