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CELA Appoints Michael Ciccone as Executive Director

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December 1, 2014

NATIONAL RELEASE – After an extensive national search the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is pleased to formally announce Michael Ciccone of Burlington, ON as the new Executive Director of CELA effective January 1, 2015.

CELA Board Chair Catherine Biss noted that “Michael is an innovative library leader. His expertise in collection development and collaborative approach will ensure CELA continues the tradition of collections excellence established by our professional colleagues at the CNIB Library, but now – as part of this historic transition to CELA – with public library leadership and oversight.”

Over his library career Michael has had significant roles in acquisition and development of library collections. Most recently, he was the Director of Collections at the Hamilton Public Library. He has had extensive experience in nation-wide collaborative efforts to create a better eBook and digital content experience for library users. Michael is currently the Chair of the Information Hamilton Board, a director on the eBound Canada Board, and is a member of the OLA Copyright Users Group Committee.

CELA launched on April 1, 2014 with approximately 600 public library systems representing more than 1,500 service delivery points, covering 85% of the Canadian population (25.5M Canadians) and 75% of public libraries across Canada, including 48 First Nations libraries.

The collection comprises more than 260,000 alternative format titles in French and English, as well as international languages, of which 90,000 titles are from the current CNIB collection, and 170,000 are Bookshare titles, all of which CELA makes available to public library patrons with print disabilities. Titles are in digital formats, including narrated audio, e-braille and e-text, and can be distributed to public library patrons in the format that best suits their reading needs, including online and download options and delivery to home in braille formats and (for existing users only) physical CD. The collection includes books, magazines, newspapers, described video, music scores, and other published materials.

Michael succeeds Andrew Martin whose leadership as Senior Project Director over the past 13 months has been instrumental to the successful launch of CELA and development of Governance and Service Delivery models and standards. Andrew will continue to advise and support CELA as the transition and growth continues.

About the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

CELA www.celalibrary.ca is a national non-profit organization that supports the provision of equitable library access for all Canadians with print disabilities through their local public library. CELA champions the fundamental right of Canadians with print disabilities to access media and reading materials in the format of their choice, and is supported by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and CNIB. For more information, visit www.celalibrary.ca.

For more information about CELA
Catherine Biss, Board Chair

Le Centre d’accès équitable aux bibliothèques (CAÉB) nomme Michael Ciccone au poste de directeur général

Le 1 décembre 2014

COMMUNIQUÉ NATIONAL – Au terme d’une recherche intensive à l’échelle nationale, le Centre d’accès équitable aux bibliothèques (CAÉB) est heureux d’annoncer officiellement la nomination de Michael Ciccone, de Burlington en Ontario, au poste de directeur général du CAÉB à compter du 1er janvier 2015.

Catherine Biss, présidente du conseil d’administration du CAÉB, souligne que « Michael est un chef de file novateur dans le secteur des bibliothèques. Son expertise dans le développement des collections et son approche coopérative permettront au CAÉB de poursuivre la tradition d’excellence en la matière, instituée par nos collègues professionnels de la bibliothèque de l’INCA, mais également – dans le cadre de cette transition historique vers le CAÉB – d’assurer le leadership et la surveillance des bibliothèques publiques.»

Au cours de sa carrière dans les bibliothèques, Michael a rempli des fonctions importantes dans l’acquisition et le développement de collections. Tout récemment, il était directeur des Collections à la Bibliothèque publique de Hamilton. Il a grandement collaboré aux efforts conjoints déployés partout au pays en vue d’offrir aux usagers des bibliothèques une variété plus riche de livres et de contenus numériques. Michael est actuellement président de la Commission d’information de Hamilton, administrateur au sein du conseil d’administration de eBound Canada et membre du Comité du Groupe des usagers d’œuvres protégées de l’ABO.

Le CAÉB, inauguré le 1er avril 2014, englobe quelque 600 réseaux de bibliothèques publiques représentant plus de 1 500 points de services, et qui desservent 85 % de la population canadienne (25,5 millions de Canadiens) et 75 % des bibliothèques publiques au Canada, notamment 48 bibliothèques des Premières Nations.

Le fonds du CAÉB est constitué de plus de 260 000 titres en médias substituts en anglais, en français et en langues internationales. De ce nombre, 90 000 sont issus du fonds actuel de l’INCA et 170 000 sont des titres obtenus avec une licence Bookshare. Le CAÉB met tous ces ouvrages à la disposition des clients des bibliothèques publiques incapables de lire les imprimés. Ces titres sont proposés en formats numériques, y compris en version audio racontée, en braille numérique et en texte numérique. Ils peuvent être distribués aux clients des bibliothèques publiques dans le format qui répond le mieux à leurs besoins, notamment en ligne, en téléchargement ou livrés à domicile en format braille et (pour les usagers actuels uniquement) sur CD. Le fonds comprend des livres, des magazines, des journaux, des vidéos descriptives, des partitions musicales et divers autres documents publiés.

Michael succède à Andrew Martin, dont les qualités de meneur à titre de directeur principal de projet au cours des 13 derniers mois ont été déterminantes pour l’inauguration réussie du CAÉB et pour l’élaboration de modèles et de normes de gouvernance et de prestation de services. Andrew continuera de conseiller et de soutenir le CAÉB au cours de cette période de transition et de développement.

À propos du Centre d’accès équitable aux bibliothèques (CAÉB)

Le CAÉB www.celalibrary.ca est un organisme national sans but lucratif qui aide à offrir à tous les Canadiens incapables de lire les imprimés un accès équitable aux bibliothèques depuis leur succursale publique de quartier. Le CAÉB tient à promouvoir le droit fondamental de ces personnes d’avoir accès à des médias et à du matériel de lecture dans le format de leur choix. Le CAÉB est soutenu par le Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada et par l’INCA. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez www.celalibrary.ca.

Pour obtenir plus d’information au sujet du CAÉB :
Catherine Biss, présidente du CAÉB

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LAC Accepts Auditor General's Recommendations

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Depuis ce matin, le rapport de l’automne 2014 du Vérificateur général du Canada est accessible en ligne à l’adresse suivante : http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/Francais/parl_lpy_f_39214.html. Le chapitre 7, intitulé Le patrimoine documentaire du gouvernement du Canada porte spécifiquement sur Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC). BAC accepte les quatre recommandations formulées par le Vérificateur général.

Des mesures ont déjà été prises en ce qui a trait aux enjeux soulevés dans le rapport, notamment aux chapitres des autorités de disposition et du traitement des arriérages, et des travaux sont en cours pour augmenter la capacité numérique et devenir un dépôt numérique fiable. De plus, BAC collabore avec d’autres ministères et organismes fédéraux dans le but d’évaluer la quantité de documents numériques croissants qui lui seront versés dans les années à venir.

BAC tiendra ses partenaires au courant de ses activités pour donner suite aux recommandations du vérificateur général, au fur et à mesure de leur évolution.

As of this morning, the fall 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada is available online at: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lpy_e_39214.html. Chapter 7, entitled Documentary Heritage of the Government of Canada is focused on Library and Archives Canada (LAC). LAC accepts the four recommendations made by the Auditor General.

Actions have already been undertaken to address issues raised in the report regarding records disposition authorities and backlog reduction, as well as LAC’s ongoing work to increase digital capacity and become a trusted digital repository. LAC is also working with other Government of Canada departments and agencies to assess the increasing quantity of digital records that they will transfer to LAC in the coming years.

Moving forward, LAC will keep stakeholders apprised of its work to respond to the recommendations of the Auditor General.

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November 26th - SENIOR STAFF CHANGE - A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE PLAYERS

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
2:30 pm Eastern
Connect Information:  Will be sent directly to member CEO’s

Title:  SENIOR STAFF CHANGE - A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE PLAYERS

Speakers:  Kitty Pope, CEO, Windsor Public Library, and former CEO, Guelph Public Library; Steve Kraft, CEO, Guelph Public Library.

Transitioning or orienting a new CEO or Senior Manager is big work, and frankly often forgotten in the chaos of change. Join Guelph Public Library's new CEO Steve Kraft and Kitty Pope CEO of the Windsor Public Library to talk about how to transition and orient senior staff. It’s guaranteed to be an animated and interesting chat. 

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Cambridge - Idea Exchange announces new CEO

The Board of Trustees for Idea Exchange has selected ‎Helen Kelly as the next CEO for one of Canada's most innovative cultural organizations following a search that included applicants from across Canada and the United States. Currently the Director of Programming and Promotion for the organization, her appointment to the position is effective November 3.

The Library Board of Directors have expressed great excitement with the appointment. “Helen takes on this new role with extensive experience, a passion for public service, and the support of the staff,” says Amanda Maxwell, chair, Library Board. “The Board is thrilled to have selected an individual who will continue the tradition of great leadership within the organization and we look forward to maintaining the commitment to service excellence within the Cambridge community.” 

Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, Helen boasts an impressive background in library service. Helen began her library career in 1985 in the children's department at the Brantford Public Library. In 1986 Helen joined the Hamilton Public Library, where she had the opportunity to work in all areas of public service including circulation and reference services, programming and community outreach. In 1996 she received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. 
A strong leader and advocate for programming and services, Helen was awarded the Hamilton ABEA Individual Early Literacy Education Award in 2008.

In 2009, Idea Exchange (formerly Cambridge Libraries and Galleries) welcomed Helen as Coordinator of Children's Services. Her enthusiastic approach to innovation saw many positive results including national recognition in 2012 when the organization was awarded the TD Summer Reading Club Library Award. Since taking on the role of Director of Programming and Promotion, Helen has significantly expanded programming and developed strong community partnerships.

“I am energized every day coming to work in such an innovative organization,” said Helen Kelly. “The dedicated and knowledgeable staff are committed to delivering exceptional service to each and every member. I am excited to take on this new role during such a transformational time at Idea Exchange and look forward to working with the board in fulfilling our goals focused on reading, art, and discovery.”


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Library Issues Forum: Safety and Security in the Library

WHEN: Wednesday, October 29 @ 2:30 pm (Eastern)

TOPIC: Safety and Security in the Library

Speakers

Bill Ptacek, CEO, Calgary Public Library
Mark Asberg, Director, Service Delivery, Calgary Public Library
Another to be announced

Learning Objectives

During this session, participants will:

  • Learn about security issues facing public libraries in urban settings
  • Understand the theoretical foundations for environmental criminological analysis in a library setting
  • Take away practical solutions for library security in a real-world context

Session Description

While increasing the number of security guards and their mandate of powers is counter to the philosophy of openness of any library, urban libraries experiencing serious problems with crime and aberrant behaviour need to implement a robust response to safety and security to effect change. However, effective and lasting safety solutions go beyond an increased security presence in the library. Environmental crime prevention is a discipline based on the idea that altering physical spaces can address crime by reducing suitable targets, removing offenders’ motivations, and ensuring that a capable guardian is in place.

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