Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada

Knowledge Transfer

CULC/CBUC work on eBooks and Public Libraries

In Edmonton (June 2010) an item came forward from the Toronto Public Library asking CULC/CBUC to work with them to develop some background on the emerging issue of eBooks in Public Libraries. This was because of some trends that were not necessarily public library supportive.

Please also see our eBook RFI page and eBook RFP Page

Documents Developed by CULC/CBUC on this topic:

CULC/CBUC Spring Meeting 2012

CULC/CBUC met in Ottawa in late May.  A number of guests were invited to help members fully understand the issues and how the library pieces fit into a larger industry view.  The speaker's answered questions. 

Who Has CULC/CBUC Met & Consulted With


  • Association of Canadian Book Wholesalers (actual members)
  • Canadian Publishers Council (staff only)
  • Association of Canadian Publishers (staff only)
  • BookNet (staff – though at the request of members)
  • Transatlantic Literacy Agency (rep authors)
  • CPC – members / multiple times
  • eBound Canada – staff / multiple times
  • eBound Canada – members / one meeting
  • eBound Canada – 2012 Winter Meetings
  • Writer's Union of Canada (CULC ED; TWUC's ED and Chair)
  • BiblioCommons – multiple times
  • BiblioCommons/eBound Canada – one meeting
  • Ingram/Whitehots – members, staffers, eBound, etc.
  • Consultant working on PLR Report on eBooks (multiple interactions)


  • Above organizations and individuals
  • Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
  • Southern Ontario Library Service (Second largest Canadian eBook Buyer)
  • Interlink
  • Gibson Library Connections/Gibson Publishing Connections

Public Industry Events

In an effort to share information to the extent it was not “sensitive” the following forums have been used:

  • ReadersFirst Web-ex comments - September 2012
  • Quill & Quire "As ebook lending skyrockets, libraries and publishers look for a Canaidan-made licensing solution" – February 2012
  • CLA Annual Conference 2012 (May 2012) – two sessions - one from PL perspective; and one from our publishing/provider and opinion makers perspective.  More than 120 attended the morning session; 160 attended afternoon session.  Also a debate with Beth Jefferson and Molly Raphael (ALA) drew 100 attendees. 
  • ACP Winter Meetings – February 2012
  • OLA Super Conference 2012 – Session 404 – PowerPoint – attendance over 175
  • OLITA Technology Day “Digital Odyssey” – Vickery Bowles talked through the work CULC/CBUC is involved with – attendance over 120
  • 5th Annual RA in a Day (Toronto) – Michael Ciccone talked through the work CULC/CBUC is involved with – attendance over 155
  • BCLA Conference 2011 – special working group – 10
  • CLA Conference 2011 – Session – attendance about 60
  • OLA Super Conference 2011 – Session 1209 – attendance about 140
  • eBook Blog “Uncovering eBooks” –
  • Media requests: CBC x 4 (know it made it to air in Ottawa, Vancouver for sure); The Toronto Star; The Globe and Mail; Walrus Magazine; Canadian Press.
  • public and member only area

Historical CULC/CBUC News items connected:

Key Blogs and other sources on eBooks and Public Libraries