Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada

Advocacy

Statements and Briefs

From time to time the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) adopts positions, submits briefs to government, and reacts to issues.  

STATEMENTS

Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) Statement on eBook Pricing Models

The pricing model recently announced by HarperCollins Publishers that imposes a cap of 26 uses on eBooks does not work for public libraries. It will be difficult for libraries to manage, difficult for distributors to support, and the circulation limit per copy is not in line with the performance of most print counterparts. However, we recognize the need to work with publishers to implement a system that allows libraries to meet the expectations of our customers, without harming the publishing industry in Canada or elsewhere. Pricing models have to work for all parties. As stated in the  CULC/CBUC Vision Statement , it is important to understand that “The future of library collections depends on the ability to collect, describe, organize, and preserve these collections.”

Download the full Statement on eBook Pricing Models in  English

Download the Vision Statement in English or French        

Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Canada’s urban public libraries recognize that a diverse and pluralistic society is central to our country’s identity. Public institutions, including public libraries, have a responsibility to contribute to a culture that recognizes and celebrates this diversity.

Libraries can help to encourage an attitude of inclusion by ensuring that all residents of Canada receive public library service that is respectful. Canada’s large urban public libraries recognize and will energetically affirm the dignity of those they serve, regardless of capabilities, or personal wealth. All Canadian residents should be able to seek information and engage in personal discovery free from any attempt by others to impose values, customs, or beliefs. – October 2008

Download the Statement in French and English.

BRIEFS

The following have been submitted recently.

  • CULC/CBUC letter to Ministers Clement and Moore on Bill C-32 (Copyright).  This is a preliminary response (June 7, 2010).  Click here to download a PDF version of the letter. 
  • Input on the Consultation Document: Establishment of a Non-governmental organization (NGO) in the context of the national network for equitable library access (March 2010).  Click here to download a PDF version.  
  • Support of the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural ManifestoClick here to download a PDF version.
  • Submission to the Federal Copyright Consultation (2009).  Click here to download a PDF version. 
  • Response to LAC-BAC Consultations (Autumn 2009).  Click here to download a PDF version.