Making Good on the Promise: A Public Library Led National Solution for Accessible Format Materials

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council has been working since Spring 2012 on the creation of a new national public library organization – focused solely on the creation, collection, delivery and preservation of both digital and physical alternate format accessible materials.

New Organization Formed

On September 1, 2013 Industry Canada issued a Certificate and approved Articles of Incorporation for a new Canadian Not-for-Profit corporation to establish, operate and maintain national equitable library services delivered through Canada’s public libraries for Canadians with print disabilities. The working name of the new entity is The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).

The new organization, separate from CULC/CBUC and the CNIB, will leverage the extensive publicly-funded digital repository, ILS and physical production and delivery infrastructure currently used for those Canadians who receive their service direct from the CNIB Library Service and from existing public library partners.

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Just released — OVERDUE: The Case for Canada’s Public Libraries is the product of three years of CUI’s engagement with Canada’s urban public libraries alongside @culc_cbuc.
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