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La Déclarations des bibliothèques Québécoises

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Ci-joint, vous trouveriez La Déclaration des bibliothèques québécoises déposée à l’Assemblée nationale le 19 octobre, 2016. Vous pouviez trouver plus d’information sur le site web de BAnQ.



Enclosed is a Declaration (French only) from Quebec Libraries that was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly on October 19, 2016. You can find out more information about this Declaration on the BAnQ website

Thank you.


Francesco Manganello
Directeur par intérim, Relations avec les intervenants et affaires internationales
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél. : 613-462-8359

Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-462-8359

The following translation was quickly created for CULC/CBUC members for reference purposes only.

Declaration from Quebec Libraries

The library is a public good and a place which develops a relationship to knowledge made of exploration, trade, knowledge, culture and enrichment.

By providing the place, the resources and the personnel capable of supporting them, the library allows all individuals throughout their lives and regardless of age, social status and their background to train and meet their knowledge, information and development needs. The library is the heart of people's lives.

Whether it be for public, professional or educational needs, the library occupies a fundamental place in its community and acts as a driving force for development social, economic and cultural development. It is that door that is always accessible and open to the world. As UNESCO proclaimed, the purpose of the library is to provide “a free and unlimited access to knowledge, thought, culture and information.”

Crossroads of access to information, documentation, and culture

The library is the place “par excellence” where access to information and cultural resources is made freely and without discrimination. This accessibility stems from the activities or organization, processing and structuring of information which are specific to the technical and professional expertise of qualified staff. It allows individuals to learn and to improve themselves according to their interests and goals.

The library equips its users and makes it accessible and disseminates knowledge so that users can develop skills in research and evaluation of information. These skills are also useful in the exercise of democratic rights and can help citizens to play an active role within their community.

Centre of learning and research support

The library, whether it be public, in the workplace or educational is an essential learning center for anyone wishing to enrich his/her career and develop skills.

Regardless of the nature of learning goals during different stages of life, the library contributes to the training of individuals and the achievement of their objectives by providing appropriate professional support. It articulates and develops according specific needs of its users.

Use of Space and technology

Digital mediation is a core service of libraries, whether through training or the provision of tools and digital library resources. Thus, it helps to reduce the digital divide and promotes the acquisition of technological skills. In addition, thanks to technology, the library expands its access and provides services remotely. It connects users anytime and anywhere.

Socioeconomic lever

The library has a positive and direct impact on the socio-economic activities of its environment.

The library is a collective and social investment. By promoting instruction, education, development and social integration, it contributes tothe development of individuals and of society, in particular by being a vehicle for reducing inequality. Libraries show a significant return on investment, and this, in terms economic, educational, social, cultural and professional. Libraries demonstrate significant return on investment through enabling individuals to contribute to the development of their communities.

Place of meeting and exchanges

The library is an open living area, playful and inclusive, a place of socialization, a place of collaborative work offering spaces to share, teach, inspire, train and promote the transfer and sharing of information, knowledge and learning. It is a place that is conducive to enrichment, discovery and creativity.

Place of mediation and cultural development

Through the development of collections without censorship, which promotes intellectual freedom, the library contributes to the development of general culture.

It disseminates and promotes various forms of cultural expression, contributes to artistic education and allows users to explore different forms of creative expression. It showcases documentary and cultural resources, and this benefits creators from here and elsewhere. It promotes harmonious cultural development based on the enriching contribution of various communities.

Finally, it preserves our documentary heritage, providing access to our shared stories.


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.

CONNECTING DETAILS: 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 .