Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

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VIP Summit - Values, Influence and Position

CULC/CBUC participating with many other provinicial and national organizations.

How can we reinforce the Value, Influence, and Position (VIP) of libraries in Ontario collaboratively and strategically, especially in preparation for municipal and provincial elections?

The OLA Board of Directors, and the OLA Advocacy Committee invites representatives from the organizations/associations listed below to participate in a conversation about how we can work together to engage with decision makers about the future of libraries.

We want to find out what each organization’s key focus and messages are to work towards a simple, unified, and focused communication strategy for the upcoming elections.

Proposed agenda:

  1. Welcome, around the room – one minute per lead: name/org/library sector/advocacy priority
  2. Purpose of the day: recognition of overall need for library support, the range of library organizations in Ontario, creating a clear strategy for engagement.
  3. Discussion of advocacy mapping and review of pre-event survey response (see below).
  4. Group work by library sector.
  5. Group reports: broad priorities/next steps to pursue for election strategy, including leads, messaging, etc.

Invited organizations:

  • Public Libraries:
    • Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
    • Ontario Public Library Association
    • Ontario Library Boards Association
    • AMPLO
    • ARUPLO
    • SOLS and OLS-N
    • Ministry TCS
  • School Libraries
    • People for Education
    • The Association of Library Consultants of Ontario (TALCO)
    • Ontario School Libraries Association
    • Ontario Teachers Federation
  • College and University Libraries
    • Progressive Librarians Guild
    • Ontario College and University Library Association
    • OCLS
  • General:
    • OLA
    • Ontario Association of Library Technicians
    • ABO – Franco
    • CLA


Freedom to Read Week Event for all CULC/CBUC Libraries

And Join Us for a Cross Country Twitter Chat

Libraries across Canada lead a discussion about surveillance and the limits to free expression. With investigative journalist Andrew Mitrovica. Connect with #telltplFreedom and join in the conversation.

Tues. Feb. 25, 7 pm


Member Update Briefing

The Steering Committee and Governing Board would like CULC/CBUC member libraries to participate in a Briefing Update on the new Not-for-Profit to serve Canadians with print disabilities through Canada’s public libraries. The briefing will focus on the following:

  • Partnerships with CNIB and others
  • Funding Models and timing
  • Service Levels and timelines
  • Government Relations and jurisdictions where support is needed

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4th @ 11 am (Pacific) / 12 noon (Mountain) / 1 pm (Central) 2 pm (Eastern) / 3:30 (Atlantic). Approximately 1 hour.
KEY AUDIENCE: CEO/Library Director and Senior Staff
WHO: Sandra Singh (Vancouver Public Library) and Senior Project Director Andrew Martin will provide the update.
FORMAT: Audio Teleconference, with PPT Presentation made available

The audio recording (a link to it) and the PPT will also be sent out to all CULC/CBUC members within 24 hours of the call. This can be shared among key staff within your institution.

Call in information will be distributed closer to the call.


Hotel Options for CULC/CBUC Member Meeting in Victoria, BC

Here are some options that the staff @ the Greater Victoria Public Library have suggested would be convenient for the meeting on May 28.