Carole Laguë, Gatineau Public Library, is retiring

Carole Laguë is retiring after more than 20 years as the Chef de service / Head Librarian of Gatineau Public Library / Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau. April 14 will be her last day at work. Carole also served as Vice Chair (2008–2010), Chair (2010–2012), and Past Chair (2012–2014) of CULC/CBUC.

Welcome Brantford PL to CULC/CBUC

Welcome to Rae-Lynne Aramburo, CEO & Chief Librarian of Brantford Public Library, the newest member of CULC/CBUC. Brantford Public Library serves the growing city of Brantford, situated on the Grand River in southern Ontario, neighbouring Canada’s largest First Nations reserve (Six Nations of the Grand River). The city is also known as the home of […]

Joint Taskforce on eBook Sustainability Submission – Consumer Protection Legislative Review

The Joint Taskforce on eBook Sustainability (containing members from CARL, CFLA-FCAB and CULC/CBUC) have recently participated in an Ontario government consultation on Consumer Protection legislation by submitting a letter to an open review process on March 17, 2023. This letter was drafted by CIPPIC (Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic) with support from Ariel […]

Jefferson Gilbert stepping down as Executive Director from CULC/CBUC

After 15 years of excellent service to CULC/CBUC, Jefferson has notified us that he is going to transition out of the organization effective the end of April. As an Executive, we are grateful for the outstanding commitment that Jefferson demonstrated to the public library sector, both in his time with CULC/CBUC, and through his work […]

Libraries in the News: CBC Ideas – with Richard Ovenden

CBC Ideas program with Richard Ovenden interviewed by Nahlah Ayed from Freedom to Read Week, taped at the Toronto Reference Library. Ovenden talks about the history of booking banning and what it means for democracy today, making many historical links: “The current wave of book banning in libraries, and the broader context of censorship and […]

Libraries in the News: CBC’s The Current – March 17

Public libraries have seen an increase in violent incidents, with some installing metal detectors and security personnel. We discuss the balance of providing a public yet safe space for patrons and staff with three librarians: Paul Burry, director of the Prince George Public Library in B.C.; Pam Ryan, director of service, development and innovation at […]

Libraries in the News: TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paiken

For decades the demise of the library has been predicted. But in 2023, is the library now more relevant than ever? From makerspaces to outreach programs and media literacy opportunities to podcast and video equipment, the library has evolved into a community hub. The Agenda examines the new role of the library, with: Shamichael Hallman, […]

Minister Rodriguez announces reappointment of Leslie Weir as Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez announced the reappointment of Leslie Weir as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a four-year term, effective August 30, 2023. Since her first appointment in August 2019, Leslie Weir has led Library and Archives Canada through a series of exceptional challenges and major initiatives. In addition to […]

CULC/CBUC Letter to Minister Gould – Canada’s National Review on Sustainable Development Goals

March 10, 2023Hon. Karina Gould, P.C., M.P.Minister of Families, Children and Social DevelopmentEmployment and Social Development Canada140 Promenade du PortageGatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9 Dear Minister Gould:We are writing in response to Canada’s National Review on Sustainable Development Goals being conducted by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines […]