Category: Equitable Access

CULC/CBUC Federal Budget Submission

Written Submission for Finance Canada’s Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2022 Federal Budget List of Recommendations Recommendation 1: That the Government of Canada introduce legislation to ensure that Canada’s public libraries and users have access on reasonable terms to e-content from multinational publishers. Recommendation 2: That the Government of Canada recognize the role public […]

TSA Analyzes Speech From The Throne

It contained 7 themes or areas of focus Building a healthier today and tomorrow (COVID and vaccines) Grow a more resilient economy (fighting inflation and making housing and child care more affordable) Bolder climate action Safe communities Diversity and inclusion Reconciliation A more secure, just and equitable world The Speech was fairly vague (even for […]

CELA Executive Director – Expression of Interest

Call for Expression of Interest – CELA – Executive Director Since October 2019, under the direction of our Executive Director Rina Hadziev, CELA has made significant strides to improve the user experience of the CELA website, develop new partnerships and continue expanding the collection of accessible materials and services CELA offers. As a board we […]

Toolkit Presentations

Toolkit Webinar Presentations on Recovery & Reimagined Public Library Service Post COVID-19 CULC/CBUC will be hosting a series of one hour Zoom presentations on the new Toolkits next week.  The Working Group for each section will present an overview and discuss the most relevant parts.  There will be a chat function where questions can be […]

Press Release: Statement on Ebook Equity

North American Elected Officials Send Message to E-Book Publishers: Price Gouging Public Libraries Is Unacceptable Mayors from major urban jurisdictions sign statement urging e-book publishers to institute equitable and transparent pricing for public libraries. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 6, 2019 TORONTO and WASHINGTON – Seventy-nine elected officials from North American cities and counties have […]

Digital Content Working Group Teleconference – September 25

On September 25, the CULC/CBUC Digital Collections Working Group hosted a teleconference about the current #eContentforAll initiatives happening in Canada and the new partnership with ULC in the US. Here are the slides from the presentation: CULC Collection Leaders Call Sept 2019 (pdf). The presentation also included a link for participants to sign up for future […]

CULC/CBUC to lead a National Application to Digital Literacy Exchange

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada is submitting a national strategy for public library digital literacy training as an application for the recently announced Digital Literacy Exchange program. It will be a partner-based application that will engage library organizations to ensure all libraries, regardless of whether they are CULC/CBUC […]

Victoria Owen appointed to WIPO Accessible Book Consortium

Canadian Librarian Appointed to WIPO Accessible Book Consortium Board The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Owen to the Board of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Accessible Book Consortium for a three-year term. Ms. Owen, who is chief librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough, was […]

Centre for Equitable Library Access Launches

For Immediate Release Launch of new library service provides accessible books to over three million Canadians with print disabilities May 29, 2014 – Victoria, BC: The Centre for Equitable Library Access ( officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at […]