Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urba

CULC in The News

Librarian and Archivist of Canada announces National Heritage Digitization Strategy collaboration

June 3, 2016—Ottawa—Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today announced the launch of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) at the Canadian Library Association Forum in Ottawa.

The strategy will reposition Canada and provide a cohesive path toward the digitization of Canadian memory institutions’ collections, thus ensuring the institutions remain relevant in the digital age by making their collections easily accessible.

The strategy will ensure the long-term viability of documentary heritage records by encouraging quality, standards-based efforts. It will complement the strategies developed by Canadian memory institutions and assist them in fulfilling their goals, while ensuring that a national plan of action is in place.

The NHDS will cover published and unpublished analogue material of national, regional and local significance and will draw from the collections of public and private archives, libraries, museums, galleries, associations and other memory institutions.

A National Steering Committee will be created in the fall to develop digitization initiatives and will include creators, writers, cultural communities and end users as well as representatives from libraries, archives, museums, galleries and universities.  Library and Archives Canada has established a secretariat to support the work of the National Steering Committee.

Quick Facts

  • Several organizations collaborated to develop the strategy and will be among the early adopters when it is implemented. These early adopters include the Toronto Public Library, Vancouver Public Library, University of Toronto libraries, the Ottawa Public Library and the Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval.
  • Funding will come from different sources, both governmental and non-governmental. The Salamander Foundation, which donates funds to programs related to Arts and Culture and the Environment, has already pledged to support the Strategy.




Meeting Dates – October 3/4.


CALL: 902-428-1900 ask for Reservations. Let them know the group is called: CANADIAN URBAN LIBRARIES COUNCIL

Marriott Halifax Downtown, 5120 Salter Street, Halifax, NS. It is a short walk to the Central Library.

Rate is $159 plus taxes

Cancellation up to 24 hours before arrival.


CULC/CBUC WEBINAR - KPI Tool - May 19th @ 1 pm EASTERN

WHEN:  Thursday, May 19th @ 1pm EASTERN (10 am Pacific; 11 am Mountain; 12 noon Central; 2 pm Atlantic)

WHO:  Open to any CULC/CBUC member whether you are a subscriber or not. 

FEE:  There is no fee. 
REGISTRATION:  There is no need to register in advance.  

EMAIL with details sent to CULC/CBUC Members. 

At the session in Vancouver it was suggested that a webinar would be helpful for new CEOs as well as staff who are using whether they are inputting date or have access for reports.  The tool itself is very powerful with lots of ways to reflect the data to help tell stories.  

The session will be structured into two parts:

Part A - Basic Overview of what is collected
CULC/CBUC collects a huge amount of data at both a library and a branch level, attached is a list of the Performance Indicators included in both collections.  There is also a copy of the 2014 data in Excel.  However, the beauty of the Counting Opinions system is what else is possible and that will be Part B.

Part B - How to make this tool into a Management Tool
Watch what is possible when the tool is used.  This will be of particular interest to those who are comparing performance at branch level or across systems.
  • Run your own report as soon as you have entered data 
  • Create filters based on data – directly compare your library to other libraries within a similar population, or any other indicator in the collection.
  • Customize your own list of libraries to compare your data
  • Run comparisons on a branch-level basis
  • The Counting Opinions platform can produce reports from a single year, compare year-to-year, or a trend all the way back to 2001
  • View your data in a table report, create quick bar charts, line graphs, and cross tab reports and more.
  • Export your data to Excel or publish it right online

Attached is the 2014 CULC/CBUC KPI report in Excel. This report displays the data in the collection but the Counting Opinions platform can help you create more usable reports.  We provide this to you as a member/subscriber and ask that the Excel File be used for internal use.  The PDFs by section (and as a single document) are available publicly on the CULC/CBUC website.

Is there data that you wish we were collecting? We can easily add questions and start collecting information. Are there PIs that we should be retiring? 


Loan Stars - May List

Toronto, ON – April 11, 2016 – Library staff across Canada have chosen the top 10 books being released this May

Loan Stars, a new readers' advisory service fuelled by the votes and reviews of Canadian library staff, has officially launched with its first monthly list. The list, featuring the top 10 books being released this May, was generated through a collaborative voting process hosted on e-catalogue service BNC CataList and will be published at (click on “This Month’s Winners”). 

May's top 10 titles are, in order:

1) I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh (9780451488596)

2) Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (9780345810427)

3) A Country Road, A Tree, Jo Baker (9780345816382)

4) Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo (9780307270641)

5) The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes (9780345816573)

6) Life Without a Recipe, Diana Abu-Jaber (9780393249095)

7) The City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin (9780385669559)

8) The Voodoo Killings, Kristi Charish (9780345815880)

9) Bad Singer, Tim Falconer (9781770894457)

10) Not Working, Lisa Owens (9780385686006)


Loan Stars was inspired by US-based initiative Library Reads, and is a joint collaboration between the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC)BookNet Canada, the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) Readers’ Advisory Committee, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Readers’ Advisory Committee, NetGalley, library vendors, independent Canadian publishers, multi-national publishers, and more. It provides library staff the opportunity to showcase their readers' advisory skills and is a rare opportunity to bring together the entire public library ecosystem for a mutually beneficial initiative. Loan Stars leverages the library community's knowledge and love of books to create a respected, go-to source for discovering the best new titles available in Canada.

Anyone who works at a library in Canada can create a free account on BNC CataList and start voting for future Loan Stars lists at any time. New lists will be released every month and promoted by Loan Stars, as well as our partner organizations, libraries, vendors, and publishers.

You can learn more about Loan Stars, sign up for updates, and connect with us on social media at


For more information, Please contact Michael Ciccone at .


Spring 2016 Meeting

CULC/CBUC members will gather in Ottawa in advance of the CLA's Forum 2016 <>.  Meetings will take place on the 31st @ the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street facility in downtown Ottawa.  The meeting will be in the PELLAN ROOM on the second floor.  Details will come with the Member Package a week before the event.  395 Wellington is within easy walking distance of the CLA Forum facility - Delta Ottawa. 


Ottawa is always busy in the Spring.  Rooms are currently available at the DELTA OTTAWA.  

Reserve your accommodation by referencing the group code “Canadian Library Association”  by:

Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Fax: 1-613-688-6821
On-line booking: CLA Booking Tool

If you have items you would like to have the Executive consider for the Agenda, please let the Executive Director <> know by may 1st.  

Planning Ahead - CULC/CBUC next meeting will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 3 and 4.